Author Archives: Louise

I’m over here…

…if you want to find me. Forgive me, I have started a new website (a step up from a blog in terms of time, investment and focus) and I am therefore, what with the small matter of earning a living … Continue reading

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Ottolenghi’s Apple Cake Recipe

I tried to make this cake a while back but was thwarted by cheap eggs and a late night. But, since I have a bag of rather sorry-looking Bramley apples and a pot of mascarpone that really needs eating I … Continue reading

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Donna Hay’s Salted Maple Pecans and Semifreddo recipe…made to work

I have promised this recipe to quite a few people and, since I seem to be making it an awful lot, I think it’s time to share. Semifreddo, as you italophiles will know, means half-frozen and, although I’ve heard it … Continue reading

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Bank Holiday Baking: Cheese and Spring Onion Cake recipe

It’s 25 degrees outside, it’s beautifully sunny and what do I think of when I wake up? Cake. Not just any old cake mind; this is a posh French savoury cake known as cake salé. I first tried a version … Continue reading

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Birthday cupcakes

My nephew was 18 last weekend and, to celebrate, I made him 18 cupcakes. I’m not convinced by the flavour or, or fashion for cupcakes but they do make an amazing impact if they are made in bulk, decorated and, … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Holland: the uitsmijter

I’m on the train to The Hague via Brussels and I’m looking forward, as I always do when travelling, to the food. Especially breakfast. I’m always more excited by eating breakfast abroad than any other meal (okay a drink and … Continue reading

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Make It in The Morning…Or Why Not to Buy Cheap Eggs

It’s 12.30am and, though I’m a bit of a nightowl and an insomniac, even I don’t normally stay up this late on a school night. But, like an idiot, I’m waiting for a cake. There are two reasons for this. … Continue reading

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Mexican Wedding Cookies…Or Are They?

I first came across these cookies (or puffs) in Waitrose Illustrated. Sophie Grigson called them pecan puffs and cited The Joy of Cooking as her source. Then I spotted that Phil Vickery was making something called Festive Pecan Puffs which … Continue reading

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Improving on Perfection: the Best Ginger Cake Gets Better

Whilst I was making my prune, fig and apricot cake this morning, I made a ginger one to take to work. The first cake needed to be baked at 160ºC and I thought I’d take a risk and bake the … Continue reading

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HFW’s Prune, Fig and Apricot Cake

I have an issue with marmalade. In fact, I have an issue with marmalade, jam, jelly, honey and any vaguely gelatinous substance (aspic, ugh) all of which I can’t bear to touch. It’s not quite a phobia but I certainly … Continue reading

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