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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Hey Y’all, it’s the Weekly Bake…

OMG, The English Baker’s gone all American…

Thought I’d try a couple of real American classics this week – not exactly low cal, but quite frankly have you seen the weather out there?  I think bikini time is a little way off yet…

Chocolate Cake Donuts

Chocolate Cake Donuts (click image to enlarge)

Number One American Classic:  The Cake Donut (spelt the American way too, you’ll notice).  Why is it a “cake” donut?  Well, the regular (note the American English) donut is made with yeast, and is therefore technically a bread.  The Cake Donut, on the other hand, is leavened with baking powder, hence, it’s a cake.  So what does this mean taste-wise ? Well, simply that these donuts are the more delicious and considerably less chemical version of the ones you buy at the store (American English again, what has come over me?) The ones in the picture are covered in a chocolate frosting, but vanilla is possible too, or even chocolate and coconut if you’re feeling a bit tropical.

Double Choc Chip Cookies

Double Choc Chip Cookies (click image to enlarge)

Number Two American Classic: Well, it’s the Chocolate Chip Cookie.  Not exactly beautiful (my kids call them cow pat cookies actually), but there is a certain charm in their knobbliness and they are SOOOOOOOO moreish.  Slightly crunchy around the edges, soft and squishy in the middle…’nuff said.  The ones pictured and made with milk and white chocolate chips, but a chocolate and pecan version is available too…

Cake Donuts (Chocolate, Vanilla, or Chocolate & Coconut): €15 for 6
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Milk & White Choc Chip, Choc Chip & Pecan): 10€ for 6

How to order:
As always, just email theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today (Wed 13th March) for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 15th March.

Not just Weekly Bakes y’know…

As well as the Weekly Bakes, The English Baker also creates beautiful AND delicious cakes to order.  Both these cakes are wonderfully moist chocolate cakes with chocolate ganache frosting (that’s chocolate and double cream to the uninitiated).

How to order:
If you would like to order a celebration cake, email theenglishbaker@gmail.com with your request and any ideas.  Normally, you will need to place your order 2 weeks in advance. As you can see, anything is possible!

Handbag Chocolate Cake

Handbag Chocolate Cake (click to enlarge)

Pigs Playing Hockey Cake

Pigs Playing Hockey Cake (click to enlarge)

Edible worms….

Here’s a quick post – another Birthday Cake from The English Baker.  Lily always has a chocolate hedgehog cake for her birthday (actually it’s the Mikado sticks she really likes).  This year, her mother and I thought her hedgehog might like a friend or two.

My favourite part of this cake is the worms!

How to order:
If you would like to order a celebration cake, email theenglishbaker@gmail.com with your request and any ideas.  Normally, you will need to place your order 2 weeks in advance.

Hedgehog and Ladybird Cake with Worms

Hedgehog and Ladybird Cake with Worms (click to enlarge)

The English Baker is going on a busman’s holiday

No, The English Baker is not taking up a second career.  I am taking a break during the summer, and will be doing a couple of baking and decorating courses back in England – like the old English saying about a bus driver going on holiday in his bus, hence a “busman’s holiday”!

Weekly Bakes will be resuming in early September, but The English Baker will still be open for individual orders.  So, if you’ve got a special celebration coming up, or just fancy a nice cream tea in the garden, drop me an email: theenglishbaker@gmail.com.

For my last post of the summer, here’s a little taste of what The English Baker has been up to over the last couple of weeks (click on any of the images to enlarge).