BONUS!!! Vertically Challenged Pastry

So this is a recipe that I did’t expect to post – it came about quite by accident as I was experimenting with my various laminated pasty doughs.  I was part way though about recipe 3 – Flaky Pastry, rubbing in the fat and adding in the water when I appreciated that the dough was coming…

Sangre del Diablo

So, my chilli experiment was a success. I’ve been left with bags of chills of all varieties, intensities shapes and sizes.  I’ve got some fresh, many frozen and plenty dehydrated for use in the  months to come.  But I’m left with 1 problem – my Morouga Chillies.  They’re just, well, frightening!  They are unbelievably hot,…

Reservoir Dogs Cupcakes

OK, so maybe cupcakes aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Quentin Tarantino’s multi-award winning cult jewellery heist turned bloodbath movie, but when I was thinking about a cupcake experiment, I felt I needed a theme.  Over the coming weeks I’ll be attempting to capture the essence of the 6…

White Sourdough Bread – Take 2

A week later, more research and another attempt at a basic Sourdough recipe.  This time I’ve used the lower limit of water indicated by my initial recipe – this gives me 60% hydration, compared with the 70% of last week’s recipe.  This gave a much more workable dough.  I also ignored the timings for the…

White Sourdough Bread – Take 1…

OK, I’m tagging this as an experiment for 2 reasons.  I was using my ‘Day 8 old’ Sourdough starter, which I wasn’t completely convinced was active enough, so potentially going to end up with a sourdough brick.  Secondly, I’m still a little uncomfortable with the bread recipes I’m using at the moment which make for…

Sourdough – Make you own Starter

If you want to make your own Sourdough bread, you’re going to need a Sourdough Starter (a.k.a. Levain, Leaven, Culture, …). The quickest way would be to tap up a friend or acquaintance for a sample of their starter and start to feed that up to make a batch of your own.  However, as the…

Elderberry Gin

Yes, I’m off again.  A hedge full of elderberries, busily being stripped by the birds, but this year I’m having my share too.  Elderberries, like Rowan, come with their own element of risk.  This time – cyanide poisoning.  Well, I like to live on the edge, but this time I’m taking some precautions.  The risk…

Fruit Liqueurs – The Experiment

It was a chance visit to Demijohn for a few indulgent Christmas stocking fillers that got me thinking, "How hard can it be to make your own fruit liqueurs?"  After all, I’d conquered the Ginger Beer, made various other brews in the past, it really shouldn’t be too difficult should it? After downing a  bottle…