Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop: Coffee Cupcakes by Jane Linfoot

My partner always saves my books to read when we go away on holiday. And every year it’s the same. He’ll look up from reading my paperback, narrow his eyes, and say ‘actually, there are quite a few things in here I recognise…’ As a writer I can’t help weaving items from real life into the imaginary worlds I create. Invariably it’s my favourite things that pop up in my stories. And coffee cupcakes are a perfect example. The recipe came from my granny. I’m sure she would have given the Bake-off contestants a run for their money if she’d still been with us today. Of all the delicious cakes she made, her coffee and almond one was my all time favourite. I love the…

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Dida’s Delicious Recipes #GBBO

In The Vintage Cinema Club, (a book about summer, love, life, cake and vintage shopping), Dida makes yummy cakes. Here at HarperImpulse we’re all getting in the The Great British Bake Off mood, and today we’re sharing some of Dida’s recipes. They’re very easy to make and totally yummy. Tweet us your baking pics! DIDA’S 2-4-6 MELTINGLY DELISH SHORTBREAD HEARTS…Easy to make, even easier to eat… 2oz sugar 4oz butter/margarine (butter is most delish) 6oz plain flour Pre-heat oven to 190ºC/350F/Gas5 Sieve the flour in a mixing bowl, and add sugar and butter. Slice the butter into pieces, rub into the flour and sugar, then gently knead until the mixture can be rolled into a ball. If you have food processor, you can whizz the…

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Great British Bake Off Returns

Would you believe it? Bake Off is back already! And it’s gotten off to a great start…. It’s CAKE WEEK! Back are the cheeky innuendos, soggy bottoms, perfectly coordinated blazers and inevitable baking disasters… But with a new series comes the inevitable fear of whether you will ever be able to care about these contestants the way you did about the ones before (specifically Norman). For those that, like me, find it hard to follow the many new faces, here’s my identifiable memories of the various contestants: Ugne: Welcome to the Lithuanian bodybuilder who attempts to make baking look completely effortless… and pretty much pulls it off. She rightly came first in the technical challenge for her master sugar work and stellar whisking.   Matt:…

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The Great British Bake Off FINAL!

It’s finally here. Ten long weeks have gone by, and we’re all a little older, a little more knowledgeable in the tricks of the pseudo-chemistry that is baking. As a #GBBO first-timer, I’d personally like to thank Paul and Mary for helping to better me as an individual. This year’s final was filled with surprising difficulties. The first two challenges posed by the judges seemed rather tame for a ratings-busting finale. To start with, the bakers were asked to produce some impressive Viennoiserie – aka croissants and pain au chocolate, basically. Easy, right? Especially for our incredibly talented bakers. At this point I honestly thought I could jump in and have a go at wowing the judges myself, especially with the delicious flapjack I baked…

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GBBO Ep 7: Pastry

Serving up a healthy balance between the familiar comfort we all find in pastry and the glaring unknown (in the form of obscure Breton concoctions), this week’s episode of Bake Off was a winner. To begin with, the judges started off easy… relatively. Savoury parcels were the first challenge of the night, providing a variety of fillings and, let’s face it, poor pasty rip-offs. You know we’re getting to the late stages of the competition when all the contestants are going full-out from the get-go. Not your usual Greggs fare, I’ll say that. I almost expected quinoa to make an unwelcome appearance, but thankfully we were spared that particular abomination.   Moving on to the technical, Paul Hollywood served up a particularly odd challenge for…

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