Ireland – Oatmeal Cake

So this week, we venture to Ireland, which has, or at least its border has, been rather the topic of debate throughout all this Brexit chat. There have been some occurrences in the ongoing struggle towards Brexit of late, and so I thought I’d spend a little time this week talking about what is occurring….

Hungary – Beigli

I’ve been in Paris the last few days, and have gladly eaten many cakes and pastries and now I want to learn to bake elaborate things that look attractive and taste incredible (this may be a post-Brexit baking adventure, so watch this space). If you find yourself in Paris I highly recommend you visit Pain…

Hungary – Chimney Cake (Kürtőskalács)

To Hungary! Home of Houdini, and the creators of the biro and the Rubik’s cube, they joined the EU in 2004. It’s also the home of Kürtőskalács, or chimney cake, which dates from around 1450, with the first recipe recorded in 1784.  This is one of the more ambitious bakes of this project to date. I…

Greece – Galatopita

This post is a little later than my usual, slightly irregularly scheduled content, because I spent last week making lots of non-Brexit based cake. It was my dad’s birthday, so I made my second ever batch of macarons (they tasted the same, i.e. good, but looked considerably more ugly). The day after it was Oscar’s…

Greece – Vasilopita

This week, we travel to the home of Zeus, classical architecture and birthplace of democracy – Greece! In the last few years Greece have had a good chat about leaving the euro. There seems to be all sorts of bad press about trying to get out of Europe-based situations, but they haven’t gone as far…

Germany – Plum Streusel Cake (Zwetschgendatschi)

This time of year is the best for fruit. Blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and of course, plums. So nothing could have made me happier than to be sent a recipe for German plum cake (or zwetschgendatschi) from my friends (thank you Philipp and Lucy!). Of course, the recipe was in German, so I (wisely, I think), decided to…

Germany – Bienenstich

To Germany! The largest EU economy, with a chancellor who had a Barbie made in her image. Perhaps better known for its beer and sausages, it also is home to lots of delicious cake. Enter, the bienenstich, or bee sting cake.

#plasticfreejuly – part IV

Plastic Free July ends today. I will admit that I wasn’t as committed towards the end, but nevertheless this month has taught me a lot, has encouraged me to make changes, and has made me think more about all the plastic that surrounds me. It has also made me want to take some action to…

France – Macarons

It has been crazy hot this week. So what better thing to do in insanely hot weather than to make macarons for the first time ever. One of the good things about this whole project is that I’m actually challenging myself to make stuff that I would never have touched ever. Past me is like…

#plasticfreejuly – part III

There’s one week left of Plastic Free July. On the whole it’s gone reasonably well, but there are a few stumbling blocks that keep coming up for me. Firstly, it is very difficult to carry out my Brexit baking project without buying anything plastic wrapped. This goes back to my initial issue of finding dairy products…