Category - Deconstructing Recipes

hot water crust pastry hand shaped

Hot water crust pastry

If there’s one completely new thing I learned from the show Great British Bake Off, it’s hot water crust pastry. I had never heard of the term before watching the show. Although, looking back, I did have...

Babka, half a circular babka swirled with chocolate

How to shape a bread with a filling

Bread can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be. You can make a perfectly fine loaf from just flour, water, salt and yeast, shaped into a nice simple boule (or not shaped at all and just put into a baking...

top view of nut caramel tart

Caramel nut tart

Making a pastry that beats or rivals that of a pastry shop isn’t something that happens to me very often. I mean, a good cookie or muffin are doable, but those more delicate, often French, pastries, aren’t...

bread shaped in a pan started the carving

10 ways to shape a bread

Have you tried making a nice round bread, only to end up with a flat, deflated disk? It just wouldn’t hold its shape, despite your care. There are several reasons as to why this might have happened: you might not...

top view of 6 kouign amanns

Kouign Amann – Science and history of a French pastry

If you’ve never heard of kouign amann, you’re not the only one. It’s one of the many types of French pastry that exists, with its origins in a town in Bretagne. French pastry in general has a long rich...