Bagels, step-by-step

March 23, 2011
Peter Reinhart's bagels

People often talk about bread making as a bug of some sort that people catch. Well, I’ve definitely caught it, and in an effort to move up a rung on the artisan bread making ladder, I made a batch of bagels. This isn’t a quick recipe. You need to time things carefully so that you’ve […]

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How to bake bread

January 9, 2011
Baking bread at home

A lot of people are scared of baking their own bread. There’s a lot of misconceptions out there: It takes too long – not true.  A very decent soda bread can be made in under an hour, start to finish.  Granted, a proper loaf needs time for the yeast to work it’s magic, but even […]

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A very good chocolate brownie

March 17, 2010
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There’s nothing quite like a good chocolate brownie. It’s not quite a cake, not quite a biscuit, but more of an indulgence than either.  A good chocolate brownie recipe is one of those things every cook should have up his or her sleeve. This recipe is excellent, a straightforward brownie recipe with an extra flourish […]

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Wholemeal apple and orange cake

March 6, 2010
Nigel Slater's Wholemeal Apple and Orange Cake

Every now and then, I have to make a cake. The urge often strikes at this time of year, with the indulgence of Christmas a fading memory and no sign of the rotten weather passing soon.  This cake provides a hint of what’s to come, using last autumn’s fruit. Line the bottom of a 20cm […]

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Fifteen’s Hazelnut Torte

October 8, 2009
Fifteen's Hazelnut cake

This is a traditional Italian torte, loaded with hazelnuts and poppy seeds, rich with ricotta cheese. It goes well with a cup of good, strong coffee. First butter and line a 28cm tart or cake tin, one with a removable base, with greaseproof paper. Toast 125g of hazelnuts in a dry frying pan over a […]

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Tarte aux Quetsches, or Plum Tart

September 5, 2009
French Plum Tart

I posted some photos last week from a small café and bookshop in Becherel, France. It was an amazing place, a bookshop with a café attached as a sideline rather than the other way round.  This is the way these things should be. It was how I imagine my bookshop will look and feel if […]

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