Posts tagged baking
Chocolate Caramel Millionaire's Shortbread

Millionaire’s shortbread is a treasure trove of luxury. Indeed, its name derives from the wealth of rich components that comprise each slice. It is nothing short of a confectionary dream - buttery, crumbly shortbread and soft, salty caramel atop with bittersweet dark chocolate. Done well, it perfectly harmonises richness, creaminess, sharpness and for me, spice. When you bite into a square of millionaire’s shortbread your teeth should sink and glide effortlessly through each layer, leaving behind deep tunnels, a mapped memory of your pilgrimage to taste nirvana. A piece is the ultimate companion to a drizzly afternoon slump or midday sugar lull, providing an injection of decadence to reboot the dreary. 


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The Wonder of Bespoke Baking

When I walk through the supermarket and see the stacks of luminous, ludicrous sponge cakes in line, held in their garish, plastic packaging and boasting a four year expiry date, my heart sinks and blood chills. I see science projects, test tube ingredients and lab coats. There is a sterility in this image that is so far removed from the warmth and affection that we wish to demonstrate when presenting a loved one with a cake. It’s cake heartbreak for a baker.


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Tonka & Beurre Noisette Toscakaka

My adoration of beurre noisette inspired my Toscakaka recipe. Toscakaka (or Tosca almond cake) is a traditional Swedish cake, consisting of a light, buttery sponge and a crisp, caramelised almond topping. My variation on the classic deepens the flavour profile of the sponge by use of beurre noisette and golden caster sugar. Furthermore, the inclusion of dusky tonka bean contributes a wholesome sweetness, which coupled with the sharpness of flaked sea salt, elevates a perfectly enjoyable sponge to dizzying heights of decadence.

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Snow Day Baking & My Lemon, Rose & Tonka Bean Madeira Cake

This cake is simple and comforting to make. It is a classic recipe with a much needed spring time hit, that will succeed in lifting the sprits and tempting the appetites of all those around you. Moreover, the cake keeps very well when covered appropriately, so will see you though an unwanted and unexpected bout of snow if necessary - if it isn’t all eaten on the first day of course!

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Beurre Noisette & Brown Sugar Flapjacks

As I’m sure is the case for many people, when I think of flapjack, I think of home, childhood and comfort. Simple to make and sublimely moreish, flapjacks are a firm favourite in the realms of family baking. Certainly, I have fond memories of standing over a bubbling golden pot of melted butter, sweet syrup and sugar, whilst the inviting, nutty aroma drifted through the house, enveloping all those within in warmth and reassurance.

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Coconut Tarts & Christmas

Every family no doubt has their own Christmas traditions, particularly where food is concerned. Mince pies and Christmas pudding are often a staple, however there are certainly individual quirks that mark each of our festive periods as unique. In my family, this was always my Nan’s coconut tarts. They were simple. rustic, and comforting; sweet pastry, raspberry jam and creamy coconut. 

 

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