Tag Archives: Tarts

Instagram Eats : April 2013

I have so much blogging to catch up on it’s ridiculous. There are cakes, breads, Band of Bakers, wedding bake offs and some glorious dinners to tell you about, but I’ll start with a belated round up of all the food & drink I documented on my Instagram in April. Follow me here if you so wish.

Last night's late night pizza at Soho Joe's. #pizza #london #pepperoni

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More homemade sourdough pizza. #pizza #baking #sourdough

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Puddle of golden syrup in a bowl of porridge. #breakfast #sugar #porridge #oatmeal

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The Boy brought this back from Texas. Bring on the meat. #bbq #meat #dinner

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#lunch #sourdough #bread #eggs

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White, spelt & wholemeal sourdough pre-bake. #baking #bread #sourdough #readbread

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White, spelt & wholemeal sourdough post-bake. #bread #readbread #sourdough #baking

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Loaf no.2 ready for the oven. #baking #bread #readbread #sourdough

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I have no problem with The Boy travelling more with work. #chocolate

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Bring it on. #meat #dinner

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White chocolate, orange & cream cheese layer cake in the oven... #baking #cake #chocolate

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Celebrating summer.

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Late lunch/early dinner. #lunch #dinner #burger #meat

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We're going to have some good sandwiches this week. #bread #baking #realbread #sourdough

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Loaf #2 ready to go. #baking #bread #realbread #sourdough

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Instagram Eats : January & February 2013

I don't really do cupcakes but check these fuckers out!

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I wasn't sure what these were going to be like but they are YUM.

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We cooker veal for the first time for tonight's dinner.

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Back in the habit of refreshing my sourdough*. *just remembered before I got into bed.

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Prepping Spag Bol for the slow cooker.

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Guess where I am.

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Post-run refuels like this make mid-week 7 milers worth it.

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Chicken postu at my desk.

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The moment has come. #vietnamesecoffee

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Pie.

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Cocoa meringues drying out in the oven. #meringues #baking

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Broccoli, cream cheese & cheddar. Nutella, peanut butter & banana. Lemon & sugar. #pancakes #dinner

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Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Coco Meringues. #baking #meringues http://wp.me/p2SVlr-3J

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Elevenses. #tea #baking #tart #pastry

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Soup with homemade sourdough pita bread for lunch. #bread #baking #soup #lunch

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I cheated and bought a leaving cake for @amyellen25... #cake #chocolate

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Cakes 1, 2, 3 & 4. It's going to be a cake heavy day. #cake

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Afternoon tea at @SketchLondon. Mind blowing. #cake #tea #london

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The best thing about days off is proper homemade lunch. #lunch #eggs

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Strawberry Bakewell Tarts

The Lily Vanilli Sweet Tooth cookbook has been out again. Pastry is not my strong point, so I thought I’d give Lily’s shortcrust a try. She gives instructions to make it by hand, food processor & stand mixer – particularly helpful for me with my beloved Kitchen Aid. It was very easy to make up the dough and then I left it in the fridge overnight as recommended. It was a nice pastry to work with, firm & easy to roll out. Managed to avoid too many sticking to the counter disasters when rolling out, then cut out the tartlets & blind baked them.

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The two recipe’s in the book are for a classic cherry and a more interesting rhubarb Bakewell tarts, but Lily does mention that they use all sorts of fruit depending on what’s in season so I didn’t let a little hitch like a lack of rhubarb or cherries hold me back. I had some strawberries in the freezer, so I used those. I cooked them down with sugar & squeezed over a little orange juice until it was jam-like and smelling delicious. Then the frangipane. Never made it before and wasn’t even 100% sure what it’s supposed to be like if I’m honest. Turns out it’s ridiculously easy to make, plus Lily’s recipe makes double the quantity needed, so the other half has been frozen for the next tart that calls for it.

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The end result was a crisp pastry with a thick strawberry jam topped with light frangipane and an undertone of orange coming through the strawberries and a little zest in the frangipane. Delicious. The pastry needed to be a little thinner and pushed into the muffin moulds a little firmer but other than that I’m pretty pleased with these for a first attempt! I will definitely be making them again! And eating them with breakfast…

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