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A perfect hot cross bun for Easter 2016

Coming up with a great hot cross bun recipe this Easter was not as easy as I had expected - but totally worth it in the end. I pulled out a few of my favourite recipe books and started investigating - what was the ratio of fruit to dough, how much liquid was there, what were the most interesting flavours being used, how hot do you bake them and for how long?...

March 21, 2016

Anatomy of the perfect doughnut

IT HAS TO BE THE TOTAL PACKAGE for a doughnut (donut) to become truly good. I have spent a lot of time researching the good the bad and the ugly...I know its a tough job! I have concluded there are 3 things needed to make a winning doughnut: Dough, Filling and Cooking. Dough: it must be a brioche dough, simple as that. Sweetened and enriched with eggs, milk and butter, the flavour of this dough is good enough to eat on its own. A standard white bread dough (that you find in many bakeries) doe...

September 1, 2014

Pastry Cream...the secret to success

One of the keys to stand-out food is to do the simplest things well. Don't skimp on the process, the time or the ingredients and you will be well rewarded. Pastry cream is a great example of this, basically its just a custard except that its made using egg yolks, cream or milk, sugar and vanilla - no custard powder in sight. Quick and easy to make but such a big difference in flavour compared with using custard powder.Love regular custard?  You will never want ...

August 19, 2014

Favourite pizza dough recipe

To get started I wanted to share with you my favourite pizza dough recipe. You dont need any special equipment, It is easy, quick and works every time. Perfect for a weekend dinner & guaranteed to impress! For 1 Large Pizza: 2 C high grade flour 1 tsp salt ¾ C warm water pinch sugar 2 ½ tsp instant dried yeast 3 Tbsp olive oil Sift flour & salt into a large bowl. Disolve yeast & sugar in water & leave for 10mins or until you can see bubbles forming on the...

August 13, 2013

Recipes, info, ideas & more...

We are excited to be starting the Pure Bites blog!  There will be bread making recipes, tips for your baking, favourite things, extra info on what we are up to and lots more.   So please take a look around, let me know what you want to see and of course, enjoy! Nichola...

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