Monthly Archives: August 2015

Multi-grain bread made with smoked flour

A very simple bread with bags of flavour, courtesy of slow rises, a selection of seeds and different flours, with a hint of smoky flavour coming through the smoked flour I used. Mind you, if you can’t get hold of smoked flour you can replace it with standard white flour or wholemeal flour,  for example. […]

Chocolate & Orange Battenberg Cake

When I make a Battenberg cake I usually I go for a coffee and walnut one: my favourite cake flavours! This time, though, I’ve gone for orange and dark chocolate: not a million miles away, flavour-wise, from my jaffa gateau. How to make and assemble: The main recipe is as for coffee and walnut Battenberg (the […]

Local cheese & ale sourdough

A sourdough boule made from ingredients that are fairly local to me (Surrey). The cheese (Spenwood) is strong and nutty; the ale (Hogs Back Brewery) is so easy to drink! They do not take over from the deep tang of the bread but they are most certainly there as complementary bedfellows! Toasted and buttered, this bread is seriously heavenly; there is certainly […]

Carrot & walnut muffins

Updated April 2016: re-baked and re-photographed These muffins, flirting shamelessly into cupcake territory (no bad thing!), are a very moist and delicious, with subtle cinnamon tones adding a comforting spice note . Essentially they are a muffin-take on the classic carrot cake. They are also very simple to make. I have taken a recipe given to me by […]

A new camera…and musings on food gallery sites

  I have had my first DSLR camera (a Nikon D3200) for just over a week: my ipad doesn’t take great pics and my old camera died me, so needs must!  I am having fun getting to grips with it, and not being the most techie or photo-aware of people, I like how easy it is […]

Apricot shortbread

This is a very simple and utterly delicious shortbread biscuits: rich, crisp and buttery with a hint of vanilla and soft pieces of dried apricots. I used dried apricots given to me by Whitworths. The dried chopped apricots make a classic biscuit even more special; those lovely juicy nuggets set in the shortbread are wonderful: […]

A summer wedding cake

  A wedding cake I made for two of my former colleagues and dear friends from earlier this summer. It was such an honour to have been asked to make the wedding cake for this very special day. The pictures in this post were taken were by their photographer, and also former colleague, David, who has his […]

Pimms macarons with Pimms ganache & minted cucumber jelly

A challenging bake, this is a taste of summer in each mouthful: these macarons are sandwiched together with a Pimms ganache and small pieces of a sweetened cucumber and mint jelly: you really can’t have Pimms without the cucumber! The macaron shells are flavoured with a Pimms reduction, and the fruity flavour coming through the filling gives what I think […]

Mini lemon & clotted cream scones

As I have mentioned in many of my posts, I adore small-scale bakes and any bake that relates to Afternoon Tea (my favourite type of treat) immediately piques my interest. The recipe for these scones has been donated by Whitworths as part of the Whitworths Baking Challenge, although I have made a few variations. These lemon-flavoured […]

Chilli Jam

This is one of the easiest preserves to make and it tastes wonderful. I always make a large batch towards late summer once the chillies are ready in the greenhouse. It is a great way to use up a glut of ripe tomatoes, but this chilli jam works very well using tinned tomatoes. A versatile […]

Very easy cherry & chocolate brownies

At the risk of blowing my own trumpet, I would claim these to be among the best brownies you can eat: intensely chocolatey chewy and gooey! a slightly crisp top packed with nuts and Kirsch-soaked cherries Brownies are very quick and simple to make, with a mixture that is so versatile that you can add […]

An insanely simple no-knead Chorizo & Parmesan focaccia

Post updated June 2016: new photos added Focaccia is up there in my top 3 breads, both to make and to eat. Characteristically bouncy, with many irregular holes in the bread itself, it tastes great and needs very little to accompany it. And it is VERY easy to make. A flavoured focaccia Spicy chorizo and […]

Roasted onion & smoked cheese scones

Returning to my savoury roots, and it seems a while since I have posted a savoury recipe, I decided to make some cheese and onion scones, using roasted onion and smoked Cheddar cheese. This is a very rustic bake, and no apologies will come from me regarding that! They are also very easy to make and are […]