Hot Cross Buns

These hot cross buns are so good, I’ve made them twice now. When they are freshly made they are pillowy soft, delicious and bursting with fruit and spices. Then after a couple of days, as they get a little bit … Continued

Lardy Cake

I had three attempts at different lardy cake recipes until I got it right. I wanted a lardy cake that would taste like the ones from my childhood, purchased from bakeries that no longer exist. The first lardy cake I … Continued

Salted Caramel Babka

Whilst we’re at home, all of those jobs you’ve always meant to do but never got round to, are suddenly getting completed. The cupboard you’ve been meaning to sort through, the junk in the garage, even the dreaded shed has … Continued

Charcoal & Blood Orange Cronuts

I’ve made cronuts a couple of times on the blog and by now almost anyone that considers themselves a ‘foodie’ must know what a cronut is, regardless of whether they’ve eaten one! For anyone that doesn’t though, it’s essentially croissant … Continued

Chocolate Hazelnut Brioche

As I’m sure you can imagine, I have a lot of cookbooks. The majority of them are patisserie or baking books though, so I’m a bit lacking on dinner party inspiration and evening meals, but the dessert course is usually … Continued

Crumpets

Crumpets, those delicious breakfast or tea-time favourites. I love them toasted, almost burnt and slathered in butter and Marmite. It never occurred to me to bother making my own, they’re so cheap to buy and it seemed like a bit … Continued

Blueberry Brioche

What do you do when your online supermarket sends you a free punnet of blueberries? Well you browse through ALL of your patisserie books until you find a recipe you like, that really makes these little berries shine, like these … Continued

Croissants

Croissants are iconic, their shape, the flaky pastry and the distinctive layers are what makes them delicious and unique. I’ve made croissants quite a few times on the blog, from wholegrain versions to cronuts, but I always keep coming back to … Continued

Kouign-amann

Kouign-Amann (pronounced queen amann), is a sugary, buttery pastry from Finistère, Brittany in France. The kouign-amann dates back to 1860 and the literal translation of the Breton words are kouign=cake amann=butter. The recipe resembles a croissant dough, but with less … Continued

Brioche

The British Larder is one of the first blogs I ever followed. Right at the beginning before they opened a pub. I salivated over Ross and Madalene’s recipes and always vowed to attempt at least one of them. It’s typical of … Continued

Gin & Tonic Cronuts™

#NationalDoughnutWeek is nearly over (I actually think the last day is today) and I’m running out of time to get the Gin & Tonic Cronuts™ finished in time for it. I know this might seem strange, as some of you may remember that … Continued

Almond Danish Pastries

I love almonds, from marzipan, frangipan, macarons, amaretto and bakewell tart to these almond danish pastries. So many of my favourite recipes and ingredients contain almonds. Although I’ve already made cronuts this week, I thought I would visit viennoiserie again … Continued

Raspberry & Rose Cronuts™

It’s Breakfast Week and what better way to start the day, than with  Raspberry & Rose Cronuts™. Alright, so I’m joking,  there’s nothing healthy about deep fried laminated dough, but they do taste pretty good. By now I’m sure pretty much everyone … Continued

Lemon Drizzle Croissants

In the world of patisserie there are a number of hybrid cakes that have popped up over the years, there’s the croissant/doughnut hybrid known as the cronut, the dougnut/muffin a.k.a the duffin, and the cragel, which you’ve guessed it, is … Continued

A Nice Easy Chocolate Orange Loaf

After a weekend away in Cambridge and embarking upon a redecorating project at home, I wanted something really simple to make this week. I already felt like I didn’t really have any spare time to make something very intricate, so I … Continued

Butter Croissants

Recipe: Croissant  au beurre Level: Advanced Techniques: Leavened Puff Pastry I’ll be honest, a classic recipe such as croissants was one of the reason I wanted to learn French patisserie. I remember watching a French patissier making them on television,  it looked like … Continued