It’s probably no real surprise that Paul Hollywood’s British Baking is one of the latest books to adorn my bookshelf. It was a birthday present from my husband and children along with a copy of The Great British Bake Off Christmas. Perfect for a Bake Off fan like me. I even managed to get my copy of British Baking signed by the very man himself at the recent BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show in London.
In his latest offering Paul Hollywood has researched recipes from up and down the British Isles. The book is divided into regions, the Southwest, the South & Southeast, the Midlands, the North, Wales, Ireland and Scotland which all have their own individual baking traditions but there are many similarities too, such as griddle baking and steamed puddings.
I really like the style and layout of this delightful book, each region is introduced with a charming explanation of its baking history and characteristics. All the recipes have clear instructions and are accompanied by a beautifully styled photo. Some of the bakes I’ve never heard of before e.g Ecclefechan Butter Tarts and Kentish Huffkins, so having that all important photo is extremely helpful. Plus, you’ll find there are a few recipes with step by step photos too.
I think my favourite chapter has to be the one on Scotland, the recipes look incredibly enticing. I’m sure I’ll be making the Raspberry Crumble Cake and Treacle Sponge Pudding featured in that chapter very soon. I did find it quite amusing to see a recipe for Cheese and Chive Scones of which I have my very own version here.
I chose to bake the Marmalade Cake first of all. Worryingly, the mixture did appear curdled quite early on so I added a spoonful of flour with the last two eggs (I think the eggs were too cold!). I baked my cake at Fan 160c and after 40 minutes of baking it looked golden brown but wasn’t cooked through. I decided to cover the cake with a layer of foil and placed it back in the oven for a further 10 minutes. Once the cake had cooled and knowing my family are quite keen on icing I made a glacé icing using orange juice to finish it off. I was pretty pleased with this cake regardless of the minor hiccups I had, which didn’t appear to effect the overall bake. The cake had a lovely tangy sour orange flavour from the marmalade and a little sweetness from the orange icing, it’s definitely a cake I’d make again.
Other bakes I’d like to try include the Denby Dale Pie (a tasty looking meat and potato pie), Chocolate Heavies (a chocolate chip biscuit I think my children will love) and the Dorset Apple Cake (perfect with my mid morning cuppa!).
I would love to know if you have tried any of the recipes from Paul Hollywood’s British Baking and how you got on. Please let me know if you have any recommendations of which recipes I should try next.
Until next time.