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Spicy Gingerbread with Limoncello Icing and a Giveaway #55

 

Gingerbread is almost synonymous with Christmas and making some to hang on the tree is something I aspire to each year. This year, I’ve actually done it. Not that we have a tree to hang any on, but I’m hoping that the friends we are giving them to will.

Reading through a review copy of What to Bake & How to Bake It, I noticed a recipe for iced gingerbread cookies that used treacle as a variation. I find the word treacle very hard to resist – something to do with childhood memories of my mother’s treacle pudding, I imagine. Decision made: I would knock up some gingerbread. I followed the recipe almost exactly, adding only a little chocolate (of course) and a few additional spices. A pinch of black pepper for additional warmth was needed I thought as well as some allspice for Vanesther’s Spice Trail and some nutmeg.

What to Bake and How to Bake It by Jane Hornby (published by Phaidon Press at £19.95), is a rather beautiful book. It’s quite a large hardback and has a turquoise textured paper cover that makes me want to stroke it. Two matching turquoise bookmarks add distinction and there are plenty of gorgeous pictures to admire. It appears to be more a work of art than a manual. It’s certainly a book to treasure.

As the title suggests, this book is aimed principally at those who are new to baking or who require a confidence boost. Each recipe is spread over four to six pages, with lots of step-by-step aerial photography and accompanying instructions. Ah, so it is a manual, albeit a rather lovely one. Methodologies, terms and equipment are covered at the beginning and there are plenty of tips and tricks to be found throughout. Anyone working through a few of these recipes would learn pretty much everything they needed to turn out fabulous, cakes, breads, biscuits, pies and desserts. Despite this, I think the book is also useful to the more experienced baker; most of us still have something to learn. Creating a Swiss roll is one of my bêtes noirs, so maybe I’ll be able to crack it with the steps shown here.

There are fifty recipes in total and although the classics are represented, there is plenty here to keep  the more experienced baker interested and inspired. Shortbread is covered for example, but orange, lavender, pecan and chocolate versions are also given. I have my eye on the malted chocolate birthday cake as I’m a sucker for a malteser and if I hadn’t been ill in the run-up to Christmas, I would have made the pistachio and fig biscotti which sounds exotic and comforting in equal measure. Other bakes that might restore me to health include: blueberry-cinnamon crumb cake, cranberry stollen and Linzer cookies.

This is how I made:

Spicy Gingerbread with Limoncello Icing

  • Melted 110g Rodda’s salted butter in a large pan with 200g dark brown sugar, 2 tbsp treacle and 25g dark chocolate.
  • Allowed to cool a little then beat in a duck egg (large hen’s egg would be fine).
  • Beat in 2 drops Holy Lama cinnamon extract (2 tsp ground cinnamon), a drop of black pepper extract and a drop of nutmeg extract.
  • Sifted in 150g wholemeal flour and 200g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1 tsp allpice and a heaped tsp ground ginger.
  • Mixed until just combined, then left in my cold kitchen to firm up for an hour.
  • Gathered the mixture together to form a ball of dough and rolled out on a floured surface to about the thickness of a £1 coin.
  • Cut various shapes from it, rerolling the leftovers again and again until the dough was all used up.
  • Placed biscuits on a lined baking tray and baked at 180C for 7 minutes – mine were quite small and larger biscuits would need a couple of minutes or so longer.
  • Used a chopstick to make holes for threading whilst the biscuits were still hot from the oven, then removed them to a wire rack to cool.
  • Mixed 3 heaped tbsp icing sugar with just enough limoncello to make a thick, but slightly runny icing.
  • Piped this onto my biscuits and left them to dry.
  • Made about 80 biscuits.

The biscuits smelt wonderful, both in and out of the oven and were as warming and delicious as I’d hoped. The touch of limoncello icing gave an added note of sophistication. They may not have looked very sophisticated, but I’m blaming the flu virus for that. CT and I quickly polished off all the rejects and the rest got packed into bags for gifts.

 

I am sending these biscuits of to Vanesther over at Bangers & Mash for The Spice Trail, which is allspice this month.

 

Some are also winging their way to Karen over at Lavender and Lovage who has appropriately chosen sugar and spice for this month’s Cooking with Herbs.









Giveaway
Phaidon Press has also kindly agreed to give one of my readers a copy of What to Bake & How to Bake It. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
 
 

 

 
Prizes are offered and provided by Phaidon Press and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
 
Closing date is Monday 19 January 2014

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240 Comments

  1. Tracey Peach

    22nd December 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Chocolate Fudge Log, would love to be able to get one of those right! xxx

    Reply
  2. Tracy K Nixon

    22nd December 2014 at 4:06 pm

    A swiss roll! Mine cracked!

    Reply
  3. Judith (Mostly About Chocolate)

    22nd December 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I don’t attempt anything that seems difficult so I’m all good 😉 Limoncello icing sounds brilliant though!

    Reply
  4. Kiran Parry

    22nd December 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Nothing comes to mind with what I have found difficult.

    Reply
  5. AliceMegan

    22nd December 2014 at 5:15 pm

    A chocolate tart! I’ve tried it a few times and it just never sets enough to slice it

    Reply
  6. Sisley White

    22nd December 2014 at 5:25 pm

    The spicy gingerbread sounds wonderful! I’d love to try it 🙂

    Reply
  7. Gill

    22nd December 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Anything with pastry!

    Reply
  8. bakingbeardy.com

    23rd December 2014 at 1:11 am

    Definitely macarons were tricky for me – a lot of practice and a masterclass!

    Reply
  9. Anonymous

    23rd December 2014 at 8:03 am

    Biscuits – they seem to burn
    (Spencer Broadley)

    Reply
  10. kj19

    23rd December 2014 at 8:43 am

    nothing really I can think of tbh

    Reply
  11. mellysocks

    23rd December 2014 at 9:31 am

    Sacher Torte.

    Reply
  12. frances hopkins

    23rd December 2014 at 9:58 am

    All of them Im useless at cooking

    Reply
  13. Vohn's Vittles

    23rd December 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I love lemon with gingerbread – it’s a fab flavour combination. Great recipe & your gingerbread men look scrumptious! Have a wonderful Christmas. x

    Reply
  14. Angie Schneider

    23rd December 2014 at 3:02 pm

    They are so festive and pretty!
    Happy Holidays!

    Reply
  15. Heidi Roberts

    23rd December 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I love the idea of limonchello icing – should work really well with the gingerbread!

    Reply
  16. BakedPotatoMummy

    23rd December 2014 at 8:58 pm

    As silly as it sounds, I always struggle with flapjack! It always turns into granola. I bake all the time, and never have issues with other recipes. I can’t work out what I’m doing wrong!

    Reply
  17. Hayley Berry

    23rd December 2014 at 9:18 pm

    biscuits

    Reply
  18. Elaine Savage

    23rd December 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Swiss Roll is a challenge, it always cracks badly

    Reply
  19. Nayna Kanabar

    23rd December 2014 at 10:55 pm

    These look gorgeous and would make super presents.

    Reply
  20. The Caked Crusader

    24th December 2014 at 11:20 am

    I love a dark and spicy gingerbread – these look great

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Reply
  21. Hannah Comp

    24th December 2014 at 11:33 am

    I find making fudge really tricky!

    Reply
  22. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    24th December 2014 at 6:17 pm

    My Sacher Torte was a disaster, but I will try again sometime! Love the addition of Limoncello icing. I love Limoncello!!!

    Reply
  23. maxineflossy

    25th December 2014 at 9:20 am

    anything in a bundt tin! (always have a nightmare removing it!!!)

    Reply
  24. Jo Jones

    25th December 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Biscuits

    Reply
  25. Caroline Henaghan

    25th December 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I particularly like the sound of ‘spicy’ gingerbread – will have to have a go at these over Christmas!

    Reply
  26. Lynne O'Connor

    26th December 2014 at 8:28 am

    Not exactly a problem but when I used to make flapjacks the oats would expand and overflow to make big fat flapjacks but these days they’re more like chewy biscuits

    Reply
  27. Emily Clark

    26th December 2014 at 11:45 am

    Lemon drizzle. I always get the sugar/water ratio wrong and just end up with a soggy rather than a crunchy cake!

    Reply
  28. alida

    27th December 2014 at 8:26 am

    Beautiful biscuits. I can only imagine the fab smell in your house when you baked them!

    Reply
  29. dorsetsgem

    27th December 2014 at 6:06 pm

    i’m absolutely rubbish at making biscuits 🙁

    Reply
  30. Jacqueline Meldrum

    27th December 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Loving the gingerbread and think I would rather enjoy the book too Choclette.

    Reply
  31. Caroline

    28th December 2014 at 2:47 pm

    For me it was pancakes. Such a simple thing but while I was happy making much more complicated things, it took me ages to get them right.

    Reply
  32. Louise A

    29th December 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Cannot make a decent swiss roll 🙁

    Reply
  33. Rachael Jess

    29th December 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I can never get my shortbread right 🙁

    Reply
  34. cathyj

    30th December 2014 at 8:12 am

    biscuits never seem to get them quick enough before turning

    Reply
  35. bangers-and-mash.com

    31st December 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your delicious gingerbread in December’s Spice Trail challenge. I absolutely adore gingerbread made with treacle. And isn’t What to Bake such a beautiful book – definitely one of my favourite cookbooks of 2014. Here’s to a very delicious 2015!

    Reply
  36. chockie67

    1st January 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Yorkshire puddings,O and Ive tried so many times

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      15th January 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Try equal amounts of milk and plain flour, an egg and seasoning and blitz in a liquidizer. Best left to stand. Then make sure it’s poured into a reasonable amount of sizzling hot fat that has coated the tin and cook on 200 for half hour or so

      Reply
  37. Laura Asplin

    3rd January 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Chocolate brownies, I just cant get that lovely gooey consistancy

    Reply
  38. Holly Smith

    3rd January 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I seem to be prone to overcooking muffins :S

    Reply
  39. JA

    5th January 2015 at 10:00 am

    would love to make a decent swiss roll

    Reply
  40. Kirsty Broadhead

    6th January 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I burn cookies! I wanna learnnnn!

    Reply
  41. Solange

    7th January 2015 at 5:39 am

    Shortbread

    Reply
  42. lisa chappell

    7th January 2015 at 9:41 am

    brownies eitherr undercooked or overcooked 🙁

    Reply
  43. Char A

    7th January 2015 at 8:43 pm

    nothing really

    Reply
  44. Susie

    9th January 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Swiss roll – I can’t get it to roll up.

    Reply
  45. laura banks

    10th January 2015 at 11:25 am

    my scones seem to not want to rise and look more like rock cakes

    Reply
  46. Anonymous

    10th January 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Swiss rolls, never managed to make a successful one 🙁

    @oneisjamie

    Reply
  47. Kat Lucas

    11th January 2015 at 4:13 am

    Macaroons as it’s tricky to get the egg whites just right

    Reply
  48. Stephanie Whitehouse

    12th January 2015 at 9:09 am

    full Puff Pastry

    Reply
  49. rugmaker

    12th January 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Pastry

    Reply
  50. kasza

    13th January 2015 at 7:40 am

    Swiss roll, it always cracks… tastes good though

    Reply
  51. Helen Allan

    13th January 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Macarons. :S

    Reply
  52. Roz

    14th January 2015 at 8:50 pm

    pastry is one I haven’t mastered yet

    Reply
  53. Sara Coyne

    14th January 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Perfect, I’m just getting into baking and could really use this for ideas

    Reply
  54. Sara JaneG

    15th January 2015 at 10:36 am

    Gingerbread and shortread

    Reply
  55. elaine dale

    15th January 2015 at 10:42 am

    find meringues are hard to get right

    Reply
  56. Lyndsey Beckford

    15th January 2015 at 10:42 am

    I just can’t do Yorkshire Puddings – maybe it’s because I only live in Yorkshire and I wasn’t born there! 🙂

    Reply
  57. sarah rees

    15th January 2015 at 10:56 am

    anything meat other than a chicken or turkey

    Reply
  58. Mike Marsh

    15th January 2015 at 10:56 am

    Brownies are more difficult than they look

    Reply
  59. Michelle Dagger

    15th January 2015 at 10:57 am

    Chocolate eclairs!

    Reply
  60. Sarah Pybus

    15th January 2015 at 11:03 am

    I struggle with gingerbread, I can never get that nice snap to it

    Reply
  61. aw

    15th January 2015 at 11:06 am

    I think I’ve tried all the tricks suggested over time but still find rolling a swiss roll the most challenging of tasks and it looks so simple when it is done properly.

    Reply
  62. RunxAroundxChloe

    15th January 2015 at 11:15 am

    Key lime pie!

    Reply
  63. Lance Bellers

    15th January 2015 at 11:22 am

    Religieuse got the better of me

    Reply
  64. maci234

    15th January 2015 at 11:29 am

    a swiss roll

    Reply
  65. PlastigFfantastig

    15th January 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Biscuits – they never go right for me…

    Reply
  66. morag p

    15th January 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Macarons!

    Reply
  67. kirsty webb

    15th January 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Panacotta it would not set.
    Just a vanilla milkshake after a nugjt in the fridge.

    Reply
  68. Chris

    15th January 2015 at 12:53 pm

    What bake have you found tricky to master?………….baked Alaska

    Reply
  69. Sarah Heath

    15th January 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Bread, it never seems to rise well.

    Reply
  70. Donna caldwell

    15th January 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Chocolate gingerbread mmh

    Reply
  71. Dessallara

    15th January 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Good Shortbread :/

    Reply
  72. debbie nichols

    15th January 2015 at 3:13 pm

    My swiss roll never goes the same twice and has a tendency to be uneven in thickness

    Reply
  73. Angie Hoggett

    15th January 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I’d like to conquer the souffle!

    Reply
  74. emma falvi

    15th January 2015 at 3:39 pm

    yorkshire puddings, there never rise

    Reply
  75. peter campbell

    15th January 2015 at 4:09 pm

    shortbread

    Reply
  76. Kim Neville

    15th January 2015 at 4:34 pm

    My brownies seem to always stick to the bottom of tray

    Reply
  77. Claire Hull

    15th January 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Chocolate truffles-it’s hard to get the temperatures right

    Reply
  78. Anonymous

    15th January 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Swiss roll – it doesn’t!

    Reply
  79. maxine partridge

    15th January 2015 at 6:18 pm

    ginger bread men lol

    Reply
  80. Tracey Parker

    15th January 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Swiss roll

    Reply
  81. Janine Atkin

    15th January 2015 at 7:36 pm

    victoria sponge

    Reply
  82. Kaci Soderstrom

    15th January 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Biscuits, they always end up running together and burning around the edges

    Reply
  83. Emma-Louise Nash

    15th January 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Swiss roll is a tough one

    Reply
  84. Carly

    15th January 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I’m not sure if this counts, but Scottish Tablet!

    Reply
  85. allipratt

    15th January 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Macaroons – still not mastered them!

    Reply
  86. Sarah Palmer

    15th January 2015 at 8:00 pm

    ginger bread biscuits xxx

    Reply
  87. Louise Lumsden

    15th January 2015 at 8:26 pm

    bread, I can knead it forever and it comes out of the oven looking fabulous but loaves are always like bricks & rolls are like rocks

    Reply
  88. Charles Fletcher

    15th January 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Meringues

    Reply
  89. Sandra Lane

    15th January 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I once tried to make a croquembouche. What was I thinking?

    Reply
  90. Sarah Archibald

    15th January 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Fudge! it never sets right.

    Reply
  91. Eloise

    15th January 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Cinnamon buns they went all hard and the cinnamon was clunky

    Reply
  92. Helen Humphries

    15th January 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I cook a lot of wheat/gluten free but this works much better with certain bakes/recipes than others and can be tricky.

    Reply
  93. louise ryves

    15th January 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I can never quite get chocolate roulade right

    Reply
  94. Gemma Nisbet

    15th January 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I find macaroons extremely difficult

    Reply
  95. Big Bird

    15th January 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I struggle with pastry

    Reply
  96. kate kathurima

    15th January 2015 at 10:30 pm

    my cup cakes are hit and miss

    Reply
  97. mumofbill

    15th January 2015 at 10:31 pm

    My Christmas cakes always seem to wet in the middle. This year I got it right finally 🙂

    Reply
  98. Anonymous

    15th January 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Family have a friend who enjoys baking as a hobby, and we enjoy the results. So rarely bake, results usually ok on occasional attempts.

    Rachel Craig

    Reply
  99. Lydia Frew

    16th January 2015 at 7:41 am

    Surprisingly, cupcakes. The tops are always really pointy and the fan in my oven is so fierce they go all lopsided. So I end up with wonky volcanoes.

    Reply
  100. Jo Hutchings

    16th January 2015 at 8:30 am

    I’m such an amateur I even struggle with scones!

    Reply
  101. Eleanor Powell

    16th January 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Swiss rolls can be a nightmare

    Reply
  102. Paula Readings

    16th January 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Biscuits, they are either extremely thin & crispy or ‘cakey’ cant seem to get the consistency right, no matter what type I try to make.

    Reply
  103. Sheebasima

    16th January 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Rock cakes never come out right x

    Reply
  104. jen moody

    16th January 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Yorkshire pudding sometimes great more often not

    Reply
  105. Diane Hicklin

    16th January 2015 at 4:06 pm

    souffle!

    Reply
  106. donna jones

    16th January 2015 at 4:07 pm

    biscuits

    Reply
  107. Rachel White

    16th January 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Pastry!

    Reply
  108. Anonymous

    16th January 2015 at 5:21 pm

    sponge cakes i very good at making cup cakes
    lisa ann tebbutt

    Reply
  109. Lucy Locket

    16th January 2015 at 5:44 pm

    gluten free cakes although ive made good progress

    Reply
  110. maureen moss

    16th January 2015 at 5:46 pm

    custard tarts

    Reply
  111. Sarah Davies

    16th January 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Swiss roll, Hard to prevent it from cracking.

    Reply
  112. Charlottep

    16th January 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Struggling with the ever so simple cookie! Can do chou pastry – but a chocolate cookie will either be raw or will break your teeth :s

    Reply
  113. joanna butler-savage

    16th January 2015 at 7:02 pm

    lemon meringue pie

    Reply
  114. leanne perrett

    16th January 2015 at 7:13 pm

    i always manage tyo over cook my cupcakes the simplest thing to bake i can do other stuff fine tho

    Reply
  115. laura stewart

    16th January 2015 at 7:22 pm

    chocolate eclaires

    Reply
  116. Willy

    16th January 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Getting a good result with a cake mix that is boiled before baking

    Reply
  117. Emily Carter-Dunn

    16th January 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Swiss Rolls – always fail!

    Reply
  118. donna hanna

    16th January 2015 at 10:06 pm

    scones – as they cool they harden!

    Reply
  119. hannah walker

    16th January 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Anything with caramel. I just can’t for the life of me cook caramel arghh!

    Reply
  120. straysuzi

    16th January 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Swiss Roll – it always cracks

    Reply
  121. Avvie Cunnington

    16th January 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Shortbread 🙁

    Reply
  122. Anonymous

    17th January 2015 at 1:20 am

    Chocolate fondants, the middle is never gooey.

    Reply
  123. Leslie Evans

    17th January 2015 at 5:28 am

    I even burn toast.

    Reply
  124. Leslie Evans

    17th January 2015 at 5:28 am

    I even Burn Toast

    Reply
  125. Kirsty Woods

    17th January 2015 at 6:26 am

    Cookies come out a bit hard

    Reply
  126. Anonymous

    17th January 2015 at 9:25 am

    Love to try some of these recipes

    trevor linvell

    Reply
  127. Kathryn Casbolt

    17th January 2015 at 9:39 am

    Macarons – would love to master the art of making them!

    Reply
  128. zoe g

    17th January 2015 at 10:46 am

    fudge for some reason it always goes too hard

    Reply
  129. rachel jones

    17th January 2015 at 11:35 am

    Every thin but i am getting better lol

    Reply
  130. Anonymous

    17th January 2015 at 11:48 am

    Gingerbread

    Reply
  131. MrsE

    17th January 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Lemon tart…It just doesn’t get the right consistency

    Reply
  132. Julie Savage

    17th January 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Any kind of fruit pie – always get a soggy bottom

    Reply
  133. Sheebasima

    17th January 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Lemon Drizzle

    Reply
  134. Daniel Stacey

    17th January 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Baked cheese cake

    Reply
  135. Jenny Toal

    17th January 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Swiss roll always cracks

    Reply
  136. joanna_kow

    17th January 2015 at 5:44 pm

    shortbread – never managed to make it right

    Reply
  137. nelliedean

    17th January 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I’d like to make a nice firm lemon meringue pie

    Reply
  138. Isis1981uk

    17th January 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Truffles are tricky!

    Reply
  139. sheridarby

    17th January 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Choux pastry – it always ends up a bit soggy

    Reply
  140. Caro Walker

    17th January 2015 at 7:11 pm

    My chocolate brownies are always hit and miss but still get eaten so may be not so bad!

    Reply
  141. Jill Fairbank

    17th January 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Chocolate fudge log yummy

    Reply
  142. Judith Gutowski

    17th January 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Mince pies just don’t seem to brown evenly on top.

    Reply
  143. L Jenkins

    17th January 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I struggle to make Victoria sponges that rise much!

    Reply
  144. Sarah

    17th January 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I have never been able to make good shortbread

    Reply
  145. Kathy Cakebread

    17th January 2015 at 8:11 pm

    my fudge goes all crumbly 🙁

    Reply
  146. Karen Howden

    17th January 2015 at 9:30 pm

    carrot cake

    Reply
  147. Angela Paull

    17th January 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Just basic shortbread – I’m prone to overcooking it

    Reply
  148. Michelle Addy

    17th January 2015 at 10:28 pm

    2 b honest i havn’t done much baking but part of my new year resolution is 2 start doing more

    Reply
  149. soozwales

    17th January 2015 at 10:52 pm

    my victoria sponge is just hard.

    Reply
  150. Tracy

    17th January 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I’ve not had much success with souffles

    Reply
  151. Andrea Johnson

    17th January 2015 at 11:30 pm

    brandy snaps

    Reply
  152. Emma Beckett

    18th January 2015 at 1:02 am

    Piping!

    Reply
  153. Gilla01

    18th January 2015 at 1:07 am

    I’m never satisfied with my pastry.

    Reply
  154. amy jupp

    18th January 2015 at 7:15 am

    cheesecake. I just can seem to get it no set right. baked or non baked

    Reply
  155. Annmarie Jefferies

    18th January 2015 at 7:29 am

    Chocolate brownies never come out right

    Reply
  156. Katie Witherington

    18th January 2015 at 8:28 am

    i find making savoury muffins hard as never can get the flavours quite right.

    Reply
  157. clairew137

    18th January 2015 at 10:00 am

    gingerbread.

    Reply
  158. LEE HARDY

    18th January 2015 at 10:11 am

    Giant cupcake & egg custard tart.

    Reply
  159. Emily Knight

    18th January 2015 at 10:27 am

    Macarons. I’ve given up now!

    Reply
  160. Spencer Wright

    18th January 2015 at 10:31 am

    Our new year’s resolution was to try do more cooking & baking. Results have been good so far, this book would help enormously 🙂

    Reply
  161. Laura Whittle

    18th January 2015 at 10:52 am

    Birthday cakes, they never seem to cook through right.

    Reply
  162. karen

    18th January 2015 at 11:35 am

    Cheesecake, i just can’t seem to make it set

    Reply
  163. Kerry Lethbridge

    18th January 2015 at 11:38 am

    I find the rolling of Swiss rolls or any meringue roulade very tricky

    Reply
  164. Anonymous

    18th January 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I find it all difficult to master, but I keep trying!!
    Claire D

    Reply
  165. Karen Louise Wright

    18th January 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Cheesecake x

    Reply
  166. joanne liddement

    18th January 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Swiss Roll…It always breaks when I roll it

    Reply
  167. Allan Fullarton

    18th January 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Any chocolate biscuits!

    Reply
  168. Tim Woolfenden

    18th January 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Pastry is always a struggle

    Reply
  169. Awesome Before Autism

    18th January 2015 at 1:11 pm

    cheese cake

    Reply
  170. avmartin30

    18th January 2015 at 1:14 pm

    swiss roll, would love to get the ‘roll’right without cracking

    Reply
  171. Lynda Shrubb

    18th January 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Scones! Other things,no problems. Think I’ll have to give them up as a bad job 🙁

    Reply
  172. Carly Elford

    18th January 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Would love this!

    Reply
  173. Carly Elford

    18th January 2015 at 2:31 pm

    My Victoria Sponge is dreadful!

    Reply
  174. tracey baker

    18th January 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Bread not as easy as it seems

    Reply
  175. David Price

    18th January 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Swiss Roll

    Reply
  176. Lani Nash

    18th January 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Meringues!

    Reply
  177. Rebecca Dryer

    18th January 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Macaroons have destroyed me every time I have tried

    Reply
  178. aaron milne

    18th January 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Real beginner struggle with everything

    Reply
  179. Ser

    18th January 2015 at 4:12 pm

    anything with puff pastry, it never puffs for me.

    Reply
  180. christine westlake

    18th January 2015 at 4:29 pm

    any thing now that involves precision hand work, icing etc.

    Reply
  181. Susan Jackson

    18th January 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Hot Cross Buns never seem to be right

    Reply
  182. eleanor73

    18th January 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Pastry – I have hot hands!

    Reply
  183. jackier333

    18th January 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Chocolate souffle

    Reply
  184. Joanne Benham

    18th January 2015 at 5:28 pm

    shortbread, never quite crispy enough or burnt!

    Reply
  185. Lara Davis

    18th January 2015 at 5:28 pm

    can never get Meringue right

    Reply
  186. Patricia Avery

    18th January 2015 at 6:02 pm

    My swiss rolls always taste delicious but best not to look at them, not a pretty sight

    Reply
  187. h.spillett

    18th January 2015 at 6:45 pm

    scones my hands are always too warm!!

    Reply
  188. Clare Scanlan

    18th January 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Choux pastry is a bit of a problem for me

    Reply
  189. Kez

    18th January 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve given up on macaroons … just can’t get them right !

    Reply
  190. Anonymous

    18th January 2015 at 6:55 pm

    bisciuts

    Reply
  191. Corinne Peat

    18th January 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Cookies

    Reply
  192. Mark

    18th January 2015 at 7:22 pm

    My Swiss Roll won’t hold its shape

    Reply
  193. Anna Ling

    18th January 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Gingerbread

    Reply
  194. Rachel Gilbey

    18th January 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Pastry, far too complicated for me

    Reply
  195. C Derry

    18th January 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Scones- they’re always so dry!

    Reply
  196. stacey kavanah

    18th January 2015 at 8:05 pm

    cake pops

    Reply
  197. Maria Jane Knight

    18th January 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Gingerbread

    Reply
  198. Matt Brasier

    18th January 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Swiss Roll. It always cracks badly

    Reply
  199. Anonymous

    18th January 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Flapjacks!!

    Becci Cleary
    rcleary57@yahoo.com

    Reply
  200. bloomers

    18th January 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Brandy Snaps always go completely wrong for me!

    kirstyjfox AT yahoo DOT com

    Reply
  201. Lucy Carter

    18th January 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Souffle

    Reply
  202. rm95

    18th January 2015 at 9:06 pm

    pastry, I just cannot master it

    Reply
  203. Kylie Johnson

    18th January 2015 at 9:11 pm

    meringue

    Reply
  204. Pam Francis Gregory

    18th January 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Pineapple upside down cake

    Reply
  205. Mary-Ann Pollard

    18th January 2015 at 9:20 pm

    pastry… it just never works for me

    Reply
  206. Hannah Igoe

    18th January 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Chequered cake was quite tricky

    Reply
  207. CLAIRE LITTLE

    18th January 2015 at 9:56 pm

    everything

    Reply
  208. sarahbox

    18th January 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Macarons.

    Reply
  209. Penny Crumpton

    18th January 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Choux pastry!

    Reply
  210. lorraine evemy

    18th January 2015 at 10:29 pm

    gluten free bread….could only be used as a door stop it was as heavy and dense as a brick;)

    Reply
  211. Deborah Bird

    18th January 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Shortbread!

    Reply
  212. Claire Ward

    18th January 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Biscuits

    Reply
  213. Joy

    18th January 2015 at 10:49 pm

    meringue! I used to be able to bake one to perfection but it fails every single time despite using all the tricks in the book!!

    Reply
  214. Alison Clark Clark

    18th January 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Millionaires shortbread , I have tried so many times but for some reason I can’t get the base right.

    Reply
  215. Jaime Hyland

    19th January 2015 at 12:13 am

    Swiss roll

    Reply
  216. Charmian Filewood

    19th January 2015 at 12:43 am

    For some reason I’m not very good with scones lol I think I over handle them

    Reply
  217. hannahlw85

    19th January 2015 at 1:42 am

    Nothing but then again I haven’t really tried anything complicated

    Reply
  218. Karen Painter

    19th January 2015 at 8:34 am

    My puff pastry never seems to puff!

    Reply
  219. Vicks

    19th January 2015 at 9:02 am

    Ganache filling – such a pain!

    Reply
  220. Alison Barker

    19th January 2015 at 9:18 am

    Quiche with a soggy bottom.

    Reply
  221. Emi nastaly-howard

    19th January 2015 at 9:48 am

    Any layered cakes 🙁

    Reply
  222. Sarah Cadman

    19th January 2015 at 10:01 am

    Scones….just can’t seem to get them right!

    Reply
  223. Kelly Lawton

    19th January 2015 at 10:10 am

    Biscuits, I can never get the consistency right!

    Reply
  224. Anonymous

    19th January 2015 at 10:59 am

    Def macaroons! Think i’m getting there now. So yummy so that made me keep going 🙂 @LyndaBrown5

    Reply
  225. cissybo

    19th January 2015 at 11:10 am

    profiteroles, i used to make them all the time when i was younger and never seem to get them right anymore!

    Reply
  226. Susan

    19th January 2015 at 11:51 am

    I can never seem to make a good Scone!

    Reply
  227. Lorraine Crawford

    19th January 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I can’t get carrot cake right, it’s always soggy in the middle but perfect at the edge, if I cooked it any longer, otside would be over cooked!

    Reply
  228. Rebecca Lis

    19th January 2015 at 12:43 pm

    My scones always go soggy!

    Reply
  229. caroline tokes

    19th January 2015 at 1:32 pm

    i have trouble with scones they never seem 2 rise well

    Reply
  230. Helen Craigs

    19th January 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Pastry is my real problem!

    Reply
  231. Lora

    19th January 2015 at 4:34 pm

    baked cheesecake, the tin has always leaked no matter how much I wrap it in tinfoil!

    Reply
  232. Victoria thurgood

    19th January 2015 at 4:46 pm

    a swiss roll

    Reply
  233. Laura

    19th January 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Gingerbread

    Reply
  234. The Bargainista

    19th January 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Brownies – they never have the right texture

    Reply
  235. Val

    19th January 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Profiteroles – usually it takes 3 attempts but I never know what I’ve done differently when it actually works! Third time lucky maybe! 🙂

    Reply
  236. Caroline Kelly

    19th January 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Honeycomb, so simple to make but so hard to time right!

    Reply
  237. Rich

    19th January 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Fudge Soufflé

    Reply
  238. Natalie Crossan

    19th January 2015 at 9:42 pm

    a swiss roll!!

    Reply
  239. AY

    19th January 2015 at 10:09 pm

    pavlovas – i can never get these right!

    Reply

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