Monthly Archives: September 2010
Thought I would just do a quick post on how to make your own lovely cupcake toppers. I used these little bows on sticks for my miniature cakes in The Great British Bake Off.
I’ve always been a crafty kind of person, taught to me by my lovely Mum!
So many of you have requested my recipes from The Great British Bake Off – so here’s the first – Sugar Crusted Fruit Scones, more recipes to follow but you’ll have to be patient! xx
225g self raising flour
Pinch of salt
25g caster sugar
1 egg for eggwash
Caster sugar for sugar crust
Clotted cream and raspberry jam to serve
Preheat the oven to 220c/200c Fan/425F/Gas Mark 7.
To say it’s been an experience and a half would be an understatement – I have truly had the time of my life! I have had the opportunity to meet and work with nine very talented bakers from all over the country who I am proud to call my good friends and without whom I would never have survived the turmoils of filming.
Yes yes, I’m ready for you to lynch me with all your squeals of ‘it’s nowhere near Christmas’. I don’t care I love Christmas, the sooner the mince pies are in the shops the better as far as I’m concerned! I’ve got my tree up already – haven’t you?
Another of my really simple cakes – it’s definitely a firm favourite in our house and uses up the bananas I bought because the children begged for them and they’ve gone brown in the fruit bowl because no-one’s eaten them.
250g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
225g dark muscovado sugar
5 bananas – super ripe
1tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
200g dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180c/160c Fan/Gas Mark 4.
At this time of year you just can’t beat nature and all the lovely fruit it gives us for free! I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a huge amount of Damsons. After our jam stocks have surged enough see us through the next five years I thought I’d better find something else to use them for.
Well done maci234 – please email me your address details and I’ll get the fab hamper sent to you!
Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire
Contestant on BBC2′s The Great British Bake Off
Did you know it’s National Breakfast Week? Kellogg’s are running a campaign to get the country eating breakfast – not necessarily cereal – just making sure you eat something to start your day. Breakfast is heralded as the most important meal of the day but amzingly one in five grownups and one is six children don’t bother.