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Inside a Franglish Pantry: Attempting to...

Inside a Franglish Pantry: Attempting to make a ‘brioche vendéenne’

I’ve wanted to learn how to make brioche for ages but like most people I’ve assumed it was completely out of my reach as an amateur home baker (i.e. not suitable for The Great British Bake-Off in a million years). I’ve also fallen for a special kind of brioche called a ‘gâche’, which is traditionally […]

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Apricot and Marzipan Tart

Apricot and Marzipan Tart

I had to ice my first fruitcake at the weekend after offering to bake his favourite cake to my father-in-law for his birthday. I don’t particularly like fruitcake so I had never made one before, and I had never iced a cake in my life. So a weekend of firsts, and at very short notice! I […]

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3 Ways I Know Christmas is coming

3 Ways I Know Christmas is coming

If you live in the UK, I suspect that like me, you knew Christmas was ’round the corner’ in August when Tesco started selling mince pies. I put these distressing news at the back of my mind so successfully that now, a mere three weeks before the actual event, I have only bought 2 presents […]

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