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Baking Bread British Buns Desserts Recipes Vegetarian

Jubilee Iced Buns

Diamond jubilee celebrations have begun here in Britain and whether one is in favour of the royal family or not (I am), it is hard to screw one’s nose up at the prospect of two public holidays. Only two monarchs in British history have had cause to celebrate 60 years of reign, though arguably such a thing meant a little more in the days of Queen Victoria who celebrated her diamond jubilee in 1897. Still, it is clear from the festive atmosphere to be found in Britain, as well as other countries, that the support and excitement surrounding the multi-national Royal Family remains palpable. Clearly, this is a very important time for Britain and failing to mark the occasion with a sweet and very British treat would be a little remiss. So, despite the rather gloomy lighting conditions, I hope you all enjoy my iced buns.

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European Italian Recipes

Smoked Bacon and Ricotta Ravioli with Apple Sauce

As promised, little over a week ago, here is my post for homemade ravioli and what good ravioli it was too! As expected, it turned out to be a little trickier than my previous attempt at tagliatelle, but as you can see, the end result wasn’t entirely offensive. The only reason ravioli is made more difficult than average pasta is that one must roll one’s dough out to the pasta machine’s thinnest setting, which only serves to pique one’s chances of manhandling it. Still, after a couple of tribulations, we were each faced with a scrumptious plate of rather interesting pasta.

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Baking British Cake Desserts Recipes Vegetarian

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

It would appear that your beloved FrugalFeeding has entered yet another period of furious cake baking. This is a good thing not only because the vast majority of food bloggers find cake irresistible, but also because dealing with my entire Mexican series at once may have hospitalised any number of my faithful readers. However, the act of obscene fabrication aside, it must be said that apple and cinnamon make a truly exquisite combination. When experienced in tandem, they succeed in transporting me directly back to my mother’s apple crumble and my grandmother’s apple pie. So, to be able to take a jolly sizeable bite out of a cake that tastes exactly of those formerly mentioned is, to say the least, most novel. Though, I’m sure that my grandmother would have much preferred the good ol’ fashioned way of experiencing such delicious flavours.

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American Baking British Chocolate Cookies Recipes Vegetarian

Double Chocolate Cookie Bites

 

Cookies are one of those American inventions that even the most staunchly British chap feels utterly compelled to bake from time to time. However, it’s nice to vary things a little; I’ve never baked the same cookie twice. These aren’t in any way similar to my cardamom cookies or my American-style chocolate chunk cookies. Instead, the consistency found within the bites is both soft and fluffy; almost cake like, but not quite. This trait makes these cookies, rather conversely, almost more British than American. It’s rather tricky to decide whether there’s something morally, or indeed culturally wrong with such a thing.

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Baking British Cake Recipes Vegetarian

Classic Caraway Seed Cake

Caraway Seed Cake

Caraway is a particularly delicious, though astonishingly underused, spice. So much so, that it appears as though a Welsh boy who has lived a relatively sheltered existence, is destined to be the main, or even sole, proponent of this citrusy fruit. Yes, you read that correctly, caraway ‘seed’ is rather erroneously named and is probably named in such a way as to avoid confusion due to its size and shape. For those of you who didn’t know, and shame on you for not doing so, caraway has a taste somewhere between that of anise and the tang of citrus zest. It is best known for the part it plays in the cake which lies, in a rather sultry manner, before your very eyes. To me, it is clear to see why it became so popular, though it is rather difficult to get to the bottom of why it has dropped off the culinary radar.