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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Christmas gift guide 2014

Christmas gift guide 2014

Christmas is almost upon us! I’ve pulled together some of my favourite gifts for your inspiration this year… I’ve broken it down into stocking fillers, presents for pals, and pricier presents – plus of course some homemade pressie suggestions! If you have any other ideas for gifts, let me know in the comments :) and...
Chocolate Guinness bundt cake

Chocolate Guinness bundt cake

God love whoever thought to put Guinness in a cake. It goes so beautifully with chocolate – it adds a delicious savoury richness and the most wonderful rich black colour to the sponge. I love a good bundt cake, and I really think the fluffy white cream cheese frosting looks wonderful in contrast to the...
White chocolate and cranberry flapjacks

White chocolate and cranberry flapjacks

These are the most amazing flapjacks and I NEED to share the recipe with you. Cranberry and white chocolate have long been bedfellows – everyone loves the tang of cranberries mixed with the mellow sweetness of white chocolate! These are my new favourites. For a large tray of about 25 flapjacks, you will need: 250g...
Tomato, goats cheese, and basil tartlets

Tomato, goats cheese, and basil tartlets

Let me start by saying these might be the easiest things in the world to make. They take about 20 mins to prepare and 20 mins in the oven – leaving you the rest of the hour to put your feet up and scoff them. I made them for my boyfriend and his two best...
Cinnamon buns

Cinnamon buns

Hellooooo, sexy. I don’t think you can beat a fresh cinnamon roll – they’re so ridiculously scrumptious. They’re made using an enriched dough but it’s pretty simple. Best of all, you can cheat and use a dough hook, so there’s no faff with getting dough all over your kitchen! These are fun to make with...
Hazelnut macarons

Hazelnut macarons

Until quite recently, I wasn’t very good at macarons. My few attempts had been either semi successful or total flops. I didn’t have a decent, reliable recipe and my oven (known for having massively different temperatures on each shelf) wasn’t helping things. My friend Clare, who runs the amazing Little Bear Cakery, has always made the most...
Honey soy chicken

Honey soy chicken

This is one of my mum’s recipes – a real family classic! It’s perfect for the barbecue, as the honey caramelises and really complements the soy. It takes a couple of minutes to make and is best done the day before so the chicken can marinade overnight. For four chicken breasts or six thighs, you...
Guest post - cracking recipes for cold winter nights

Guest post – cracking recipes for cold winter nights

When the rain’s pouring down and it’s dark and cold outside, there are few better ways to spend an evening than sitting with friends and family eating a delicious bowl of your favourite comfort food. Whether you’re cooking for a loved one or you’re having the whole clan round for dinner, here are some of...
White chocolate and cranberry blondies

White chocolate and cranberry blondies

Ah the brownie’s lesser known sister, the blondie – a white chocolate-y, crazy sweet little morsel of joy. These are easy to make and they’re a real crowd pleaser – but do cut them up small as they pack a punch and you don’t want to fall into a sugar coma. The cranberries and the...
Flourless chocolate chilli cake

Flourless chocolate chilli cake

I was recently set a challenge by Waitrose to recreate one of their ultimate chocolate cake recipes – with a surprise ingredient! They sent me a huge list of recipes to choose from and my ‘secret ingredient’ in the post, which I had to somehow include in my recipe. Luckily for me, they sent me…...
Wedding shows - my highlights

Wedding shows – my highlights

I’ve been to two wedding shows in the last couple of weeks and I’ve met umpteen suppliers from all over the industry, some of which I loved and some of which I’ve thought were completely bonkers. Wedding shows can be a bit overwhelming – you can’t move more than three feet without some salesperson quizzing...
Review: Nairn's Oatcakes

Review: Nairn’s Oatcakes

What: Nairn’s Oatcakes Where: Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, independent health food shops How much: £1.69 for a box of Muesli Breaks FIVE STARS Topped with cheese, dipped in houmous, scoffed with soups and sauces – you just can’t beat a tasty oatcake! They’re one of my favourite classic snacks – the perfect treat when you need something...
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