Fruity Christmas Crumble

Sometimes the simplest things give the greatest pleasure and a simple fruit crumble always pleases me. I often experiment with different fruits and different topping mixes and I’d like to share my Fruity Christmas Crumble… Ingredients: 2 Medium Bramley Apples 1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon Fruity Mincemeat ( Or any … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off Advanced Dough

Episode 8 of The Great British Bake Off saw the bakers challenged with ‘Advanced Dough’. Paul Hollywood boasted of having made 30,000-40,000 doughnuts and officially became King of all doughnut makers; Nancy used a microwave to prove her dough; and the Technical Challenge was once again a bake which most people had never heard of … 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

Orange Marmalade Self-Saucing Pudding

Recently I have been enjoying the Great British Bake Off series and trying to join with some of the baking challenges. Week 4 saw the bakers in the Great British Bake Off tent challenged by desserts. There was some controversy as poor Iain had a pudding meltdown but I felt very sorry for him as things … 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