• Baking 10.06.2013 No Comments

    If you read my blog regularly you probably realise that I like to bake. I decided recently to join my daughter on a Disney Cupcake decorating course at Cherry Blossom Bakery

    This is a small bakery and tearoom in Macclesfield and we were greeted on our evening course with a lovely pot of tea. All the equipment was ready for us, the cupcakes were freshly baked and all the icing was ready coloured.


    We were taken through each design step by step at our own pace and built the designs up gradually.


    It was lovely to make each little part of the design, none of which was particularly difficult, and then put it all together to create the Disney characters.



    I especially liked the Daisy and Donald Duck.


    It was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours and come away with some new skills to practice, plus some lovely cakes to eat! In fact I enjoyed it so much I’ve booked on another course.


    I took my husband for tea and scones the following week and he loved it too. The big china pot of tea, the lovely old china cups, saucers and plates, the delicious scones and the bright and airy surroundings made this a lovely place to enjoy a quiet brew!




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  • Baking 29.03.2013 No Comments

    What else could I bake on Good Friday? Hot Cross Buns may be a once a year treat or may be eaten any time from Christmas to Easter but making your own certainly makes them special.

    This year I tried a new recipe, one of Paul Hollywood’s, and they were certainly delicious. He adds diced apple which I found difficult to incorporate so maybe I’ll leave that out next time. I also used a simple sugar and water glaze instead of the apricot jam glaze in the recipe.

    Whichever recipe you use it takes time for the buns to prove but it’s worth it, they are so much nicer than any you can buy in the shops. It’s worth the trouble of piping flour and water paste crosses


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  • Baking, Cooking 15.01.2013 No Comments

    I have been wanting to have a go at making sourdough bread for ages but thought it would be too difficult. I treated my self to Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake book and followed his recipe for the sourdough starter and basic sourdough loaf and I’m glad to report that it was entirely successful. My second batch of loaves are proving as I write and I think they will be even better than the first.

    I’m not going to give the recipe here but just some photos of the work in progress and finished loaves. If you have never made sourdough give it a try; it is immensely satisfying and you get great tasting bread!


    The sourdough starter bubbling away


    A loaf ready for proving


    The finished loaf



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