Monthly Archives: January 2013

Building Blocks of Baking – Part 8 Spices

Lets take a look at spices. I’m going to look at Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Mixed Spice and Allspice.  Where they come from and how to use them.  Along with some yummy recipes including a traditional Irish Whisky Egg Nog. Nutmeg Botanically … Continue reading

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The Building Blocks of Baking – Part 7 Raising Agents

I want to go through the different raising agents you can use to make your cakes and bakes rise up to the sky.  There are only a few different kinds and they all create a chemical reaction with other ingredients … Continue reading

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Buttermilk and Beauty

Ok while I think of it I want to share how buttermilk can help give you naturally amazing skin.  I usually bake with buttermilk but it’s a fantastic beauty product.  Once which I should really use more.  I have some … Continue reading

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The Building Blocks of Baking – Part 6 Ovens

I want to talk about ovens.  The different types and which is best for baking or does it make no discernible difference.  When I was young we had a wood burning stove.   Now that is a tricky monster to try and … Continue reading

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Snowy in January

I wanted to share with you the snow we have had here in Norfolk, England.  So much so that I had to sledge to The Mill to deliver the cakes!

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Announcement – Guest bloggers

I have just heard that I will have some fantastic guest bloggers appearing over the next few weeks.  Watch this space for lots of interesting topics from experts in their field!

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Traditional Irish Sodabread

Claire’s Irish Sodabread I want to tell you about Irish Sodabread.  Firstly it’s delicious (of course), secondly it’s made to a traditional recipe.  It contains only good wholesome, natural ingredients. Sodabread is best eaten warm with lashings of butter and … Continue reading

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Traditional Irish Buttermilk Scones

I make these scones regularly and they are so delicious! I use uncultured buttermilk but you can use cultured from the supermarket.  Once you have the basic scone recipe the world is your oyster.  This is a traditional Irish recipe and … Continue reading

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Building Blocks of Baking – Part 5 Buttermilk

Buttermilk.  It could be called my ‘secret ingredient’.  Well it’s not so much of a secret but an under used ingredient and I’m going to tell you about it.  Buttermilk has fallen by the wayside in recent years but our … Continue reading

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How to make your own butter

Making butter is easy as pie.  I know butter has been demonised but I LOVE it.  The butter v spread debate is ongoing at present and I wouldn’t be surprised if butter turns out to be better for us!  I mean surely … Continue reading

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