Sunday, 29 December 2013

Tea Time Treats December: The Round Up!

The turkey has been made into umpteen curries, only the Toffee Pennies remain in the Quality Street bumper tin and the tinsel is looking tired...it must be the end of December! And time for the Tea Time Treats Round-Up. The theme this month was Christmas Foodie Gifts, a super popular theme with over fifty entries!

As many of you know, this will be my very last hosting of Tea Time Treats- thank you for all your support and delicious recipes.


Monday, 23 December 2013

Chocolate Christmas Cracker Cake with Brandy Cream



The Advent Calendar is almost empty, the gifts are wrapped under the twinkling tree and the telly guide is covered in big circles.

The fridge is bursting, the 'Big Day' recipes marked and satsumas are stuffed into the bottom of stockings. 

The Queen is learning her lines, choirboys are perfecting their carols and Father Christmas is somewhere over Norway. 


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree: Mince Pie Wreath



There hasn't been a new, great Christmas song for years. Novelty records and the John Lewis Christmas advert song simply don't count. 

The glorious eighties, decade of The Pogues: Fairytale in New York, Wham: Last Christmas, the granddaddy of Charity Christmas tunes 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and, erm, Cliff's Mistletoe and Wine is thirty years ago now. All we've had since is a yearly outing from Michael Buble covering Sinatra's back catalogue while dressed as Santa. And that Mr Blobby song that an entire nation has since denied purchasing despite it spending three weeks at Number 1 in 1993. You can't really imagine today's songwriters (except perhaps Sir Gary of Barlow) writing a Christmas song that will enable early retirement from the royalties alone, spending the rest of their days living out the 'About A Boy' dream (see: Mel 'Christmas Song' Torme and Irving 'White Christmas' Berlin).


Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas Almond, Orange and Pistachio Biscotti


Is it too soon to start panicking about Christmas cooking?

Probably not. It's the seventh of December, most of us will have eaten two thirds of our Advent Calendar chocolates by now and swopped our standard egg and cress lunchtime sarnie for a festive 'Turkey Feast' offering. 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

'Tis the Season to be Jolly...with Mulled Wine Cupcakes


There are certain food items that are simply obligatory to consume in considerable quantity this time of year. Take for example the humble Mince Pie. As a nation we eat a whooping 370 million pies in the run up to the Big Day. That's 27 mince pies each or the equivalent of 8,640 calories per person. Or the equivalent, in my sweet toothed world, of an average weekday in December. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Win! £50 of Cormishware



Christmas has come early on What Kate Baked! 

I'm excited to announce I've a lovely giveaway in conjunction with Cornishware - one lucky reader can win £50 of Cornishware


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Tea Time Treats December

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Ding Dong Merrily On High!

It's the first of December, the Christmas countdown has begun and it's time for a very festive  Tea Time Treats theme!

This of course continues from Karens wonderful Christmassy"Dried Fruits" theme last month- the full marvellous round-up can be found right here.

This month the theme is

FESTIVE FOODIE GIFTS 

Be it a jar of your favourite chutney, a beribboned box of decadent truffles, homemade mince pies ... Any tea time treat that you'll be giving as a gift this Christmas we'd love to hear about!

As many of you know this is my very last hosting of Tea Time Treats so, team talk stylee, do me proud!

All the guidelines for entering this month can be found here.

Please add your entry to the linky below by 28th December 2013.If you put your post on twitter please mention @KarenBurnsBooth @whatkatebaked and we will retweet all those we see.


Monday, 25 November 2013

Christmas Welsh Cakes and Kenwood Secret Family Recipes




As regular readers (hello Mum!) know, I'm very partial to a Welsh Cake. 

Over the years I've developed variations of the traditional sweet, warmly spiced little cakes, all based upon my Nana's recipe, found in an old scrapbook belonging to Mum. With Christmas just round the corner it was time to bake a Yuletide version. Tempted as I was to simply sprinkle over copious amounts of sparkle, I've added a festive twist to our family recipe by exchanging the mixed spice for orange zest and currants for cranberries. They make the perfect pick - me - up at this hectic time of year and the ideal festive foodie gift.


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Stir Up Sunday: Guide to Baking a Christmas Cake




It's the cornerstone of Christmas baking. A fabulously festive union of traditional rich fruitcake and decadent decoration. 

Yep, it's time to dust off your largest mixing bowl and flex your triceps: Stir Up Sunday is just days away.  

Convention has it that your mincemeat, Christmas Pud and Cake are all due to be baked on Sunday and even if you only get round to one of the three this weekend, a more genial, satisfying introduction to the Christmas cooking there cannot possibly be.  

Monday, 18 November 2013

A Rugby Ball Cake and Birthday Celebrations




The countdown to Christmas can never truly begin until we've celebrated my brother and sister's birthdays, three days apart at the end of November. This is the watershed between half heartedly compiling Christmas shopping lists and whole heartedly embracing the twinkly lights and hordes of Oxford Street. The turning point between the odd spontaneous shop-bought mince pie and hours spent stirring gigantic bowls of homemade mincemeat with warmed, ready to fill Kilner jars littering every surface. 

And this year was a very special celebration: my brother's thirtieth birthday. 


Friday, 15 November 2013

Lime, Coconut and Pistachio Loaf Cake

                                  

I like a cake with a message. A little like those old Royal Mail adverts: 'I saw this and thought of you'.

There's the 'Time-for-a-cuppa, a-natter-and-a-slice-of-tea-loaf' or the 'Congratulations-on-the-birth-of-your-new-baby-boy- Chocolate Cake'. 

Perhaps you've baked a 'Long-rainy-afternoon-holed-up-in-the-kitchen-Rainbow-Cake'. Or, in my case, the 'Best-part-of-an-entire-weekend...' as our little kitchen becomes submerged under hundreds of multicoloured sponges and frosting decorates every surface but the actual layers of cake.

Of course there's the ultimate 'message cake': the birthday cake. Quite a straightforward message that one.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

What Kate Baked: Kitchen Tales November 2013

It's been a busy few weeks in my little world of caking and baking.


Back in September I was filmed baking my Apple, Hazelnut and Cinnamon Crumble Cake as part of the 'Afford Autunm Food' series from Most Wanted, the lifestyle magazine from Vouchercodes.co.uk. Here were my thoughts as I prepared:

'It was time to channel my inner Nigella. Combined with the nerves-of-steel demeanour of the most experienced Blue Peter presenter. 

I was about to be filmed demonstrating a recipe for the very first time. Ever. And the butterflies were having a bit of a rave in my stomach.

That morning I'd been practicing in front of the bathroom mirror: 'Hello-My-Name-Is-Kate-From-What-Kate-Baked...Hello-My-Name-Is-Kate-From-What-Kate-Baked...Hello-My-Name-Is-Kate-From-What-Kate-Baked...' until I had practically chanted myself into a trance. 


Friday, 8 November 2013

Maple Leaf Biscuits


"Whatever he saw, if it was runny or powdery or gooey, in it went"

This quote from Roald Dahl's 'George's Marvellous Medicine' neatly sums up the development of these biscuits. There was flour on every conceivable surface, half opened packets littered around and a messy trail of random ingredients lining the route from the store cupboard to the food mixer.

You might be relieved to know that some of the cupboard contents didn't make the cut, namely the gravy granules, pesto and tomato purée. 


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

"Catherine Wheel" Chocolate Bonfire Cake




What do foil wrapped jacket potatoes, burnt sausages, steaming styrofoam mugs of hot chocolate and Toffee Apples have in common?

(Don't get your hopes up; this isn't a very good joke)

They are Bonfire Night staples. 

I adore Bonfire Night. The dancing flames rising high into the cold Autumnal sky. A field full of strangers 'Ohhing' and 'ahhing' in unison at the fireworks. Trying to write your name from start to finish in Sparklers. And the modern day equivalent: trying to capture it on your smartphone.


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Happy Halloween with Spooky Skeleton Biscuits



The only enjoyable aspect of Halloween in a themed biscuit.

I haven't been able to watch a horror film since the terrifyingly traumatic experience of cowering behind the sofa watching "Interview With the Vampire" aged thirteen.

That classic Halloween costume, the "Scream" mask gives me palpitations. I almost cancelled our wedding venue because of stories it was (gagh!) haunted. 

And a little part of me still wants to check under the bed every night before I go to sleep.


Monday, 28 October 2013

October Tea Time Treats Round-Up: Bread

Welcome to October's Tea Time Treats Round-Up!

I was delighted to announce, together with Marriage's Millers, a giveaway in association with this month's Tea Time Treats. Read on to discover the winner!



PS This is my penultimate hosting of Tea Time Treats. It's been a brilliant couple of years and I've loved all the wonderful recipes and entries - thank you for entering month after month. It's been a joy to co-host with Karen, a fantastic blogger, chef and friend. General life commitments have meant I regrettably need to cut back on my Tea Time Treat role. See you all for my final hosting in December! 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Tea Time Treats: Lemon Iced Buns

                     
Pushing, pulling and pummelling. Squeezing, stretching and slapping. Folding, flattering and forming*

No matter your technique, kneading dough is one of the most cathartic acts of baking.

So much so, it was recently the subject of a Radio 4 'Food Programme'. Sheila Dillon met with a group of refugees who used baking in their recovery, exploring the spiritual and therapeutic value of bread making.

For me, the day's inevitable frustrations and worries are soothed away during a time that can be used for a little peace and reflection. The gluten takes the brunt of your strains and stresses. And after ten minutes of kneading you're left with a satisfyingly weary ache in your arms and a smooth, well stretched dough. 

Be warned though- Baker boys in eighteenth century Paris were known as 'The Groaners' for their pitiful cries after hours upon hours of back-breaking kneading. 

A couple of hours later the irresistible aroma of freshly baked bread fills every nook and cranny of your home. Cathartic, creative and very delicious- it's no wonder home bread baking remains as popular as ever.


Baking these Lemon Iced Buns brought back many childhood memories of choosing sticky buns fresh from the Baker's Van, which would call weekly at home. Big trays would emerge from the back of the van filled with Custard Slices, Macaroons, Eclairs and all manner of tempting cream cakes. But without fail I'd choose the Iced Bun. I still love them. In homage to my eight year old sweet toothed-self, here's my home made version.

Lemon Iced Buns

250g strong white flour
25g caster sugar
7g fast acting yeast
1 tsp salt
20g softened, unsalted butter
1 free range egg
Zest of 1 lemon
75ml warm milk
70ml water 

100g sifted icing sugar
Juice of 1 lemon 

1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas Mark 7. Grease a baking sheet.
2. Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre of the ingredients and add the butter, egg, zest and milk. Bring the ingredients together using a wooden spoon and gradually add the water until a soft dough is formed. NB: this is quite a wet dough
3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for around ten minutes until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a clean, dry large bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for one hour in a warm place 
4. Divide the dough into six equal sized pieces and form into long fingers
5. Place the buns on the prepared baking sheet, allowing space for them to double in size and leave to rise for a further forty-five minutes or until they are just lightly touching each other on the tray
6. Bake for ten minutes before removing and cooling on a wire rack
7. For the icing: place the sifted sugar into a large bowl. Gradually add the lemon juice until a smooth thick icing is formed. Dip the cooled buns into the icing. 

Baker's  notes... 


  • My husband and I had a lengthy discussion on the merits of a custard filling to an Iced Bun. I was vehemently against 'ruining' such a classic bake. Any thoughts would be gratefully received to restore marital harmony
  • This is my entry to this month's Tea Time Treats, alternatively hosted by myself and Karen from Lavender and Lovage. There's still just about time to enter. The theme is: Bread!
Of course, there are there proponents of the 'no-knead' method (hello Dan Lepard!). 

* Just to confirm, I'm talking about bread here, not the new '50 Shades of Grey' 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Chocolate and Plum Upside Down Cake


There are many great things about being grown-up.

You can stay up as late as you want. Drink cocktails. Have toast for tea every night.

Sure, there are responsibilities. Like getting yourself to work on time, having a vague opinion on the new series of Homeland and figuring out how to iron fourteen shirts during one episode of The Great British Bake Off without missing a single second of baking telly brilliance. 


Great Pink Bake Off for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and a Workshop with Beas of Bloomsbury




A damp, cool Autumnal Monday morning at L'Atelier de Chefs and a brilliant baking workshop in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer's Great Pink Bake Off was in full swing. Food mixers whirled with clouds of pink Italian Buttercream, kilograms upon kilograms of delicious Valrhona chocolate melted on the hob and muffin-doughnut hybrids were being dipped in large vats of sticky caster sugar.


How to win The Great British Bake Off


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Image courtesy of The BBC/Love Productions

For nine weeks an entire nation has been glued to the telly every Tuesday night at Eight O Clock for The Great British Bake Off. This week is the culmination of hours of kneading, mixing, stirring, piping and an awful lot of anxious staring through the oven glass. 

Has Kimberley peaked too soon? Will Ruby's doe-eyed 'You mean it's actually good?' schtick wear off? Will the Dame of Design, Frances, fall at the final hurdle? 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Giveaway! Win a Copy of 'World's Best Cakes' by Riger Pizey



Roger Pizey's brand new baking book is up for grabs in this latest giveaway. 

With over two hundred and fifty mouthwatering recipes 'World's Best Cakes' is a must for any baker's bookshelves. It contains a fabulous collection of globally-inspired classic bakes, from national favourites such as American Boston cream pie and British Chelsea buns to exquisite small treats including Russian Tea Cakes and French madeleines. Each recipe has been meticulously researched and perfectly baked by Roger Pizey, one of the world's leading pastry chefs.

To win simply leave a comment below answering the following question:

'What was the last cake you ate?'

Trouble leaving a comment? Simply email me your answer: kate[at]whatkatebaked.com


Small Print:


  • The giveaway will close 12:00 Tuesday 22nd October 2013 
  • The winner will be chosen at random from the comments and emails
  • All decisions are final, no correspondence will be entered into and there is no cash alternative
  • The winner will be contacted by email and the prize sent directly by Jacqui Small Publishing 
  • Unfortunately the giveaway is open to UK residents only

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Plum and Almond Cake with Orange Icing



Spam. Nope, not the unwelcome email kind. But the wartime staple, Monty Python favourite and back-of-the-cupboard dust-attractor kind. The kind that hit the headlines this week when it was revealed to be considered an incredibly popular luxury item in.... South Korea.



Disclaimer: This has absolutely nothing to do with Plum and Almond Cake but I just loved this food story and was in the mood for sharing. I promise you won't be reading the recipe below and suddenly come across the secret ingredient of spam nestled between the eggs and flour.  

Marketed as "The Miracle Meat" when first launched in the 1930s, tins of Spam (SPiced hAM) are given as gifts to celebrate Korea's annual lunar thanksgiving holiday. It is key ingredient in dishes such as budae jjigae ("army stew"), but my favourite fact of all? Spam is considered the most opulent addition to any South Korean luxury hampers. 

Can you imagine if that was the case this Christmas in posh homes up and down the UK.... 

'A Hamper from Fortnum and Masons? Why you shouldn't have! How delightful!'

(rustling of paper) 

'And look! All my favourites are here... Marc de Champagne Truffles! Christmas Pudding! Monarch Full Bodied Vintage Marmalade! And...erm...Spam? Hmm....You really shouldn't have' 

Anyway, back to the spam-free Plum and Almond Cake with Orange Icing 


Plum and Almond Cake with Orange Icing 



For the cake:
175g softened butter
175g caster sugar
3 large eggs 
225g self-raising flour 
1 tsp baking powder 
2 tsp almond extract 
75g soured cream 
300g plums, stoned and cut into small pieces  

For the icing: 
150g sifted icing sugar 
50ml water 
1tsp orange extract OR zest of 1 orange 

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan160C/Gas Mark 4 and butter and line the base of a loose-based 22cm round cake tin  
2. Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and extract in a large bowl for a couple of minutes until well combined. Beat in the soured cream and stir in the chopped plums. 
3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until firm to touch and the cake springs back when lightly pressed.  
4. Cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
5. To make the icing: Place the icing sugar and extract into a large bowl. Gradually stir in the water until a smooth, thick icing is achieved, drizzle over the cooled cake 

Baker's notes...






Monday, 30 September 2013

October Tea Time Treats and Marriage's Millers Giveaway!

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What a delightful, scrumptious September round-up from Lavender and Lovage's Karen - all the delicious Oaty, Flapjack and Traybake recipes can be found here.

Meanwhile, this month's theme is:

BREAD



I'm delighted to announce, together with Marriage's Millers, a giveaway in association with this month's Tea Time Treats. One lucky Tea Time Treater will win a Mixed Selection Box of Flours.


Image courtesy of Marriage's Millers


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Sticky Ginger and Orange Cake for the 'Make A Wish' Charity Bake Sale


I love baking for family, friends and work colleagues. They are a terribly appreciative bunch. But baking in aid of charity can amplify the baking feel-good factor by the equivalent of an exceptional rise on a dough Paul Hollywood would be proud to call his own. 

When the folks at goodtoknow emailed to ask if I'd like to be involved in the Bake A Wish bake sale in aid of Make A Wish charity I'd tied on my apron and preheated the oven faster than I'd typed 'Yes!' and pressed 'Send' on the laptop.



Saturday, 21 September 2013

Muesli Bars with Vanilla Yogurt Topping and Baking Music






The other day a keen runner friend of mine explained excitedly how her times had improved dramatically after she began listening to a specially compiled 'Running Trax' album. 

It got me thinking. Could a specially created 'Cooking Tunes' album provide more rise in my bread? More flavour to my Florentines? More skill to my piping?

I'm not the first to have thought this. Way back when, Jamie Oliver put together a selection of his favourite Brit Pop songs in "Cookin'" and more recently the imaginatively titled 'Cook Songs' has been released. 

If the BigWigs at Song Music came to me for my Cooking Compilation album, these would be my suggestions, niftily split into helpful sections...



Monday, 16 September 2013

Giveaway! Win a copy of 'PIE' by Dean Brettschneider


If you were to turn to a dictionary and look up the definition of the words 'Comfort Food', you'd almost certainly find a picture of a nice piece of pie. And as the nights are drawing in, the days becoming cooler and comfort food is most certainly on the menu, I'm thrilled to offer this giveaway in conjunction with publishers Jacqui Small. 



Sunday, 15 September 2013

My Entry to the 'Cake on the Catwalk' Competition at The Cake and Bake Show!



Meet Roxy, my '80s inspired Punk Rocker Cake.

Roxy is my entry into the amateur category of the 'Cake on the Catwalk' competition at this weekend's Cake and Bake Show. The brief was 'London Fashion Through the Decades' and Roxy will be on display all weekend at the show at Earls Court.

I've absolutely no idea what possessed me to enter. I have no experience whatsoever of sugarcraft and decorating a cake. Nil. Nadda. Heck, I can't even pipe icing on a cupcake in pretty swirls. I've only entered one other cake competition in my life. And that wasn't exactly a roaring success

Having said that, it was an incredibly enjoyable afternoon baking and decorating Roxy. But there ere problems. Yep, I know her eyes are a bit wonky. That'll be the recreational drugs this particular Punk Rocker was partaking in (don't do it kids!) and not because I was decorating at an angle (schoolgirl error). I had to free form the letters for 'The Sex Pistols' because I couldn't find my letter cutters despite turning the entire kitchen upside down. And there are more dents and fingerprints in the white icing than in a luxury jewellers window in an attempted Bond Street diamond heist. 



Monday, 2 September 2013

Book Review and Recipes: The Great British Bake Off Everyday




I've tended to stay away from book reviews on What Kate Baked. I put this down to a traumatic experience aged 15 in an English Lit class at school. We were studying 'Of Mice and Men' and Mrs Pearce asked for an essay critiquing the theme of the impossibility of the American Dream evident throughout the novella. I went home that night somewhat anguished. 'I can't possibly criticise John Steinbeck' I thought, 'One of the all time greatest American authors! Pulitzer Prize Winner! Noble Prize Winner! How can I possibly critically analyse this ''Great Work of Fiction''?'. 

Sixteen years later it is high time I overcome this fear. (Mrs Pearce will hopefully be proud). Here goes... 

Accompanying the brand new, more popular than ever, series of The Great British Bake Off comes 'The Great British Bake Off: Everyday'. This is the fifth Bake Off book and, on first appearances, appears to attempt to fit the middle ground between the beginners 'How to Bake...', which accompanied Series Two and last year's 'How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers'. It is written by the very experienced cookbook writer Linda Collister, author of all Bake Off books (and about 68 others) with introductions and recipes from Mary and Paul. 


Thursday, 29 August 2013

August Tea Time Treats: The Round-Up!

Inspired by the glorious warm summery weather this month's theme was Ice Creams, Jellies and Chilled Desserts. Grab a sun lounger, pop on your sunglasses and enjoy August's Tea Tim Treats table!


Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary was first to the Tea Time Treats Table with this brilliant and beautifully photographed Brandied Cherry Ice Cream, an indulgent, grown-up version of one of Elizabeth's favourite childhood ice cream flavours.


Saturday, 24 August 2013

Bank Holiday Baking: Plum and Almond Tarts






Well I never.

It's a Bank Holiday weekend and the forecast is for sunshine*. Bring out the BBQs. Slap on the sunscreen. Pour me an extra large glass of Pimms!


But that's not the only reason to be cheerful this weekend. 


The Great British Bake Off returned this week, to a record number of viewers. 


The best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was one about chocolate (Rob Auton's: 'I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa').


We discovered M&M's Coconut, which my brother and his new wife kindly brought back for us from their honeymoon. Imagine the genius child of a pack of Smarties and a Bounty bar and you'd be halfway there. 



Tuesday, 20 August 2013

What Kate Baked: Top Ten Strawberry Recipes



The Great British Strawberry. 

Wimbledon mascot. Wing man to a cooling glass of boozy Pimms. Summer picnic staple.  

For the very first time, here's the What Kate Baked 'Top Ten Things to Do with a Punnet of Strawberries'.

Compiled from recipes from the last three years, hopefully you'll find some inspiration for your succelent, sweet and super versitle strawberries. 

(Cue Top 40 style chart music...)


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Baby Love: Rose, Vanilla and Strawberry Cake




It's all about the Baby Love at the moment.

Bonnie Prince George, the most eagerly-anticipated and headline-hogging baby ever was born just over two and half weeks ago.

Were you knitting multicoloured Royal booties before the bookies were even taking bets on there being a Royal baby in 2013? Did your record that moment (to show to the grandchildren of course) when the Duke and Duchess proudly showed the world their baby son? Followed by William expertly showing every new Dad how to coolly fix a babyseat into a Range Rover when watched by about a thousand photographers? Or did the frontpage of Private Eye appeal instead?

And it wasn't just Kate-n-Wills enjoying a delivery from the Stork (no, no, not the margerine kind!). There's another Royal baby on the way and Simon Cowell caused scandal both sides of the Atlantic this week.


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Great British Bake Off Returns! Hurrah for Series 4!


Hold the front pages. Pause the watercooler moments. Cancel any plans for Tuesday evenings for the next ten weeks. Watch sales of baking powder soar.


Hurrah!

After a tantalising teaser of a trailer was released last week, set to the suitably majestic Hallelujah by Handal, I wondered what exactly Series 4 has in store...


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Why baking is not a fad and Almond, White Chocolate and Blueberry Cake




The other day I was loitering in the baking aisle of the supermarket, as indeed I do most weeks, when I overheard this conversation:


'Thing is with baking, it's such a fad. It's in fashion now, I know. But who really likes those sickly sweet creations? And who really wants to spend hours in the kitchen when Patisserie Valerie is just round the corner?'

I turned, aghast. 'Well, excuse me' I wanted to say 'Excuse me! Have you not heard of the popularity of The Great British Bake Off?* The baking boom that has led to sales of butter soaring according to newspaper headlines last week? Do you not know that Bake Sales are the best and most delicious way to raise money for charity? It's certainly not a fad! A fad, my friend, is the shellsuit, the cabbage soup diet and the tamagotchi'


Saturday, 3 August 2013

What to Bake in a Heatwave: Summer Puddings!




Ice cream sales rocketed as an entire nation's diet consisted of three 'Magnums' a day.

BBQ, burger and charcoal makers struggled to keep up with demand. 

Punch-and-Judy were so thrilled with the gigantic volumes of visitors to Brighton Beach they actually stopped arguing for the first time in three hundred and fifty one years.

Flights to the Med were cancelled as holidaymakers realised it was at least fifty five degrees hotter in Tenby than Tenerife.

I am, of course, talking about the recent Heatwave.

The only problem was that it was exceptionally boiling to bake.  A somewhat debilitating side effect for a writer of a cake blog.

Trouble was, switching on the oven increased the humidity in the house by about two thousand per cent. Using energy to mix or stir when the same energy could be used to unwrap another Magnum was quite frankly wasteful. Chocolate was melting faster than I could say 'But I don't even need melted chocolate for this recipe!'.


Thursday, 1 August 2013

August Tea Time Treats

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To honour and celebrate the recent heatwave (the longest spell of glorious sunshine for one hundred years or something...) this month's Tea Time Treats will be...

Ice Creams, Jellies and Chilled Desserts

Whether you're keen to make full use of your ice cream machine, have a favourite childhood jelly, know THE best Summer Pudding recipe, have a yearning to bake a refrigerator cake or know a lovely chilled pudding, well, you've come to the right blogging challenge!

Meanwhile, Karen's wonderful round-up of July's 'Summer Fruits' Tea Time Treats theme can be found over at Lavender and Lovage.


  • If you tweet, let Karen (@KarenBurnsBooth) or myself (@whatkatebaked) know about your #teatimetreat and we'll retweet all those we see.
  • Please mention What Kate Baked and Lavender and Lovage in your post, with a little picture of the Tea Time Treats logo. 
  • To enter, simply add your entry to the link below by 27th August and just remember to link back in your entry to this post on What Kate Baked to ensure the system works! Email me (kate@whatkatebaked.com) if you have any queries.