Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake is a real weakness of mine and this recipe will produce a delicious, moist, and light cake. I make it in 3 layers in 6″ cake tins but you could use this recipe to make 2 layers of 8″ cake. I like the smaller size as it...
Individual Victoria sponges

Individual Victoria sponges

You just can’t beat a good Victoria sponge – they are absolute proof that sometimes less is more. You don’t need fancy toppings or weird flavour combinations – you just need a good old fashioned, classic sponge sandwiched with jam (and cream if you’re feeling fancy) and dusted with sugar....
Cinnamon madeleines

Cinnamon madeleines

  Madeleines are little dainty shell shaped cakes that hail from France. They’re often flavoured with lemon, but I fancied cinnamon in mine! They’re delicious dipped in tea and they’re really lovely to serve at tea parties. Best of all they’re easy. You do need a madeleine pan to get...
Cranberry scones

Cranberry scones

I absolutely love scones – they’re such a delicious little treat and they’re really not difficult to make. I created this recipe on a whim and they worked really well – they’re a really nice change from plain old raisin scones. I think they’re best when smothered in jam and...
Lemon yoghurt cake

Lemon yoghurt cake

I was sent this rather fabulous cake mould a couple of weeks ago from the lovely folk at findmeagift.co.uk. It looks almost flower shaped when the cake is whole, but when you cut it into six slices, you end up with rather gorgeous heart shaped slices. It’s very clever and...
Baileys melting chocolate puddings

Baileys melting chocolate puddings

Baileys melting chocolate puddings are one of my favourite go to puddings! I’ve shamelessly adapted this recipe from one of Delia’s (which I also highly recommend) and I’ve added one of my favourite flavours – Baileys!  It’s a lovely dessert to serve at a dinner party because you can make...
Meringue roses

Meringue roses

I went to a Dr Oetker event the other day where Edd Kimber was demonstrating their new garden inspired range. Dr Oetker is one of the big brands for cakes, cupcakes, and all types of pretty baking – their products are lovely quality and since baking became so popular, the...
Churros with chocolate sauce

Churros with chocolate sauce

Churros are SO ridiculously delicious. They’re Spanish originally but have been adopted all over the place as a beloved snack and dessert. They’re easier to make than you might think and there are loads of ways to do it. This is the simplest way I’ve come across – you just...
Salted caramel meringue sandwiches

Salted caramel meringue sandwiches

I absolutely love meringues – they’re so much fun to make and they’re really not difficult. The wonderful Amy of She Cooks, She Eats makes the most incredible meringues (seriously, check out her recipe for chocolate meringues) and it was she that inspired me to get the beaters out and...
Stem ginger chocolate flapjacks

Stem ginger chocolate flapjacks

Flapjacks were always a feature in my lunchbox when I was little. They’re one of my favourite treats, because they’re scrummy, easy to make, and cheap. They’re also nicely filling, so they make a wonderful afternoon or mid morning snack. They’re a good one to make with kids as they require little...
Chili Cheese Dip

Chili Cheese Dip

This is a really easy peasy scrummy recipe that I picked up when I lived in Canada! Perfect with corn chips (like Doritos), bread sticks and toasted pitta breads. My mum likes to serve it with crackers. Heck, I’d eat it on its own with a spoon. It’s quite rich...
Chocolate Espresso Cake

Chocolate Espresso Cake

I recently got a beautiful new espresso machine from De’longhi. It’s an absolutely gorgeous machine, and I’m totally in love with it. It’s an absolute revelation to have smooth, fresh, quality coffee at home, instead of instant. And because I love coffee, it was always going to be inevitable that...
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10 things I learned at the National Wedding Show

10 things I learned at the National Wedding Show

I popped along to the National Wedding Show at Earls Court over the weekend to see if I could find any inspiration to share with my Peach Trees readers and it really didn’t disappoint. The wedding industry is pretty crazy at the best of times, but it’s always interesting to see what the latest trends...
Event preview: Brides The Show

Event preview: Brides The Show

Event preview: Brides the Show Where: Business Design Centre When: 3-5 October 2014 How much: £20 More info: bridestheshow.co.uk Any London-based BTBs (brides to be, for the uninitiated) may want to take note of Brides The Show which returns to the capital next month! Now that I’m engaged, I’m popping along to scope out the current...
Easy lemon ice cream

Easy lemon ice cream

No-churn lemon ice cream – the perfect dinner party saviour! This recipe defies most of the laws of ice cream making and it does not need churning, turning, or a fancy ice cream maker. It’s basically the easiest recipe in the world and yet equally one of the most delicious. It’s outrageously creamy. And seriously...
Hazelnut butter biscuits

Hazelnut butter biscuits

I’m a bit obsessed with nut butter at the moment – I’ve been bulk buying jars in order to make scrummy fillings for macarons! I had some leftover hazelnut butter the other day so I thought it would be fun to experiment and make some hazelnut butter biscuits. The result was great – a crumbly...
Chocolate and vanilla macarons

Chocolate and vanilla macarons

You can’t beat a good homemade macaron. My all time favourite are hazelnut praline macarons – a recipe I got from my dear friend Clare of the Little Bear Cakery. She taught me everything I know about macarons, and I credit my continuing success with them to her utterly brilliant recipe below. I made these...
Spotlight on: James Martin's cookware range

Spotlight on: James Martin’s cookware range

As a devotee of Saturday Kitchen, I can’t help but be a fan of the lovely James Martin. And as a fan, I was very interested in the ranges of cookware that he’s been producing over the last couple of years. I was particularly excited to see that he’s partnered up with Stellar, who make...
Lemon and lime drizzle cake

Lemon and lime drizzle cake

I love lemon drizzle cake, but sometimes I like to jazz it up a bit. Lemon and lime is a classic combination – this one is very moist and pleasantly zingy! Best of all it takes only a few mins to throw together and bung in the oven, and doesn’t require any rich, faffy frosting....
Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

I’ve been fiddled with another recipe for chocolate chip cookies in my continuing quest for the perfect chewy cookie. These are pretty darn good, if I don’t say so myself. I’ve taken inspiration from a recipe on a cookie book, and this one is influenced by a recipe on BBC Good Food too. I think...
Eton Mess

Eton Mess

Eton Mess is a summer classic – you can’t go wrong! I like to make colourful meringues to go with it, for that extra special touch. Eton Mess traditionally features cream and crushed up meringue – I prefer to serve my meringues on top so that people can crush it all up together themselves. I...
Apple crumble cake

Apple crumble cake

I love apple cake – when it’s done right it’s moist and delicious! And I absolutely love putting streusel topping on a loaf – it gives a wonderfully buttery crunch to the cake! This cake is easy to make and you can use any variety of apple. It’s not too sweet, so it’s ideal to...
Interview: Clare from The Little Bear Cakery

Interview: Clare from The Little Bear Cakery

Clare runs The Little Bear Cakery, an award winning cake business based in East London. I caught up with Clare recently and she told me all about what she does. I can vouch for her amazing skills – she makes the best macarons in the whole world and her wedding cakes are really something to...
Cranberry hot cross buns

Cranberry hot cross buns

Happy Easter! I love a good hot cross bun and homemade buns are a hundred miles better than shop-bought. Though they’re made using an enriched dough, they’re not hard and they’re one of the first yeasted buns I made successfully! This is a different twist on the classic mixed fruit variety – the cranberries have...
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