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Bakes Like Berry!

Homage to all the finalists in this years Great British Bake Off! All are amazing.I know who I have my money on.

Mary Berry just goes up and up in my estimation every year. She finds something positive to say about 98% of all the bakes, be it the flavour , texture , rise  colour, or even just the idea. Who can’t be inspired by her?

I have bought myself a couple of her books and I propose to have a go at baking something from them every week, which means that some weeks I won’t manage it.  It’s October now so I think about Autumn, and that to me that means Halloween and ginger. I love Ginger, sometimes going over the top with it a bit. So I shall be tackling some of the ginger recipes. All pretty low level stuff , but yummy I hope.

First off are these Yorkshire Gingernuts

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Oven 160C/ gas 3

3 baking trays greased

Heat tog 100g butter and 1 tablespoon golden syrup, until the butter has melted

Mix tog 350g self raising flour, 100g demerara sugar, 100g light muscovado sugar , 1 level tablespoon ground ginger and 1 level teaspoon bicarb of soda

Then add 1 large beaten egg and the butter mix to form a dough.

Form the dough into small balls the size of a walnut and place on trays. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

How I got on

The recipe says it makes 50. My idea of a walnut must be different from Mary Berry’s. I got 22 from the mix and oh boy are they hard to bite into. Ideal for dunking though.My picture looks like the picture in the book.  I would like them more gingery too.

Not quite certain why they are called Yorkshire gingernuts, never seen this recipe anywhere else. and to be honest a disappointing recipe, I have better ginger biscuit recipes.

Have a go, let me know what you think. Are you a Bake Off fan?



In Praise of Seasonality!

This year I really want to enjoy local seasonal foods and try new recipes. Local  because the less distance something travels the fresher and nicer it is, and seasonal because I think we have lost something from our culture by having ingredients always available. And new recipes for me,because I love to cook.

The first local and seasonal fruit has just appeared in the green grocers in town,  Yorkshire rhubarb.

This rhubarb has been grown in a specific region of Yorkshire in the dark and so is a lovely delicate pink colour and also sweet and gorgeous.

In honour of the first rhubarb this year I tried a new to me recipe. OH YUM. Rhubarb Cobbler.

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Recipe came from Good Housekeeping with a substitute ingredient  from me..

6oz plain flour

4oz butter

5oz caster sugar

1 1/2lb rhubarb trimmed and cut into bite size chunks

2tbsp cornflour

1/2 tsp cinnamon….I didn’t have any cinnamon (how did I run out of my favourite spice?) so I used Mixed spice.

a little milk and sugar for glazing


Put the flour, butter and 1 oz of the sugar in a food processor and blend until you have fine breadcrumb texture. Add 3 tbsp cold water and blend until it comes together. If it is sticky at all roll in some flour and chill for 2o minutes . ( I will be honest here I have never ever bothered to chill pastry, but this was sticky so for once I did, and I could not believe the difference it made,I AM A CONVERT TO PASTRY CHILLING the pastry was divine).

Roll out the pastry leaving the edges ragged and uneven- my edges are always ragged and uneven so this was a breeze. Large enough for a 9inch round, 2 inch deep dish. I only had a cake tin with a detachable bottom, hence the cake liner. Place pastry in the tin with the edges well over the sides .

Toss the rhubarb in the sugar, cornflour and cinnamon (mixed spice). Spoon into the dish. Don’t be tempted to leave out the cornflour it really coats the rhubarb.

Then fold the edges up and over the fruit, as in the picture. Glaze with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 5o minutes at 200C, 400F, gas 6,tin on a baking tray. The pastry should be golden brown and juice bubbling around the side.Serve hot with ice cream.

Now I can’t tell a lie- I was guilty of the Bake Off Squat (ie hunkering down to peer through the glass door to check the colour)

I did have a soggy bottom( probably the cake liner to blame), but it was a super yummy soft, cooked, rhubarb infused soggy bottom( None UK readers may need to refer for an understanding of this comment to  the  BBC Great British Bake Off )

What can I say the rhubarb cobbler was DEELICIOUS. Can’t wait to see what is local and in season next for me to try something new with.



Strawberry Pavlova

I wrote a bucket list this year. Today I can cross off Make a Pavlova. Remarkably simple and oh so yummy!

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Recipe from my stalwart cookery book Good Housekeeping


3 egg whites ( mine are free range and large)

6 oz caster sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/2tsp white wine vinegar- ( I didn’t have any so missed this out- No-one said but what about the vinegar when they scoffed it down)

1 level tsp cornflour

10fl oz double cream

12 oz raspberries- but I used a big punnet of strawberries (English Herefordshire ones to be precise)

NB can use any fruit really


Draw a 7 inch circle on some non stick baking parchment paper, turn it over and place on a baking tray.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff- ie a peak stays in place on an upside down whisk.

Whisk in half the caster sugar- until stiff

Fold in with a large metal spoon the rest of the caster sugar, vanilla and vinegar. Pile onto the paper within the circle

Bake in the bottom shelf of an oven at 150C , 300F or Gas mark 2, until crisp and dry

Transfer with great care to a wire rack until completely cool. Then with even more care upend and remove the paper.

I put mine onto the serving plate to remove and used the bottom for the top!

Whisk the double cream till stiff and pile onto the meringue base. Decorate with strawberries- eat any left over ones and deny the fact to family!

All tuck in!

Linking in with Handmade Monday

and Townsend House- what I am eating

Do check them out for lovely homemade goodnesses!

Let me know if you make a pavlova!

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