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 180 – Custard Tart

Today I started week 3 of my Puff the Bakery pastry course, making the deceptively simple custard tart. After making last week's frangipane tart I had kept half of the pastry to one side to make the custard tart, and thinking back to my melting butter problems, I waited until the weather had cooled slightly… Continue reading Day 180 – Custard Tart

Day 178 – Made Grissini

Just a quick scroll through my done list will show how much I like baking bread: there's been sourdough (still not nailed this), baguettes, hot cross buns, and lots more. There's something so satisfying and a bit magical about making bread out of just four ingredients and seeing it all come together in a smooth… Continue reading Day 178 – Made Grissini

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 153 – Sourdough pizza

Oh, my ongoing sourdough saga continues. I still haven't managed to create a proper loaf despite having 3 different starters, but I did successfully make some sourdough crackers last week that built my confidence a bit. My next step was to make something a bit more bread-like and try a pizza dough. One of the… Continue reading Day 153 – Sourdough pizza

Day 130 – Plated dessert

One of my brilliant friends, Gerry, is a food genius. She constantly makes the most amazing food (she was even on Bulgarian Masterchef!), but her speciality is desserts and cakes. A couple of weeks ago she'd made a cake and made a special socially distanced trip just so she could share some slices of it… Continue reading Day 130 – Plated dessert

Day 111 – Made Zhug

Zhug does not have the most appetising name and I'm not even 100% sure how to pronounce it, but it has been on my 'to make' list for a long time. Zhug (or zhoug) is a spicy green sauce from Yemen and is normally used over meats and vegetables. I love Middle Eastern food perhaps… Continue reading Day 111 – Made Zhug

Day 90 – Made hot cross buns

I was due to fly home to the UK just after Easter, and obviously, that isn't happening now, but I had made a rough(long) list of all the things I would eat when I was there. Chocolate is key over Easter, and I had my eyes on some Cadbury's Mini Eggs, as well as some… Continue reading Day 90 – Made hot cross buns