Baking with a Luxury Food Hamper

…..or ‘How to turn a Luxury Food Hamper into a Christmas Party!’ I’m sorry to start talking about Christmas already but this year I’m planning to be ahead of the game. I’ve tried to do Christmas, over the years, in a variety of ways – the nonchalant last minute ‘do it all in one go’ … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off – Pastries

Week 7 on Great British Bake Off saw our intrepid bakers challenged with lots of different pastries. The competition is so fierce now that the slightest mistake made a difference and the lovely Kate had to leave the tent. These bakers are incredibly talented and my bake along challenge is no where near as challenging … Continue reading

Lemon Griestorte

Last week was European Cake Week on Great British Bake off. We saw Yeast Leavened Cake, Kugelhopfs, Savarins and Tortes and the final challenge was Mary Berry’s Prinsesstarta . I was slightly unsure where to start baking – not too sure what was a Kugelhopf and what was a Savarin; and slightly unnerved by the … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off – Tarts

Week 5 on The Great British Bake Off saw the intrepid bakers challenged with pies and tarts. I decided to make a Raspberry and Lemon Custard Tart. I used Pate Sucree – a French recipe for a sweet pastry but added lemon zest to the mix. I blind baked it to provide a cooked tart … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off – Bread

The Great British Bake Off ‘week three’ challenges were bread bakes. I did think about skipping this week as I’ve only ever baked one loaf of bread – a white loaf from Series 2 of Bake Off. Although it turned out well, I’ve never tried any bread since then and always prefer to bake cakes. … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off – Biscuits

Last week’s Great British Bake Off saw the bakers making biscuits and trying to master Mary Berry’s Technical Challenge – Florentines. I thought the Florentines looked difficult and couldn’t find a recipe that looked like Mary’s so I ‘invested’ in the new Bake Off book, ‘The Great British Bake Off Big Book Of Baking’. (Any … Continue reading

Inspirational Great British Bake Off!

I love ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and have eagerly awaited this year’s series of baking challenges. The programme is full of baking achievements and struggles, hilarity, banter and innuendo and tears of disappointment when things don’t go quite right. The team of presenters and judges are a perfect mix and its interesting getting to … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea Scones

This is Afternoon Tea Week in the UK, which is very interesting for an Afternoon Tea lover like me. It’s not simply the delightful cakes and bakes; I really enjoy a good cup of tea in a vintage china tea cup. My ‘Afternoon Tea’ tends to consist of a cup of tea and a little … Continue reading

Chocca Mocca Traybake

This is a simple, lightly coffee sponge tray-bake with a chocolate topping and sprinkled with toasted nuts. I tried a ‘Cappuccino’ cake at a cake sale and it was absolutely delicious so I thought I’d try to replicate it. However, it had a white chocolate, buttercream type topping, sprinkled with chocolate powder. My cake turned … Continue reading

Lemon Curd Rolls for Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea doesn’t have to be a grand affair. Sometimes it’s just simply enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake outside on a sunny afternoon. Having some home-made cake available for just those occasions is something I love. As a child it was always a delight to visit my grandmother who always … Continue reading