Baking

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)

The Bûche de Noël, or Yule Log, is a log-shaped chocolate cake traditionally eaten during Christmas. But the origins of the yule log lie away from the decadent realm of cake, though not so far from festive feasting; even taking…

Kingswood Family Scripture Cake

There’s a long tradition of home cooking in my family; specifically my Mother’s side. While rooting through the remaining possessions of my great aunt Vi little over a week ago, we stumbled across a recipe for Scripture Cake written either…

Chocolate Treacle Cake

Cake isn’t something I often bake. Usually, my preferred treat is a gooey flapjack or batch of crunchy biscuits. But sometimes an idea comes along that is so devastatingly tempting that it’s impossible to resist. Chocolate Treacle Cake is just…

Homemade Jam Doughnuts

Growing up, I scarcely indulged in doughnuts; the idea of eating a deep-fat fried ball of – usually heavy and bland – enriched dough never truly getting my juices flowing. These days, good-quality doughnuts seem easier to stumble upon, but…

Blackberry and Basil Swiss Roll

The first thing to note is that Swiss rolls are deceptive; they have nothing to do with Switzerland. And though I’m usually deeply offended by misnomers, the Swiss roll more than makes up for it aesthetically and in terms of…

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