Day 334 – Sticky Toffee Pudding

I have been waiting to make this one since my early days of Puff School. A true British bake, sticky toffee pudding evokes many memories of cosy evenings sat by the fire at my parent's house. It was also the dessert at my wedding, so it really has special memories for me, and I'm amazed… Continue reading Day 334 – Sticky Toffee Pudding

Day 311 – Patterned Cake Design

A cursory glance at my blog will show that I love baking and trying anything food-related, but if you look through at some of the pictures you'll see that presentation isn't my strong suit. In my eyes, flavour over style will always, always win, but sometimes it would be nice to make something that looked… Continue reading Day 311 – Patterned Cake Design

Day 302 – Madeleines

It's cake week in my Puff the Bakery course, and whilst the Opera cake might have to wait a little while until I can skilfully master multiple layers, I couldn't wait to try the much more straightforward Madeline. The madeleine is a shell-shaped, airy sponge, made with brown butter and honey, similar in taste to… Continue reading Day 302 – Madeleines

Day 288 – Welsh Cakes

This week has suddenly become a lot colder, and all at once am I thankful that I was only borrowing my friend's dog. She's now gone home so I get to stay in my nice warm bed in the mornings, instead of grumpily trudging out the door with an excited pup. The cold weather does… Continue reading Day 288 – Welsh Cakes

Day 282 – Florentines

After a flurry of new thing baking during the summer, things have slowed down a little. I'm currently still looking after my friend's lovely dog Sascha, and I'm frantically cramming for a German language test. In short, life has been too busy to be trying to avoid getting hairs in beautiful patisserie. Today though, I… Continue reading Day 282 – Florentines

Day 277 – Eccles Cakes

We love a cake or bake in the UK. It's one reason why The Great British Bake Off and afternoon teas are so popular. We have such a rich variety of baked goods to choose from, it goes far beyond scones and Victoria sponges. I touched upon this when I made Chelsea buns, but different… Continue reading Day 277 – Eccles Cakes

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 238 – Biscotti

I've had biscotti on my 'to-make' list for a while. These crunchy Italian biscuits go perfectly with a hot cup of tea and are sometimes given as gifts at Christmas. So what better time to make them than the middle of summer! Actually, after another brief flirtation with 30C+ degree days last week, our August… Continue reading Day 238 – Biscotti

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 221 – Sourdough pancakes

My sourdough starter, Robert Breadford, has made one decent loaf in his short lifetime. It's not his fault, Mr Breadford is bubbly and lively when the time requires, but I let him down every time. Although I love making bread, sourdough is proving to be my white whale – my number one baking challenge. Unfortunately,… Continue reading Day 221 – Sourdough pancakes