Its fair to say 2010 has been one amazing year. I started off working as a litigation clerk for a bank, a job I really didnt enjoy, and ended up the year by basically becoming self employed about to embark on some massive changes. You could say that my life has turned upside down. I, slightly reluctantly, entered The Great British Bake Off and beyond all my expectations I only went and won! Along the way there was of course a lot of baking, many cookbooks bought (a practice I have had to stop, cant justify cookbooks with no income!) and a holiday to Paris. Since ive been too busy to blog the way I would like I thought I would do a roundup of my favourite recipes, cookbooks etc of the year.
Bourke Street Bakery – I just love the feel of this book, it makes me think i’m right there in the Sydney bakery, which itself appears warm, friendly and just the sort of place I would adore in my neighbourhood (or even run one day). The recipes in the book have a wonderful rustic charm, my favourite so far is ginger brulee tarts
Baked Explorations - another wonderful book from the guys of Baked in Red Hook, Brooklyn NYC, my favourite bakery in the city. Mirroring the bakery the book has playful takes on American classics including the indulgent and addictive Salted Caramel Brownies, which I made but totally forgot to blog!
Indulge – This is the first cookbook from Claire Clark, the former pastry chef of The French Laundry. The recipes range from the simple to the more advanced, whilst everything looks stunning. Its definitely a book to inspire. I had the pleasure of meeting Claire a few times this year and let me tell you, she, like her book is very inspiring and encouraging and I cant wait to see what she does next.
There are some great books due out next year, including a couple from Dan Lepard, The Nordic Bakery, Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock, Melt and hopefully the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook will also be published recipe
Recipes – here are a few of my favourite recipes of the year, because this year has been manic, I havent blogged the way I would have liked so there is a few blank spaces, but I promise you lots of recipes next year.
January – Double Crust Apple Pie
February – Rose Macarons
April – a glut of Sable’s
May - appears I didnt bake anything this month! more likely I was a little busy with holidays and the show
June - oops, I really was bad around this time wasnt I, believe me I have never been as busy as I was in June.
August – Gevulde Speculaas
September – Chocolate Peanut Crinkles
October – A very busy month appears I only baked Whoopie Pies
November – Pumpkin Pie
December – stupidly busy again, only home 1 week so no time to blog properly. I did make these amazing salted caramel brownies but forgot about blogging them!
If you read the blog regularly you know I have had an amazing and exciting year. I had another short holiday in Paris, eating my way around the cities patisseries even getting a behind the scenes tour at Gerard Mulot, spent a couple of months filming The Great British Bake Off, quit my job and since then have been on a bit of a rollercoaster. I spent an amazing week at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant Le Manoir, an experience that will stay with me forever. I filmed a week of episodes for Market Kitchen and appeared at BBC Good Food Live. I feel so so lucky for the things I have experienced over the year and lets just say that next year is looking to be just as exciting, if not more so.