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Lemon and Almond Salambos

I had never heard of the Salambo. Apparently named after a literary character (by Gustave Flaubert), it is a choux pastry ball filled with pastry cream. In anticipation of Patisserie week, I used some of my day off to make (for the first time ever!) choux pastry, and decided to make a variation of one […]

Triple Ginger Caramel Cookies

I know………….. for weeks I post very sporadically with the stress of work and a busy life, then……………… I post 3 posts in one evening! To be fair, the post on Lemon Squares should have been posted a couple of weeks ago, sorry about that, I teased you with a picture of the little lovelies […]

The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Week 7 – Paul Hollywood’s Jam Doughnuts

I have been dying to have another go at doughnut making. This time I wanted to make yeasted raised doughnuts, and as last week’s GBBO technical challenge was Jam Doughnuts….. time was ripe for another go! First off though, these guys take time… An hour at room temperature for the first rise, then knocked back […]

The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Week 5 – Paul Hollywood’s Hand-raised Pies

I must confess. These pies would fail the technical challenge. Pretty much instantly. Being that I didn’t follow the recipe in the slightest and all. I varied the recipe as I didn’t see the point in making meat pies, being a vegetarian I couldn’t eat them, although I am sure Mr M would have eaten […]

The Great British Bake Off: Banana Tarte Tatin

Ugh. This week has been basically, hell. Work has been stressful and busy, and unfortunately probably isn’t going to get any better anytime soon. So let’s embrace the baking! This week of the Bake Off, week 4, the technical challenge was Creme Caramel, the signature and showstoppers were tortes and layered meringues… They didn’t much […]

Ginger Doughnuts

I’ve been dying to make doughnuts for weeks now. I thought this weekend would be the weekend… but it almost wasn’t. I bought a couple of books the other week, one of which was the Top Pot book, as we had some of their doughnuts while visiting our friend in Seattle, I settled on a […]

The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Week 3 – Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart

So this week’s technical challenge is going to be a Treacle Tart. I know I’m a day early, but I’ve got to go to work tomorrow, then my friend is coming a-visiting to pick up the sugar flowers, so I thought I would bake today. Plus it gave me an excuse to prance about the […]

The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge: Week 2 – Paul Hollywood’s 8-Stranded Plaited Loaf

I love the Great British Bake Off. Oh yes. It’s a combination of Mel and Sue (bring back Late/Light Lunch!), the double entendres, possibilities of exhibitionistic Squirrels, and the inspiration to try new things, that makes me cast aside my usual avoidance of anything that involves reality television and watch. That… and all the baking […]

Rainbow Cake

When it came to my birthday last year… I wanted the most colourful cake I could. I gathered my gel colours and set to work. For the mix, I used my standard mix, with 3 eggs for each two layers, dividing it into two bowls, and colouring them separately. I started with the bottom two, […]