Posts tagged "baking"

Mini Simnel Bundt Cakes

Ingredients ( makes 4 mini bundt cakes and some muffins)480g plain flour1 tsp baking powder½ tsp bicarbonate of soda1 ½ tsp mixed spice 200g caster sugar2 eggs110g melted unsalted butter 280ml milkZest of an orange100g sultanas50g raisins 50g currants50g mixed peel100g marzipan (plus extra to decorate) Method Heat the oven to 170cPut the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice in a bowl In a separate bowl whisk the sugar and eggs...

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Learning about bread

Last weekend, I went with my friend Liz to the Cake and Bake Show in Manchester and we had a great time. I booked into a bread workshop with Patrick Ryan of the Bread Revolution. It is amazing how much you can learn in 35 minutes. What follows is my attempt to show you how to make 3 breads using what I learned in the workshop. Making a Poolish (...

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Sundried tomato and chorizo soda bread

I love soda bread, it's quick and easy to make, it smells amazing and most of all it reminds me of home. I had some leftover bits from antipasti in the fridge so I decided to experiment this afternoon and here is the result. 450g plain flour 1 teaspoon each of sugar and salt 1 1/2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda 1/4 tsp dried chilli 80g chorizo cubed 5 sundried...

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Raspberry and pear cake

More gifts from the garden today led to an afternoon baking a cake. I used this recipe from Rachel Allen's 'Bake'. It's a variation of her Dutch apple cake 2 eggs 175g caster sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 85g butter 75ml milk 125g plain flour Zest of an orange 2 1/4 tsp baking powder 100g raspberries 2 pears thinly sliced Preheat the oven to 200c Whisk the eggs, caster sugar...

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Autumn fruit and marzipan muffins

Our garden has certainly been fruitful this autumn. Plenty of pears, plums and raspberries to enjoy. The danger with baking is it is all too easy to make the same cakes over and over again as you know they work. So, I decided to spend an afternoon searching my many recipe books for new ideas that I could adapt. Here is one I adapted from my Ottolenghi recipe book. 480g...

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Torta di Susine (Plum Cake)

I may have mentioned before that I have a bit of an obsession with cookery books, there is nothing I enjoy more than an evening reading through various books and planning what I might make. One of my favourite food writers is Tessa Kiros. I discovered her books when I went to Florence on a school trip! I was wandering around Sienna and buying as much food as I thought...

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Plum crumble

I LOVE crumble. There is something very comforting about it, especially when it's in a big bowl with some custard ( and I often give myself permission to cheat and buy ambrosia ready to heat custard) My favourite crumble is Plum crumble. You will need For the filling: A punnet ( or two) of plums A little butter and some soft brown sugar Halve and stone the plums and arrange...

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Lemon(ish) meringue cupcakes

A few weeks ago we went to the Chatsworth farm shop suppliers fayre and I bought ALOT of curd. So the experimenting begins..... For the cupcake 80g softened unsalted butter 280g golden caster sugar 240g plain flour 1tbsp baking powder Zest of a lemon 2 large eggs 240ml milk Lemon curd ( I used Chatsworth lemon lime and mandarin curd for a twist) Preheat the oven to 190c GM5 and...

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Guinness and rye bread, rhubarb chutney

I've enjoyed reading my new cookery books recently. I was bought a book by Irish food blogger Lilly Higgins called Make, Bake, Love. The first recipe that caught my eye was the Guinness and rye bread. It's a fantastic and quick recipe. The bread was great with some strong Wensleydale cheese and homemade chutney. I highly recommend you buy the book and make the bread. I'm going to play around...

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Hot cross bun pudding

So I thought I'd use up some hot cross buns and made this up- it was really rather delicious.... Prepare the dish: 6 ish hot cross buns sliced in half and buttered Few dollops of marmalade Handful of raisins soaked in Cointreau Butter the dish and layer the hot cross buns, raisins and marmalade Make the custard: 500ml milk 500ml double cream 3 tablespoons caster sugar 1 large egg 4...

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