Recipe index

Unless otherwise stated, all photos and recipes are my own. I am gradually working back through my earlier recipes and re-photographing them: any excuse to tweak and eat!

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I have organised my recipes into the categories below. All recipes are either my own take on classics, developed from scratch from random ideas I have had, or my attempts to recreate dishes I have particularly enjoyed when eating out.

Please do contact me if you would like any clarification with any of the recipes.

Recipe categories:

Click on the category title to whizz down the page to see the recipes in each category.

Savoury nibbles & light bites
General Cooking

In addition, my Top Tips! page has guidelines, tips and troubleshooting advice for a selection of key areas of baking that I particularly love. These areas currently include: bread (using both commercial yeast and sourdough starter); cake making & decorating; croissants; macarons, shortcrust pastry; rough-puff pastry.

Difficulty level

In terms of difficulty, I have labelled the recipes E, M or C for Easy, Medium or Challenging, respectively, pitching these at the enthusiastic home cook level.

As with anything, challenging or daunting bakes such as macarons, croissants and some of the pastries become easier once made a few times.

Many of my recipes that involve pastry, for example, can be made easier using shop-bought pastry or pre-baked pastry cases. My croissant-related recipes can be made easier using a short-cut croissant dough (recipe given below).

New to cooking?

If you are starting out on your cooking journey, I can recommend several bakes to start with that are quite easy, taste great and do not take long to make. The following immediately come to mind:

For the more experienced home cook

There are several recipes on my blog that are well suited for those who like more of a challenge. Some of these more challenging recipes include:

However, even my more challenging recipes can be adapted to use short-cuts or have components that can be made in advance, and I have given pointers when this is the case.

Nibbles and light bites

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Bruschetta (E)
Canelés: Parmesan, basil and toasted pine nut (E)
Cheese & chives chouxnuts: deep-fried savoury choux pastries (M)
Chorizo & fennel sausage rolls in a spiced rough-puff pastry (E)
Coronation chicken vol-au-vents (M)
Crab and chilli tarts – gluten-free (E)
Gougères & other fabulous savoury choux bites (E)
Mini savoury doughnuts with a red pepper chutney filling (M)
Mushroom canapés (M)
Mustard & caramelised onion sausage rolls (E)
Panzanella – a truly fabulous bread salad (E)
Pea & ham filo bites (E)
Prawn gyozas: savoury dumplings (M)
Roast beef & horseradish canapés (E)
Simple crab canapés (E)
Smoked mackerel canapés (E)
Smoked mackerel pastry rolls (E)
Smoky aubergine dip: with cumin & caraway flatbreads (E)
Spiced lamb and pistachio rolled in a spiced pastry (M)
Spiced smoked haddock vol-au-vents (M)
Thai prawn bites in a coriander & sesame seed pastry (M)
The very best sausage rolls (E)
Tomato & pesto canapés (E)
Warm crab choux bites (E)

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Biscotti: cranberry, orange & fennel seed biscotti (M)
Biscotti: cherry & clementine biscotti (M):
Biscotti: chocolate, cherry & almond biscotti (M)
Biscotti (savoury): olive & rosemary savoury biscotti: gluten-free (M)
Biscotti (savoury): sun-dried tomato, basil & pine nut biscotti: gluten-free (M)
Bourbon biscuits with mocha ganache & caramelised sugar (C)
Cashew nut & cocoa nib snaps (E)
Cheese, caraway & walnut savoury biscuits (E)
Chocolate teacakes (C)
Lemon & honey Valentine shortbreads (M)
Mince pies with pistachio Viennese biscuit topping (M)
Mince pies with orange shortbread base & a macaroon topping (M)
Parmesan and ham savoury tuiles (E)
Pistachio & passionfruit shortbreads: gluten-free (M)
Salted caramel pretzel rocky road (E)
Salted caramel shortbreads (M)
Simple ginger and lemon iced biscuits (E)
The simplest cheese, caraway & walnut biscuits (E)
Viennese biscuits: cinnamon & orange flavour (E)

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Earl Grey scones with raspberry curd (M)
Roasted onion & smoked cheese scones (E)
Spiced smoked haddock scones (C)
Sun-dried tomato & cheese scones (E)
Traditional scones (E)

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Yeasted bread:

Apple, walnut & cider bread (M)
Black treacle and Guinness bread (E)
Brioche Stollen with a citrus marzipan (M)
Camembert, sultana & ale bread (M)
Ciabatta with a little rye (C)
Crumpets and pikelets: cheese & onion flavour (E)
Easy caraway and cumin flatbreads (E)
Seeded flatbreads with sun-dried tomato hummus (E)
Fennel breadsticks – focaccia style (E)
Focaccia: chorizo & Parmesan, no knead (E)
Focaccia: chocolate and cherry (E)
Focaccia: higher hydration, no knead (E)
Focaccia: anchovy, onion & garlic (E)
Focaccia:roasted garlic and rosemary (E)
Focaccia: roasted onion, chorizo and Parmesan (E)
Focaccia: smoked ham with confit onions (E)
Focaccia bicolore (M)
Fool-proof onion bagels (M)
Fougasse: rosemary and roasted garlic flavour (E)
Hot cross buns with attitude (M)
Muffins: English breakfast muffins (M)
Muffins: Tomato and basil English muffins (M)
Roasted garlic, red pepper & parmesan bread “flower” (C)
Multi-grain bread made with smoked flour (M)
Seeded flatbreads with sun-dried tomato hummus (E)
Simple black garlic bread rolls (E)
Slowly fermented baguettes with very little yeast (M)
Spiced brioche boule (M)
Sun-dried tomato & basil bread (M)
Walnut & raisin “tear and share” bread centrepiece with melted Brie (M)

Sourdough bread

NB: most of these sourdough can also be made using commercial yeast (details given in the recipes)

A standard sourdough loaf: the basic recipe with full techniques from making a starter to the baked loaf (M)

Baguettes (M)
Beetroot & toasted walnut sourdough (M)
Cheese, olive and tomato sourdough (M)
Crumpets: standard (E)
Crumpets: cheese & onion (E) 
Chocolate, cranberry & orange sourdough (M)
Deconstructed pesto sourdough loaf (M)
Easy fennel seed and smoked garlic grissini (E)
Green olive and rye sourdough loaves (M)
Local cheese & ale sourdough (M)
Pear, walnut & Gorgonzola sourdough loaves (M)
Sourdough croissants (C)
The simplest, quickest sourdough flatbreads in about 20 minutes! (E)
Walnut & raisin sourdough (M)

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 Pastry dishes

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Savoury pastry bakes:

NB: several mini pastry bakes are in my savoury nibbles & light bites section above

Bacon and brie tart (E)
Beef & ale pasties (M)
Beetroot, goats’ cheese and walnut tart (E)
Caramelised onion & smoked cheese quiche (M)
Cauliflower cheese tart (M)
Chicken, tarragon & roasted onion pithivier (M)
Chicken, chorizo & sweetcorn plaited tart (M)
Croissaladière (C)
Easier ham, cheese & mustard croissant whirls (M)
Hot-smoked salmon & horseradish tart (M)
Mini BLT éclairs: gluten-free (M)
Piccalilli & black pudding pork pie with a cider jelly (C)
Poached salmon & asparagus tart (M)
Pork pithivier pie (M)
Quick & easy gluten-free sausage rolls (E)
Scotch pies (M)
Simple crab & asparagus tart (E)
Simple asparagus and chicken tart (E)
Spiced smoked haddock & leek tarts (M)
Spanakopita with caramelised onions & pine nuts (C)
Spiced smoked cod & fennel tart (M)
Vegetable suet puddings with a cheese & mustard sauce (E)
Wild mushroom tart: gluten-free (M)

Sweet pastry bakes:

Blackcurrant & raspberry éclairs (M)
Canelés: lemongrass & ginger (E)
Chocolate & salted caramel éclairs (M)
Chocolate & cherry “chouxnuts” (M)
Choux buns with blackcurrant craquelin (M)
Cherry, walnut and maple syrup pastry bites (E)
Lemon cheesecake tartlets (E)
Lemongrass custard tarts (C)
Mince pies with pistachio Viennese biscuit topping (M)
Mince pies with orange shortbread base & a macaroon topping (M)
Mini chocolate choux buns: gluten-free (E)
Passionfruit & strawberry custard slices: gluten-free (C)
Passion fruit & peach mini tarts (M)
Sfogliatella pastries with honey, orange and pistachio filling (C)
Quick apple tart (E)
Sour cherry & white chocolate pastries (C)
Spiced cranberry & orange baklava (M)
Treacle tart with a hint of orange (M)

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NB: many of these are challenging because of the croissant dough needed for the recipe, although they can be made easier using a short-cut croissant dough (recipe below)

Croissants dough: the full recipe for croissants, pains au chocolat, shaping, tips & troubleshooting (C)
Short-cut, easier croissants (M)

Amaretto cherry pains au chocolat
Apple & cinnamon Kouign-Amann pastries
Bi-coloured viennoiserie
Bitter orange pains au chocolat
Chocolate & cherry brioches
Chocolate and ginger viennoiserie
Quicker & easier peach Danish pastries
Kouign-Amann pastries with a touch of salt
Lemon frangipane croissants
Lemon sherbert cruffins
Mini passionfruit & vanilla cronuts
Mini ginger Kouign-Amann
Orange & rhubarb Danish pastries
Sausage rolls in croissant pastry
Sourdough croissants
Strawberry & lemon sherbert sourdough cronuts

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TIPS: cake making and decorating

Basic cupcakes (E)
Battenberg cake: lime & ginger (M)
Battenberg cake: rhubarb & ginger (M)
Battenberg cake: salted mocha & walnut (M)
Battenberg cake: chocolate & orange (M)
Blackberry and apple friands (E)
Carrot & walnut muffins (E)
Cherry & smoked chocolate brownies: gluten-free (E)
Chocolate and orange mini rolls (C)
Chocolate and orange spiral drip cake (M)
Christmas mini-cakes with clementine icing (E)
Crisp gingerbread cake bites (E)
“Death by Chocolate” drip cake (M)
Dark chocolate & orange gateau (M)
Earl Grey tea & chocolate cupcakes (M)
Fondant fancies: blackcurrant and mint (M)
Fondant fancies: lemon & raspberry (M)
Fondant fancies: orange and passionfruit – using whisked sponge (M)
Fondant fancies: pina colada (M)
Galangal and lime cake (E)
Gingerbread cake – sticky, rich and fulfilling! (E)
Glazed fruit & nut Christmas cake: vegan (E)
Guinness and chocolate cake (E)
Jaffa cakes: traditional orange but square! (M)
Jaffa cakes: Pimms cocktail flavour (M)
Lemon and elderflower cake (E)
Lemon and poppy seed cake (E)
Lemon & vanilla Victoria sandwich cake: with proportions for most sizes of cake tin (E)
Lemon drizzle cake (E)
Lime & passionfruit drizzle cake (E)
Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea cake: a novelty party cake! (C)
Mini Victoria sandwich cakes (E)
Mocha & salted caramel Angel food cake (M)
Mocha walnut loaf cake (E)
Neapolitan gateau (M)
Orange & cardamom drizzle cakes (E)
Orange & pistachio madeleines (M)
Orange and rhubarb cupcakes; gluten-free (E)
Oscars-themed drip cake: “death by Chocolat” (C)
Pistachio & lemon Fraisier cake (C)
Raspberry & dark chocolate cake (M)
Rhubarb & ginger cake (E)
Salted mocha opera cake (C)
Special rich fruit cake (E)
Spiced lime & poppy seed bundt cake (E)
Spiced orange and rum cake with mirror glaze (M)
Salted mocha & walnut battenberg cake (M)
Spiced pear & ginger cake (E)
Stem ginger & lime loaf cake (E)
Victoria Sandwich Cake: gluten-free (E)
Walnut & mocha French fancies (M)

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Blackberry and apple crumble (E)
Black Forest Gateau with caramel glazed cherries (C)
Blackcurrant & white chocolate mousse entremets (C)
Blackcurrant mousse gateau (M)
Caramelised orange & chocolate roulade (M)
Chocolate mousse cake (M)
Chocolate praline dessert cake (M)
Coffee dacquoise with caramelised hazelnuts (C)
Coffee, walnut & salted caramel truffle torte (M)
“Egg cup” cakes! (C)
Joconde imprime fruit mousse entremets (C)
Mango & passionfruit cheesecakes domes (M)
Mocha walnut pavlova (E)
Quick and easy chocolate & salted caramel mini cheesecakes (E)
Raspberry & dark chocolate mousse domes (C)
Rhubarb and white chocolate ice-cream (E)
Rum babas (M)
Spiced brioche pudding in lemongrass custard (E)
Strawberry & lemon dacquoise: also with a cheat’s version! (C)

St Émilion au chocolat (E)
Watermelon and lime sorbet (E)

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NB: these macaron flavours are at about the same level of difficulty, ie) challenging if you have never made them before, as it is all down to making the macaron shells. However, macarons do become much easier after you have made a few batches.

Macarons: the basic recipe with tips on how to perfect them

Blackcurrant marshmallow macarons
Blueberry and raspberry macarons
Ginger snowmen macarons
Macaroons, as opposed to macarons!! (E)
Orange & cranberry macarons
Passionfruit macarons
Pimms macarons with Pimms ganache & minted cucumber jelly
Pistachio and lemon macarons
Savoury macarons: smoked salmon & horseradish
Smoked-salted caramel & bitter chocolate macarons
Tangy raspberry macarons
Tiramisu macarons

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Beetroot chutney (E)
Bread & butter pickles: spicy, sweet cucumbers (E)
Chilli jam (E)
Gooseberry chutney (E)
Raspberry curd (M)
Pear chutney (E)
Piccalilli (M)
Pickled shallots (E)
Quick pickled vegetables (E)
Rhubarb & strawberry cordial (E)

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General cooking

Blowtorch baba ghanoush (E)
Chicken liver pâté: a very easy version (E)
Coloured mirror glazes: for a stunning finish to cakes and desserts (E)
Crab cakes (E)
Gianduja chocolates (E)
Gorgonzola, pear and walnut cheesecake (E)
Home-made goats’ cheese (E)
Home-made mascarpone cheese (E)
Home-made cappuccino chocolates (M)
Home-made raspberry chocolates (M)
Home-made tangy blackcurrant chocolates (M)
Roasted coffee bean butter: an ingredient in its own right! (E)
Salted caramel pistachio brittle (M)
Smoked salted honeycomb (E)
Spiced chicken and asparagus stir-fry with courgette & carrot salad (E)
Spiced, crunchy chickpeas (E)
Spiced prawn and crab spring rolls (M)
Spiced, minted fruit salad with raspberry sorbet (M)
Sun-dried tomato hummus (with seeded flatbreads) (E)


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