Homemade Jaffa Cakes

By |May 22nd, 2015|

Childhood nostalgia is pretty hard to beat.  Who doesn’t love the thrill of rediscovering something which instantly transports you back to a simpler time, when your happiness was defined by such simple pleasures as your favourite biscuit. Or is it a cake? The Brits amongst us will be full of nostalgia for the subject of […]

Mushroom and Bacon Risotto

By |May 20th, 2015|

Seeing as I gave you that recipe for homemade crème fraîche, I thought some ideas on how to use it wouldn’t go amiss. Here is the first in my new Fast Food category – my Mushroom and Smoked Bacon Risotto. This is how I cook for me and Hungry Hubby when the first order of […]

Making Leftovers Right

By |May 19th, 2015|

If I’m going to do a roast dinner, I like to have some leftovers to turn into future lunches and dinners.  With a meagre amount of piri-piri spiced roast chicken not eaten at first sitting, an idea started to formulate in my mind to turn the leftovers into another delicious meal. With that pot of […]

Homemade Crème Fraîche & Exciting Times

By |May 17th, 2015|

There are changes afoot at Jo Blogs Jo Bakes.  It’s all very exciting and involves a lot of behind the scenes research, planning and work going down at the Apple Chapel.  Which is all good!  Everyone needs a passion in life and all things food is most certainly one of the biggest in my life…

In […]

Apple Custard Danishes

By |May 12th, 2015|

Danish pastry is a tricky one.  Not to dissuade you from trying and of course, there’s the chance it’s not you – it’s me.  It’s just once I’d made those almond croissant using puff pastry, I just had to have a go at making them with proper Danish pastry and I was not disappointed.  You could […]

Almond Croissants

By |May 9th, 2015|

I’ve had the week off last week to recharge and reboot.  It’s surprisingly hard to do absolutely nothing when life normally racing past at speed but I really needed to. Cue not going out, pyjama wearing all day long, not brushing my hair and trying to make up for all the water I don’t get […]

Delicious Indulgence

By |May 6th, 2015|

If you aren’t going to eat your brioche ripped apart, spread with raspberry conserve whilst sipping a short, dark espresso to start your day (or served after dinner with a large scoop of ice cream in it like an ice cream burger, a la Nigella Lawson) then you need to try it with as burger. […]

Brioche Buns

By |May 3rd, 2015|

Brioche sounds intimately – a French classic. That must mean it’s hard, if not impossible to make at home, right? Oh contraire! You don’t even need a stand mixer to make these beautiful brioche buns and this recipe is as authentic as a classic pâtissier’s.  A bowl and a bench scraper are as fancy as the […]

There’s Something About Cupcakes

By |April 30th, 2015|

There really is something about cupcakes.  They are infinitely customisable and the lure of the cute, miniature cake reels me in every time.  Facebook and Instagram are littered with endless images from inventive and talented cupcake makers from all over the world to serve as inspiration.  The only difficultly is picking which brightly coloured creation […]

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