Baking: Cakes – The Creaming Method

The main ingredients for making cakes are flour, fat, sugar and eggs. These are used in varying proportions which will influence the method by which the cake is made. Today I am taking a look at cakes made by what is called the creaming method. Creaming is the baking term used to describe beating the…

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Baking: Last minute Christmas party bakes

Well, this year has gone fast, hasn’t it! I can’t believe that it is now just a few days before Christmas. Are you all prepared?  I for one am not and it’s going to be the usual rush to get it all done.  If you are anything like me then I am sure you will…

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Baking: Christmas Fruit Cakes

This Sunday is Stir-up Sunday and is the day that traditionally people make their Christmas pudding to give the flavour time to mature by Christmas day. Falling on the last Sunday before advent, for me, it is the day that I really start to think about all my Christmas baking which nearly always includes a mixture of classic and…

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Baking: Filo Pastry

Filo Pastry – Has to be one of my favourite pastries. You don’t need to make it from scratch, indeed you have to be a very keen baker or even slightly mad to spend the time to make it yourself. Filo pastry is low in fat and very versatile to use.  Used for both sweet…

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Baking: The Great British Bake Off

Do you love the Great British Bake Off? Chances are if you are reading this then the answer is yes! The Great British Bake Off You are not alone! The Great British Bake Off (often referred to as Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition produced by Love Productions. The idea was conceived by producer Anna Beattie, loosely…

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Baking: Shortcrust pastry

The next Great British Bake Off is about to start, and I don’t know about you but I love the show.  In the last few series it has surprised me how so many of the contestants are not very good at pastry.  It is such a valuable baking skill. I have often wondered why this is, surely…

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