Recipe – Plum, Apple and Almond Cake

I do love plum season…! We used to live in a house with a Victoria Plum tree and the fruits we got from it were amazing. They do so well in baking and making sauces, we should use them more really. This is a lovely tray-bake cake which uses apple sauce for moisture and less…

Recipe – Almond Macaroons

None of your posh French macarons here, this is one of my favourite traditional British bakers shop biscuits (or are they cakes?!). Crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, they are divine! The recipe is very simple and your children could easily help. For 10, you will need: 175g golden caster sugar 125g…

Recipe – Gluten Free Swiss Roll

Another old-school favourite cake of mine I’ve had a go at creating a gluten free recipe for. It’s incredibly easy, I promise! You will need: 120g golden caster sugar 130g gluten free plain flour 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking powder Half a jar of strawberry jam Icing sugar to decorate Pre-heat…

Recipe – Gluten Free Arctic Roll

My very good friend Dean is wheat intolerant (he’s intolerant about many other things but that’s another story!) I recently asked him if there was anything he genuinely missed and hadn’t found a good gluten free version of. His response? Arctic Roll – that staple of 1970s and 80s dessert tables. I absolutely love Arctic…

Recipe – Peach Tarte Tatin

Thanks to my very generous wife, I was lucky enough to eat at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay for my 40th birthday (I know, I don’t look it!). Their signature dessert is the Tarte Tatin, a heavenly upside-down apple tart dripping in caramelised loveliness. My wife and I instantly fell in love with it! I’ve tried a…

Recipe – Chocolate & Cointreau Molten Middle Puddings

Hands up who loves a good chocolate pudding? These are brilliant, a little bit boozy but a perfect way to put that fabled combination of chocolate and orange together. Whisking and oven timing are absolutely key, you might want to try them a few times to get it right! For six, you will need: 120g…

Recipe – Double Chocolate Cupcakes

The king of cupcakes! A bobby dazzler of a treat, a version of my vanilla cupcakes here but perfect for those chocoholics (like my missus and son!) This is an easy mixture to put together and goes into the larger muffin cases, so make sure your cupcake tray is deep enough. Note I use ten…

Recipe – Easy Fruit and Coconut Biscuits

Biscuits are the easiest things to make, with minimal ingredients even young kids can get involved. Everyone loves the result too! To make 10-12, you will need: 100g cooking margarine 50g golden caster sugar 100g self-raising flour 50g dried currants 50g desiccated coconut with little more for sprinkling Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Flour…

Recipe – Gooseberry and Frangipane Tart

Many moons ago I had a school trip to Sweden and I was served this, I never forgot the flavour so thought I’d track down a recipe and give it a go. It’s wonderful, especially as we come into gooseberry season. You will need: 1 roll of short crust pastry, taken out the fridge half…

Recipe – Vanilla and Raspberry Cupcakes

The grown-up fairy cake. It’s still a fairy cake, just adult sized! This is an easy mixture to put together and goes into the larger muffin cases, so make sure your cupcake tray is deep enough. Note I use ten cases in a 12 case tin, this gives you fewer, bigger cakes! For 10, you…