Making the Christmas cake is one of my favourite winter rituals, and the recipe this year is Fig, Port and Star Anise, courtesy of Fiona Cairns' stunning new book Seasonal Baking.
When it comes to sweet things, Fiona Cairns really has the magic touch
Seasonal Baking not only ensures that you are using ingredients when they are at their best but is also a cost-effective way of producing high-quality cakes. Royal cake maker Fiona Cairns has created a series of recipes to celebrate each seasonal milestone from springtime Passion Fruit Kisses through to Christmas Wreath Eclairs. Each recipe features beautifully styled photography to inspire you to think seasonally when making cakes, sweets or desserts.
Seasonal Baking s a baking book for those who appreciate the nuances of seasonal flavors and ingredients. This is a lovely collection of recipes you would be inspired to bake from the gifts of nature such as a bag of Kent cobnuts or a pail of blackberries... Fiona's understated recipes focus on simplicity and the sublime. After all, what could be more simple or elegant than an Almond-Apricot Pansy Cake where sprinkles of pansies and a dusting of icing sugar adorn the cake?
yet another sensational baking book! Seasonal Baking celebrates the baking year with classic cakes, cupcakes, biscuits and treats for every season and we can't wait to get stuck in!
This isn't just another baking book. Fiona Cairns conjures up cakes that are quite extraordinary and other worldly. She simply unlocks the imagination. This book is full of magic. And all the recipes work.
This beauty from Fiona Cairns really stood out for us... elegantly combines the classics with all kinds of innovative cakes, biscuits and puds. But the main draw for us was the focus on seasonality; Cairns uses fruit, nuts and flowers when they are at their very best, and her bakes are totally in tune with the changing colours, moods and celebrations of the seasons
Bakers are really fond of Fiona's tomes. She makes cakery an art form
Seasonal Baking by Fiona Cairns is full of sweet treats for every occasion and season and the prettiest cakes imaginable - as you'd expect from the woman who made the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding cake
As well as the kudos making William and Kate's wedding cake, Fiona Cairns boasts Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason amongst the establishments she supplies cakes to. She offers all sorts of delicious recipes here divided into the four seasons, there's something for every occasion
Fiona Cairns made that royal wedding cake so it's a fair bet that even the most experienced bakers can learn a trick or two from her. Her latest book celebrates the best each season has to offer in a broad array of treats ranging from biscuits and traybakes to stunning multi-tiered cakes, all beautifully photographed and described in straightforward instructions