Monthly Archives: November 2015

A very special Rich Fruit cake

This is an easy fruit cake to make, taking minutes to mix together once the fruits have been soaked. It has bags of flavour, with a nice level of spice and little bursts of moist fruit inside. This fruit cake is suitable for any time of the year, not just at Christmas. Whilst I adore marzipan and Royal icing, […]

Stem Ginger & lime cake

This cake always gives me a great sense of comfort each time I make it. The sweet heat of the ginger and the zingy lime work together effortlessly. The sponge is sticky (which is absolutely what you want in a ginger cake) but it is not too dense. There is a real punch flavour-wise with the spices, […]

Walnut & raisin “tear and share” bread centrepiece with melted Brie

Cheese, bread, walnuts and apple: great culinary bed-fellows that revel in their modesty! While this particular bread arrangement is nothing new, this is my take on it, using a walnut and raisin bread, with the bread roll component filled with a sharp apple chutney. However, even just a few piece of chopped apples or pears as a […]

My take on Bourbon biscuits – with mocha ganache & caramelised sugar

A bourbon biscuit is one of my favourite biscuits, but I had never made them fully before. What I crave in a bourbon biscuit is: a very crisp biscuit (it has to be crisp) a nice chocolate flavour through both the biscuit and the filling and  “something else” flavour-wise that makes it not just a chocolate biscuit! And I […]

Blackcurrant & raspberry éclairs

It is never less than a joy to eat a crisp éclair that is filled with a well-flavoured centre and topped with a sticky icing! While chocolate éclairs should never be turned down, fruity éclairs are delightful to eat. This time I have gone for a batch of blackcurant and raspberry éclairs: two very sharp flavours that actually don’t […]

Spiced smoked cod & fennel tart

This is a lightly spiced tart with rich, smoky cod and the subtle aniseed flavour of fennel. It is very much a comfort-eat and makes a satisfying light meal served warm or cold. About this recipe This is a variation on my kedgeree-style tart that I was so proud to have been selected by BBC […]

Treacle tart with a hint of orange

For me, a treacle tart is the epitome of comfort food, especially with the nights drawing in and the temperature outside dropping of an evening! This rich, sticky tart has just a hint of orange in both the pastry and the filling, and is a version of a recipe I have been making for decades. It has a […]