Orange cinnamon butter biscuits – crisp, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth festive cookies that make great cut-outs for Christmas.
I’ve been having a lot of fun making and decorating Christmas biscuits this week. The decorating part is quite time consuming if you are trying to do it really neatly and you have a lot of biscuits to get through, but I find it quite relaxing and it is a nice way to while away a cold, wet afternoon. (more…)
Chocolate orange doughnuts – soft, orange scented fried doughnuts topped with chocolate orange ganache and candied oranges – pure heaven!
A fresh, fried, yeasted doughnut is a beautiful thing. Pillowy soft, sweet and so full of flavour, fried doughnuts are the pinnacle of comfort food. I do think that baked and cake doughnuts have their place, but they simply cannot beat the perfection of a fried one. (more…)
So apparently this week is #NationalPieWeek (or #BritishPieWeek, I don’t know which is the official one); there are so many national food days/weeks that I rarely know that they are happening until it’s too late and I’m not particularly interested in them anyway (except pancake day – that’s different), but it had been a very long time since I last made a pie so I took it as an excuse to bake one. (more…)
It’s nearly the second best day of the year (after Christmas) – pancake day! I love pancakes in all forms and make them regularly, for breakfast, dessert, dinner (savory or sweet ones!) or a snack; they are infinitely adaptable, easy to make and one of my favourite foods. I realised that I hadn’t really posted any dessert pancakes on the blog, just breakfasty ones; so I am remedying that with these indulgent pancakes with caramel oranges and almond ice cream. (more…)
I was craving cake so badly at the weekend that I just had to give in and bake one, there was no point resisting! Besides, I spent a good portion of my weekend re-organising the kitchen (no small task!) so I think that cake was well deserved. To make a bit of space in the cupboard I decided to use up one of my jars of clementine marmalade and make a marmalade and ginger cake. This is a beautifully soft and moist cake with a lovely orange flavour and a hint of warm ginger.
Clementines are really cheap in the shops at the moment so I ended up buying two and a half kilograms of them; I’ve been eating several of them a day but wanted to make something to use a few of them up. I really enjoy preserving, particularly when it is cold and dark outside; there is something comforting about the process and winter just makes me want to hole up at home and stockpile homemade foods so I chose to make marmalade with them. The wonderful smell of it simmering away on the stove will also make your house smell like an orange grove, which is enough to brighten up even the most miserable and wet of days. (more…)
Did you know that the Queen has not one but two birthdays? Obviously there is her actual birthday, on April 21st; but since 1748 the sovereign of the UK has had an ‘official’ birthday which is generally set around the start of June, to coincide with a higher probability of good weather for outdoor ceremonies. For her 90th birthday this year, June 11th is the official date, but celebrations will begin on June 10th as well as there being events on May 12-15th. (more…)
Did you all have a good Easter? I spent most of mine seeing friends and starting a massive spring clean of the house; I say start because it took me four hours just to do the kitchen, after which I got fed up, gave up and took the dog for a walk to enjoy the sunshine (I went out without a coat!) so I’ve still got the rest of the house to do…it may take me a couple of weeks… I didn’t even do an Easter Sunday lunch this year, or eat any Easter chocolate (shocking I know), I did get in a spot of baking however; nothing particularly Easter-y but it does contain chocolate and is rather delicious – this chocolate, olive oil and rosemary cake with candied blood oranges. (more…)
The best part about any holiday or celebration is the food, and more specifically, the baked goods; cakes and breads feels so much more special if you only consume them once a year. My favorite Easter bake is hot cross buns, though I do also love Simnel cake, but I have a particularly weak spot for sweet enriched breads. I generally bake at least one batch of hot cross buns around Easter time every year; I decided to do something a little different this year though and baked a hot cross bun loaf using my hokkaido milk bread recipe as the base. (more…)
There are a lot of mixed feelings about fruitcake, some people love it, others hate it with a fiery passion; I am firmly in the first camp, I adore fruitcake (of course I do. It’s cake.) and will happily eat it year round; fruitcake is not just for Christmas, though I wouldn’t want to celebrate it without it. Traditionally, Christmas cake should be made a good while in advance to allow it to mature; I am not that organised however so I made a cake that requires minimal maturing; though it certainly wouldn’t harm it if you wanted to make it a month or so in advance. (more…)