I don’t often eat smoothie bowls. But when I do, it’s partly because I feel like something sweet and ice-cold with minimal chewing requirements (often somewhat hungover when this craving strikes) but also because [...]
How do you like your cookies? With a bit of crunch? Or at the other end of the spectrum, with only a crisp edge to hold together a soft, gooey middle? Personally, I like a not-too-soft, not-too-hard kind of cookie. Just right – a Goldilocks cookie?
A friend of mine described the cookies served at her school: so fresh from the oven [...]
Who doesn't love muffins? What makes them so great? The name muffin must help. It's a nice word, right? Like mittens or melons or muppets. Nice to say, nice to hear.
Or maybe it's their unique shape. I reckon a muffin without its distinctive dome wouldn't be anywhere near as enjoyable. Just like a bagel without the hole would be [...]
If there’s one thing the English are good at, it’s puddings. The list of well-known desserts of English origin is remarkably long: Angel Delight and Arctic Roll, Bakewell tarts and Battenburg cake, Chelsea buns and Coconut Ice… And then there’s the peculiar names, too: Knickerbocker Glory and Spotted Dick come to mind. There’s a wonderful quote from Jane Grigson’s Fruit Book on the homeliness of English puddings:
“[Crumble] is always a great success with our French and Italian friends, who ask for an English pudding but whose pioneering spirit would fail if faced with Spotted Dick or Dead Man’s Leg.”
Growing up, I knew these biscuits as 'squashed flies'. According to Wikipedia they also go by fly sandwiches, flies' graveyards and dead fly biscuits. It's only now I realise that the name is not very vegan. They are nicknamed so for the flattened currants inside the biscuit. The currants poke out of the sides, especially visible pre-bake through the translucent dough, as if a whole colony of flies had been collectively swatted. No, not a very vegan nickname at all!
As with a lot of childhood treats, I then went years without having one [...]