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 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 269 – Pad Thai

Pad Thai is my absolute favourite thing to order in a Thai restaurant - original, I know. There's a great place just off the main shopping street in Frankfurt that does a delicious tofu Pad Thai for around €6: a perfect post-shopping pick me up. The nutty, tangy taste, mixed with some crunchy veg and… Continue reading Day 269 – Pad Thai

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 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

Day 215 – Torrijas

A couple of days ago I made milk bread/Shokupan and it has been the gift that keeps on giving. Not only have I made super soft burger buns with the dough, but I've also made cinnamon swirls and a couple of loaves of bread. Today, I'm using what remains of the bread to make yet… Continue reading Day 215 – Torrijas

Day 211 – Milk Bread

There is a lovely Japanese Patiserrie in Frankfurt called Iimori, and after tasting how heavenly soft their Shokupan was, I've been desperate to make it ever since. I've been patiently waiting for weeks to get to making it on Puff the Bakery pastry course I'm currently working through, and finally, my time has come. Milk… Continue reading Day 211 – Milk Bread

Day 189 – Masala Chai

Being British people always assume that I drink a lot of tea. Whilst I have a cupboard full of various herbal tea bags, I actually never drink traditional English black tea. I'm probably at risk of losing my passport over saying this, but I find it bland and unexciting: there's just nothing to it. That's… Continue reading Day 189 – Masala Chai

Day 140 – Rhubarb cordial

I wrote a few weeks ago about how much I love the taste of rhubarb but had never used it in the kitchen before. I was making some rhubarb and ginger cookies at the time and was surprised how tasty and easy it was. The cookies were such a big success that I wanted to… Continue reading Day 140 – Rhubarb cordial