Tag: Baking

  • French cooking: Pain au chocolat

    French cooking: Pain au chocolat

    What are the first three foods that come to mind when you think about France? Take your time, I will wait. Ready? Let’s see – I assume baguettes are up there? Baguettes seem to grow like grass here. What about delicate pastries like eclairs? Or their 1600 cheeses? Basically, anything involving butter? France is pretty […]

  • Peanut butter banana bread with caramel and chocolate

    Peanut butter banana bread with caramel and chocolate

    Finally, finally, after five years of writing this old blog, I bring you peanut butter banana bread. The fact that this is my first recipe for banana bread is honestly shocking. Considering that for years I have kept a stash of bananas in my freezer for the entire purpose of a regular supply of banana […]

  • Moist carrot cake with maple cream cheese frosting

    Moist carrot cake with maple cream cheese frosting

    Unlike many bakers, I didn’t grow up baking at my grandmother’s knee. In fact, my most regular activity in my granny’s kitchen was drying the dishes (can you even qualify that as a skill? – ‘oh her baking is delicious’ ‘you haven’t seen anything, just watch her dry up’). My granny was of the generation […]

  • French cooking: Spiced apricot tarte tatin

    French cooking: Spiced apricot tarte tatin

    I’ve never kept it a secret that I’m a winter girl at heart. My favourite foods usually involve pastry or suet, I mean, I love lard for goodness’ sake. However, I will admit defeat in favour of summer fruits. This season can claim proud responsibility for the best fruits of the year. One of those […]

  • Pear, chocolate and hazelnut scones

    Pear, chocolate and hazelnut scones

    There’s been a week’s intermission from blogging and from France, but I can offer you some pear, chocolate and hazelnut scones as compensation, dear reader. I don’t look like a French native. My cheeks are almost ruddishly pink – something even my dad pointed out recently in a fairly critical manner (‘why are your cheeks […]

  • French cooking: Cherry clafoutis

    French cooking: Cherry clafoutis

    And so, finally, six months later, I’m back in France! It’s almost unbelievable to think the last time I saw my boyfriend was on a dark, wet morning in December as he dropped me off at the airport, our last kiss between two face masks. At long last – Christmas, a birthday, and, oh yeah, […]

  • Orange and ginger sticky toffee pudding

    Orange and ginger sticky toffee pudding

    Who knew a sticky toffee pudding could save the day? About week ago, I excitedly planned a list of recipes to write and test. I was probably lying in bed at the time and frustrated that it was night, hence the cooking could not commence immediately. Over the following days, I eagerly made rhubarb ketchup, […]

  • French cooking: Raspberry and hazelnut crème brûlées

    French cooking: Raspberry and hazelnut crème brûlées

    A crème brûlée is one of those delicate French deserts which we Brits adore and worship from afar but probably never attempt to make. Add it to the collection along with soufflé, mille-feuille and croquembouche. Even the name ‘crème brûlée’ doesn’t help (does it really need this many accents?!). I’ve started taking French lessons. I […]

  • How to make babka: mocha cinnamon and apricot almond

    How to make babka: mocha cinnamon and apricot almond

    I first tried babka at Honey & Co. In their little restaurant on Warren Street, its white walls and plants whisking customers away from smoggy London to a momentary respite of sun-dappled tranquillity, there is a counter laden with tempting cakes and pastries. After a memorable meal, stuffed to the gills and discovering a new […]

  • The 7 things I learnt during lockdown

    The 7 things I learnt during lockdown

    Lockdown has been a trying time for us all. The world is officially closed for business and we’re all frozen in action. Some of us have it better than others, and I count myself lucky enough to be in that first category – I have a roof over my head, friends to chat to and […]