All posts filed under: From the Bakery

Heart Warming Valentines Cookies with Cinnamon Sugar

I don’t need an excuse to bake, but since its almost St Valentines day, I thought I’d whip up a batch of cookies for my special someone. Who wouldn’t appreciate a tin of homemade goodies, right? These baked cookies are really easy to put together, and what’s great about them is you can make the dough in advance, and freeze it. Just thaw for an hour, and they are ready to be shaped into love hearts! _____________________________________________________ Makes 40 100g unsalted butter, at room temperature 100g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 medium free-range eggs, beaten 1/2 lemon, rind of 300g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tbsp brown sugar ___________________________________________________ Cream the butter, caster sugar, then add the vanilla, and lemon rind, cream until light and fluffy. Beat the eggs lightly and add to the creamed mixture. Sift the flour with the baking powder and a pinch of salt, add to the egg/butter mixture. Mix in until combined. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, divide …

Black Forest Gâteau with Morello Cherries and Whisky. Happy New Year!

It’s the last day of the year, and although it’s not New Year’s Day yet, I have U2’s song of the same title on repeat in my head. It’s cold, it’s dark and it’s blustery. But the darkness only amplifies the need for a celebration, and highlights the reason that our modern Calender follows the old winter celebratory dates of ancient times. I’m getting ready to have some dear friends over to see in the bells with a bonfire and spiced mulled cider. I’ll be serving up a retro spread of Fondue and Black Forrest Gâteau! Are we entering 2014 or 1980 you ask! Traditionally Kirsch is used in a Black Forest Gâteau, but I had none at hand, so Whisky went in instead…a yummy substitution by the way. In any case, Happy New Year to you all! _______________________________________________________ Black Forest Gateau Serves 8-10 400g morello cherries, from a jar plus a little juice 375g sugar 2 eggs 500ml whipping cream 2 tsp almond extract 250g good dark chocolate 300g plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate …

Healthy Carrot Bread Rolls

Christmas has passed, although there is still plenty of party spirit left in me, and no doubt some more seasonal indulgence will occur. However, in between Christmas and New Year I’m experiencing a strong need to cook some healthy meals and bake some filling breads. Ive taken my old classic bread roll recipe, and flung a load of carrots, from my garden no less, into the mixture for added natural sweetness and colour. The addition of carrots alowed me to remove the butter/oil from my original recipe, aiding to its health status! Ive also replaced my usual wholemeal flour with the most delicious organic malt house flour, from Shipton Mill. I can really recommend their flours, they’re full bodied and rich, with substance and taste. I have just been eating these rolls with butter, as the bread itself is so flavoursome. _______________________________________________ Healthy Carrot Bread Rolls Makes 6 Bread Rolls 1 tsp easy bake yeast 500g organic shipton mill malt house flour 1 tsp salt 130g carrots, grated 350ml lukewarm water ________________________________________________ In a large …

Merry Christmas Cookies with Cardamom and Lime

Christmas is here! And there is just enough time to bake a few extra nibbles and homemade treats to serve over the holidays. Or if you have forgotten to buy a gift for a guest, wrap these up with a big bow! I have just gotten a fabby buiscuit stamp in Denmark, so I happily stamped all my disks with ‘Made with Love’, perfect for an edible present, right! I love to combine contrasting flavours, such as lime and cardamom, which I have used to spice these Christmas Cookies with. They have a light crumbly texture that go very well with a cup of tea on a cozy afternoon, after all the gift wrapping is done. Merry Christmas to you all! __________________________________________________ Makes 40 100g unsalted butter, at room temperature 100g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 medium free-range eggs, beaten 1/2 lime, juiced 5 cardamom pods, shelled and crushed 300g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder __________________________________________________ Cream the butter, caster sugar, vanilla, crushed cardamom and lime juice together in a bowl until …

Black Pepper Christmas Biscuits

  Around Christmas time, I like to make up batches of edible gifts that can be given to friends and family during the festive period. I like the concept of edible presents, as there’s a good chance they will be received gladly. So when you’re next stuck for ideas for someone’s Christmas present, look to your baking books and kitchen cupboards for inspiration! For these cute biscuit houses and trees, I’ve given them a little extra kick by adding freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of cayenne as well as the traditional ginger and cinnamon combo. I also like to make these crunchy treats with a little organic spelt flour, so as not to exclude all nutrients entirely! Wrap the biscuits in a rustic paper box with a little gold tissue for a homemade gift that will bring smiles to faces. The uncooked biscuit dough can be put into a food bag and kept in the fridge for up to a week. Ensuring a steady supply of freshly baked cookies over the Christmas period. …

Christmas Spiced Chocolate Beer Cake

If I felt that this cake could have handled one more adjectives in the title, I would have called it: Non Traditional Rustic Christmas Spiced Chocolate Beer Cake with a Chai Tea Glaze…! Its non traditional in the sense that it is chocolate instead of fruit, its quick with simple ingredients and rustic in its nature. Sometimes its just nice to not make a big fuss, but know that your cake will turn out great none the less. I served this cake up for our annual Christmas party last weekend, and its no fuss rustic good looks seemed to go down a treat. This recipe features Christmas beer, which seems very fitting, as we have just returned home from Copenhagen where we attempted to sample as many Christmas beers as possible. If Christmas beer isn’t on hand, any dark ale will suffice. ____________________________________________________ Batter: 470 ml Christmas Beer or Dark Ale 180g unsalted butter, plus more for the tin 85g organic pure cocoa powder 3 cloves 3 cardamoms 1 tsp cinnamon 65g whole wheat flour …

Happy Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

Happy Thanksgiving! My dad is over in the states celebrating Thanksgiving with our American family this week. And although its not a date to celebrate in the UK, I couldn’t help my self and had to make a pumpkin pie, nonetheless! One of the crops that I had most looked forward to from my garden this year were indeed pumpkins. I hadn’t grown them before, so I was very excited about the prospect of having my garden completely filled to the brim with enormous orange balls, lighting up the autumn garden when all the other crops had vanished. However..I totally oversaw the need to sever the shoots of the pumpkin plant after the first fruit had started growing, in order for the plant to just concentrate on the one fruit and to get big pumpkins. So instead of a few large pumpkins, I got a lot of small ones…You live and learn. However, here is a tasty and very traditional use of the gorgeous flesh from the iconic pumpkin. To make it a little different …

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Its been longer than usual since I last posted any tasty recipes, tut tut! Recently I feel like I’ve been chasing my tail, trying to catch up on to many things all at once! However, it’s pumpkin season! And I have made pumpkin jam, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin pie and in this recipe- Spiced Pumpkin Bread! And believe it or not, Im not pumpkined out yet! I thought I’d share this recipe with you, that I created for Kitchen Garden Magazine last month, as its super seasonal and delicious. Its a lovely moist cake and surprisingly filling, which I think makes a good cake for taking on a trip, up a hill or into an Autumn forest. Or simply enjoy with a hot cup of tea in a warm cosy spot! And as I wait for next weeks pumpkin pie entry to bake in the oven, I’ll try and catch up on some of those many lists that need doing…. ______________________________________________________ Spiced Pumpkin Bread  Makes 2 loaves (suitable for freezing without the icing) 225g butter, melted, …

Scones and Rose-hip Jam

All week, I have been foraging for wild food. Mushrooms, brambles and rose-hips have been picked, prepared and stored for winter. I am off down to the sun kissed shores of Portugal tomorrow, so I have been in a whirlwind mode to gather and store all that this bountiful season has to offer before I fly off. I am away to unwind, eat, hike, swim and gather a diary full of colourful inspiration from my trip. I will no doubt have a few recipes to share on my return. In the meantime, I will leave you with two delicious recipes for Rose-hip jam and scones. Rose-hips are not used to a great extent in the UK, but in Denmark, they are widely eaten and used both at home and also commercially. So don’t be a stranger to this beautiful fruit! _____________________________________________________ Makes 8 scones 175 g self raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 50g butter 125g porridge oats 150g whole milk 1 egg beaten ____________________________________________________ Sift flour and baking powder in a large bowl, rub …

Scones og Hybenmarmelade in Danish

Det har for alvor stået i vildmadens tegn i denne uge. Vi har både samlet svampe, brombær og for et par dage siden også hyben fra stranden. Jeg har faret omkring for at nå at samle alle de vidunderlige råvare som denne årstid byder på, da jeg netop rejser ned til varmen i Portugal i morgen. Jeg skal ned og afstresse, svømme, vandre og ikke mindst spise! Jeg skal ned og samle en masse inspiration, og jeg vil helt sikkert komme tilbage og dele et par opskrifter når jeg er hjemme igen. Men jeg ville lige dele min glæde for hyben før min ferie! Jeg elsker hyben, og jeg syntes de er en himmelsk spise. De tager tid, både at plukke, rense og producerer syltetøj af. Men det er bestemt alt besværet værd, når man til slut kan nyde et stykke nybagt brød, eller en scone med den søde sylt på. Her er to opskrifter, Hybensyltetøj og Scones. Scones er som reglen bagt med ”selfraising” mel her i Skotland. Det er et smadder smart mel, …