Great Egg-spectations from The Weekly Bake

Sorry I’m late…

….now, I’ve found the big furry feet, but where did I put those floppy ears…

Well, never mind, while I’m looking, here’s another Weekly Bake…

Oh yes, yet another eggs-cuse to indulge yourself and your loved ones – after all those weeks of self-denial (or self-delusion for the weak-willed), Lent is finally over.  So here’s a guilt-free special Easter Weekly Bake, just for you.  What’s more, you’ve got a few extra days to decide.

As the English Baker will be away for Easter, this week’s Weekly Bake has been extended.  So, you can place your orders any time from now until Saturday 23rd March ready for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Tuesday, 26th or Wednesday, 27th March.  All the items in this Weekly Bake will last until Easter Day.

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns (click to enlarge)

First off, is an absolute classic of the Easter Menu, the Hot Cross Bun. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday (the last Friday before Easter), this spiced little sweet raisin-filled bun is decorated with a cross (signifying the Cross of Jesus).  Eat split in two and toasted for breakfast with as much butter as you can legally get away with.

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake (click to enlarge)

Second is a celebration cake, called a Simnel Cake. Although now eaten at Easter, it was originally given by daughters to their mothers on Mothering Sunday – which is usually halfway through Lent, so maybe the poor old Mums just had to look at it till Easter. Anyhow, it’s essentially a lighter version of the traditional Christmas fruit cake, with a hidden layer of marzipan baked inside and a layer marzipan on top, then decorated with 11 balls of slightly singed marzipan to represent the Apostles – yes, I know there were twelve, but that rat Judas doesn’t count.

Easter Cake Pops

Easter Cake Pops (click to enlarge)

Third, are those delightful balls of chocolate or vanilla cake squidged together with icing and dipped in chocolate – a.k.a. Cake Pops.  Here’s a selection of Eastery ones, but if you have a particular liking for say pigs or dogs or chickens or eyeballs, or just a nice pattern, let me know when you place your order – most things are possible!

Anyway, that’s it for a little while as The English Baker is taking a little Easter break.

So, like that pesky wabbit always says,

“That’s all folks!”

…Now, where did I put those ears….

Hot Cross Buns: €12 for 6
Simnel Cake: €35 (serves 8):
Cake Pops (Vanilla or Chocolate): €3.50 each (minimum order per flavour 6)

How to order:
As always, just email theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time from now until Saturday 23rd March ready for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Tuesday, 26th or Wednesday, 27th March.  All the items in this Weekly Bake will last until Easter Day.

The Weekly Bake will be back Tuesday, 16th March.

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Eat, drink and be merry…the end of the world is nigh!

Less than two weeks to Christmas, but only 9 days till the End of the World (apparently)….hmmm, decisions, decisions….

Oh never mind, either way you’ve got the perfect excuse to eat as much as you possibly can in the shortest possible amount of time. So, if you’ve never tried a Weekly Bake, this could be your last chance…

As promised, this Weekly Bake is an extravaganza of festive fair.

Cranberry & Almond Mince Pies

Cranberry & Almond Mince Pies (click to enlarge)

First off, Mince Pies (of course).  What’s in a mince pie?  Well, Christmas mincemeat (not to be confused with the minced meat you make burgers with). For the last hundred years or so, the meat has been left out, leaving just the dried fruits, mainly various types of raisins (currants and sultanas), sugar, spices and your choice of hard liquor.  The English Baker’s mince pies are made with all of the above, including orange, dried cranberries, almonds, butter and sherry, encased in a sweet, almond pastry.

Mincemeat and Frangipane Tart

Mincemeat and Frangipane Tart (click to enlarge)

Second, Mincemeat and Frangipane Tart.  A variation of the above, with the addition of a light, spongey, frangipane topping – so a little like a cross between a mince pie and a Bakewell tart.

If you’re a bit of a whizz in the kitchen yourself and fancy making your own mince pies, why not just get a pot of The English Baker’s delicious home-made mincemeat.  You can also put this on vanilla ice-cream for bit of a Christmas treat.

Christmas Pudding Cake Pops

Christmas Pudding Cake Pops (click to enlarge)

And lastly, for the little ones and the loved ones, Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cake Pops.  Chocolate cake mixed with chocolate ganache on the inside, and chocolate on the outside (well it is Belgium).

Mince Pies: €18 for 12 individual pies
Mincemeat and Frangipane Tarts: €18 for 3
Home-made Mincemeat: €10 per pot (approx 350g)
Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cake Pops: €18 for 6

How to order:
For this special Christmas Weekly Bake, order today (Wednesday, 12th December) or tomorrow (Thursday, 13th December) for collection from The English Baker on Tuesday, 18th December. Please note, cake pops will keep until Christmas Day in a cool place, mince pies can be frozen until you need them, and mincemeat will keep for a month in a cool place.  Unfortunately, you’ll have to eat the frangipane tarts within a couple of days…what a shame!

Please note, (Mayan apocalypses permitting) the next Weekly Bake will be 15th January 2013.

A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE ENGLISH BAKER!

Egg-static Easter Weekly Bake…

Easter Chick Iced Biscuits

Easter Chick Biscuits

Easter Cake Pops

Easter Cake Pops

Well, the Easter Bunny will be hopping round the corner any day now. This year, why not get a special little personalised something to pop into your loved one’s egg cup on Easter morning – or even onto their plate. This week, I’m offering personalised Easter biscuits and Easter cake pops. Just give me your loved one’s name or a three word message (difficult to fit more than that on a cake pop) and I will incorporate it into the design. You could even get them a selection of other Easter themed cake pops to go with it.  Here on the left are some ideas. Click on the picture to see the cake pops in full detail.

Sweet Spiced Raisin Hot Cross Buns

Sweet Spiced Raisin Hot Cross Buns

This week’s other bakes are variations on the British Easter essential (eaten on Good Friday usually), the Hot Cross Bun. So as well as the original sweetly spiced Hot Cross Buns, I’m also making versions with Cinnamon, Apple and Marzipan, or Spiced Chocolate and Orange, or finally (for a real fusion) there are also Hot Cross Scones on offer. Buy the buns fresh from my oven, or frozen, ready for you to pop into your oven on Easter morning – everyone will think you’re a domestic God and I won’t be there to tell…

Personalised Easter Egg Cake Pops: €2,50 each
Other Cake Pops (Easter Bunny, Easter Bonnet, Sheep, Easter Basket): €3,00 each
Hot Cross Buns: €10 for 6
Hot Cross Scones: €12 for 12
Selection of Easter Biscuits: €10 for 12

Please place your order by email: theenglishbaker@gmail.com before noon on Thursday 29th March.

As The English Baker will be away from 2nd to 11th April, exceptionally orders can be collected from me in Merode by appointment any time on Friday 30th March, Saturday 31st March or Sunday 1st April ready for Easter.