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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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...
Smoked mackerel kedgeree

Smoked mackerel kedgeree

Kedgeree is one of my favourite comfort foods. It’s also good for you, with plenty of spices and tasty oily fish. It’s easy to make, especially if you cheat and use pre-cooked microwave rice like Tilda or Uncle Ben. I have made my own rice a few times and I always end up over cooking...
Review: Teahuggers Chill Out tea

Review: Teahuggers Chill Out tea

The nice people are Teahuggers sent me some lovely tea a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to tell you about it! Teahuggers is a London-based tea company, selling beautiful whole leaf teas in those lovely silky tea pyramids. The Chill Out tea is a described as “refreshing, tasty, and relaxing”, and is...
Cheese and beer - a new pairing

Cheese and beer – a new pairing

A couple of weeks ago, Amy and I went to a an evening at Paxton and Whitfield to experience the amazing relationship between cheese and beer. The event was set up by Achica, the luxury lifestyle shop, who sell Paxton and Whitfield goodies. Cheese and wine have long been bedfellows, but cheese and beer work...
Beetroot Hummous

Beetroot Hummous

Guest post from the amazing Clare of the Little Bear Cakery! I have an amazing local greengrocer. There’s nothing I love more on a Saturday morning than browsing the shelves of delicious fresh produce. Every time I go I seem to find something new and this week’s discovery was individual fresh beetroot that they have...
Biscotti

Biscotti

Guest post from the amazing Clare of the Little Bear Cakery! I recently invested in a coffee machine, and in my eyes posh coffee needs a posh biscuit to accompany it. What better accompaniment than a lovely homemade biscotti? These little sweet treats are also a great gift for any occasion ! They look super...
Hazelnut praline macarons

Hazelnut praline macarons

My friend Clare, who runs the amazing Little Bear Cakery, has always made the most incredible macarons, so I asked her for a lesson. And the results were AMAZING. I finally feel able to make delicious macarons!  I’ve shared the recipe for these gorgeous macarons on The Greedy Girls today – check it out!
Currys in the kitchen - review

Currys in the kitchen – review

Earlier this week I went to a cooking class for food bloggers hosted by Currys, the electrical shop. The evening took place at the Underground Cookery School, which is near Old St tube. It’s a lovely spot with two big kitchens and a table big enough to fit 25 hungry foodies around it! The evening...
Coffee and Rum Cake

Coffee and Rum Cake

Guest post from the amazing Clare of the Little Bear Cakery! At the beginning of the year I was lucky enough to spend four days doing work experience at The Delaunay, Aldwych. Part of Rex Restaurant Associates (owners of the Wolseley), The Delaunay is an all-day cafe-restaurant inspired by the grand cafes of Europe with an...
Plum oat crumble

Plum oat crumble

  I absolutely love a good crumble. You can’t beat it for an easy but hearty pudding. I make my plum oat crumble for people regularly when I want a fuss free crowd pleaser. My favourite crumble topping is oat-based – in Canada, they call it a ‘crisp’. It’s a delicious mix of oats, brown...
Pancake topping ideas

Pancake topping ideas

Pancake Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I absolutely love pancakes – I’ve been making them since I was a kid and they remind me of Saturday mornings in the kitchen with my dad. The pancakes above are oaty blueberry pancakes and they’re up on The Greedy Girls. These suggestions are...
How to flip pancakes

How to flip pancakes

Happy almost Pancake Day! I thought I’d give you a heads up this year and share with you a little video on how to flip pancakes. I’ve been making pancakes since I was tiny – I used to make them every Saturday with my dad and sister. They’re one of the easiest things in the...
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