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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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.

Another favourite Weekly Bake…

This week sees the return of two sticky stalwarts of The English Baker’s Weekly Bakes to get your teeth into.

Iced Lemon Buns

Iced Lemon Buns (click image to enlarge)

Iced Lemon Buns, soft lemony white bread rolls coated in lemon water icing. Or, what about a nice sticky Coiled Lemon, Orange and Almond Roll sprinkled liberally with flaked almonds.

Sticky Orange Lemon and Almond Rolls

Sticky Orange Lemon and Almond Rolls (click image to enlarge)

Iced Lemon Buns: 12€ for 6
Lemon, Orange and Almond Rolls: €15 for 6

How to Order:
Please place your order by email: theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today (Wednesday, 27th February) ready to collect by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 1st March.

Doughnut try to resist the Weekly Bake…

….you are in my powerrrrrrr….

This week’s Weekly Bake?  Well, I think the clue is in the title…

Jam Doughnuts

Jam Doughnuts (click image to enlarge)

Jam Doughnuts: balls of sweet bread dough, deep fried until they puff up and turn golden brown, generously filled with strawberry jam, and rolled in sugar. Crisp on the outside, moist on the inside…what more can I say….

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie (click image to enlarge)

Second on the list, another classic, Lemon Meringue Pie.  Now, the trick with this one, is that it’s really light.  This is more like a tart with a fine, crisp pastry base, a rich lemon curd filling and topped with moist, fluffy meringue. A bit like eating a big, lemony cloud.

Doughnuts: 12€ for 6
Mini doughnuts (the size of a large mouthful): 12€ for 10

Lemon Meringue Pie: €18 (serves 8-10)

How to order:
As always, just email theenglishbaker@gmail.com any time today (Wed 20th February) for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 22nd February.

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.