Follow our advice if you are having trouble achieving a golden crust on bread when you bake it at home.
Called Millionaire’s Shortbread because it is so rich, this chocolate caramel shortbread is a bestseller in every café you visit. It comes with a warning: when you make it at home, you’ll eat the lot and be sorry. We’ve also given you instructions to adapt the master recipe to make Ginger and Chocolate Shortbread.
Madeira is a comforting cake and is traditionally eaten with a glass of Madeira. In Ireland it is now more often taken with tea. The crack in the middle of the cake is not a flaw – it’s proof that you have made an excellent cake.
This pastry is especially good for old-fashioned meat pies but will work for any savoury pie or hand-held pastry.
Scones are made using the biscuit method: you sift the dry ingredients together, cut in the fat (usually cold butter) and then add the wet ingredients and bring everything together gently until it forms a dough.
Baking powder is a mixture of bicarbonate of soda (also called baking soda) and cream of tartar. When it’s mixed with a liquid it releases carbon dioxide gas and causes a batter or dough to rise. Buy it in small quantities and keep it dry in a sealed container or in the tin. If you run out of baking powder, you can always make your own – see our recipe below.
When you are making a fruit tart, the moisture that leaks out of the fruit during cooking can make the base of the pastry soggy, even if you have blind-baked the pastry case first. Here are the best ways we have found to prevent this happening.