Recipe – Gluten Free Ginger Biscuits

I don’t do a lot of gluten free baking but there are some recipes I experiment with to find a gluten free version. This is a simple ginger biscuit recipe which works out really well. For 12-16 biscuits, you will need: 80g margarine 60g golden caster sugar 80g golden syrup 220g gluten-free self-raising flour 1…

Recipe – Earl Grey Tea Loaf

This is a proper English cake, full of currants and tea flavours. It’s gooey and stays fresh for ages, perfect with a spread of butter! This is another Mary Berry recipe we follow with a small adjustment. You’ll need to start it the night before. You will need: 175g currants 175g sultanas 300ml of Earl…

Recipe – Pancakes (with Double Decker version!)

When it’s Shrove Tuesday, it’s a wonderful excuse for a tiny dinner to leave room for loads of pancakes! They’re great fun for kids as they can do their own toppings. I detail some standard toppings below but I also include my super indulgent Double Decker pancakes… For around 6-8 pancakes, you will need: 3…

Recipe – School Dinners Cornflake Cake

For some reason, this is one the best things I remember about school dinners. A flan with jam and syrupy cornflakes, usually served with custard. It’s amazing! So here’s my recipe, I promise you that even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ll love it. You will need: One roll of sweet shortcrust pastry, taken…

Recipe – Seville Orange Marmalade

January is the time for marmalade making. Yes, you can make it any time of the year but when Seville oranges are in season, you can make the most wondrous marmalade without the need for pectin or jam sugar. For around six jars you will need: 1kg Seville oranges, washed and dried 1 large lemon…

Recipe – Crème Brûlée Tarts

One of my absolutely favourite things are set custards: in trifles, creme caramels and especially egg custard tarts. Crème Brûlée is in my top three puds and if I see it on a menu it’s tempting to ask for that as a starter! Looking around the shops I’ve wondered what I could do with pre-made…

Recipe – Christmas Pudding Rice Krispy Bites

These are a great option for a tasty festive treat, perfect for Christmas parties or if random family descend on you! They last for ages too, so you can make up to a week in advance. For 12-15 you will need: 30g mini marshmallows 2 standard Mars bars (or 3 multipack ones) 50g unsalted butter…

Recipe – Battenberg Trifle Showstopper

Every year I attempt something new and a bit scary for our Christmas lunch dessert. Previously I’ve done ice cream bombs and huge trifles. Everyone in our house loves a trifle, so this year I thought I’d create something of my own, a Battenberg Trifle. This has all the components of a trifle but looks…

Recipe – Cranberry Sauce with Port

It’s never to early to prepare for Christmas lunch and homemade cranberry sauce is not only incredibly easy to make but can easily freeze a few weeks in advance of the big day. Or make it a few days before Christmas Day or any day you’re having poultry.  For 8-10 people, you will need: 300g…

Recipe – American Style Pancakes

Jack had a new book called ‘Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes’ where a rhino, who escapes from the zoo, ends up chilling out with a little girl who feeds him pancakes. It’s great fun, but Jack then decided he’d like pancakes for his birthday breakfast. Looking at the book, they were the American-style fluffy pancakes, similar…

Recipe – Italian Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free)

Just like Peppa Pig’s brother George, Jack’s favourite food is chocolate cake. I also have a friend who is wheat intolerant and I gently remind him about all the wonderful stuff he can’t eat, when actually I’m looking out for great recipes that happen to be gluten free. This is a traditional Italian chocolate cake,…

Recipe – Chocolate & Jam Doughnut Mug Cakes

Mug cakes. A rediculous US invention that makes no sense until you make them and then you suddenly wonder why you didn’t do them before as they’re so easy an delicious! These are my two favourites, a chocolate sponge cake with running middle and a jam doughnut cake. Yum! Chocolate Mug Cake For one mug,…