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Nut-free Bakewell Tart: Great British Bake Off Week 5

Stubbornness runs in my family. A lot. In particular the women in my family don’t tend to take no for an answer, and I love that about them.Side view of tart with pink pattern on white icing

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Lacey Heart Pancakes: Great British Bake Off Week 4

Pancakes are great. They take no time to make, and you can eat 1 or 100 and they still taste just as good. Lemon with sugar, maple syrup and compote are all great. The Great British Bake Off batter week has really over-complicated things.Three heart shapes pancakes

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Dampfnudel: Great British Bake Off Week 3

Bread week on The Great British Bake Off always makes me painfully aware of my own baking inadequacies. As a general rule, yeast is not my friend.  So the challenge of making Dampfnudel (which did not look particularly appetising) was not exactly filling me with excitement.

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Viennese Whirls: Great British Bake Off Week 2

Biscuit week on the Great British Bake Off has arrived and brought a new technical challenge: Viennese Whirls.

Viennese Whirls were always one of my absolute favourite treats as a kid. The combination of two fillings, crumbly biscuit and a dusting of icing sugar felt very fancy to me. Whenever there was a box with some left, I’d get to work polishing off the remaining biscuits (A common theme of greediness – see also Jaffa Cakes and Marshmallow Teacakes).side view of viennese whirls with jam and cream

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Jaffa Cakes: Great British Bake Off Week 1

The Great British Bake Off is back! And that means that every week I’m going to try and make the technical challenge from the week’s show to test my skills.

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Salted Cardamon Rye Shortbread

Fancy layer cakes and lemon cheesecake stuffed with cream are the absolute best, but sometimes I want to bake something quick and substantial with a good savoury edge.  2016-06-03 12.57.34-2

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Strawberry, Orange Liqueur and Black Pepper Layer Cake

Strawberry, Orange Liqueur and Black Pepper Layer Cake

In my mind, summer is the best time of year hands down. Swims in sun-dappled lidos, lazy walks in the park, idyllic picnics in leafy parks and drinking outside late into the night. Sometimes the reality lives up to the dream. But of course, the inevitable British weather puts a bit of a dampener on things, no pun intended.Strawberry, Orange Liqueur and Black Pepper Layer Cake

 

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