Day 254 – Chelsea Buns

Although I've not come to the end of my Puff Bakery course yet – I'm taking a little break for a few weeks until I have more time – I really miss creating the delicious bakes from it. Having the baking itch, I decided to turn to my other trusty sidekick from the past few… Continue reading Day 254 – Chelsea Buns

Day 230 – Honey financiers

After what seemed like a ridiculously long break from baking, but was in reality only three weeks, I'm back on my Puff the Bakery pastry course, and it's time to make financiers. My forced break was mainly due to the unbearable heat we'd been blessed with just lately, so I waited for the first 26C… Continue reading Day 230 – Honey financiers

Day 205 – Cheesecake

I've never been a big fan of cheesecake. I don't know whether it's too many student dinner parties where we played at adults, imitating pub meals, and finishing it off with Philadelphia mixed with sugar, over some crumbled digestives, or that I just like my sweet stuff tangy or sweet – not a weird combination… Continue reading Day 205 – Cheesecake

Day 186 – Lemon Meringue

Oh boy, I have been waiting for this. This is one of the main reasons I signed up for the 8 week Puff the Bakery pastry course. I much prefer sharp and tart flavours over excessive sweetness, and will generally always drift towards anything lemon or lime flavoured. Lemon meringue is a top contender for… Continue reading Day 186 – Lemon Meringue

Day 177 – Frangipane tart

Today's new thing is another bake from my course with Puff the Bakery. After successfully making last weeks trifle, rhubarb and raspberry pie, and peach galette (pictured below), I was keen to get on to the next bake – a browned butter, pear frangipane tart. Peach, lemon, and thyme galette I don't actually like pears… Continue reading Day 177 – Frangipane tart

Day 170 – Fruit Pie

So as I mentioned the other day, I've started a pastry course run by Puff the Bakery. Week one is custard week, and I have already made a trifle from scratch learning how to make a Genoese sponge and creme Diplomat. The next class is creme Anglaise and fruit pie. Or, in my case, just… Continue reading Day 170 – Fruit Pie

Day 122 – Rhubarb and ginger cookies

So after yesterday's ginger bread it seems I'm on a bit of a ginger kick! I love the stuff, and always use it for tea or curries, but very rarely use it for baking. I found this recipe from Anna Jones, for rhubarb, ginger, and white chocolate cookies a few weeks ago, and it's been… Continue reading Day 122 – Rhubarb and ginger cookies

Day 115 – Chocolate mint cookies

There are only a couple of flavour combinations that I simply can't resist - salt and vinegar (a very British combination, I know) makes my mouth water every time I think of it, and dark chocolate and mint makes me swoon with anticipation. I love dark chocolate anyway, but once you add the sharp mint… Continue reading Day 115 – Chocolate mint cookies

Day 83 – Made chocolate orange cake

Every time I go back to the UK I return with a Terry's Chocolate Orange: that obviously won't be happening for a while, so I was left a bit stuck when a craving hit today. With nothing new planned, and a desire to comfort bake, I turned to my saviour Nigella's How To Be A… Continue reading Day 83 – Made chocolate orange cake