Archive for December, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by Harriet Low No Comments

Hi guys,

Wow, I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas. This year has gone by so quickly and so much has happened. The highlights for me were definitely a cracking series of the Great British Bake Off, and writing and filming Pies & Puds. I feel so lucky that the book and TV series has been so well received. Reading all your messages and seeing pictures of all your fabulous bakes really makes me so happy and proud.

I am looking forward to some time off over Christmas to spend with family and friends. Like all of you I am looking forward to indulging a bit with all the delicious Christmas treats and watching all the classic Christmas TV.

Next year is going to be an absolute cracker as I embark on my first ever live tour. I am so excited to meet you all, and enjoy cooking and chatting with everyone. Last week I met up with the guy who is going to be touring with me, to start working on the content for the show. I can’t give away too much it’s starting to look really great. We have also added some extra dates to the tour, including some matinee dates and a visit to Milton Keynes! Check out the tour pages of the website for further information. Keep an eye out on my Facebook page as we are going to be giving away some tickets to the tour in the New Year.

So eat, drink and be merry and see you in 2014!

Happy Baking Paul x

Christmas Chocolate Brownie Cake

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by Harriet Low No Comments

1. Heat your oven to 180°C. Line a 23cm/9 inch round spring form tin.

2. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl with the butter. Gently melt over a pan of simmering water. Leave to cool slightly.

3. Whisk the eggs and caster sugar together until the mixture is pale and thick enough to hold a trail when the beaters are removed.

4. Fold the chocolate mixture into the whisked egg mixture. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa over the mixture and gently fold in. Finally add the cranberries and walnuts and stir. Pour into the prepared tin.

5. Bake for 40 -45 minutes until the cake has a nice crust but slightly soft in the middle. Leave to cool.

6. Decorate with chocolate leaves and dried cranberries. Dust with a little icing sugar.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Harriet Low No Comments

Hi guys,

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! I am getting really excited about all the Christmas bakes that we only get to do once a year. As well as all the traditional recipes I have been working on some new exclusive recipes for my website. I have put a scrummy spin on my mince pies, by adding a delicate frangipane topping – these really are so good you have to try them. I also know that lots of you are not keen on the traditional Christmas cake, so I have put together a really indulgent Christmas Chocolate Brownie Cake, I mean EVERYONE likes a brownie! Finally, I don’t know about you, but I always end up with loads of leftovers after the big day, so I have come up with a delicious Christmas Leftover Pie. This is so good that even if you are not having turkey for Christmas it’s worth roasting one so you can make it. You can serve it hot or cold, so it’s really good meal to make if you are visiting relatives. It tastes delicious served with pickles.

The last couple of weeks have been quite busy with the Good Food Show in London and then in Birmingham. I couldn’t believe how many people came to see Mary and me at the Winter Show. The Super Theatre was packed out and Bezza and I had so much fun meeting so many of you.

Over the next few weeks I am doing a few radio interviews. Listen out for me on Magic FM at 7pm on the 15th December. I have one appearance before Christmas next weekend at Donnington, so look forward to seeing all you who are coming, and then I am going to start winding down for the holidays.

I have just found out that my book Bread has been nominated for Food & Drink Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards. I am so honoured to receive this nomination and really excited by the brilliant reaction that I have had to Bread over the past year.

Lots of you have been sending me pictures of things you have cooked from my books and from the Pies & Puds show. I love seeing them all and have started a Xmas Hollywood Bakes album on my Facebook page. I am also hoping to be able to start putting some on my website too, so keep on sending them and keep on checking the site!

Thanks again for all the fantastic feedback that I have had for Pies & Puds, (both the book and the show). It was so exciting to be on BBC1 every weekday in November, and I have to say I really loved making the series and meeting all the incredible people who were part of it.

Bye Paul x


Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Karl Hudson No Comments

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Fairy and Elf Pack

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Karl Hudson No Comments

For a Christmas themed Fairy and Elf Party pack; complete with games, activities, recipes and invitations – Click here to download.