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Easter

  1. Saffron & Date Hot Cross Buns

    Saffron & Date Hot Cross Buns I’m always looking for ways to create bakes that are big on flavour and a joy to eat but are a little healthier at the same time. Hot Cross Buns traditionally have added sugar but as dried fruit are intensely sweet, so you don’t need any extra. The dates in particular give a warm rich sugar hit. I’ve lived in various African countries and finding butter was often an issue. I ... Read more...
  2. Glace icing for pastries

    Glace icing for pastries Though a simple icing can be made by mixing together icing sugar and water until smooth, it sets with a dull surface and a brittle texture that can fall off pastries. This is because sucrose, what icing sugar technically is, recrystallizes as it cools. Adding glucose, another kind of sugar, to the sucrose interferes with this recrystallization and creates a semi-glossy sheen to the icing and ... Read more...
  3. Norwegian Boller - Cardamom buns

    Norwegian Boller - Cardamom buns Like the croissant is to France, boller are to Norway, although we eat them with coffee at parties and when walking the forests and mountains. They are a milk-based bread, lightly sweet with just a hint of cardamom. Boller are available everywhere in Norway with and without raisins but I have an overwhelming sense of disappointment when having one without, so always include them. The most ... Read more...
  4. Recipe: Mince pies with three-grain shortcrust

    Recipe: Mince pies with three-grain shortcrust BakeryBits is known the world over for making it easy to buy and enjoy excellent and unusual stoneground flours, heritage grains, as well as the finest roller-milled flours used by the best artisan bakers. So, we thought that this year our mince pies should continue that celebration and combine stone-milled flour – from one of our many great millers we stock, or out of your own Mockmill – with... Read more...
  5. Recipe: Marzipan & Orange Mince Pies

    Recipe: Marzipan & Orange Mince Pies Come, guard this night the Christmas-Pie,That the thief, though ne'er so sly,With his flesh-hooks, don't come nighTo catch itFrom him, who all alone sits there,Having his eyes still in his ear,And a deal of nightly fearTo watch it. Robert Herrick (1591-1674)Though Herrick’s Christmas Pie was probably filled with meat and gravy, rather than mincemeat steeped in rum or brandy, I almost want ... Read more...
  6. Recipe: Instant Cranberry & Orange Mincemeat

    Recipe: Instant Cranberry & Orange Mincemeat Christmas can be a really busy time, and I’m always grateful for any ideas that help me get everything done without too many late nights or tantrums. So while in a perfect world, we might all be stirring our mincemeat together during November, the truth is we sometimes put things off until the last minute. So here’s a recipe for a really delicious mincemeat that doesn’t have to be made weeks... Read more...

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