Gateau l’opera

My last bake. I can’t believe it. I also can’t believe I only started this bake this morning. It feels like I’ve been baking for five days. According to the bakebook: The spiritual home of the most elegant of French cakes is the Dalloyau Pâtisserie in Paris. It’s the attention to detail as well as…

Smoked haddock roulade

I very nearly didn’t bake this bake. I have been avoiding this weird fish cake for five years but then I kept running out of recipes and now I only have two left. In case this one was as disgusting as I feared, I didn’t want to end my blogging journey on a low note,…

Enwezor’s pumpkin and sunflower biscuits

Three bakes to go. May as well make this an easy one for an easy day off. I’ve had the sunflower seeds required for this recipe for months, stashed away in the back of my cupboard, waiting for their debut. This recipe requires three types of flour, two of which I don’t keep in the…

Paul’s chocolate and raspberry doughnuts

I have four recipes left from four different categories: biscuits and traybakes, breads, cakes, and savoury bakes. The remaining savoury bake is one that I still don’t trust is even edible. The remaining cake is too terrifying. The remaining biscuit is one I casually mentioned at work that I didn’t think people would want to…

Paul’s kouign amann

Today is a Saturday of a surprise long weekend. Monday has offices closed across the country in honour of a day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II (although not all offices and places of work—it’s a little confusing). Again, if I had any kind of timing, I would blitz through these recipes to finish my…

Luis’ the tropical Manchester tart

Another hot day, another bake. This was foolish of me. It doesn’t seem like it should be hot because it’s not sunny but the reason it’s not sunny is because a thick cloud of forest fire smoke has drifted west from several hours away, creating a great reason to stay inside, but not exactly the…

Apple, cider and raisin crumble

I messed up. I was going to arrange it so that my last six recipes were one from each category, but yesterday was a cooler, rainy day and I was feeling bakey so I chose an easy one from Puddings & Desserts when I still have two in Sweet Pastry & Patisserie. Oh well. This…

Celebration rum torte

Perfect for a summer party, this is a rather deceptive dessert – it looks like a substantial four-layer iced cake, but it’s very light indeed, and slightly tipsy as it’s subtly flavoured with rum. Some of the recipes in this bakebook have an intro description that may explain the bake you’re about to do or…

Mary’s Florentines

I was just about to type, “It’s only been a month,” and then realized that’s probably an improper use of the word “only” when I “only” have nine recipes left and I’ve “only” been doing this blog for five years. I think I lost myself in that paragraph. Back to the matter at hand. I…

Mary’s Prinsesstårta

It’s Easter and I’m making fancy cake. Okay, that’s a half truth. It’s a week after Easter, but that’s when my family is getting together for dinner, so I decided to attempt a cake that’s been scaring me for a while. Mary’s Prinsesstårta: A three-layer sponge with vanilla custard, whipped cream and jam filling, covered…