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 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.


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 any time today (Wed 13th March) for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 15th March.

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.


The Weekly Bake is back…a little late, but not forgotten.

This week, Comfort reigns in The English Baker’s kitchen…

Cheddar & Bacon Loaves

Cheddar & Bacon Loaves (click image to enlarge)

So this Weekly Bake sees the return of an English Baker favourite, Cheddar and Bacon Bread.   Perfect warmed in the oven ready to dunk in your soup on a cold wintry evening or, for the desk-bound, this is a great lunch-box bread. By the way, kids love this too…

Malted Chocolate Fairy Cake

Malted Chocolate Fairy Cake (click image to enlarge)

If that’s not enough comfort for you, how about a Malted Chocolate Fairy Cake or two?  Made with a large spoonful of Ovaltine, melted chocolate and full fat milk, and topped off with Maltesers – this is basically a bedtime drink.  Just add pyjamas and a fluffy blanket for ultimate relaxation…

Cheddar & Bacon Bread: €12 for 4 mini loaves
Malted Chocolate Fairy Cakes:  €12 for 6

How to order:
Please place your order by email any time today Wednesday, 7th November ready for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 9th November.

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 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)