Recipe – Ginger and Orange Muffins

Ginger cake is one of most popular cakes in our house. This is a recipe for a version in muffin format with orange. They will disappear quickly! For 12-16 muffins, you will need: 110g butter 180g light muscovado sugar 300g plain flour 100g self-raising flour 3 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda 300g caster sugar 4 teaspoons…

Recipe – London Cheesecake

A cake, with no cheese and probably nothing to do with London. It’s that square thing with the shredded coconut top, lots of bakers in the South East have them and I’ve seen them further afield. They are one of my favourites so I had a go at them myself and can vouch for how…

Recipe – Hot Cross Buns

A highlight of my Easter, I love hot cross buns. I like mine toasted and smothered in butter and jam. Just thinking about them makes me drool! Here’s my recipe, which takes a few hours with all he proving but is worth it for the soft, hot loveliness from the oven… For 10-12 buns, you…

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. Check out my Gluten Free Italian Chocolate Cake! 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…

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…