Category: Bake

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Christmas Baking with Stork

Anyone remember this booklet? Stork – yes, the Unilever margarine brand – has always been brilliant at putting together the kind of recipe collection that people return to again and again.

So many of us grew up baking and cooking our way through the Paula Daly series of McDonnell’s Good Food Cookbooks in the Seventies and Eighties. As far as I remember, you had to collect a certain amount of tokens from the marg packets – imagine opening the messy envelopes in Stork HQ! – and send them off with some money (probably that vintage thing, a postal order) to get the books.

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Polenta Lemon Buttermilk Cake

Two years. Two sisters. Two cakes.

Two pairs of little hands to get stuck into my mixing bowls.

Every year, when trying to figure out what to make, I remind myself about rule number one of birthday cakes: kids don’t care about eating the cake, it just needs lots of colour and some candles on top. Every year – twice a year – I disregard my own advice. I can never resist making a cake that the adults will enjoy after all the icing and edible glitter has been picked off.

Spiced Chocolate Ale Cake 4

Irish red ale: Spiced Chocolate Ale Cake

Every year, about this time, there’s a lot of huffing and puffing about stout. Guinness, to name a particular well-marketed brand. But you don’t just have to go for the obvious option if you’re...


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