Pasteis de Nata – Portuguese Custard Tarts

This post was an act of sheer determination; well, the cooking was. I’d heard Pastéis de Nata were difficult to make, but clearly a certain amount of hubris took me over: just how difficult can it be to make custard tarts! Well, I was soon to discover … There were a few moments when I […]

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Tarte aux Reine Claudes

Greengage tart does sound so much nicer in French: Tarte aux Reine Claudes. In France, greengages are named in honour of the French queen Claude (1499-1524) who was also Duchess of Brittany. They came originally from the Middle East and were brought to England from France in 1724 by Sir William Gage, who, as you […]

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The 1st Birthday Cake

For a non-baker I seem to be doing a lot of baking at the moment. I often tell people that, no, I don’t bake cakes … I’m no good at things like Victoria sponges; I only ‘do’ dessert cakes. With family from north Wales to the south coast coming to London for grandson Freddie’s first […]

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Rhubarb & Almond Cake

I had a slice of delicious rhubarb & almond cake from Your Bakery in Whitton last week and thought I really must try making some myself. So when I saw an assistant carrying a tray of packs of fresh rhubarb in Waitrose yesterday, I couldn’t resist following and claiming a pack for my basket. My […]

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Banana Bread Muffins

‘Muffin’ has become something of a generic word for small cakes. Once it was used only for those light, fluffy small cakes that contain a lot of air but now it’s more or less used for any individual cake cooked in a muffin-sized tin – larger than a fairy cake but definitely for a single serving. […]

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