With an abundance of home grown fruit and vegetables this year, I’ve plenty of seasonal goodies to enjoy and fill up my Fayre to Share basket and with the arrival of Fiona Cairns’ gorgeous cookery book to review, Seasonal Baking, I’ve even more reasons to be excited about eating seasonally.
In her book, Seasonal Baking, Royal cake maker, Fiona Cairns’ has brought together a stunning collection of extraordinarily beautiful seasonal cakes, cupcakes, biscuits and delicious treats to inspire you throughout the year.
With recipes such as Spring’s almond-apricot pansy cake (see above) and Winter’s little cranberry ices with ginger lace biscuits, this decadent book has a magical, seasonal delight to bake for a gift, or just as a sheer indulgence for you, whenever it takes your fancy.
Beautifully illustrated throughout, Seasonal Baking is more than just a recipe book, it’s as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the mouth, indeed I have never ‘ooh’ or ‘aah’ over a cookery book as much as I have over Seasonal Baking!
And it’s not just baking, Fiona has also included ‘Preserve the Season’ recipes such as fruit curds in Spring, jams and cordials in Summer and syrups and alcohols in Autumn to help you get the most from your seasonal yield, as well as tutorials on how to create sugar paste flowers and butterflies, hand-painted roses and crystallized flowers.
With over 25 years experience and clients including Waitrose, Selfridges, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Bon Marche Paris, as well as having the honour of being chosen to make the official wedding cake for Prince William and Katherine Middleton, Fiona Cairns’ Seasonal Baking will not only encourage you to use ingredients that are at their very best, it’ll also show you how to create your very own baking masterpieces to wow your friends whatever the occasion, or time of year.
Seasonal Baking – published in hardback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson £25, eBook: £12.99