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 348 – Made Crumpets

Oh, this year has been a long one, hasn't it? It's nearly been a full year since I was back home in the UK and I'm really starting to miss it. Of course I miss my family most of all, but it's also the little home comforts from my home country that come with any… Continue reading Day 348 – Made Crumpets

Day 347 – Made Butter

Today's new thing was prompted by a pre-Christmas fridge clean. I wanted to rescue any lonely carrots, or packs of butter stuck at the back of the fridge before I started preparing my Christmas foods next week when I found a full container of double cream. I think this was leftover from my sticky toffee… Continue reading Day 347 – Made Butter

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 329 – Made My Own Stamp

As much as I'd like to fill my last 5 weeks of new things doing the big and exciting things I hadn't got round to yet, some days are just too busy for anything other than an easy craft session. I'd spent today clearing and organising cupboards, and 8pm was here before I knew it.… Continue reading Day 329 – Made My Own Stamp

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

Day 4 – Martini with a twist

I'm so happy I finally learned how to do this, it's so simple and effective and makes me feel seriously classy. I love a vodka martini. So dry, so cool, so easy to make – I'm practically James Bond at this point! I normally forego the traditional olive for a lemon slice, but today I… Continue reading Day 4 – Martini with a twist