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.

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No Weekly Bake, but Christmas is coming – place your orders now!

You may have noticed that it’s still only November – but, in the tradition of all good retailers, The English Baker is already getting into the spirit of Yuletide.

Actually, The aroma of brandy, spices, oranges and dried fruit has been permeating The English Baker’s kitchen since October because a traditional British Christmas cake is rather like The English Baker herself, it get’s better with age.  Another similarity is that a good Christmas cake quite likes a drop of brandy occasionally – so, let the festivities begin, I say!

Christmas Cake and Pudding

Christmas Cake and Pudding (click to enlarge)

Here are a couple of examples of the end result.  There are several sizes and designs to choose from and the little 10cm cakes make perfect presents too.

A traditional British Christmas cake is essentially a dark fruit cake made with dried currents, raisins, sultanas, cherries and almonds steeped in brandy or sherry.  The Christmas cakes are also available as rich chocolate cakes if you prefer.

Also available to order now, are traditional Christmas Puddings. For the uninitiated, this is one of those steamed puddings we British are famous for.  It is rather like a dark fruit cake, made with dried fruits, nuts and brandy and slowly steamed (or boiled) twice – once by me, and once again by you before serving.  It is served flambéed in yet more brandy and eaten hot with lashings of custard, rum sauce or rum butter (well, it is Christmas).  Actually, the alcohol is cooked off during the cooking process, so fine for kids to eat too.

Christmas Cakes:  Start from €17.50 for a mini 10cm cake.
Christmas Puddings:
€12 for a 1/4 pint (150ml appx) individual pudding,
€20 for 1/2 pint (300ml appx) pudding,
€40 for 1 pint (600ml appx) pudding
€65 for 2 pint (1.2 ltr appx) pudding

How to order:
Please place your order by email before 1st December.  When ordering a cake, please leave a contact telephone number so The English Baker can call you back to discuss the size and design you would like for your cake.

The cakes and puddings will be ready for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode Friday 16th or Saturday 17th December.

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)