• Rocky Road
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    Scrummy Rocky Road

    Rocky Road…..Chocolate, Biscuits, Marshmallows, and ANY other sweets and candies that YOU want to add. There are no hard and fast rules about Rocky Road, as long as it has the basic chocolatey base, you really can throw any sweet treat you like at it and it won’t ruin it. I often make Rocky Road for Fairs and Markets, and they are always, without doubt, THE most popular thing on the table. I always make twice as much as anything else, I make them with both Dark and White chocolate, and they always, always sell. The question I get asked a lot is “what’s in them?”, and my standard answer…

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    Sweet Red Pepper and Cheddar Scones

    SCONE……how do you say it? Do you pronounce the ‘o’ as in Tom, Tone or Toon? No other small baked item causes such debate, so I thought I’d have a look on the interweb to find out where all this confusion came from….and you know what? I’m now even more confused. I had assumed that a scone was Scottish, from Scone, where the Scottish King’s were crowned, so was originally pronounced Scoon. However, I found an article that claims that it came from Holland….I know!  So, here are the 2 stories: Scone is from the Dutch Schoonbrot, which means beautiful bread. Or. It’s a Scottish unleavened bread made from Oats and…

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    Bread Baking – Pure Genius?

    The best thing since sliced bread is home baked bread, baked in your own oven!!! But who was it that discovered that the combination of crushed grain, yeast, salt and water, mixed, kneaded and left for a few hours would expand to make the most amazing food? Seriously, the simple act of baking bread never ceases to amaze me. The simplest of ingredients, put together and dealt with in the correct order produces the yummiest of treats – but who was it that found that correct order?? Whether it happened by accident or design I consider them a genius! Bread offers simplicity and therapy for a baker – no fancy…

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    Life is never too short to home bake….lesson learnt!

    I’ve always preached that “life is too short to make pastry”. Since fresh pastry in a packet has been widely available in the supermarket, I haven’t bothered making my own. How silly I’ve been!!! This evening, for the first time in years I made pastry – real shortcrust pastry! OK, so I used the food processor, but just because I use my own form of power tools, doesn’t make me any less a domestic goddess. And anyway, Delia said it was ok to use an electric appliance, so if she says its ok, then its ok!!! The pastry was used for Mum’s old fave, mince beef and onion pies. They…