All posts tagged: baking

Six Word Saturday featuring The ‘Be-Ro’ Book.

My Mum sent me the new Be-Ro book this week which was rather exciting mail!  I didn’t even realize they still published the recipe book.  This is the 41st edition and they have been published since 1923.  I have my Grandma’s Be-Ro book from the 1960’s which is the 31st edition and I love to use the recipes in there because they are the good old fashioned staples of baking.  This copy has the added bonus of clippings of recipes that Grandma cut out of magazines or newspapers and paper clipped into the Be-Ro book. The old book falls open at two pages, one with Cornish pasties and Cheese and onion tart and the other well used page is the one with Brownies, Ginger cake and Easy fruit cake which has added notes next to it ‘ Add little coconut and almond essence’.  My Grandma was the master of the fruit cake so I would take her coconut advice if I made this cake! I was pleased to see that some of the recipes are …

Malt Loaf Recipe

I miss Malt Loaf.  Dark brown squishy cake loaves which are best eaten sliced with a slap of butter alongside a cup of strong tea at your Grandmas. A British delicacy if you will, malt loaf is the best tea/coffee time treat.  I can’t find it here in the Mid West for love nor money! So I sought out a recipe and found one which involved yeast and kneading and one which was full of dried fruit soaked in hot tea.  I tried the second recipe and it was a hit!  I am so pleased to find a good malt loaf recipe, I am going to get stocked up on raisins and barley malt extract and get baking! Here is the recipe, taken from the BBC Good Food Magazine online. Sticky Malt Loaf Pre heat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a loaf tin (the original recipe recommends making two loaves, but I made one and it was just right for me).  I also read that someone made Malt Loaf muffins which is …

Irish Soda Bread on St Patrick’s Day

Merry St Patrick’s Day!  I am not even slightly Irish, but I have been to Dublin once, and I like to bake so I thought I would make some Irish soda bread for breakfast. Even the weather today is authentic Irish, cold, wet and grey.  I am rather hoping Spring will bounce around the corner soon. I found a recipe on Pinterest which I adapted to suit what was in my cupboard and here it is. Irish soda bread Mix 2 cups all purpose/plain flour, 2 cups bread flour with 1/4 cup raw sugar, 1tsp baking soda, 2tsp baking powder and 1tsp cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix 2 eggs, 1 1/4 cup plain yoghurt and 1/4 cup olive oil. Quickly mix the wet into the dry  and add 1 cup raisins. It will seem quite dry but keep kneading and it will come together. Knead on the worksurface until the bottom is smooth and you have a flat ball shape. Place on a baking sheet and cut the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 …

December 2012 photo a day

Every day I take a photo using the prompts from Fat Mum Slim‘s creative brain.  I am looking forward to having a whole year of them in 2013.  I started doing it late this year, but it is a great daily creative challenge. Day 1. 8 o clock. Opening the advent calendar. Day 2. Peace Day 3. Something you held. Found these gorgeous antique postcards at the weekend. I love to look through them, they are all Italian, British and other European sights. Mainly cathedrals. Day 4. Black and white Day 5. Looking up Day 6. From where you live. I walk through these woods nearly every day from where I live. Day 7. Stars. Trader Joes cookies! Day 8. Someone you love. My boys in a plane, at the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum at Creve Coeur Airport, St Louis. Day 9. Out and about. I spotted this rain drenched thistle on the way home from the dreaded Walmart! Day 10. Under.  I walked under this decorated but bare tree. Day 11. Sweet. Candy cane …

Writing with Es!

E is for Eccles cakes, made with frozen puff pastry, I mean who makes puff pastry? Not me. I did make the mincemeat which I used to fill the Eccles cakes instead of the usual raisins. My only complaint is that I didn’t make them big enough! I am pleased I made mincemeat, followed a Delia Smith recipe and ta da, easy peasy squeeze a lemon. Two massive jars of mincemeat good stuff all ready for mince pies and I have a recipe for mincemeat cookies courtesy of Mr Jamie Oliver! It is going to be a sweet fruity fiesta!! E is also for eggs in a nest pendant I am currently making whilst trying not to poke out my eyes with the pingy wire which springs about as I make the nest! I think this is one of my favourites, the mother of pearl beads almost glow, lovely. E is for exhausted dog. Pablo the French bulldog of the house took a walk with me to make a jewelry delivery this morning and he …

Kickboxing, zombie fighting, cookie baking ninja

This morning I did my kickboxing/ninja/zombie defense class at the Y and I have to say, it totally flew by. I can’t believe how fast the time went. No doubt sore arms and legs tomorrow, but I love that!  Really, I do, I think it confirms I worked hard, I firmed up some wobbly bits  and now I can make and eat some cookies! Did someone say cookies? Look at what heavenly beast I found in Trader Joe’s this morning.  I only wonder why I didn’t buy a cart full. These should come with a stern warning along the lines of… ‘Do not open until you intend to bake with them. Not even just to try them. You will nibble and nibble and they will all be gone – forever. No cookies.’ They are so good straight out of the packet, forget fancy Christmas M&M’s, just get bags of these for everyone who needs sweets! Job done. You’re welcome. Leave some for me though. I just used all mine in cookies….and nibbling… I am going …