Sizzling Saturday

Sizzling Saturday at the Show!

The sun finally made a glorious appearance and we had a fabulous day for Moreton Show. There was a great representation of local producers who shared their knowledge and treated us to the very best of local food and drink in the Cookery Demo Marquee.

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Get that Friday Feeling with this fun Crunchie Bar recipe

Get That Friday Feeling

GET THAT FRIDAY FEELING! Launched in 1929, the Crunchie bar became a firm favourite. Sharing a fun recipe for you to make your own version at home for a weekend treat.

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Peaches & Cream Cake

Peaches and Cream Cake

Sharing the recipe for this delicious late summer cake, perfect for baking this weekend! I had some extra thick double cream from local North Cotswolds Dairy that was perfect to use in this cake.

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On With The Show

On With The Show

I have had a busy week organising the Cookery Demo Marquee for Moreton in Marsh show taking place on Saturday, 4 September. We have an action-packed foodie day featuring some of the best food and drink in the area planned.

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Getting Ahead Of The Herd!

I love to champion our brilliant local Cotswolds producers and today is no exception; yesterday I called on Cacklebean Eggs, near Stow-on-the Wold, spending a delightful hour with Paddy, Steph, and Sybil.

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eggciting-news

Egg’citing News!

I love to champion our brilliant local Cotswolds producers and today is no exception; yesterday I called on Cacklebean Eggs, near Stow-on-the Wold, spending a delightful hour with Paddy, Steph, and Sybil.

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BBC Filming

BBC Filming

It was an exciting week with the BBC here filming my business and chatting with me for their popular, long-running relocation programme!

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Apricot Frangipane

Apricot Frangipane

Sharing a great summer recipe today that can be easily adapted. If you prefer, it can be made in a pre-baked tart shell or you can substitute 300g raspberries or plums for the apricots. Enjoy!

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Pastel de Nata

Pastel de Nata

Sharing some absolutely delicious Portuguese custard tarts that I baked over the weekend. Homemade puff pastry is filled with a lemon and cinnamon flavoured custard, pressed into specially shaped tins, and baked in a hot oven.

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Galette

Nectarine Galette

This is one of my favourite easy summer desserts and you really don’t even need a formal recipe to make it! A galette is a free-form tart so they are easy to make and look impressive and you can use whatever fruit is in season.

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Strawberry Paris Brest

Strawberry Paris Brest

A bit of French baking today as I develop some new Autumn classes. This Strawberry Paris Brest is made with choux pastry, filled with strawberry mousseline, jam, fresh strawberries, and topped with a dusting of icing sugar. Yum!

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Chocolate Cake

All-in-one Chocolate Cake

Occasionally I come across a recipe and think, “I’m making this NOW!” This was one of those recipes! It is from the incredibly gifted cook and baker, Diana Henry and was featured in The Sunday Telegraph.

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Torte

Strawberry & Cinnamon Torte

I came across this in a stack of old recipes I had clipped out of BBC Food Magazine at least 20 years ago. Credit goes to Orlando Murrin who was the editor at the time. It’s an absolute gem and perfect for summer baking. Enjoy!

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Raspberry Cranachan

Raspberry Cranachan

Sharing a quick an easy recipe for Cranachan, the perfect Father’s Day (and summer) dessert!
This traditional Scottish recipe is very adaptable, I have used it to fill a meringue roulade, but generally it is served in individual portions.

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Cake Baking Tips

Top Cake Baking Tips

We were lucky enough to be given some fresh walnuts from a neighbour, so making a coffee and walnut cake was a perfect opportunity to use them! (…oh, and it’s my favourite cake…) As always, made using local @cotswoldflour.

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Blackburry Mini Cake

Blackberry Mini Cakes

I had a busy weekend of baking parties! We baked the strawberry version of these gorgeous little cakes along with quail egg scotch eggs, and Italian breads.

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Face-to-Face Classes are Back!

It’s great to be teaching in-person classes again. A busy but fun weekend teaching two private baking classes, a savoury picnic food class on Saturday and a Parisian-style Macaron class on Sunday. Fortunately the weather was cooperative too so participants were able to enjoy their picnic treats outside!

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Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto Recipe

It’s wild garlic season! If you’re fortunate enough to have found a bunch either foraged or from the greengrocer, this is a great recipe to extend the shelf life and enjoy it for a little longer.

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Candied Pistachio Carrot Cake

I really like this small carrot cake with a not-too-sweet icing and crunchy, candied pistachios on top. It is the sort of cake that you can knock up quickly and enjoy with a cup of tea after a walk.

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Bagels

Weekend Bagel Making

We had a busy online American baking class yesterday making homemade bagels and brownies. It is one of my favourite classes to teach as I find making bagels a lot of fun and always a treat to eat.

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Cinnamon Star Bread

Cinnamon Star Bread

Inspiration for this beautiful bread came from King Arthur Baking. I used our wonderful local Matthew’s Flour to make the four layers of dough filled with cinnamon sugar.

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A fusion of the best of British and American baking! Jumbo Cinnascone

Jumbo Cinnascone

A fusion of the best of British and American baking! Laminated scone dough is layered with buttery cinnamon sugar before baking and topping with an orange glaze.

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Recipe for Sunday waffles

Overnight Waffles

Welcome to part 2 of my Spring series of short baking video’s. Today I’m making a Special Sunday Treat – Overnight Waffles. View the video and recipe.

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Family baking classes via Zoom

Family Baking Fun

‘Family Baking Fun’ treats from our Zoom class yesterday making a trio of teatime bakes, all made using superb local Cotswold Flour.

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American Maple Walnut Scone Recipe

Scrummy Weekend Bake

Maple Walnut Scones (American style). Today I wanted to bake just for us and make something to have over the next few days with a coffee. When this mood strikes, I will often go back to my roots and make something with an American twist.

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The Great British Baking Masterclasses

The Great British Bakes Series

A series of four masterclasses have been added to the online class schedule.  Perfect your sweet and savoury scones; learn the secrets of a light Victoria sponge & indulge in an easy Irish soda bread, shortbread, and lemon curd.

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Trio Of Valentine’s Day Treats

A trio of Valentine’s Day treats from online baking with the AWC London yesterday. We had a productive afternoon of baking and connecting virtually. Gluten-free amaretti biscuits, passion fruit curd, and salted caramel brownie bites

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Doughnut development day. Wonderful Cruller doughnuts with a citrus glaze. View the recipe

Doughnut Development Day

Today we have had a doughnut development day and made cruller doughnuts made from a pate of choux dough with a citrus glaze. View the citrus glaze recipe and try at home.

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It’s Marmalade Time

It’s marmalade time! Seville oranges have hit the local greengrocer, ready to be made into some delicious marmalade. Watch my video for this easy Seville Orange Marmalade recipe.

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Gorgeous Mini Lemon Cakes

These gorgeous mini lemon cakes really were as delicious as they look! They disappeared quickly, the perfect pick-me-up with a cup of coffee. Soon to appear in a special 30th birthday private baking class.

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Grand Launch

I’m very excited to be launching my new baking business and connecting with you. You can look forward to lots of baking inspiration, recipes, and short videos.

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