http://www.violetcakes.com/blog/ http://www.violetcakes.com firstname.lastname@example.org Bakery, cake shop and cafe where we bake right in the shop every day.
Pastries, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, scones, savoury quiches, sandwiches and simple green salads daily
Fresh squeezed lemonade, iced coffee and apple juice
Allpress Coffee, Postcard Teas, Poilane Sourdough
These cows are Holstein and Jersey. The Jersey cows produce a milk with more fat in it which makes richer cream and is basically my favourite for baking with. But with that benefit comes more work for the farmer. They are a smaller more delicate animal so production costs can be higher. Maker profit smaller. Feeding these animals is expensive too. Farmers have all kinds of creative ways of feeding their lot. @albertstraus told us today of a failed experiment in using sake (rice wine) waste to feed a herd which resulted in drunk cows. Lol. Or partnering up with an organic veggie burger company to get soya by products! It's fascinating. It's a thankless task though and ever-changing. More reasons to thank your local organic farmer today!! #organiclife
We hiked for nearly 5 hours up the ridge and over. Frances in a pack on my back, now weighing over 25lbs. Finding the fire trail lined with huckleberry bushes brimming with ripe berries, we filled our bucket as we laughed and told stories about Port Eliot and Chez Panisse days. Frances ate her first huckleberries with so much joy out of our cupped hands. @janethankinson stopped on the way back and swam in the bay while we stretched on the beach. Then we came home to grannie Lizzie's @elisabethptak and made this huckleberry galette and served it with @sepiella 's peach sherbet.
New @violetsessions podcast up with @zandra_rhodes_ and @gracewoodward. We recorded this one live @porteliotfestival with the lovely people at @matchesfashion . Sadly the weather was so terrible that Zandra needed to record earlier than scheduled so she could get back to London and I was on another stage with @russell_norman talking about my kitchen nightmares and missed the whole thing. 😩. But the recording is great thanks to @worgiebeats !!! So sit back, relax, listen to the legend and dream of having a dress named after you. #fashiongoals
A wholemeal apple cake recipe that's wintry to the core | Claire Ptak
Today we took Frances to my friend @albertstraus ' beautiful organic dairy farm. This is the landscape I grew up in and this is the light that I associate with home. Albert is a second generation farmer here and has been pioneering organic practices here for nearly 25 years. It's organic farming that might be the answer to climate change and to saving rural communities. Check out @strausmilk and read the story. Or if you think you know, remind yourself. It's so inspiring what individuals can do. #organiclife
At @strausmilk farm, they name every single calf. This one is called Kale. She did look like she was glowing, I have to say. A newborn calf can drink up to 3 gallons (11 litres!) of milk a day and we still need some for us! Some of the industrial farms feed the calves other things to save the milk for the market but these cows get the real thing. Organic cows eat organic feed from organic soil. There are no antibiotics or hormones used on them ever. #organiclife
Trying to stay true to seasonal baking can sometimes test your resolve. It is February and you love forced rhubarb, but you can’t eat it every day. The blood oranges are at their peak, but you have had them juiced for breakfast and sectioned in your salads. Without the bounty of choice we have in the other seasons, winter leaves us reaching for chocolate, caramel and vanilla, but we mustn’t forget the wonderful apples stored since autumn.
Having a child made me look deep into my past and especially to my mother and to her mother. My mother’s family went to America from Ireland. They took with them a strong work ethic, humour and a bit of baking. My grandmother worked full time and had four children, but every so often she somehow managed to make a sweet soda bread filled with currants. She baked it in a vast and fluted bundt tin, of which I am now the proud keeper.
The Violet Bakery: Summer Spelt Almond Cake
This week on Milk Street TV: Christopher Kimball heads to Violet Bakery in London to learn the secrets to a lighter cake. They then make their version of my Chocolate, Prune and Rum Cake. I had so much fun baking with Chris Kimball when he visited! Tune in if you can. To see where Milk Street TV airs in your area, visit bit.ly/msstationfinder. p.s. That is not me in this picture.
We are doing a pop-up bakery in Anthropologie next Friday and Saturday in their new store in Spitalfields near Liverpool Street. Come down and get a few cakes and get a free refreshing cordial!! Link below and a recipe from my new book! http://www.anthropologie.eu/blog/the-violet-bakery-summer-spelt-almond-cake/?cm_mmc=EmailEU-_-04Jul15-_-newarrivals_anthro-_-event
In rural northern California in the 1970s and 80s, there was very little Middle-Eastern food around unless you went to a health food shop. There you might find an assortment of flavoured “hummus,” tahini dressings and a bastardised version of falafel, or what I referred to as “feel awful” until I tried the real thing many years later.
Week 2: Guardian Cook. "Kumquat Copycat: A Citrus Cake to Emulate": Thanks, Guardian headline writer, for that great headline. Someone commented that it sounds like rap lyrics. Here's the recipe: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/30/kumquat-buckwheat-cake-recipe-violet-bakery-claire-ptak
Easter baking with AnOther magazine. Love this magazine (which you can often find in our collection upstairs at the shop) and they have posted one of my recipes on their website. Link below x happy Easter baking! http://www.anothermag.com/design-living/7236/a-taste-of-easter-from-the-violet-bakery
Have a favourite market, restaurant, cookbook or food personality you want to shout about? It's OFM Awards time! Get your vote heard here. Takes two seconds x http://www.theguardian.com/observer-food-monthly-awards/ng-interactive/2015/apr/09/observer-food-monthly-awards-2015-voting-form
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Avacado on toast is delicious. LOADS of garlic!
Big fan of the breakfast biscuits and savoury scones!
The butterscotch blondie was SO good!
OK, nice people run this place and at least the avocado toast and pink lemonade are delicious (probably other food and drinks too) but hugely overpriced & they run out of clean glasses and straws :/
Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
Cinnamon buns are a work of art.
Ginger & Molasses Cake
Good bakery in Hackney. Strawberry cupcake rules.
A little dessert paradise! Cupcakes, muffins, cookies, mini-buns, including lovely cinnamon buns. Must try. Coffee is pretty good, but desserts & baking are their real domains.
Yummy red velvet cake. A shame the garden & terrace are so small.
Coffee and awesome cakes. What's not to like
Coming this weekend in the Guardian: my recipe for hot cross buns. I'll post it when the paper comes out.
Date shake! I'm obsessed. Get my recipe for this dairy free sweet treat in @GuardianCook today.…http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/mar/12/date-almond-milkshake-sticky-caramel-pecan-date-bars-recipes-claire-ptak-baking-the-seasons
Cupid has come to Violet today! We have honey rose Madeleines, beetroot chocolate bundt cakes, chocolate sandwich love hearts and mini coconut macaroons, the perfect treats for your Valentine. Available at our stall on Broadway tomorrow and at the bakery on Wilton Way all weekend.
We're getting ready for Valentine's Day with chocolate sandwich cookies filled with salted caramel, violet or vanilla buttercreams. Bags of two tied with pretty pink ribbon, the perfect gift for your Valentine.
Bags of mini coconut macaroons and mini double chocolate rice cookies for sale at the bakery! Both all gluten free all the time! X
Our pop-up at Anthropologie, Spitalfields. Lots of Violet goodies for sale as well as "The Violet Bakery Cookbook." Hope you'll stop by Friday and Saturday.
Vanilla sponge with our signature violet icing. Decorated with flowers for a special order xx
The Happy Foodie
2015 Kuala Lumpur Big Kitchen Festival
At the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Big Kitchen Festival
Looks so yummy!
I'll be participating in the KL Big Kitchen food festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this month! http://klbigkitchen.com/chefs-presenters
When life throws her a curve ball, Yvonne Cornell makes banana bread. Recipe from "The Violet Bakery Cookbook." http://followingbreadcrumbs.com/go-bananas-or-go-home/
From My Dining Table by Skye McAlpine
Rhetorical question? (Photo by @shioriclark from Instagram)
"The Violet Bakery Cookbook" Q+A going on now at the beautiful Daunt Books in London. Thanks, Anais, for the photo.
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remotelyfashionDoesn't look like it, but today with @isabellath was very productive 🍰☕️👯
violetcakeslondonSour cherries 🍒🍒🍒 for cherry pie next week!!! Oh yeah xoxo #cherries #summer
woundedgeneralOn my way to Paris now, but I've had just a wonderful time in London. Sigh, tea with milk...
messylaIced coffee at @violetcakeslondon #London
tifhargraves#Nostalgia part ii .... my friend Abelardo, my blind date set up from my brothers of another mother ten years ago ... Los amo!!!!
tifhargraves#Nostalgia ... ❤️packing up Flat 32. here's one of my favorite gifts from one of my favorite people @marinamolares ❤️
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charineeccCheesey toastie breakfast @paulab21
racheldavis21#onset aw15day5 is This head lamp too big?... @campbellritchie