Category: Baking

Apple Roses

  I’ve been meaning to try making these for ages and they didn’t disappoint when I finally got round to them at the weekend. They make a lovely little sweet bite with a cup of coffee, or an equally good dessert if you serve two or three warm with a lovely big scoop of clotted…


Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

  Ridiculously simple and utterly delicious, these deserve a place in your recipe repertoire. The peanut butter swirl is optional, and the brownies work just perfectly without it. If you don’t like peanuts simply omit it. The recipe was found on the Good Housekeeping website. Ingredients (makes 12) 175g butter 125g dark chocolate, broken 250g…


Sun-dried Tomato & Mozzarella Rolls

        Yesterday saw me having a bit of an experimental day in the kitchen and these delightful little rolls were the result. They’re not difficult to make, freeze well and are absolutely beautiful with an antipasti platter or with a ploughman’s lunch. They’d also be gorgeous served warm with a nice big…


Baked Almond Nectarines

    Quick, simple and delicious. This yummy dessert takes hardy any effort to construct and are ready to serve in 30 minutes. It’s great way to use up nectarines that are too hard to eat raw. Serve them warm with cream, ice cream, or cold with a dollop of Greek yoghurt. Ingredients (serves 4):…


Oat Shortbread Biscuits

  Melting shortbread style biscuits made with oats, which keep really well for up to 5 days in an airtight container. These light as a feather, versatile biscuits are absolutely delicious either with a cup of tea or a chunk of cheese and a glass of wine. Quick and simple to make, and easily flavoured…


Wholemeal Cheese Scones

                        I love fruit scones, but have never considered making cheese scones, although I’ve eaten plenty – my Auntie Jacqui makes some particularly delicious one .Anyway, I was rooting around for something to have with my Estelle’s Rhossili Relish the other day, and decided on cheese…


New Zealand Carrot Cake

Rich, moist and delicious, this carrot cake is packed full of goodness – with a good dollop of naughtiness to make it stickily worthwhile. It is beyond doubt the best carrot cake I have ever made or indeed tasted, and I’m sure anyone who has sampled it will agree wholeheartedly. I was very kindly given the recipe…


Cinnamon rolls

  Not to be confused with Cinnamon Swirls that are found in the supermarkets and coffee shops, these are a doughy bun as opposed to a flaky pastry Danish type cocoction. Still with the same delicious cinnamon taste, they are extraordinarily moreish. I used to make them for my children on snow days so that…


Apple, Marzipan & Almond Cake

A fabulously versatile cake: it makes a lovely coffee morning offering; a great hot dessert with cream or custard; or just an afternoon treat. I use up all the bruised apples floating around at the bottom of the fruit bowl for it. Give it a try, it’s absolutely delicious.   Original recipe taken from Family…


Peanut Butter Cookies

Welcome to November: wet, windy and decidedly chilly in places. Comfort food is definitely required, and it doesn’t come more comforting than a chewy, warm cookie fresh from the oven. These take 20 minutes from start to finish, and are extremely easy to make, requiring a few store cupboard ingredients. What’s not to like? Ingredients:…


Chunky Chocolate Banana Cake

A Waste Not Want Not post So, what to do with all those browning bananas hanging around in the fruit bowl? You know, the ones everyone’s studiously ignoring until they are replaced with some nice new yellow ones. Admit it, you’ve all been there. The simple – and delicious –  answer is Banana Cake. There…


Layers of Lemony Luciousness

Lemon is one of my favourite flavours, and I’ve always got a fruit bowl full of them. This lemon cake was for my dear Mother in Law’s birthday, and was absolutely fabulous. I’m blogging it now before we get into the season of adding orange to everything, as seems to happen every winter. Give it…