Day 365 – Doughnuts

I've tried to schedule some of the big bakes for my last couple of new things. After croissants and pain au chocolat, the other thing I really wanted to try making this year was doughnuts. I like a doughnut now and again, but my husband loves them and I thought it would be a really… Continue reading Day 365 – Doughnuts

Day 339 – Made Bao Buns

Playing with bread is nothing new for me. I make a loaf of normal bread or attempt a sourdough once a week. I love making soft and fluffy bread buns, they're so satisfyingly squishy, that making bao, the soft as cloud Taiwanese buns, seemed like a natural new thing to try. I was excited to… Continue reading Day 339 – Made Bao Buns

Day 331 – Opera Cake

This is the first bake from my Puff the Bakery course to nearly break me. I've made complex bakes before, the chocolate entremet from a couple of weeks ago being the most notable, but the opera cakes complex and multiple layers were a little too much to handle. Photo by Dima Valkov on Pexels.com The… Continue reading Day 331 – Opera Cake

Day 322 – Made Brookies

Today's new thing was going to be a bit of a mad science experiment. I'd read a recipe that involved combining two of the most popular bakes of all time, the brownie and the cookie, brought together for the first time to create...the brookie! Photo by RF._.studio on Pexels.com Like a mad culinary scientist, I… Continue reading Day 322 – Made Brookies

Day 319 – Chocolate Entremet

Today's new thing is one I've been looking forward to and imagining since the summer. I'd been saving the last bake from Volume 1 of my baking course with Puff the Bakery until I had a special occasion, but now I'm well on my way in Volume 2 of the course, I need to know… Continue reading Day 319 – Chocolate Entremet

Day 317 – Chin Chin

Rather than what two english gentleman clinking glasses together would say, today's new thing Chin Chin is the surprising name of a sweet Nigerian snack. I found the recipe a little while ago in an issue of BBC Good Food magazine and I've been waiting for the right time to give this tasty sounding dish… Continue reading Day 317 – Chin Chin

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 299 – Burrata

I could quite easily have filled this year of new things with new foods to try or bake. There's so much out there that I'd like to try, it makes things a little too easy! My plan at the beginning of the year was to go to new foods as a last resort, but as… Continue reading Day 299 – Burrata

Day 297 – Paris Brest

No, this isn't a post about French boobs, more like French pastry. That's right, I'm back on my Puff the Bakery course, and after hitting such highs as the twice-baked chocolate cake, and actual puff pastry, I'm starting Volume 2 with some choux pastry. Choux is the base for so many things including chocolate eclairs,… Continue reading Day 297 – Paris Brest

Day 296 – Meringues

Making meringues has been on my list since its conception late last year. A good crunchy, chewy meringue feels really indulgent to me, and when done correctly, is pure heaven. I've made lovely soft Italian meringue for my lemon meringue pie, but for some reason dared not venture into the classic French meringue category. They've… Continue reading Day 296 – Meringues