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…

Chetna’s crispy lentil kachori

Another day, another bake. Since the start of the long weekend, I’ve been flipping back and forth between my remaining 11 recipes to see how I could take advantage of being off work. I couldn’t decide, though, so on Saturday I chose instead to make this recipe for Ted Lasso’s special biscuits: And then on…

Iain’s Moroccan plait with bessara dip

I’m down to my last twelve recipes. That’s two per category. Instead of opting for an easy one, I decided to take advantage of a wide open day off and go for one that has been scaring me for five years. I braved Superstore on a Sunday afternoon, picked up some of the more unique…

Nancy’s summer pudding Alaska

Three things of note for this recipe: I only did half of it. I broke my electric mixer. I had my sister’s three children whilst baking this and their patience waiting for me to take all day to finish it was admirable. I’ve made a baked Alaska before, but I altered that recipe to make…

Game, port and redcurrant charlotte

Forgive me readers. It has been exactly seven months since I last baked-and-blogged. That is a long time. Possibly the longest stretch yet. In my defense, we’re still in a pandemic so sharing food I bake is difficult. I moved several months ago. And I also got a new roommate who takes up a lot…