Monthly Archives: July 2014

Traditional scones

Scones are fabulous on their own on a sunny day with a pot of tea, or can brighten up the drearist day with ease, but they are, of course, an important component of Afternoon Tea whether sweet or savoury. Scones are one of the easiest and quickest things to make, with a batch made from […]

Bakingfanatic: one year on

I cannot believe how quickly a year has passed since I started my blog! Primarily a way for me to organise the many recipes I have created over the years, my blog rapidly became a significant and exciting part of my life: I love to write about food and even though I have uploaded just over […]

Vegan raspberry macarons

Post updated: July 2016 (tweaked filling ingredients) I need little excuse to make macarons, but this time I was asked if I could make some for a friend who was investigating more of a vegan lifestyle and wanted to be convinced that she could still enjoy indulgent things: which of course she could…and should! My […]

Simple caraway & cumin flatbreads with baba ghanoush

These simple flatbreads are wonderful with a full-on dip to dunk into with gusto. My dip of choice here is baba ghanoush, a wonderfully smoky aubergine dip. It is by far my favourite dip and having tried dozens of baba ghanoush recipes over the years, I now use the recipe below which is my amalgam of […]

4-tier wedding cake

A 4-tier sponge wedding cake for the daughter of one of my work colleagues. This is first time I have made a properly stacked cake: for my Civil Partnership last year I made a 3-tier cake but put the tiers on a special stand as I thought that would be easier than dowels. But actually the […]

Gluten-free orange and rhubarb cupcakes

Carrying on with one of my baking challenges on a gluten-free theme: a theme in which I am aiming for bakes that you would not otherwise know are gluten-free and can stand up against their non-gluten-free counterparts. This time, cupcakes. I just adapted my usual cupcake recipe, and this version gives very light, moist sponges […]

Macaroons (as opposed to macarons!!)

A few years ago I made what was apparently a significant social faux pas in a restaurant while being served petits fours: when I referred to what I thought were macaroons the waiter, bristling with petulant superciliousness, exclaimed “they are not macaroons, sir. They are macarons“. All done with a pronunciation that could well have […]