My return to blogging after a year-long absence… I think this calls for a Celebration Plaited Wreath!

My first post in over a year definitely calls for something a little special. I have chosen my adaptation of John Whaite’s recipe for Chocolate, Hazelnut and Sour Cherry Celebration Plaited Wreath.

Nutella, white choc chunks and flaked almonds for the filling

Nutella, white choc chunks and flaked almonds for this indulgent filling.


A perfect tea-time treat!

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Cheesy breadiness… with a sprinkling of oregano

Perfect texture

My second adventure into the realms of Paul Hollywood’s baking expertise. This time I tried one of his flavoured breads; another recipe taken from his latest book How To Bake (Bloomsbury, 2012). This recipe again goes a long way, producing four loaves of Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella bread. Continue reading

Ciabatta worthy of Hollywood?

This adventure was particularly exciting, with the theme of shiny newness running throughout the experience 🙂 Firstly as it was the maiden voyage of my beautiful new mixer (Mary… for those who read my last post, this will make sense!) and also my first attempt at a Paul Hollywood recipe, after purchasing his latest book ‘How To Bake‘. I’m delighted to report that the outcome was most successful 😀 I was actually rather surprised at how straight-forward the whole process was. Having Mary by my side was certainly a huge help though! As Paul says in his book, this particular type of bread has a very wet consistency when in dough form, so hand-kneading would be an extremely arduous task indeed! I have a feeling that Mary’s dough hook is going to be one of my greatest baking assets from now on!

Perfect :)Lovely for a sarnie!

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