Lemon Toasts

I’ve had the French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook for about 2 years now. No, in case you’re wondering, I’ve never used it. But it had some interesting recipes, and I liked the concept, even though I was never going to actually follow the diet. To be honest, I admire anyone who is willing to…

Apricot Crunchies

I’ve managed to post for 10 straight weeks now. Someone other than me must be proud of that. I’ve finally set myself an achievable goal (I’m pretty sure this is the longest time I’ve gone without having massive gaps between posts). Spring is here now, which means doing things like going outside without a coat…

Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake – recipe

As promised, the epically long recipe for the Pancaken. Enjoy! From The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, by Deb Perelman Crepes: 125g unsalted butter (will also be used for pastry cream) 550ml milk (Deb suggests whole, I used semi-skimmed, I’m sure both are fine) 6 large eggs 190g plain flour pinch of salt 100g caster sugar sunflower…

Hazelnut Crepe Cake (or, The Ultimate Challenge)

Okay, so last week when I hilariously joked that this week would be: Hazelnut Crepe Cake – The Ultimate Challenge, I did not truly understand that by Tuesday evening, it would no longer be a joke, but perhaps one of the truest things I have ever written (more true than other things I have said,…

Black Bottom (Cup)Cake

On Friday it was my friend Julian’s birthday, and so, of course, I made him a birthday cake. Black-bottom cupcakes (from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook) are one of the recipes on my list, but I decided it wouldn’t be that much different if I just made it as one cake instead of 12 tiny ones. It…

Meeting Deb!

Okay, so a number of things have happened since I became incredibly lazy and stopped posting on here for over a month: 1. It got cold enough that I can now eat porridge for breakfast. 2. I baked another upside-down blackberry cake, oatmeal cookies, and courgette crisps and probably other things that I forgot about….

On Learning Stuff

Last week I went to a sugarpaste decorating class. I’ve never used sugarpaste before and it seemed like it was about time I did, if not just for fun, then to increase my general cake decorating skills – which, I have to say, are slowly but surely improving (as in, I can ice a batch…

On Flapjacks And Nostalgia

The item I have baked most frequently of late is flapjacks.  There are some recipes that seem to be passed down through families – the one I use to make flapjacks is one of those. I have never even looked at another flapjack recipe – which is perhaps a little unadventurous, but, for me, these…

Farewells

My most excellent friend Laura is leaving for Paris in a couple of weeks to do a masters at Sciences Po. Today she left Cambridge to go back home to Gloucester for a while before she leaves for good. Her leaving party was originally meant to include cake, which I unfortunately failed to make, and…