Like Mam Used to Bake

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Sweets and Baking
Blogs that focus on cakes, pies, cupcakes, and
other sweet baked things, plus savory breads
and no-bake sweets. 
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The Blog: Like Mam Used to Bake

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Who Writes It: Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell, a thirty-something self-taught cook and baker who lives in Dublin. She is the author of a book, published in Ireland and available in the U.S. via Amazon, with the same name as the blog.

Why I Like It: If someone offered me a million bucks to name five Irish dishes right away, I’d walk away without the money. I really should know more. I did have a vague inkling that the Irish are good at baking. I am familiar, of course, with Irish soda bread, which I find uninspiring; my local Whole Foods gives away big chunks of it every Saturday, as if they want it out of the store once and for all. Happily, I can say that Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell’s sweet and well-produced blog opens up a tastier expanse of baked things from Ireland. Mam is mom, as you probably knew, and Rosanne’s blog leans in a traditional direction, as the blog’s title suggests. The strength of the recipe list is in breakfast items, the kinds of things you’d be served in a nice B&B here or in Ireland.

Three Recipes Worth Cooking:

Brack French Toast: Brack isn’t salt water, which was my best dumb guess, but another name for tea cake, leftover slices of which are used here.

Chester Slice (Gur Cake): Another frugal use for leftovers, in this case scraps of cake or of just about anything else that was baked. Gur is a Dublin-dialect contraction of gutter, an earthy way of saying that this is a poor man’s cake. Chester refers to the cake’s supposed origins in Cheshire, in England. In Cork the cake is known, improbably enough, as Donkey’s Gudge.

Dad’s Whole Jar of Nutella Cake: A great name for a recipe.


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