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I expect a lot of people will have already seen recipes for this fabulous Estonian bread doing the rounds on the net. I first came across it on Pinterest and found the recipe on Romanian cooking blog Just Loves Cookin which has a great step-by-step photo guide on shaping . It’s such a pretty loaf that I couldn’t wait long before trying to make my own. As you can see from the pics, I need a little more practice shaping the ring but I’m still quite pleased with the result. The taste is, unsurprisingly, as good as any cinnamon roll – rich, buttery and caramelised. The layers you create by rolling the dough fan out as they bake and turn into crunchy, dark golden ridges hiding soft, sweet bread rippled with spice. (more…)

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Have you decided what to have for breakfast on Christmas morning? (Or am I weird for planning this sort of thing in advance?) Let me make a suggestion; something special but not too heavy, freshly baked but easy and quick to make leaving you free to sip on Buck’s Fizz and open presents. This year we’ll be tucking into warm spiced scones, studded with juicy cranberries and orange zest spread with sweet cinnamon butter. Sounds like a lot of work? Not at all! Just sneak them out of the freezer into the oven and let them bake while you make coffee. (more…)

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I’m not really a lover of doughnuts, anything deep-fried tends to scare me. (I fear for both my health and safety!) Beyond that, if I’m going to indulge myself, I generally prefer something a bit more exciting than fried dough (please don’t hate me!). As children my brother and I were allowed to pick a bakery item for dessert on Fridays; while my brother nearly always plumped for a jam doughnut, I was always drawn to the delightfully wobbly custard tarts. I used to nibble off the pastry sides before devouring the nutmeg-speckled custard with a slurp (what a delightful child I was). Maybe it’s a boy thing? My husband is a bit of a doughnut fan too. But the idea making a baked version at home really appeals and is possibly a teeny bit healthier than the standard fried version.

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