Sunday, September 11, 2011

Latest addition to my cookbook collection

You know me and my cookbooks by now - I love them all... and I just got a new one for my collection at the weekend.

CC and I have really been enjoying the TV show called The Great British Bake Off which is currently airing on BBC2, so when I saw the book on the shelf at WHSmith I just had to have a flick through. When you have as many baking books as I have it is difficult to find a book with original recipes, or recipes that I haven't tried before, but I was pleasantly surprised. I bought the book for the bargain price of £8.00 as I had a WHSmith 20% off voucher. Usually said vouchers end up in the bin,  but this one was lurking in my purse, so I got lucky there. I love a bargain.

This is what the book looks like:

Having a quick flick through, when/if I ever have the time I would like to make these:

Pg 21 - Mary's Coffee and Walnut Battenberg - a classic battenberg with a twist.

Pg 34 - Speckled Mocha Cake

Pg 53 - Double Chocolate Marbled Loaf Cake

Pg 60 - Mary's Brandy Snaps

Pg 64 - Almond Tuiles

Pg 97 - Mint Chocolate Macaroons

Pg 98 - Florentines

Pg 135 - Rum Babas

Pg 140 - Sticky Buns

Pg 162 - Spicy Chicken Pasties

Pg 173 - Three Cheese and Spinach Pie

Pg 174 - Mushroom and Gorgonzola Twists

Pg 204 - Tarte Tatin

Pg 240 - Paul's Iced Fingers

Pg 272 - Hot Lemon Curd Souffle

Pg 298 - Pannetone

Quite a lot there, isn't there ! Whilst these recipes sound delicious, they are all a little further out of my comfort zone than I would usually venture (says she who recently made a Croquembouche for a wedding party to serve 100-ha!). I'm not a pastry chef or someone who makes bread often. So I am looking forward to the 'technical challenge' as they call it on the show.

What cookbooks have you invested in lately, and more importantly, have you cooked anything from it yet ?


  1. Hi there, I've just bought the Bake Off book and am looking for reviews to decide which recipes to start from. That's how I find your blog in Google! Have you tried any recipe yet?

  2. Hi Cat, Thank you for stopping by. I haven't cooked anything yet, but then I am fresh from running a marathon 2 days ago, and I'm a bit tired. BUT, I did take the book with me and read it in the car, and I think I am going to start with Pg162 Spicy Chicken Pasties, as they look delicious. MIL (Mother-in-law) is over for dinner tomorrow... and I was wondering what to cook. Thank you Cat for spurring me on. Please come back and see how it goes ! All the best, Kg. :o)


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