Quiet Baker: Busy Oven…

Pussy Cat Cake

Pussy Cat Cake

 

The English Baker blog has indeed been somewhat quiet for some time now.  In fact, completely silent would be more accurate.  But, The English Baker has not gone anywhere.  I have not been involved in an unfortunate culinary accident with a whisk (not one that I am prepared to discuss here anyhow).   Neither have I moved to Bermuda…The English Baker is alive and baking in Brussels, with all the necessary body parts in full working order.

Just a little overworked that’s all….

So, no more Weekly Bakes for the time being.  However, do not despair, it is still possible to order all your favourite British breads and pastries baked to order.  Just place your order one week in advance, and make an appointment to collect your order from The English Baker in Merode at a time that suits you.

Not only that, The English Baker will also be offering a selection of Seasonal Bakes throughout the year which can be ordered in advance. Sign up to follow The English Baker blog and receive the updates.

Finally, as definitive proof that The English Baker has indeed been slaving over a hot oven and not simply lying on the sofa with a mug of tea and a copy of Hello!, here is a selection of some of the Bespoke Cakes, Breads and Pastries ordered over the last few months.  Feel free to leave a comment, by the way!

 

Dragon Cake

Dragon Cake

Buzz Lightyear (egg Free biscuit cake)

Buzz Lightyear
(egg Free biscuit cake)

Girly Fairy Cakes

Girly Fairy Cakes

Marzipan Christmas Cake

Marzipan Christmas Cake

Rose Wedding Cake

Rose Wedding Cake

Mini White Poinsettia Cake

Mini White Poinsettia Cake

Jam Doughnuts

Jam Doughnuts

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart

Sticky Lemon, Orange and Almond Rolls

Sticky Lemon, Orange and Almond Rolls

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Nuts about a good tart…

This week’s Weekly Bake is dedicated to nutty tarts….

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart (click to enlarge)

Nutty tart No1: The great British Bakewell Tart
This classic layered tart is made with a crisp sweet pastry base, a layer of raspberry jam (mine also has a few fresh raspberries for a bit of sharpness) followed by a layer of moist almond sponge and topped off with a generous sprinkling of almonds and a dusting of powdered sugar.  Eat warmed slightly in the oven as a dessert with custard, ice-cream, or even a dollop of crème fraîche, or simply cold with a cup of tea…or coffee (if you must).

Slice of Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie (click to enlarge)

Nutty tart No2: Pecan Pie
Despite the name, this really is a tart.  In North America, there is no distinction between a tart and a pie, but in Britain and Ireland a pie has a lid, a tart is open…so there you have it.  Anyhow, it took us a while to find out about this one from our North American friends, but now we’ve discovered this glorious pie/tart with crisp, buttery pastry and a dense caramelised filling packed full of toasted pecans, it’s become nearly as popular as the Bakewell Tart. This one is a slight variation on the original as it is laced with chocolate…mmmmm….really good with coffee (dare I say it), but even better with a cuppa.

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart: 15€ (serves 6-8)
Pecan Pie: €16 (serves 6-8)

How to order:
By email theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today or tomorrow (Tues 27th or Wed 28th November) for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 30th November.

Is it a tart? Is it a cake? No, it’s another Weekly Bake….

First on the list of Weekly Bakes this week is my version of the world famous (in England) Bakewell Tart.  In fact,  the Bakewell Tart is so well known in England that it’s town of origin, the Derbyshire town of Bakewell, has built up an entire tourist industry around this delicious pastry.  Originally eaten as a pudding, we now tend to eat this more with Afternoon Tea.  This little beauty is really a cross between an tart and a cake made with a layer of raspberry jam, frangipane and flaked almonds (I also add a few fresh raspberries to the jam layer), all encased in a sweet crust pastry.

As ever, this goes really well with a cup of tea, but why not have it as a dessert with a big blob of ice-cream, cream or (if you want to go really English) smothered in hot thick custard.

Second on the list, are Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Mini Loaves. These large crusty rolls are practically a meal in themselves made with a little wholemeal flour, bacon and Cheddar cheese. Best eaten warmed through in the oven, great for a Sunday night supper in autumn with a bowl of hot soup, add butter if you want, or dunk in a little olive oil if feeling a bit Mediterranean.

Cheddar & Bacon Loaves detail

Cheddar & Bacon Loaves detail (click to enlarge)

Cheddar & Bacon Loaves

Cheddar & Bacon Loaves (click to enlarge)

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart (click to enlarge)

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart detail

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart detail (click to enlarge)

Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart:
15€ – serves 6-8 (or maybe just 1!)

Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Loaves: €12 for 2 loaves (2 medium servings per loaf)

How to order:
By email theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today (Wed 26th Sept) or tomorrow (Thursday, 27th Sept) before 12 o’clock for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 28th September.