Monthly Archives: February 2014

Checkerboard Cakes

A bit of a retro feel with the cake itself but I was at least able to restrict myself to 2 distinct flavours/colours of sponge rather than go too over-the-top with loads of flavours and colours! As with most of my cakes, I aim to have distinct flavours to accompany the colours: a coloured sponge that […]

Savoury Macarons

Although I often go for macarons filled with a fruit ganache, this time I’ve gone for savoury macarons. The light sweetness of the shell is a perfect foil for each of the savoury fillings I have used, with the gentle saltiness coming from the fillings creating a flavour contrast that is, quite simply, divine. I […]

Shepherd’s Pie

This is probably my favourite dish that uses up left-overs, although it’s a great dish in its own right made with fresh lamb mince. When I make a roast I always do more vegetables and gravy than I need, specifically so that I can make a shepherd’s pie. And there is still more than enough […]

An Impromptu Decorated Sponge Cake

This started out as a lemon-flavoured Victoria Sandwich but I decided to have a bit more fun with fondant icing and got lured into the addictively inviting world of “gilding the lily”! Initially I was going to apply some fondant icing just to the top of the cake, but after playing about with attempts at modelling […]

Lemon Meringue Pies

My gran’s lemon meringue pie is hands-down the best lemon meringue pie I have ever tasted. For a lemon meringue pie, every bite has to scream lemon at you, and this is certainly not a lemon meringue pie for anyone who does not love lemons! I prefer, unashamedly, a rustic appearance for these: their elegance […]

Fruity fondant fancies

A sweet treat for sure! A light sponge flavoured with lemon zest, sharp buttercream filling (flavoured with raspberry fruit powder) and sticky fondant icing, which is also flavoured with raspberry powder! I think I mentioned fruit powder!  This gives a lovely flavour to the sponge as well as a subtle and natural hue. It also adds […]

Square Jaffa Cakes bites

I adore jaffa cakes they are fun and quite easy to make either traditionally shaped or with a quirky slant. Not to mention varying the jelly flavour. For me, the two most crucial elements are zingy jelly (whatever the flavour) and thin, crisp dark chocolate. I also like to drizzle over some melted milk chocolate and […]

Perfecting Baguettes

I have tried for some time to make a baguette that is a few levels up from just a shaped piece of dough – whether that happens to be a typically yeasted dough or a sourdough. This approach gives the most tremendous results in terms of flavour and structure.  A real artisanal bread, and a […]

Camembert, Sultana & Ale Bread

Made with ripe Camembert that melts wonderfully into the dough as it bakes this is a seriously flavoured bread. I had this bread as part of an amazing bread selection served at a restaurant a while ago and couldn’t wait to try making it for myself. And for me a few stunning breads to nibble […]

Apple, walnut and cider bread

A particularly great loaf to eat with cheese, served with gutsy soups or made into sandwiches (ham and mustard sandwiches made with this bread are particularly good!). But just sliced and slathered with butter is a joy! There is a nice mixture of sweetness and sharpness to the bread from the apples and cider, and […]

Tangy orange gateau: jaffa cake style!

Jaffa cakes are a favourite sweet treat of mine and while driving home from work the other day I decided to make a large one, gateau-style – I often have sudden whims at seemingly random times! Home-made versions of jaffa cakes are nothing new; there is an abundance of recipes out there and they are […]

Cupcake Celebration

I was delighted to have been asked by a friend to make some cupcakes for her daughter’s christening. After going through various flavour combinations we decided on two varieties: – raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes: sponge cake with lime zest added, a little fresh lime syrup drizzled into the baked cakes, topped with a light […]

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