The world of baking and food through the eyes of an American in London

Posts made in April, 2010

Lunch in the City

Posted by on Apr 30, 2010 in Other, Yummy Places | 0 comments

I’ve decided to start a new “feature” on American Cupcake. The one advantage of working in the City is there are a lot of small back roads that are home to independent sandwich bars, cafes and stores. It’s refreshing to try somewhere new. I get depressed when I see so many Pret’s on the high street (and I hate brown bread!).
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This week it was a nice (ie not raining) so I took my Tuesday lunch break to wander around Fleet Street. On the way there (just past Paternoster Square) I passed a new candy store. Mr. Simms Old Fashioned Candy. I did some internet research and there are few of these stores around England (but it’s still not a Pret!).

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Squash and Chorizo Risotto

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Savory | 1 comment

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I love risotto. It’s very versatile. The same basic recipe can be adapted into 20 different kinds of risotto. I’ve recently started to like butternut squash. It’s so bright, funny shaped and soft.
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This is the basic recipe I used and the squash and chorizo part is a combination of two different recipes from Delicious magazine.
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Starlight Cupcakes

Posted by on Apr 25, 2010 in Cupcakes | 1 comment

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My friend Marcus ran the London Marathon For Starlight Childrens Foundation on Sunday and I offered to make cupcakes for the afterparty. He finished the marathon in an amazing 4 hours and 50 minutes! I was beat after just taking the boxes from Canary Wharf to Victoria!
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Lattice Pie Crust: First Attempt

Posted by on Apr 24, 2010 in Pie | 1 comment

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I felt like making pie the other day and my sister suggested that I make one with a lattice crust. I’d never made one before and I thought it would be difficult but it was a lot easier than I thought.

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The end result came out tasting like a pie should but aesthetically speaking it could have been better, but for a first attempt I was happy. I’m going to try again soon and I know where I made mistakes the first time.

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Macarons, Whoopie Pies & More

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 in Macarons, Whoopie Pies, Yummy Places | 1 comment

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I go to Selfridge’s Food Hall fairly often to drool over everything. On the occasion I actually buy something I usually get a Lola’s cupcake. Recently, the food hall has been changed around (for the better I think). Where the baked goods used to be together in one case it is now 2 separate areas. One area is a Lola’s cupcake bar with a few small tables. It looks very cute.

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