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
So it's almost time to make my daughter's birthday cake, and I'm busy racking my brains to think of something awesome. I'm having a bit of a block right now, but one thing I do know, is that I don't want to cover the cake in fondant. Don't get me wrong, fondant certainly has it's uses - … Continue reading Modelling Chocolate
I love cherries. I genuinely can't get enough of them, and will happily eat my way through an entire punnet in one sitting. You can get cherries all year round nowadays, but out of season they're usually not very sweet, and also horrendously expensive. So when fresh, seasonable cherries are readily available, I go a bit … Continue reading Cherry Clafoutis