This month I had the pleasure of interviewed Rose Hart from Rose Harts Sweets about all things baking. I follow Rose on Instagram and her baking looks incredible! I was so happy when she got in contact to be interviewed for my Tea For Two Series.
Each month I will be interviewing a bakers/cake decorator, baking blogger, foodie business owner. If you would like to be considered for next month’s interview please get in contact with me either on social media, email or by the contact page on this site.
Anyway, back my interview with Rose.
More about you
Tell us a bit more about yourself?
I’m married and a mother to two girls, they all love helping with my baking and eating the results. I work full time for my family business and bake in between work and taking care of the family.
When did you start baking?
About the age of 7, I started helping my mum in the kitchen and making ‘suggestions’ about what to put in cakes. At times of stress, you can find me in the kitchen cooking up a storm.
Do you have any other hobbies/interests?
I do have a keen interest in photography, which is really handy when it comes to photographing my bakes. I am also a keen gardener and I have turned my front garden into a veggie patch. Now that the weather has warmed up I do enjoy a good walk in the county side, it is such a lovely way to start and finish the day.
What made you decide to start a blog where you post recipes?
I started my blog a couple years ago as something to do with my daughter. Children have such original ideas and aren’t afraid to experiment. It took me back to when I was cooking with my mum.
When you started your blog was there anything you weren’t expecting? (e.g. making new friends, how much work it is)
I didn’t really know where the blog would take me, my husband encouraged me to keep going (I think he likes all the cake). I wasn’t expecting the whole blogging experience to be so much fun. I have met some incredible people and learnt so much. The baking community on Twitter is so very supportive and I have made some really amazing friends.
Do you develop your own recipes?
I alter recipes to suit the needs and tastes of the family, we are all a bit fussy (I’m the fussiest eater ever), I use bits of a few recipes and combine what I think are the best bits, and get creating and experimenting.
Do you have a go too recipe book?
I have many!
What is the best thing that has happened to you through baking?
I have found it has pushed me to be more creative and adventurous with my baking and meeting people through baking.
Do you have any tips for someone wanting to try and develop their own recipes?
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Sometimes the most unlikely combination can be the most successful. Don’t be afraid to ask for the opinions or help from others. Always allow plenty of time to complete the bake so you don’t have to rush.
What has been your biggest baking disasters?
I have two! Macarons – I decided to make chocolate ones….. they looked like dog poo! The other was a Pantone- it needs plenty of time to rise and develop, I tried to cut corners…I made a brick!
What is your favourite recipe ever?
I have so very many, it is easier to list the ones I don’t like – I hate coffee, so anything with coffee it totally off the list, my husband loves coffee cake so I make an exception once a year for his birthday.
What are your top three tips for beginners?
1) Follow the recipe, but don’t be afraid to experiment or substitute a minor ingredient for something you prefer.
2) Check the oven temperature. Sometimes the heat knob can so easily move to the wrong temperature.
3) Don’t be put off by what seems like a complicated recipe, read it through and take it one step at a time.
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