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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Baking Round-up: Cupcakes

I’m not a huge fan of cupcakes! There I said it, too much sweet frosting and not enough cake for me and a bit of a faff to make – Give me a traybake anyday. That said after putting this round-up together I might just have to think again.  Firstly,  judging by the number of fabulous cupcake…

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Baking Round-up: Traybakes

Last week we seemed to jump straight from winter to summer and it is so lovely to see some sunshine at last.  It reminds me that Summer term at school is upon us and I remember that when my boys were little I often made traybake cakes and bakes as they were quick and easy to…

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Baking Round-up: Easter bakes

With Easter less than a week away what could be better than to have a round-up of delicious Easter bakes just in time for you to pick your favourites. I can’t think of a better way to spend some of the Easter holidays than having fun baking.  I know that’s what I will be doing…

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