Ottolenghi’s Orange and Almond Syrup Cake – a Birthday Treat

Well it has been a long time since I blogged.  The last few months have been dreadful and I have  had little time or inclination to sit down and write.  But it is time to get back in the saddle. (Cue slightly strange pictures depicting said saddle getting) Firstly though I will  give you a feel…

Taking a Nut Corner too fast

It has been a busy weekend.  We have been in Sheffield seeing our friend Alisdair perform in Into the Woods. Sheffield is quite transformed from 21 years ago when I first went to visit my new in laws and I can see why it is becoming more and more popular. We visited the very beautiful Hardwick Hall…

Prinzregententorte, a very exacting Bavarian treat

Heinz Georg Erbhäuser must have adored Prince Regent Luitpold when he invented this cake in the Prince’s honour because this was not a straightforward bake. Now I admit fundamentally there is nothing complicated here – a bit of genoise sponge (well 7 layers of sponge), sandwiched between chocolate butter cream and covered in chocolate is…