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How to Deal With Ultimate Brioche Failure

What I really wanted to do today was show you an amazing batch of soft, pillowy, sweet brioche rolls that I made according to The Beer Bakery’s excellent recipe for Spiced Orange and Coriander All Butter Brioche. Unfortunately, I’m unable to do that because I completely spooned it. These things happen, especially to me, as you may remember from some of my more disastrous Bake Off Bake Along challenges. I’m not entirely sure what it is specifically that I did wrong. It’s more than likely to be a series of wrongs, as opposed to one small mistake that took down the whole bake. I’ve tried Googling “brioche what went wrong” in a desperate attempt to find out what on earth I might have done, but have found nothing. So I can’t even give you lessons learned to avoid screwing up your own brioche. Useless, aren’t I? It looked as though it was going well in the early stages. My dough was soft, it smelled incredible (thanks to the orange zest, cloves and finely chopped coriander) …

Gunpowder, Treason and Parkin

Happy 5th of November to you, my friends! I’d love to wish you a happy Bonfire Night, but I plan for this post to reach you early in the morning, and it doesn’t feel right to be talking about the night time just yet, does it? I love Bonfire Night – much more than Halloween. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that to me, it feels very British. Setting fire to things and making lots of noise in honour of a murder attempt on the House of Lords, or something like that. It just feels very us. We’re here on my corner of the Internet together today because Taylors Tea invited me to spice up a classic Bonfire Night recipe in honour of their Spiced Apple teaย – which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is very appropriate for this time of year. Parkin is the first thing that sprung to mind, because I looked into it a lot last year whilst planning my Bonfire Night content and never got around …

A Very, Very Autumnal (and Dairy-Free) Banana Bread

I really can’t get enough of this whole autumn thing. The world is split into two by the time early to mid October rolls around: people who fear the nights drawing in quicker and people who revel in it. I, in case you hadn’t noticed already, fall into the latter camp. But I have sympathy with the poor souls who don’t enjoy this time of year, I really do. My Mother, for example, is just miserable about the fact that it’s dark at 7pm again – and it’s going to get even darker even sooner before too long. This recipe is for those people. A warm, sweet gift to anybody that just can’t stand sweater weather. Cate, what’s with this “dairy-free” situation? I hear you ask. Well, I’ve been putting off telling you this.. I’m allergic to dairy again. There, I said it. I had a terrible, horrific allergy to dairy as a baby/child, and it appears to have returned. I’m pissed about it, but what can you do? I’m an adaptable girl, let’s move …