Monthly Archives: October 2013

Farmhouse Loaf

Although sourdoughs are my passion when it comes to bread-making, I do like a full-flavoured “standard” bread. This has an open crumb, a light springy texture and is perfect toasted. This bread is also so simple to make, needing very little attention, and minimal shaping & dough handling skills. Once the dough has been kneaded, […]

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Essentially this is a sponge base, topped with chocolate mousse with a covering of dark chocolate glaze – a rich, indulgent cake (but cakes without at least those two qualities do not often qualify as cakes in my book!). This is my attempt at recreating one of the cakes served there with an Afternoon Tea I […]

Butternut Squash Risotto

One of my favourite autumnal dishes, risotto ticks all the boxes when it comes to inexpensive comfort food. I am a great fan of butternut squashes, which are one of the vegetables I can’t wait to pick from the allotment each autumn. They are at their very best when split and roasted for about an […]

Butternut Squash Muffins

The idea for these savoury muffins came to me while picking the last of our allotment squashes, appealing to my penchant for making savoury twists on sweet standards.  When roasted, squashes take on a gorgeous flavour, giving a subtle yet distinct flavour. Rather than the dry muffins that are quite commonplace and can be a chore to […]

Gougères & other fabulous savoury choux bites

A crunchy exterior giving way to the lightest, most delicate pillows of cheesy indulgence, gougères make fabulous little nibbles/canapés. They are lovely just as they come, ideally served warm, but they are wonderful filled with all manner of goodies (see below). Gougères are essentially savoury choux pastry into which cheese has been added and are very […]

Pain de Campagne

A gorgeous bread, with real flavour, this is a few notches above the supermarket artisinal breads – and it can be made for a fraction of the cost. Great just as it is with butter and jam but wonderful toasted for breakfast. The simplest of life’s pleasures! Pre-ferment: This is pretty much a standard recipe […]

Beetroot Chutney

Ideal with cheese (especially a good goat’s cheese) this is another preserve I look forward to making each summer/autumn when my beetroots are ready to harvest. As a variation I have sometimes made it with golden beetroot but the vibrancy of red beetroot strikes a more dramatic chord on the plate. The amount for each […]

Walnut & Mocha Fancies

Post updated: April 2015 (a different icing used & slight tweak to the cake) These are not quite those wonderful fancies using fondant icing (although fondant icing does work well here) but my take using a ganache coating and a little coffee glaze for richness, an additional coffee hit and a shiny finish. Coffee, chocolate and walnut […]

Smoked Salmon Tart

This is my version of the classic smoked salmon tart: a great retro-bake that is always a joy to eat. For this version I use those wonderful smoked salmon fillets you can buy rather than the thin slices of slimy smoked salmon that comes flat (mind you, I do have a weakness for the thin, […]