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Triumphs of the Table: The Final of The Great British Bake Off

Posted on: 08/10/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, historical fiction, historical novel, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart

This week it is the ultimate test on The Great British Bake Off. It’s the grand final between three astonishingly good bakers: Richard, Luis and Nancy. The challenges have not been announced, but there is little doubt it will involve something very large and architectural. We may imagine that the trend for man-size towers of croquembouche or gingerbread houses you could happily inhabit, are new phenomenon – but as ever, history is merely repeating itself. In Britain a fashion for sculptural food…

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Buy My Wares – The Great British Bake Off Week Eight

Posted on: 24/09/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, baking, cakes, historical fiction, history, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart

The fruited breads and doughnut challenges on this week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off recall the great British tradition of street food. For centuries fruited bready buns were the staple of street hawkers, crying their wares or singing early advertising jingles like the ‘Sally Lunn bun’ song of Bath: ‘No more I heed the muffin zest, The Yorkshire cake or bun,  Sweet Muse of Pastry teach me how,To make a Sally Lunn.’ Doughnuts too, have a history of being outdoor food long before Krispy…

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Eaten Cake Is Soon Forgotten – The Great British Bake Off Week Six

Posted on: 10/09/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, baking, cake, historical fiction, historical novel, historical recipes, Martine Bailey, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, recipes, taffety tart, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart

This week on The Great British Bake Off, Paul and Mary challenge the contestants to bake a continental cake – a Germanic Gugelhupf, fluorescent green Swedish Princess Cake, and a showstopper of Hungarian layered Dobostorta. So where are the British equivalents to these symbols of national pride? ‘Eaten cake is soon forgotten,’ says an old proverb, and so it seems in the case of British bakery. Grand Tourist, George, Lord Lyttelton,1762, summed up his patriotic fondness for cakes when  he wrote f…

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Trifling with Cake and Custard – The Great British Bake Off Week Four

Posted on: 27/08/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, Clandestine Cake Club, historical fiction, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart, trifle

It is Desserts week on The Great British Bake Off and the contestants might do well to remember that ‘Desserts’ spells ‘Stressed’ backwards. The episode’s grand finale is Baked Alaska, a tricky temperature challenge; to bake ice cream in a crisp hot meringue… A simpler test is to bake a tiramisu cake, an Italian development of English trifle, or Zuppa Inglese as the Italians call it. Trifle is, of course, a quintessentially British dessert; the only dessert from a typical eighteenth centu…

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