To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the traditional apple pie. The shortcrust pastry can be dense and cloying, and the apple filling prone to being thick and pasty. I also think that most apple pies are overly sweet, with the delicate flavours of the apple getting a little lost with all the … Continue reading Easy as Apple Pie
Given that we're now at the beginning of February, It's hard to imagine that this recipe could be any more redundant. I've just been super busy lately, and this post has been lingering in limbo since mid November. So, I'm not entirely sure how useful this is going to be for anyone else right now, … Continue reading Traditional British Christmas Cake
My children were both born in American, which means that we've been able to legitimately appropriate some wonderful new holidays into our annual calendar. Independence day is a confusing one... But my favourite, hands down, has to be Thanksgiving. However, some of the traditional foods are highly questionable to me. Whilst green bean casserole has … Continue reading Citrus tarts ~ A belated Thanksgiving two-for-one!
From the moment I discovered cannoli, I have been determined to make them. Deep-fried pastry tubes, filled with sweetened ricotta, and punctuated with candied fruits, chocolate, and nuts - they truly are delicious. I've had a couple of failed attempts at making the shells already, but with a new-found determination, I'm ready to take them … Continue reading Authentic Sicilian Cannoli
When you have a reputation for baking, your visitors will often expect you to have some fabulous cake ready when they stop by. On more than one occasion I've had to watch someone's face fall when I explain that there's nothing special in the house. Not that I would mind having cake all the time, but … Continue reading ‘Instant’ Chocolate Chip Cookies
I recently visited the Cake and Bake Show at the London ExCel, on the lookout for some new bits and pieces to bolster my ever expanding bakeware collection. I did my best to be as well behaved as possible though, as we're going through a big clear out at the moment, so coming home with … Continue reading Dark Chocolate and Orange Eclairs
If you've been anywhere near Pinterest or Instagram lately, you will have no doubt noticed the trend for unicorn cakes. And whilst I often like to avoid making anything 'trendy', because I'm just too cool for school, I knew that my daughter would absolutely love one for her upcoming 5th birthday. So after a good … Continue reading Unicorn Cake