Sunday, 10 January 2016

Happy new year! (and a little belated Christmas post)





Happy new year! Did you all have a nice break over the holidays?

I know, I know, how did it finish so quickly? Why are we back? What is even happening???

All very good questions. Unfortunately never answerable, but still.

So, last December I had the privilege of doing a baking photo shoot with Josephine from Courage & Dash (which you just have to check out), who has the most amazing photography skills. We thought it would be great to team up and photograph some baking! And so, off I went, to see what I could make that would be pretty.

That resulted in a pecan cheesecake, mulled wine cupcakes, baileys cupcakes and cranberry & white chocolate cookies. The butterscotch topping on the pecan pie started melting down the sides of the cheesecake (as you can see), but we decided that this just made it look...er, rustic.

I had intended to post this before Christmas (hence the baubles), but I got distracted (probably by something shiny). So I will make it a glittery new year post :) I promise to post the recipes up soon but in the meantime I recommend you recreating the taste of the Baileys cupcakes by....drinking some Baileys. What better way to spend today's lazy Sunday afternoon? :)

All photography by the very talented Josephine, all baking by me. I hope you like the photos and, of course, all the best for 2016!

Lots of love,
Pudding Pie Lane

































Thursday, 29 October 2015

Halloween: Of Ghosts and Pumpkins


Boo!

So I'm back (finally!) with a Halloween themed bake that I made for our department charity bake sale this week. The theme was to bake something scary for Halloween, and I was thinking "well... do you mean scary as in boo! scary or scary as in....scary..ly bad?" Because, you know, I can do the latter pretty well.

I just don't put it on my blog... :)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Ledbury, London


I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty excited about the Ledbury. And this isn't really a review, because who needs a blogger review when you're ranked no. 20 on the top 50 restaurants only in the entire WORLD?? (And number 10 last year, hurray).

So I guess this is more of a photo 'guide' than anything else :)


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Eric Lanlard’s Baked Vanilla Cheesecake


This cheesecake recipe calls for 900g of (full fat) cream cheese. So when I was out picking up the ingredients the supermarket only sold them in 200g tubs, so off I went to pick up five.


That's...a lot of cheese.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

French cooking class at L'atelier des Chefs


"What do they wax lemons with, chef?"


"Er...wax?"


This was the question I asked the chef at our cooking class this week. In an effort to seem keen and interested (which I was!) I had asked a Stupid Question.


One of the other guys there, bless him, did try and help me out "Don't worry! We were all thinking it". But its ok, I had already died of embarrassment at this point.

So where was I asking this question, you ask?


A group of us found these excellent Groupon deals for a place called L'atelier Des Chefs near Bond Street, which run a bunch of different cooking and baking classes ranging from Japanese to Moroccan to French and Italian.




What did we think of it? And how was the food? I can only say is that I came home with a very content belly full of French delicacies after a great evening chatting with good friends and meeting new people.

To start off, we all put our aprons on and moved into the kitchen, where our expert chef (she used to work in fine dining all over the world) told us how to properly prepare the ingredients we were using.


In our French class, we cooked (see pictures below!)


Crisp confit duck leg with salad paysanne and fried quail's egg


Roasted fillet of pollock with samphire, shellfish velouté and girolle mushrooms


Creme brulee with mini madeleines