1 Mar 17

Marbled heart cookies

Heart cookies

With Valentines and Mother’s Day around the corner somehow spring always seems to be the season of romance. Looking for inspiration I came across a pink marbled cookies tutorial over on Pinterest. I know, Pinterest is the source of unreasonably picture perfect baking. Sometimes it just doesn’t turn out that way in real life!
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17 Feb 16

Valentine mochi brownies

I always bake for Valentines and I often spend a lot of time looking for the perfect recipe. Usually something that’s a treat but unusual somehow and this year I had a bag of mochi flour in the cupboard just waiting to be used up.

If you’ve never baked or eaten mochi before it’s a fine flour that’s made from glutenous rice, I have heard that if your wheat intolerant you can still eat mochi flour. You can taste the mochi flour in the brownies and it’s also got a distinctive texture which is a little bit like marshmallow.
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14 May 13

Chai tea loaf

Tea loaf is a really traditional British recipe, sometimes you can find it in cook books as ‘brack’ which is its Irish name. When I was younger I never really enjoyed tea loaf much as it can have quite a bitter flavour and it’s really a fruit cake which I know isn’t to everyones taste. With no butter in the loaf itself it is quite low in fat and ideal paired with a cup of tea, smeared with butter or a piece of cheese.
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5 Feb 13

Cheese and beer bread recipe

Sometimes it’s nice to revisit old recipes and with the last of the keg of beer disappearing and becoming quite bitter I thought I’d give beer bread another go. This time I’ve used different types of flour and the addition of herbs and cheese give this bread a real rustic flavour.

Normally I bake my bread in a square loaf tin but recently I’ve been unhappy with the results from the tin, somehow the shape just doesn’t seem to work with homemade bread. Instead I made this one as a boule just by shaping it with my hands and cutting a cross shape into the top.
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