A Weekly Bake, but not for the faint-hearted….

As there will be no Weekly Bake next week, Halloween has come early to The English Baker’s kitchen.  So, if you are of nervous disposition….look….away…..


Actually, this week’s Weekly Bake is utterly delicious (of course) and not at all scary – no spiders, I promise….

Slice of Chocolate Pecan Pie (click image to enlarge)

Number one on the list is the very seasonal, Pecan Pie.  However, this is not just any old Pecan Pie, this one is a CHO-CO-LATE Pecan Pie. I have to tell you, The English Baker has been working on this one for a while now and there have been a few versions.  This one, however, received the highest accolade last week, when an American taster told me that she never eats Pecan Pie (ugh?), however this, was “absolutely delicious”.  Don’t take her word for it though – give it a go.  I defy you to resist it’s gooey, chocolatey, nutty, crunchy charms.  By the way, this one also comes in a Gluten-Free option * – so you can eat as much as you like and there’s no fear of being mistaken for the pumpkin!

Pumpkin, Pecan & Rosemary Muffins

Savoury Pumpkin, Pecan & Rosemary Muffins (click image to enlarge)

Which brings me to Number Two on the Weekly Bake menu.  Although still in keeping with the pecan and pumpkin theme, the next item really couldn’t be more different. Savoury Pumpkin, Rosemary and Pecan Muffins.  Although as understated as the Pecan Pie is extravagant, these warmed gently in the oven before serving are the ultimate comfort food.  Delicious with a nice slice of Cheddar, or dunked in a big bowl of steaming soup or even simply with a generous knob of butter, you decide.  Perfect for an Autumn supper…

Chocolate Pecan Pie: €16 (serves 8)
Savoury Pumpkin, Pecan & Rosemary Muffins: €12 for 6

How to Order:
Please place your order by email: theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today (Tuesday 16th Oct) or tomorrow (Wednesday, 17th Oct) ready for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 19th October.

* Although I ensure that all equipment used in the preparation of a Gluten-free option has been thoroughly washed and cleaned before use, The English Baker’s kitchen is not an exclusively Gluten-free environment and so I cannot guarantee that any traces of gluten will not be found in any of my products.


Vitamin C, the easy way…

Oh yes, Autumn really has arrived and with it pharmacies across the land are busy stocking up on Vitamin C pills the size of elephant tranquillisers. Because this, I am reliably informed, is the time of year when you need to start building up your defences.  So, in the interests of cold and flu prevention, this week’s Weekly Bake is packed full of Vitamin C and, I think I can confidently say, it’ll be considerably easier to swallow!

Iced Lemon Buns (soft white bread rolls coated in lemon water icing), or what about a nice sticky Coiled Lemon and Orange Roll sprinkled liberally with almonds – the picture below says it all.

Sticky Orange Lemon and Almond Rolls

Sticky Orange Lemon and Almond Rolls (click to enlarge)

Iced Lemon Buns

Iced Lemon Buns (click to enlarge)

Orange and Almond Rolls: €12 for 6
Iced Lemon Buns: €10 for 6

How to Order:
Please place your order by email: theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today (Tuesday 9th Oct) or tomorrow (Wednesday, 10th Oct) ready to collect by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 12th Oct.

Who ate all the pies?

Well, you actually…

Yes, you my lovely customers.  The Bramley Apple Pie went down such a storm, I thought I’d do some more for this week’s Weekly Bake.  However, this time I’ve added a few blackberries and a hint of cinnamon and cloves for a lovely wine-coloured Autumn Fruit Pie.  As you can see from the picture – The English Baker doesn’t believe in being stingy on the fruit, so one slice should definitely count for at least one portion of your Recommended Daily Allowance.  Not only that, with pastry this crisp you’ll have to have another piece, so there’s your second portion of fruit already!

For the non-dessert-minded, here’s an old favourite.  The quintessential English Muffin.  Soft and doughy – forget those terrible old chewy things you buy in a packet.  Brown or white, whichever you prefer, these are perfect for sandwiches or how about toasted with eggs, bacon or smoked salmon.

Autumn Fruit Pie

Autumn Fruit Pie (click image to enlarge)

English Muffins in a basket

English Muffins in a basket (click image to enlarge)

Autumn Fruit Pie: €15 (serves 8)

English Muffins Brown or White:
€8 for 6

How to order:
Email theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today (Tuesday, 2nd Oct) or tomorrow (Thursday, 3rd Oct) for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 4th Oct.