Day 233 – Hazelnut and Ricotta cake

Another week, another bake from my pastry course from Puff the Bakery a.k.a. the best thing I've bought this year. This week it was time to try out the hazelnut, and ricotta cake, with decadently dark chocolate ganache on top. I'd put off baking this for a little bit for two reasons: (1) I feel… Continue reading Day 233 – Hazelnut and Ricotta cake

Day 236 – Twice-baked chocolate cake

I know, right? I have been looking forward to making this twice-baked chocolate cake since the beginning of my Puff the Bakery pastry course, the name of it alone makes me salivate with anticipation (too much?) Although I love baked goods, desserts, and all things sweet, sponge cake doesn't excite me. I can really enjoy… Continue reading Day 236 – Twice-baked chocolate cake

Day 233 – Made sorbet

This is another instalment in my Puff the Bakery pastry school chronicles. After taking advantage of a cooler spell and making financiers in the oven earlier in the week, a sudden increase in temperature led me to the course's frozen dessert section. This section (in the second volume of the course) included parfait and baked… Continue reading Day 233 – Made sorbet

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 216 – Food Photography

If you've been following along with me, you've probably noticed the increase in food posts over the past month or so. That's because I've been learning how to make some amazing and delicious foods such as lemon meringue pie and galette des rois on a pastry course run by the fantastic Puff the Bakery. Naturally,… Continue reading Day 216 – Food Photography

Day 208 – Cheese twists

After yesterday's 27km walk I needed something low effort and easy to do today. As usual, that came down to whipping something up in the kitchen. Thanks to the puff pastry class on my Puff the Bakery pastry course the other week, I had a couple of puff pastry sheets in the freezer. In an… Continue reading Day 208 – Cheese twists

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 200 – Palmiers

Following on from my puff pastry adventures the other day, I was excited to create something more. I made sure I had a decent amount of pastry left, and even managed to freeze a few sheets for another day – what a great feeling! Today though, it was all about palmiers, something I've wanted to… Continue reading Day 200 – Palmiers

Day 198 – Galette des Rois

After a bit of a break, I'm back to my Puff the Bakery pastry course, and this week it's the big one: puff pastry. I was always aware it was meant to really difficult to make at home: I remember watching bakers struggle on The Great British Bake Off year after year, and for that… Continue reading Day 198 – Galette des Rois

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