Author Archives: The Weekend Baker

About The Weekend Baker

Weekend baker, cook book collector, gatherer of family recipes.

Summer cakes and a promise to myself

Strawberries are the perfect summer fruit and in season for a period as brief as the English summer itself. I often like to eat them just as they are without being drowned in the customary accompaniment of cream. This summer cake … Continue reading

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Watermelonade

Yup. It’s exactly what it says – a wonderful blend of watermelon juice and lemonade. Cool and fresh and just the thing to sip in the shade when the sun is blazing. If, like us, you have to balance familiar tastes with … Continue reading

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Lemon blueberry loaf

This cake is the result of loads of indecision and the urge to clear out my fridge. I first set out to make a lemon and poppy seed pound cake only to discover that I didn’t have any poppy seeds. I … Continue reading

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Flatbread or Chapati French ‘toast’

Half term holidays mean easy mornings, some lie ins and time for a proper breakfast. The last couple of months have been hectic with the little man saying good bye to his nursery and hello to proper school. New timings and the … Continue reading

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A labour of love and Preserved Lemons

A few weeks ago I attended my first block printing class and had the most awesome day. Deep in the heart of Surrey, Tobias and the Angel run these classes for creative, artistic minds as well as complete luddites like me. It … Continue reading

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Spiced Apple cake

A dense, moist and flavourful cake that has Autumn written all over it. Yes, it’s a late post but this cake was too good not to share. Better late than never! The apple tree in the back garden of our … Continue reading

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Gingerbread men

When the weather is this wet and cold, I don’t need an excuse to fire up the oven. So when the little man asked if we could make gingerbread men as our Sunday activity, he didn’t really need to sell … Continue reading

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Peppa Pig party games

If you’ve been following my Peppa Pig Party theme, you’ve probably wondered about the games: Playing musical muddy puddles, Passing Mr. ‘Dine-saw’, Sleeping Piggies Armed with ideas from Pinterest and some of our imagination, this is what we came up with. … Continue reading

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Muddy Puddles Cake

A Peppa Pig themed party wouldn’t be complete without a Peppa cake, would it? To me, muddy puddles cues decadent chocolate cake that you can sink your teeth into and go Aaah! Maybe it’s just me but I would eat … Continue reading

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Birthday celebrations with Peppa Pig

Peppa pig and her little brother, George, have taken over not just our living room but also our lives. Our 3 year old is obsessed with the TV series and don’t be too surprised if you find us mouthing dialogues … Continue reading

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Apple butter

No, it’s not really butter. It’s a cross between compote and a jam. It doesn’t really need a recipe and it takes about 5 minutes to throw together and another 10 minutes to cook. So if you like apples, there’s … Continue reading

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Minty apple lemonade

This is a twist on a classic and doesn’t really need a recipe. Minty apple lemonade is a perfect companion to a sunny and warm day. The mix of flavours also makes it a good pairing with a simple supper like … Continue reading

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Courgette and red pepper bites

Cleaning out the fridge, last weekend, produced an odd assortment of veggies. There weren’t enough for one proper recipe but that got me thinking – what could I make if I threw them all in together. Here’s what they turned … Continue reading

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Sunshine time

I’ve been sent some sunshine by Shalini the blogger behind Tale of Two Tomatoes. (Thanks Shalini! And apologies too, this has been long overdue) It’s a grey and wet day here today so thank you for the warmth that the Sunshine Award brings … Continue reading

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Summer in a glass

Summer has been a mixture of sunshine and rain so far. I’ve had fruits ripen too quickly and needed to be used up before they went off. On one such scorching day, I had a melon and some strawberries that were … Continue reading

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