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In between fiction writing, I put together a short ebook of my own baking recipes. The title – Easy British Bakes and Cakes – says all you need to know. I’m no Paul Hollywood but they’re easy to make and taste great. The book contains 20 simple recipes, my own take on traditional British baking. They’re the kind of treats you’d find on offer at a village summer fete or a vintage-style tea-shop and in the cake tin in British homes.
I love the way you get that fresh, home-made aroma when you lift the lid on your cake tin. No shop-bought bake can give you that. Baking keeps me going when I’m writing and the more portable treats like rock cakes give me energy when out on the hill. Meringues aren’t a good idea for your rucksack but perfect for summer tea in the garden.
My recipes have been tweaked over the years to be as quick and trouble-free as possible. On starting out, I learnt to make fruit cake with the rubbing in method but found results are exactly as good with a mixer. The all-in-one sponge method is just as successful as adding ingredients in stages and so on. If you prefer different dried or fresh fruit etc. they work well as base recipes, so swop away – just make sure you keep the weight the same.
I don’t own a food processor, just a hand-held mixer and I like minimal washing-up. The recipes have been well tested on family and friends.
My baking rarely looks as perfect as factory-made – Paul and Mary would soon kick me out – but isn’t that the point? For me, home-baking is about good quality ingredients – where the hens who laid the eggs scratch around in the sunshine – great flavour full of natural goodness and an individual artisan look. Above all it’s meant to be fun and make people happy.
Please do click on the link below if you’d like to take a look:
Now out on Kindle…