The Ones to Treat Yourself!

Here are the ones that I would be tempted to make and hide – the less people know you’ve made them the better otherwise they’re gone in no time at all!

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Brioche Burger Buns

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I love a good burger on a toasted Brioche bun, trouble is it’s not something you seem to be able to buy easily.  So, with us definitely heading towards a spell of BBQ weather I’ve slightly adapted by Brioche recipe (which you’ll find in my new Bread Making book) so I can get some burgers on the go!

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The Pink Whisk Guide to Bread Making

Bread Making300It’s here!!

Well very nearly!  Official release date is the 30th August but the books are due in next week.  Because some of the big retailers play naughty monkeys and don’t hold the books back until the official date, the books are being issued to the smaller independents first and that means me too!

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Flour Tortillas

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At last!  It appears to be BBQ weather,  and whilst I’m stuck for Father’s Day ideas I figured a BBQ might be just the thing to treat your Dad.  Now BBQ’s don’t naturally lend themselves to baking but a batch of these flour tortillas will certainly go down a treat.

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Naan Bread – Plain plus Garlic & Coriander


I love making these when I have the time,  you can’t beat curry night in our house with homemade Naan bread.

There’s 2 options for you with a recipe for plain or Garlic and Coriander Naan Bread


300g strong white bread flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp fast action yeast

165ml milk (170g)

4 tbsps natural yoghurt (60g)

1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil

1/2 to 1 tsp kalonji seeds (onion/nigella seeds)

Plus 25g melted butter

Garlic & Coriander Naan

1 clove of garlic, crushed

2 tbsps chopped fresh coriander

Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

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Day 7 – Chocolate Mincemeat Bear Claws


 How about a Chocolate Mincemeat Bear Claw for Day 7 of The Pink Whisk 12 Days of Christmas – a great alternative to a Mince Pie!

 You will need:

1/2 x qty of Danish Pastry – recipe here

1 x qty of Chocolate Mincemeat recipe here

1 egg, for egg wash

A little icing sugar to dust

Plus, hungry volunteers to eat them!

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Hot Cross Buns

with a Pink Whisk Twist of course

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Three ways to use this dough – as a loaf, whirls or the traditional buns – who could resist?



315g strong plain white flour

1/2 tsp mixed cake spice

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp dried fast action yeast (or 1 sachet)

25g caster sugar

205ml milk

1 egg, large

zest of 1/2 and orange

100g currants


60g dark brown sugar

1 1/2tsp cinnamon

A little water icing to glaze (optional)

Makes 1 x 1lb loaf, 10 whirls or 8 buns

Place the flour, mixed spice, salt, caster sugar, orange zest, yeast, egg and currants in a large bowl.

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Tiger Bread or should that be Giraffe Bread?

Tiger Bread
Tiger bread is delicious, there’s no doubt about it.  Lovely soft white bread with a crispy crunchy crust.

But did you know that it’s really easy to make it at home too?

Here’s how


1 x Quantity of Basic White Bread Dough (recipe here)

Tiger Paste

35ml warm water

1/2 tsp dried fast action yeast

1/2 tsp caster sugar

1/2 tsp vegetable or sunflower oil

15g rice flour (rice flour also makes really great crunchy shortbread if you were wondering what else you could use it for!)

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How to Bake a Basic White Loaf

How to make a basic White Loaf

Taking it back to basics, baking is a simple as loaf of bread.  But it’s only simple if you have a recipe that works.  You know I’m not keen on the whole bread making thingy and that’s down to multiple failures – dough that finally springs into action after being in the bin for a day and a half!  

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Homemade Teacakes

Homemade Teacakes

Homemade Teacakes – none of this shout ‘whip’ if you find a piece of fruit, lovely toasted slathering with butter is of course essential!

Makes 8 Teacakes

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