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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » July 16th, 2018, 11:24 am

I always think there’s something miraculous about the way bread is made
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby dennispc » July 16th, 2018, 2:55 pm

Prettykiwicrazy wrote:I always think there’s something miraculous about the way bread is made


I agree and happy to take advantage of it. :D

The dough was proved overnight in the fridge at 5C. According to the technique I came across it's OK to put it straight into a hot oven at 230C. Would a Pyrex dish take that?
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby aero280 » August 12th, 2018, 12:22 am

OH picked some blackberries in the lane and took the apples off the tree before the squirrels and birds ate them. I had a box of pastry in the fridge and made a sort of blackberry and apple strudel. But it looked a bit bulky when made, so i sliced it up and baked like chelsea buns. Very tasty! :)
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 17th, 2018, 10:50 pm

That sounds lovely aero. Just the thing for apples and blackberries coming my way soon. :tu:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » August 30th, 2018, 11:24 am

Cheese scones and roasted cherry tomato soup.jpg


Cheese scones (a mix of parmesan and extra mature cheddar) and a pot of homemade roasted cherry tomato soup ... that's lunch sorted :chef:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby Seatallan » August 30th, 2018, 4:11 pm

Oooh, they look wholly good Suffs... :hungry: :chops:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby patpoyntz » August 30th, 2018, 5:09 pm

They look gorgeous....would love the recipe please Suffs.
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » August 30th, 2018, 6:14 pm

I use Tamasin Day Lewis' scone recipe http://wildfood.info/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=14254 ... I added a generous handful of grated parmesan and the same of strong cheddar .... and sprinkled a little cheese and cayenne pepper on top before baking. :chef:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby patpoyntz » August 30th, 2018, 9:39 pm

Thanks Suffs, very interesting thread which I seemed to have missed, (or forgotten)....will read carefully. I visited an old neighbour today with some garden produce, and she did mention that she loved my cheese scones, which I must have given her ages ago. So, must make another batch, and make sure they are good...
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby karadekoolaid » August 31st, 2018, 2:52 am

I baked some confit tomatoes - what Heston calls " Lust in a Jar".
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby Herbidacious » August 31st, 2018, 9:28 am

His recipe, Clive? How long do they keep for (assuming you don't eat them all up very quickly :) ) ? I have all the ingredients to make that this evening (although I plan to bake a cake.)
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby karadekoolaid » August 31st, 2018, 10:12 am

Hi Herbie.
They last for at least a couple of weeks. I suppose you could also bottle them ( cover them in olive oil) and they might last longer.
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This is a brilliant way to prepare tomatoes. It needs the best quality, in-season tomatoes available - no ifs or buts! The actual preparation is quick and easy; then it's just a matter of leaving the tomatoes in the oven until they are cooked. The other advantage is that it can be made in larger batches, as the tomatoes keep well covered in olive oil and stored in the fridge in an airtight container. They are absolutely delicious on their own, but can also be used for a whole range of things, from sandwiches to pasta, either as they are or pounded into a paste.

10 fresh basil leaves
10 sprigs fresh thyme
2 fresh bayleaves
10 top quality, ripe tomatoes
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced thinly
Salt and pepper
0.5 level tsp caster sugar

Cut each basil leaf in half, break up the sprigs of thyme and cut up the bayleaves. Bring a pan of water to the boil and have ready a bowl of ice-cold water.

Meanwhile, using the tip of a small, sharp knife, remove the core from each tomato and, on the opposite end, make a small cross. Drop into the boiling water, no more than three at a time, for 10 seconds, then remove and plunge into the cold water to stop them cooking further. It is important that they are not left in the boiling water for too long, or they will become soft and watery. Once cool, peel the tomatoes (the skins should come off easily; if they do not, return to the boiling water for a few seconds more).

Cut the peeled tomatoes in half and, with a teaspoon, scoop out the seeds (these can be reserved for another use). Dab the tomatoes with kitchen paper, to soak up any excess moisture. If you have the time, leave them at room temperature, cut side down, on more kitchen towel for a couple of hours, to extract even more moisture.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 110C. Generously brush the tomatoes with olive oil and lay them on a baking sheet or oven tray, cut side up. In the cavity of each tomato, put a slice of garlic, and a little basil, bay and thyme. Season with salt, pepper and sugar, and bake for about four hours, turning halfway through - the cooking time will vary depending on the ripeness of the tomatoes.

When ready, the tomatoes will be a vibrant red and slightly wrinkled, and will have a wonderfully aromatic aroma. Leave them to cool before placing them in a jar along with the excess herbs and any oil from the tray. Pour over olive oil to cover, and store in the fridge until needed. These tomatoes are delicious in sandwiches, salads, chopped up in pasta, or just about anything, really - as is the oil in which they are stored.
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby Herbidacious » September 1st, 2018, 9:23 pm

Thanks very much! I picked another load of mailnly Tigerllas today (in general the tomatoes they are now so ripe they are splitting and falling off and/or being eaten by snails so...) so I shall turn them into these asap.
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby karadekoolaid » September 2nd, 2018, 2:26 am

I just did a lot for a course I gave yesterday. If you´ve got Instagram, look for @clivemasala and I posted a step-by-step photographic account of how to make them. It´s all in Spanish, but I think a picture means a thousand words. :)
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » September 15th, 2018, 12:48 pm

Yesterday I baked approx 50 small sausage rolls ( with tomato chutney in them) for MIL's tea party on Sunday

Sausage rolls for MIL.jpg


Today I've baked 35 scones for the same event

Scones for MIL.jpg


She says she's invited 40 people .... should be enough ....
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby KC2 » September 15th, 2018, 2:37 pm

Wow! Well done Suffs! They all look scrumptious! :hungry:

Your MIL is very fortunate to have you as her DIL :lol: :lol:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » September 15th, 2018, 3:00 pm

KC2 wrote:Wow! Well done Suffs! They all look scrumptious! :hungry:

Your MIL is very fortunate to have you as her DIL :lol: :lol:


It works both ways KC2 .... she's lovely :luv:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby miss mouse » September 15th, 2018, 7:19 pm

suffolk wrote:She says she's invited 40 people .... should be enough ....


41, I am on my way although I was not exactly invited...
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby earthmaiden » September 15th, 2018, 7:32 pm

I hope they don't all turn up!
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » September 15th, 2018, 11:18 pm

So do I ... the garden room is spacious ... but I’m pretty sure there aren’t 40 chairs :shock:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby KC2 » September 17th, 2018, 9:23 am

suffolk wrote:
KC2 wrote:Wow! Well done Suffs! They all look scrumptious! :hungry:

Your MIL is very fortunate to have you as her DIL :lol: :lol:


It works both ways KC2 .... she's lovely :luv:

Glad to hear that Suffs!

suffolk wrote:So do I ... the garden room is spacious ... but I’m pretty sure there aren’t 40 chairs :shock:


How did it go? Were there enough chairs :lol: :lol:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » September 17th, 2018, 6:55 pm

Just about enough chairs :D :tu: ... OH did the rounds of the neighbouring houses borrowing garden chairs etc, and some people brought their own .... I said on Cbox earlier that it was a "...fantastic tea party ... the garden room (and garden) has been well and truly christened and £155+ raised for Macmillan nursing. Several members of the ukelele orchestra gave an impromptu concert/singalong in the marquee at the end of the garden and the weather was kind to us. A former Devonian butcher pronounced my sausage rolls 'the best he had ever tasted in his long life' :shock: :oops: and several people asked how I make my scones as they were 'so light and didn't have that baking powder taste' :D :chef: I'm decidedly chuffed and OH had to help me get swollen head through the doorway :lol: :tutu: ..."

We had a lovely time ... and nearly everything was back as it should be by the time we left ... only the crockery left to put away in cupboards ... and as MIL said, if that's not done until next week what does it matter? ;)
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby KC2 » September 17th, 2018, 9:56 pm

sounds great!! well done!! and high praise from a former butcher indeed! :cocktail: :cocktail:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby Zosherooney » September 25th, 2018, 9:33 pm

Not baked today but on my list for next time we need cake......https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/s ... izzle-cake Sounds delish to me :chops: :chops:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby earthmaiden » September 25th, 2018, 9:45 pm

Oh yes Zosh, that looks very good!
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby slimpersoninside » September 26th, 2018, 6:13 pm

I've baked an iced lemon traybake for the McMillan coffee morning at work on Friday. The icing is very lemony and the cake probably will be too, zest in the cake and a bit of lemon syrup drizzled over before icing. I do like a lemon cake to be nice and lemony, hope others agree. It is a bit on the ugly side though, decorating is not my forte ;) .
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby Herbidacious » September 28th, 2018, 6:19 pm

Sounds delicious. Lemon cake is my favourite. (I am rubbish at prettifying things...)
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby slimpersoninside » September 28th, 2018, 9:05 pm

It's my favourite too Herby. Unfortunately I have no idea what this one tasted like, I wasn't at work today so didn't have a piece!
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby Zosherooney » September 29th, 2018, 8:22 am

Sun is out so the oven is going on today..... Halibut will be poached in oven, layered tatos with thyme and garlic with cream, Mum's malt loaf, some roast BNS, chocolate cake and maybe some sort of biscuits or muffins. That should keep us going next week.
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby slimpersoninside » September 29th, 2018, 12:03 pm

Today has seen the cherry madeira cake, that I promised hubby last weekend, made. It's Nigella's recipe from her Domestic Goddess book with added glace cherries. It looks nice but not tried it yet. Can't use some recipes because of ground almonds, nuts bring hubby out in spots.
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby aero280 » October 11th, 2018, 5:56 pm

I made the scones from Suffolks recipe recommendation. They are much better than my usual lead pucks. :)

Still getting used to the new oven. These are "just cooked" inside, but a bit dark on the outside. Next time a lower oven and a few mins longer!!
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » October 12th, 2018, 8:13 am

:D :tu:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby KC2 » October 12th, 2018, 1:17 pm

I made Rats' recipe for a boiled fruit cake yesterday - lovely! Thank you again Rats, you passed it on a few years ago I think!
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » October 20th, 2018, 12:34 pm

Somehow bread didn't make it onto our shopping list yesterday, so as we always have some bread flour and yeast in the cupboard, rather than go down to the shops for just one thing, I made a loaf ... I usually use one third white to two thirds wholemeal, but I didn't have any strong white flour so this is 100% wholemeal ...now it's cooled it's made a very good cheese and pickle sandwich for lunch :chops:

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Quite pleased with that :D

When the children were young I made all our bread and it was usually 100% wholemeal ... I'd forgotten just how good it tastes :D
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby earthmaiden » October 20th, 2018, 1:20 pm

That looks superb Suffs, I used to make all our bread too. OH liked it so much he demanded home baked bread even on the busiest days (yes, he's an ex!!).
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby dennispc » October 20th, 2018, 2:32 pm

Good baking Suffolk. :tu:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » October 20th, 2018, 5:28 pm

Thanks :D

As I said its a long while since I made a totally wholemeal loaf ... this has a little honey and a little olive oil in it ... it has a really nutty taste :chops:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby patpoyntz » October 20th, 2018, 5:53 pm

Looks a beautiful tasty loaf...bet you enjoy your toast tomorrow morning!
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » October 26th, 2018, 10:21 am

Pasties.jpg


Some for supper, some for the freezer. Not Cornish 'cos they were made in Norfolk and the filling is a mix of Aberdeen Angus minced beef, with chopped carrot, onion, potato and a few peas ... a good sprinkling of white pepper and a pinch of salt.
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby KC2 » October 26th, 2018, 10:30 am

oooohhhh look scrummy Suffs! :chops: :chops:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby earthmaiden » October 26th, 2018, 11:36 am

I've got a pack of shortcrust pastry in the fridge which I was going to freeze (I use it for GD to make things, I make my own when making proper things). Now I'm thinking how lovely those pasties look ,,,, :?
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby aero280 » October 26th, 2018, 1:58 pm

In my usual way of playing about. I made the Tamasin Day Lewis/Suffolk plain scones with added sugar and sultanas for fruit scones and another batch with cheese and paprika. Both seem to have been accepted by the others. :)
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby suffolk » October 26th, 2018, 2:23 pm

Hurrah! :D

When I make cheese scones I sometimes use celery salt instead of ordinary ... gives a heightened savoury tang :chops:
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Re: what have you baked today?

Postby dennispc » November 12th, 2018, 4:31 pm

Wholemeal sourdough. A friend had given me a packet of Lev Blé - dry sourdough starter. It worked fine, though didn't rise much. Looks like a normal loaf. Next time I'll knead less and increase proving time.
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