All posts tagged: baking

Edible Pansy Shortbread Biscuits

I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical about ‘edible flowers’ when they became particularly fashionable a few months ago. I felt like it was a cheat’s way of making an average dish look amazing. But there’s no denying that whatever dish they’re used in, it does make it look incredibly pretty! When I went to stay with my Mum in Yorkshire recently, I was excited to see some beautiful pansies growing wild in her lawn and just had to do something with them! I’d seen someone make biscuits with them recently, so I thought I’d do a quick and easy recipe to use them.     Ingredients 180g plain flour 125g unsalted butter, cubed 55g caster sugar, plus more for decoration 1 egg white, beaten Pansies/edible flours, washed (delicately!) Method Mix together the butter and sugar in a bowl to form a paste. Slowly add in the flour and stir to make a thicker mixture. Roll this out to around 1cm thick onto a floured surface (the mixture is likely to be …

Croatian Fig Tart Recipe

Have you been watching Rick Stein’s ‘Venice To Istanbul’ TV series? I’m rather hooked, as I’m a big fan of the cuisine he’s lucky enough to be eating, drinking and cooking his way through, having grown up in Cyprus. As I’ve mentioned previously, Cypriot cuisine really does take inspiration from all of the countries surrounding it. I’ve been meaning to buy the cookbook accompanying the series, but when I came across one of the recipes for a Croatian Fig Tart in BBC Good Food Magazine, I had to try it out. I was cooking it for a dinner party, perhaps a bit risky for a first attempt, but luckily it turned out well and was very yummy indeed! Here’s the recipe: Ingredients PASTRY: 170g plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting Pinch salt 100g unsalted butter, cubed 50g caster sugar 1 egg yolk 50ml double cream FILLING: 500g mascarpone cheese 6 tbsp clear honey 6 large, 7 medium or 8 small fresh figs, stems trimmed, halved Method For pastry, mix flour, salt and butter until …

My Morning with Nancy Birtwhistle for ‘Use Your Loaf’

How much of every loaf of bread that you buy, do you actually end up eating? I tend to buy a loaf in our online shop to arrive on a Saturday morning, which we use for toast that day and Sunday, but I’m ashamed to admit that’s often all we use it for. I rarely have time to make breakfast in the house before leaving for work (well, that’s actually a lie, I could just get up earlier, but when it’s a toss up between extra sleep and brekkie, sleep usually wins!) so there’s rarely a need for the bread during the week. According to Love Food Hate Waste, I’m not the only one who does this. A staggering 24 million slices of bread are thrown away in the UK every day and 18% of people have admitted to binning a forgotten loaf of bread before even opening it! I was invited to an event hosted by Love Food Hate Waste, where Nancy Birtwhistle (winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off) would be giving …

Biscuiteers Retro Classics – Review & Recipes

This week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off focused on biscuits – did you see it? It was a good ‘un! I enjoy a nice biscuit with a cup of tea, although I must admit, I tend to avoid buying them in my grocery shop, as I’ll be tempted to eat the entire packet in one sitting (why are biscuits just so damn addictive?!)  My favourites are the old school classics, so I was over the moon to see that Biscuiteers are selling their own hand-made Custard Creams and Chocolate Bourbons (two of my faves!) until the beginning of September. It’s always a great day when something like this arrives in the post, I couldn’t wait to try them!     I don’t actually know the last time I had a Custard Creams, so it was very nostalgic. They tasted just like the original versions but even better. The butter icing was so rich and creamy, with a perfect level of crunch on the biscuit. I’m sure Mary and Paul would be very impressed if …

Mississippi Mud Pie for 4th July

For the past few years, I’ve always made some kind of pudding to celebrate 4th July. Yes, I know I’m British, but a lot of my friends and ex-colleagues are American. And hey, any excuse to make a cake, right? This year I thought I’d have a go at a Mississippi Mud Pie. But I have to confess. This ended in disaster… I haven’t had a baking disaster for a while, so it was extremely frustrating! I followed a recipe from The Telegraph, with the exact ingredients, measurements and so on. However, after over 40 minutes of being in the oven, I could tell that the inside was still quite wobbly. I left it to cool for 20 minutes but could tell it was clearly undercooked. I put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes but the inside was still gloopy! At this stage I was running out of time and didn’t really have a choice, so I took it out and as expected, the thing completely fell apart. The issue is clearly …

The Canelé Revolution! Yvonne & Guite Review and Interview

In case you don’t know by now, I’m a bit of a Francophile, especially when it comes to food. Although I’m usually more of a fan of savoury French food than sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll happily tuck into a macaron or a croissant any day, but given the opportunity to snack on something at home, I would usually opt for something savoury. When I was approached by a new London-based baking business called Yvonne & Guite, asking if I’d ever tried canelés, I shamefully had to say no. But when I did a bit of research, I realised I had tried them, I was just unaware of the name. They’re very unusually shaped and as my experience goes to show, the name hasn’t quite caught on in the UK yet, but I truly believe they’re going to go down a storm in the British confectionery scene very soon! Yvonne & Guite is owned by Caroline Coutand-Gavriloiu, who has loved to bake ever since she was a child in her parents’ kitchen. Her grandmothers, Yvonne …

3D Printing – The Future of Food?

The other day, I came across an event taking place in Shoreditch all about 3D Printing. This is something I was vaguely aware of, but really didn’t know that much about. When I saw that there was a whole conference section on gastronomy, I was intrigued – how on earth could you 3D print food?! I had to find out, so I took the morning off work and was able to get a press pass for the conference.     Having managed events and conferences myself in the past, I always have pretty high expectations. With various technical issues (ironic for a conference focusing on the very latest in technology!), no refreshments or breaks in between speakers, I was a little bit disappointed in the organisation of it. I really hoped that the content of the conference would make my morning off worth it – and it certainly did! There were five different speakers: Frits Hoff from FabLab Maastricht: Experiments with 3D Food Printing Pieter Debrauwer from TNO: 3D Food Printing & Medical Nutrition Chia-Ling …

#FoodieFriends – Poppy’s Chocolate Orange Mousse

Next up on #FoodieFriends is my wonderful sister-in-law, Pops! Poppy does some fantastic dinner parties and is a brilliant baker. She was also a bridesmaid at our wedding – here she is looking gorge walking down the aisle ahead of me. I’ll need a recipe from my third bridesmaid, Laura, next! 😉 Poppy’s Recipe: Chocolate Orange Mousse by Delia Smith “I first got told about this chocolate mouse from my Mother and Father who thought it was literally ‘to die for!’ And couldn’t wait to share their findings! It is one of Delia Smith’s classic baking recipes – I mean, who doesn’t love a good Delia? It is decadent but light and full of guilty pleasures!! I have made this recipe twice and both times it has gone down an absolute treat! I serve it with a slither of something citrusy – either grapefruit or orange, some berries and a Terry’s chocolate orange! The recipe calls for popping it into the fridge for a few hours but I have done this with minimal time and …

‘An Evening With Rye’ and Bake With Maria

I recently attended a chocolate class with other bloggers at ‘Bake With Maria‘, a baking school run by the lovely Maria Mayerhofer. Maria teaches all kinds of classes, from macarons to croissants, and last week, I was invited to try out her ‘baking with rye’ class. I really enjoy making and eating bread, although I’d never made rye bread at home before. There’s so much focus in the news at the moment on eating healthily and cutting out various food substances, such as gluten or yeast, so I was keen to see if I would like the rye products as much as standard white or brown bread. I was hoping I would, as it seemed like a healthier alternative! The class was held at Snaps + Rye in Notting Hill – interestingly, London’s only Danish restaurant!     During the class, we learned how to make a Rye Loaf with Figs & Fennel, Rye Crackers with Seeds and Overnight Rye Buns. Rye Loaf with Figs & Fennel This was a lot of fun to make, and made …

A Homemade Rhubarb Crumble

When I was a child, we used to have rhubarb growing all around us in Yorkshire, I completely took it for granted. As this time of year is perfect for rhubarb, I really wanted to try out a recipe with it, but sourcing some fresh rhubarb in East London turned out to be tricky. At one point I even tweeted to ask if anyone knew where I could buy fresh rhubarb online. This proved to be rather amusing for some people and yes, I realise the irony of the request. But I thought there might be a fairly local farm shop that sells it online. Apparently not. I ended up just ordering some from Sainsbury’s in our weekly food shop. Annoyingly its use-by date was the day it was delivered, something that really irks me about doing grocery shopping online! I swear they just fob you off with the fruit and veggies that are closest to their sell/use-by date. Anyway, at least it was ready to bake with, so I made a crumble with it …