Weekly Bake could make you a millionaire….

Millionaire’s Shortbread.  This should be know as Million Calorie Shortbread and to make matters worse, it’s completely addictive.  You have been warned…

Millionaire's Shortbread

Millionaire’s Shortbread (click image to enlarge)

Millionaire’s Shortbread, has the classic Scottish Shortbread base, followed by a layer of oozing sticky caramel and a then layer of chocolate. Kids should eat this completely naked and preferably in the bath.  Adults may like to eat it the same way – but that’s strictly between you and your guests!

If the memory of Christmas calories lingers too close for comfort, why not go for something much more sensible but, nonetheless, just as comforting in the winter weather.  Two (yes two) savoury breads to go with your bowl of steaming soup.

Cheddar & Bacon Loaves detail

Crusty Cheddar & Bacon Loaves (click image to enlarge)

First bread, the Crusty Brown Cheddar and Bacon Mini Loaf. Not much explanation needed here, just tangy English Cheddar, bacon and a drizzled of olive oil.

Pea & Ham Savoury Muffins

Pea & Ham Savoury Muffins (click image to enlarge)

Second, is a take on one of my favourite soups, the good old pea and ham soup.  This, is the Pea and Ham Muffin (spiked with just a hint sweet paprika).

Millionaire’s Shortbread: 12€ for 6
Cheddar & Bacon Mini loaves:
12€ for 3 (enough for six servings)

Pea and Ham Muffins: 10€ for 6

How to order:
As always, just email theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today or tomorrow (Tues 22nd January or Wed 23rd January) for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 25th January.

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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.