Mini Berry Pavlovas

As I mentioned at the end of last week's post, I was waiting for meringues to come out of the oven for our "second Christmas" party on Sunday. I'd only made meringue once before and it turned out okay  — the key is patience. If you beat the egg whites too fast, or not long … Continue reading Mini Berry Pavlovas

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Blackberry Pear Upside-Down Cake

Lucy's parents came over for a casual dinner last weekend and we opted for quick-and-easy pizzas, salad, and garlic bread. But, I never like to forego an opportunity to bake so I began my search for an autumn dessert on Pinterest. I was leaning towards something like tarte tatin or sticky toffee pudding, but I … Continue reading Blackberry Pear Upside-Down Cake

Reconstructing 18th Century Recipes

Something entirely new on the blog this week! I'm joining The Recipes Project for a digital conference all about the history of recipes called 'What is a Recipe?', which is running this month on various social media platforms. For the first time, I'm uniting my professional life as a historian of the social history of … Continue reading Reconstructing 18th Century Recipes

Buttermilk Cornbread (Johnnycake)

I had a serious craving for johnnycake (sweetened cornbread) the other day. After trolling through Pinterest looking for a good recipe, I kept returning to one from Allrecipes.com because it was so straight-forward. Usually I avoid recipes from this site because they tend to be a bit dull, but this one really is five stars! … Continue reading Buttermilk Cornbread (Johnnycake)

Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

Happy Valentine's Day (belated)! I've known for some time that I wanted to try out red velvet cupcakes to celebrate the day of love, but I've never been a fan of synthetic-tasting, over-dyed baked goods, so I was hesitant to use a standard "electric red" velvet recipe. I decided to return to The Sprinkles Baking … Continue reading Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream