Leftover Chicken and Stuffing Pasties

Week 5 of Bake Off saw Pastry Week come to the tent and the bakers showed off their Signature Pasties, went all sophisticated with Salted Caramel and Raspberry Eclairs and tried their hand at intricately decorated tarts topped with a pastry cage! I tried my hand at the signature challenge of making pasties and tried…

Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts

The Hong Kong egg tart is a well loved and staple of any Chinese bakery or dim sum menu. After many many attempts to get the perfect recipe, I think that I have finally found it! These are my Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts! There are two kinds of egg tart you might be familiar…

Domed Princesstårta Tartlets

The ninth Signature of Bake Off 2019 was to make 8 identically decorated domed tarts. We saw Alice wow the judges with her Mocha Hazelnut and Orange Tarts and Rosie do the almightiest of comebacks in the Technical Challenge but in the end, it wasn’t enough for her as she become the tenth baker to…

Butternut Squash Pie

The eighth showstopper of Bake Off 2019 was to make a vertical pie. We saw Steph wow with a carousel pie meanwhile Henry attempted to make a chandelier out of his pie but unfortunately Pastry Week turned out to be his demise! The challenges are getting harder and harder and that means I am also…

Piña Colada Custard Tarts (or Pies)

The fifth signature of Bake Off 2019 was to make 4 elaborately decorated custard pies. We saw David impress with his simple but perfect custard pies which saw him earn the second Hollywood Handshake of the series meanwhile Helena and Michelle left the tent in a highly controversial decision. I decided to combine the showstopper…

Apple and Nectarine Tartlets

Today’s recipe post has been highly requested after I posted the photo of these bakes on social media and they were really well received on Twitter and Instagram! These are my Apple and Nectarine Tartlets! I love this style of tart because it’s just super simple and really low effort. All it requires is square…

Quick Apple Lattice Pie

With the clocks going back last week, the winter nights are coming and nothing sounds more ideal than a slice of pie warm from the oven with cream or custard. I think that my Quick Apple Lattice Pie would make everyone happy!! I’m rapidly finding that this first term of my 2nd year of uni…

Salted Caramel Choux Buns

Choux pastry has grown to become one of my favourite pastries to make. It’s simpler in comparison to its shortcrust and puff cousins, you don’t need to roll it out and worry about overworking the pastry and what’s more, it’s also incredibly versatile, capable of making sweet and savoury bakes. Today I’m doing a sweet…

Halloween Cho-oooooh Buns

Choux pastry seems a bit daunting to make and I myself have often been put off making it after getting choux buns which turned out more like blinis. But after doing extensive reading into how to make choux pastry, I think I’ve finally managed to get the technique right and I get perfectly risen and…

Apple and Plum Turnovers

There’s nothing homelier and comforting than a pie especially when you add a filling with lots of autumnal flavours and warming spices and my Apple and Plum Turnovers are fitting with the change of weather. This is a fantastic way to use up those apples that you just don’t know what to do with and…

Exploring Chocolate Tarts: Cremamocha Tart

The final chocolate tart in my series ‘Exploring Chocolate Tarts’ is my Cremamocha Tart; a shortcrust pastry base filled with a coffee flavoured smooth chocolate ganache. The coffee flavour comes from the addition of Camp Coffee, a chicory-based coffee flavoured essence which can be used in baking to produce a coffee flavour as well as…

Exploring Chocolate Tarts: ‘Nuts for Chocolate’ Tart

You might have seen my recipe for Dark Chocolate Teacakes using Mr Toms but I chose to reinvent the way in which I used it in a bit of an experiment to make my Nuts for Chocolate Tart. Mr Tom is essentially a peanut praline bar and so I decided to crush it up into…

Exploring Chocolate Tarts: Bitter Chocolate Tart

The second of the chocolate tart recipes in my ‘Exploring Chocolate Tarts’ series is my Bitter Chocolate Tart. The shortcrust pastry base is filled with an intensely flavoured chocolate ganache-style mixture and is baked in the oven to set, giving it a smooth texture. The foundation of the filling is a ganache made with milk…

Exploring Chocolate Tarts: Chocolate Brownie Tarts

I’ve been wanting to do a series of different versions of the same bake and everything seemed to come together all at once. I found another one of my reduced bargains from Marks and Spencer and it was ready rolled shortcrust pastry for 80p and it tied in perfectly with the arrival of my Food Thoughts…

Mince Pie Pinwheels

I love a good mince pie but sometimes you just need something a bit different. Replacing the normal sweet shortcrust with puff pastry instead gives a different texture as well as rich butteriness and flakiness. Change the shape from a round pie into a pinwheel and you end up with my Mince Pie Pinwheels. If…