Shapes of Cakes

I am working on The Cake Book and thinking about the shapes of cakes, and my cakes tins. The Three Ginger Cake is ready, recipe and shape, and I am going to include an adapted version of Dan Lepard’s Orange Cake. Both use the same cake tin in different ways – the ‘tins’ are silicone moulds and are easy to use.…

Cake Shapes

I have some new toys! I have been thinking about The Cake Book and need to get it moving. One of the ideas is to have a distinctive shape for each kind of cake, well, some distinctive shapes – inevitably most cakes will be round, and several will be baked in sandwich tins, but I felt a few…

Helmingham Hall & Classic and Vintage Cars

The Tollemache family came to England from Avranches, Normandy, around the time of the Norman invasion, establishing a family home at Bentley, near Ipswich. (Simon talks of the church in Bentley here.) The name was ‘Talemache’ which apparently meant ‘cup bearer’ and Hugh Talemache was a cupbearer to Henry I, the son of William the…

Baking Challenges

I am on holiday! And this means doing things differently. I have noticed lots of ‘Challenges’ on the internet, but have never participated so I am going to try one or two this month. I enjoy Karen’s blog very much and she mentions a Braided Bread Challenge for August, using recipes based on King Arthur’s Flour.…

Potato Bread Rolls

The Walnut Bread made yesterday was only pronounced ‘ok’ so clearly I needed to try again for the dinner this evening. This time I used my standard bread recipe, but with a mix of white flour (450g), spelt flour (150g), and mashed potato (c.150g). I  also added an egg and used soya milk. I wanted…

Dan Lepard’s Coffee Cake

Last weekend I tried Dan Lepard’s Double Espresso Brazil Nut Cake from his fabulous book Short and Sweet. I used Delia Smith’s Coffee Mousseline Icing from Delia Smith’s Book of Cakes as a filling and a coffee water icing (with a splash of lemon) over the top. The cake froze well and tastes very good – not too strong,…