Port and orange christmas cake

This Sunday is Stir Up Sunday, when the Lord stirs up the wills of the faithful and the English stir up a lot of future indigestion in the form of Christmas puddings. This year Ma G&C is stirring up a flammable fruit pud, so […]

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Holywake Bake Cake

On November 3, 2009 By

Holywake bake cake

Bonfire Night and gingerbread go together like Bonfire Night and toffee apples or Bonfire Night and candy floss or Bonfire Night and anything involving a great deal of sugar. It’s probably all the excitement of burning Catholics and frightening dogs that has people craving a […]

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Earl Grey tea bread

On September 23, 2009 By

Earl Grey tea bread

On Sunday the Out To Swim Team 1 – aka Team Awesome – got the go ahead to do their Channel relay to raise money for The Food Chain. They would be allowed to launch themselves off Dover beach at midnight that […]

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Apple and elderberry cake

If you want to raise money for charity, bake a cake. This time last week, I was at a cake party hosted by Hollowlegs for Macmillan Cancer Support. She and Food Stories cooked a mammoth quantity of cake, including Blueberry […]

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Coconut macaroons

On September 13, 2009 By

Coconut macaroons

To Sister Number 1: These aren’t the almond macaroons – I didn’t take a picture of those when I baked them for the charity cake stall. I’ll have to bake another batch in order to write up the recipe (and this time I will […]

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The remains of the cake sale

Sister Number 1 is a lunatic. She and her swim team – Team Awesome – are going to swim a relay across the English Channel this Friday. It’s for charity, of course, although disappointingly it’s not going to involve fancy dress. The point […]

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Cherry and walnut cake

Ah, cake. What an excellent way you are to use up the half packet of chopped walnuts that has been looking at me accusingly from my kitchen cupboard. Especially as I never seem to run out of flour, which surprises me. I don’t remember buying it but […]

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Chocolate and almond cake with brandied cherries

This is a really terrible photograph and I can only apologise. But it illustrates something very tasty, so it has to go in, even if it does make the cake look a bit like one of the Fireys from Continue Reading

Chocolate wedding cake

A few days ago Housemate Number 3 asked me what my favourite type of cooking was. ‘Baking,’ was my immediate answer. And after baking? ‘Er, pastry.’ And after that? ‘Probably back to baking.’

My fondness for baking has meant that some of my […]

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"We endeavour to give people anything they ask for." "Including seed cake and muffins – yes, I see. To each according to his need – I see… Quite Marxian." Chapter 1, At Bertram’s Hotel

I remember the day I though my local library had run of […]

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