Month: January 2018

Marmalade cake

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baking / British baking / cake

In honour of our summer trip to Scotland this year, I baked a simple marmalade cake this past weekend. Marmalade has of course graced the breakfast tables of Scotland since the 1700s, when local grocer James Keiller started making marmalade. Legend has it that the oranges he purchased were too bitter to eat, and were made into marmalade by his wife (or mother… depending on the legend). Keiller is believed to have produced the first […]

The best coffee in Toronto?

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cafe / drink

Today, I had one of the best coffee’s I have ever had in Toronto… at Thor Espresso Bar. It’s a small cafe on Bathurst south of King St. It has a sibling – Odin Cafe + Bar over in Corktown. I had a flat white. The coffee was ultra-smooth, and the micro-foam lasted the *whole* way down to the last drop, it didn’t break like it does in some places. Not a hint of bitterness.

Haselnüsse kranz (or hazelnut crescent)

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baking / cake / recipe / Swiss food

The haselnüsse kranz, or hazelnut crescent/ring is one of my favourite cakes. It’s something my mother use to bake, often for my birthday, and honestly I have never baked on myself. It is a classic Swiss cake, although not the sort of sponge like cake. The dough is almost biscuit like. Growing up, it was usually made using almonds instead of hazelnuts due to availability. INGREDIENTS 300g unbleached white flour 2 tsp baking powder 100g superfine […]

Herefordshire cider cake

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It was likely the Romans that first introduced apples to Britain with sweeter, and better taste. After the Romans left, many of the orchards were abandoned with the invasion of the Jutes, Saxons, and Danes. It was not until the Norman Conquest in 1066, that new varieties such as Pearmain and Costard were introduced from France, and orchards were established in the grounds of monasteries. Southern England has ideal conditions for growing fruit such as […]