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Recipe: Paris-Brest

As seen at the Big Bake Festival at Markeaton Park, this little bit of French Pâtisserie is a ring of choux pastry filled with a praline cream and fresh berries. It's high calorific content comes from the fact that it was originally conceived to fuel the riders of the cycle race from Paris to Brest in France. They are utterly delicious and really good fun to make, do try and use a star nozzle to pipe the choux rings as this will encourage them to puff up beautifully in the oven. Thanks to all you lovely folk who came and watched last weekend. Spots are still available on my July pâtisserie course in Yorkshire (click here for details). As always I love hearing from you on twitter and instagra

Recipe: Parmesan & Poppy Seed Biscuits with Chorizo Relish

As seen at the Big Bake Festival at Markeaton Park, these savoury biscuits would are a dangerously moreish snack! I used a 3D printed aircraft cutter shape but you could use any one you have to hand. Thanks to all you lovely folk who came and watched today, as always I love hearing from you on twitter and instagram @cakesmyth x Ingredients - makes 20 large biscuits and more than enough relish! For the biscuits 160g unsalted butter, at room temperature 140g parmesan cheese 210g plain flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp smoked paprika (I recommend La Chinata smoked sweet) pinch of salt pinch of ground black pepper 30g poppy seeds 1/2 tsp cold water For the relish 1 onion, finely diced 70g chor

Recipe: Squidgy Chocolate Brownies & Cheltenham Science Festival

Well hello there. For those here exclusively for the brownie, you can cut straight to the bottom of the page, but if you fancy hearing my chat then read on... I just had a fantastic weekend at the Cheltenham Science Festival. One of the leading science festivals in the UK, it welcomed over 6000 children through its doors to celebrate science, engineering, maths and technology last week. I'm obviously a MASSIVE engineering geek already but Cheltenham took it to the next level with inspiring talks, ingenious demos and experts round every corner! Walking into the speakers' green room, it was a who's who of science communication: Dallas Campbell (Bang Goes The Theory, City in The Sky), Richard D

 

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