Scottish Dumpling

When the Cake Baker team received a request for a Scottish Dumpling recipe we sprang into action! Cloutie Dumpling Traditionally served at New Year it has became popular throughout the winter or colder months of the year. Sometimes spelt “cloutie” it is named after the cloth or “clout” that it …

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How To Serve Your Cakes

You’ve baked a truly spectacular cake and it’s risen to perfection. What now? Most likely your friends and family are going to eat it in a couple of mouthfuls with a ‘that was nice, dear,’ – if you’re lucky. Are there times, now and again, when you feel that you …

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Sweet Scone Recipes

A friend phones and asks if she can pop in to see you; she says she’ll be with you in half an hour. Your cookie jar is empty, you don’t have time to nip to the shop but you know she’ll be expecting something with her coffee. The quick and …

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Classic Irish Cakes

When it comes to baking it seems the Irish have less of a sweet tooth than the rest of us. Researching their cookery it was hard to find many traditional cakes listed; however we did manage to come up with three. Barm Brack is a traditional Fruited Bread-cake, while Whiskey …

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How To Freeze Cakes

Why not treat yourself to a good old-fashioned baking day? Fill your freezer with cakes and scones that can be quickly defrosted when your maiden aunt calls to tell you she’s dropping in for tea this afternoon. Or your child announces at bedtime that he has to take a cake …

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Savoury Scones

Mention scones and most people will think of jam and cream, but the basic dough is very versatile and can be used for a variety of savoury treats as well. Simple Scones 225g (8oz) self-raising flour Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 50g (2oz) margarine 150ml (5fl oz) milk …

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Classic English Cakes

Grasmere is famous for its gingerbread; in Kendal it’s mint cake that the visitors queue to buy; in Bath it’s the buns and the Sally Lunns. Nearly every county in England has its own baked speciality although, in these health-conscious days, whether many people ask for farmhouse dripping cake when …

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Easiest Sponge Cake

Picture the scene. The table is laid with a crisp white linen cloth; the china is daintily-patterned; and the cutlery is sparkling. Taking pride of place is a perfect sponge, beautifully risen, and oozing strawberry jam and cream. Sounds like someone else’s house, doesn’t it? Well, while you may not …

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History of Scones and Griddle Cakes

Scones, crumpets and muffins are often grouped together because originally they were all cooked on a griddle or bakestone. Very few homes had any form of oven until the nineteenth century and, even today, in many parts of the world ovens are rare. Crumpets Records suggest that crumpets – or …

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Classic Scottish Cakes

Scotland has developed a culinary repertoire of exceptional quality of cakes and biscuits, when it comes to cake baking it seems the Scottish have have a lot to share. Dundee Cake You’ll probably never hear the Dalai Lama say ‘Oh, I could murder a piece of cheesecake.’ After all, as …

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