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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Baking: Perfect scones

One of my favourite treats in summer is a cream tea. Light fluffy scones, topped with jam and cream served with a pot of tea is one of life’s little luxuries.  It’s something to look forward to on a day trip out,  but you can also make a cream tea at home and enjoy in…

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Baking: Summer berries

Writing a post on summer berries couldn’t be more timely. There is nothing quite like a glut of seasonal berries to brighten up summer baking. Last night I visited my mini allotment where I grow mainly soft fruits, to find much of it ripening.  I had not been for a week and whereas last time…

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