Fig and toasted hazelnut wholemeal bread

Quite the name of today’s bake, eh? It makes it seem really complicated, but a quick read-through doesn’t scare me, so it must be okay. As I mentioned last week, I purchased hazelnuts for the first time, and I purposefully purchased (say that ten times fast) extra hazelnuts for this bake. There’s a second ingredient…

Praline biscotti

It’s time for another bake and if you’ve been paying attention, you’d notice that I’m jumping ahead a section. Now that I’ve evened out the number of remaining recipes in each of the six sections of this bakebook, I’ve been going through them in order. That particular order is as follows: biscuits and traybakes, breads,…

Little crab soufflés

After the sweet pastry and patisserie section of my bakebook comes the savoury section. And if I’m being completely honest: the weird section. British people make great sweet bakes. Scones and biscuits and cakes—yes, please! But their cooking leaves something to be desired. Or perhaps it’s more of an acquired taste. Baked beans running into…

Choux caramel puffs

Another day, another bake. Or more accurately: another week, another bake. I was a little apprehensive before I started this bake, if I’m honest. My experience with pastry is limited to pies. I made cheese gougères once which I think have a similar process to choux pastry, but that being said I have never made…

Mary’s cherry cake

I guess the same way Paul is king of the breads, Mary seems to be queen of the cakes. I know it’s been a few weeks since I last baked-and-blogged, but it’s actually only been two days since my last bake (snickerdoodles) and five days since my second-to-last bake (sourdough). I just haven’t talked about…

Paul’s Roquefort and walnut-filled loaf

Bread comes after biscuits and traybakes (in the bakebook), which means it’s time for a bread recipe. But which do I do? Do I do a saffron loaf or a super complicated Moroccan plaited wreath? Do I do a super simple bread or finally tackle doughnuts? Considering the fact that it’s just started to snow,…

Double chocolate crunch cookies

Another day, another bake. Time to start at the very beginning. (I hear it’s a very good place to start.) Back to biscuits and traybakes! I went through and couldn’t decide which to do. I thought about being selfish again (like I was with the cheese, ham and chive tart) by making some crackers that…

Ginger and pear pudding

Hello friends. Are you surprised to see another blog post so quickly? I know I am. I wasn’t expecting to do two posts this week, especially since I didn’t do any bakes last week. However, this week I also received a bakebook by Duchess Bake Shop, the book that I already decided would be my…

Cheese, ham and chive tart

It’s Tuesday night and I need to make a savoury bake. I mean I don’t need to make one, but if I don’t make one I’ll never make one. Most of these recipes scare me. So many variations on a meat pie. Why so many, England? I looked ahead this last weekend, trying to plan out…

Mary’s chocolate orange tart

I was toying with the idea of whether or not I should bake this week. Monday was out as it was the first Monday of the first full week back to work and I needed to focus on self-care. Tuesday I had plans. Wednesday my self-care turned more toward self-carelessness as I essentially didn’t move…