ooh, I have a question. In DH's country (Czech rep) they have a light sweet fruited bread called vanocka. have you ever made one? I need to find a recipe in english, as DH is impossible at translating recipes for me!
And do you have a good stollen recipe? I'm a sucker for sweetened breads
Oooh, just this week my 5 year old and I made your soda bread recipe. It is brilliant, especially when you stir in a bottle of Theakston's Old Peculier! Thank you for a much-loved (and scoffed!) recipe.
Hi Dan. If I say so myself, I make a lovely pastry (similar to yours - pâté suplé?). But two of my dc are dairy intolerant, so I can't make it with butter. I haven't found any vegetable fat that gives the same result, particularly for flavour. As a result, for the past few years I haven't bothered, just used bought pastry. But it bugs me! I want to use decent pastry, not just for mince pies, but for savoury baking, too.
So what is the best butter-replacement, and should I use a different recipe?
I will be there with my daughter and the kids! I love mince pies, usually wait until 1st Dec for my first but as I am poorly with a virus I might go and have a dig in the cupboard for a jar of mincemeat and make myself a treat See you all there, rolling pins at the ready
Hello, I'd like to make sausage rolls, cheese rolls (and also sweet rolls eg chocolate/mince meat) at home, with a less fatty pastry/more of a dough type outer.
Have you tried anything like that? Ideally I'd like to be able to use if for the kids' snacks during Christmas, but if I find something that works it could replace the more costly and fatty pain au chocolat's and sausage rolls I they love to scoff frequently in packed lunches etc.
If you were of a mind to make a snazzy mince pie, the sort of mince pie that you would hope someone to mouth the words "wow, what is in this mince pie?" at you with the pointy finger from across a crowded Christmas drinks party, What would you do?
Would you bugger about with alter the mincemeat, or the pastry, or both?
Savoury recipes here too. DD is a fussy little bugger, she was very disappointed to have her first mince pie and find it full of fruit. She thought it would be something similar to a steak bake. What can I make for her to take to school for their party. Something cheesy would be good, meat is permissible (no known vegetarians) but she'll leave it against a radiator and it will become rank. Thanks.
Ooh dear dan it's so nice to have a chef or do you call yr self a cook? Who actually recognises that a lot of us don't want to (or can't) eat wheat!! I'm not a coeliac but I cook without wheat all the time; I use a mix of Kamut and Spelt for my bread and chestnut and rice flour for my cakes etc.
My question is that I don't use butter or marg either I use olive oil or almond oil.It's easy in my one saucepan cakes but in pastry it's more difficult have you any surefire ways of making good pastry with my non mainstream ingredients?
Hi Dan - my mother loves mince pies but has recently been diagnosed with Diabetes. I have been trying to find a good low carbs mince pie (or good alternative) recipe with no luck - do you have any suggestions please? I would love to be able to treat her at Christmas
Oh hurrah, another Dan-along! I love his webchats.
Just wanted to say how much I love the new book. It's great to see a baking book with a few different things in it. And I have now braved caramel making for the first time. My teeth have not thanked me for the treacle creme fraiche caramels.
Not sure if I'll be around tomorrow but will catch up with the thread later.