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Bakewell Chelsea Buns – my Christmas present to you

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I make no bones about the shortness of this. I had such grand designs for sorting this post out , but just like the programme, my vision hasn’t been matched by the hard currency of time, which I lack. This … Continue reading

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Why bother making Christmas Cake?

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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. (LP Hartley, The Go-Between) Well actually I’d like to challenge that. And I’m going to raise the stakes with an argument for home made Christmas cake. Ian Jack  reviewed the … Continue reading

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Elvis Bars for Election Week: Peanut Butter and Jelly slices

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Elvis famously voted with his stomach. He would however have recognised the manic criss crossing of the US by the candidates chasing votes as he famously flew 1000 miles by private jet in search of a peanut butter and jelly … Continue reading

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What do crackers say about us- frazzled, nutty or only good with a drink? GBBO 8

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It is a truth universally acknowledged amongst the continually time pressed that no one makes their own crackers these days. What was this idea for signature biscuits- shades of Abigail’s Party in which we all float around putting bits of … Continue reading

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Baby Jesus, Crown and Wreath: the whole story represented in my GBBO 7 Showstopper

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It only occurred to me writing the title for this post that the development of my Showstopper wreath was an inadvertent recreation of the Christmas story. Baking for the Christmas/New Year period is my favourite type of ‘relaxation’ baking. I … Continue reading

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How to make strudel- Can I convince you it’s worth the bother?

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If our genetic origins are from Africa as one of the seven daughters of Eve, then it is in the Middle East that our ancestors first learnt to farm, growing the wheat without which there would be no baking. Yes … Continue reading

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Sticky Bannoffee Puddings with Chai Ice Cream- homage to Delia, tribute to Grace

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Certain recipes are associated with a time, place or a person and that can sometimes transcend individual viewpoints and cross into national fame. Dolly Parton was once asked if she regretted the fact that Whitney Houston had taken “I will … Continue reading