Apple caramels
Bonfire night / Christmas (and leftovers) / halloween / holidays / No oven / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Apple caramels

Another caramel thing, but who’s complaining? I’ve wanted to try this recipe for years and here it is: soft golden caramels with a cosy apple flavour. It’s coming up to Bonfire Night, which is when British people set things on fire when it is cold (as opposed to summer, when we set our food on fire to make the … Continue reading

Pear puff pastry tarts + spiced palm sugar syrup
Baking / No egg baking / No yeast baking / Pies and tarts / Recipes / Small batch / Sweet

Pear puff pastry tarts + spiced palm sugar syrup

This is the result of wanting a warm, buttery autumn pastry. I had a truly divine sorbet a couple of weeks ago, Chin Chin Lab’s apple turnover, smooth and intense tangy-sweet fruit with spiced syrup soaking crisp pastry. It was more fragrant and lovely than most fruit pies I’ve had, and it made me want to go … Continue reading

Agreeably lazy roast garlic & winter squash soup + brown butter
Bonfire night / Recipes / Savoury / vegetarian

Agreeably lazy roast garlic & winter squash soup + brown butter

Sometimes I like my soups like this, rich, thick and velvety. This recipe was conceived and written during a bout of sleeplessness. Unlike me, Mr. Pear is consistently excellent at sleeping – barely 2 minutes and zonk. It’s comical. While he sleeps I try to exhaust myself in the quietest way possible, but the inside of my head itches … Continue reading

Seven Spoons’ sugar buns: easy flaky danish pastry, spices, and brown butter
Baking / Bonfire night / Breads / Christmas (and leftovers) / dessert / holidays / Pies and tarts / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

Seven Spoons’ sugar buns: easy flaky danish pastry, spices, and brown butter

Well, it’s Halloween this month. Even if the current weather varies between muggy and miserable stark pallor rather than bright colours and crisp air, I’m determined to give myself fully to autumn. I drink hot chocolate in the evenings. I’ve knitted quite a few things for my friends and myself. The other day I ate a whole … Continue reading

Pork pot pie, or a herby pork stew with apple topped with a flaky pastry lid
Baking / meat / No yeast baking / Pies and tarts / Recipes / Savoury

Pork pot pie, or a herby pork stew with apple topped with a flaky pastry lid

I call this a pork pot pie because a British pork pie is something different. This  is actually an elaborate version of a pork, apple, and (hard) cider pie we made to see my friend Mary off last spring, tinkety tonk, old fruit. (Not gonna lie, I am kind of secretly hoping this pie and … Continue reading

Pumpkin and Coconut Custard Tart
Baking / No yeast baking / Pies and tarts / Recipes / Sweet / Thai / vegetarian

Pumpkin and Coconut Custard Tart

Sometimes my dad gives me recipes. This means that he vaguely describes a delicious thing and suggests that I make it. Last Saturday we had tea and toast together. ‘We recently experimented with a  pumpkin and coconut tart at the restaurant. We got a ready-made pastry case, filled it with coconut custard and pieces of … Continue reading

Spider Web Halloween Biscuits
Baking / Biscuits and Cookies / halloween / holidays / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet

Spider Web Halloween Biscuits

Disclosure: this post features baking products sent to me for free courtesy of BakingMad; I chose to make Halloween-themed biscuits using some of these items–which are, anyway, already from brands I use in my everyday baking. Items marked with an asterisk (*) indicate the free products in the following post. It’s that time of year … Continue reading