Recipe – Chocolate Hobnobs

Yes, the biscuit of champions. Oaty with crunchy edges, smothered in chocolate, what’s not to like? For 12 you will need: 100g unsalted butter plus 30g for the chocolate topping 100g golden caster sugar 1 dessert spoon golden syrup 100g porridge oats 100g self-raising flour ½ teaspoon baking powder Pinch salt 200g good quality milk…

Recipe – Classic Cream Tea Scones

A classic indeed, and quite simple to do. The really difficult part is not eating all of them as soon as they come out of the oven. These are light, crumbly and perfect with clotted cream and jam. To make 10, you will need: 75g unsalted butter, softened 250g self-raising flour 2 tablespoons baking powder…

Recipe – Bread and Butter Pudding – with Gluten Free option

I’ve been experimenting with recipes my Nan used to do, hot puddings with every single evening meal (not just on Sundays!) I’ve done the treacle sponge and had a go at another of her favourites, bread and butter pudding. If you like custard, it is a forgotten gem of a meal finale! This also works…

Recipe – Raisin and Coconut Flapjacks

Flapjacks are the easiest things to make, they really are. So versatile too, you could swap the coconut and raisins for anything! My friend makes his with blueberries and they look lush. For 8-10 thick flapjacks you will need: 250g porridge oats 130g butter 3 tablespoons golden syrup 80g soft brown sugar 100g Californian raisins…

Recipe – Classic Treacle Sponge

I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort food. I think it’s all the rainy weekends we’ve been having. My Nan was a master of traditional puddings like jam roly poly and treacle sponge so I thought I’d have a go at the latter. It’s really easy to throw together but you do need the right…

Recipe – Strawberry Jelly

I searched high and low on the internet for a recipe for a bog-standard strawberry jelly, as I was making a trifle for Christmas. Could I find one without something silly like elderflower or Prosecco in it? No! So I made up a recipe myself and it worked a treat. The flavour is like nothing…

Recipe – Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream

I love cinnamon rolls – the Starbucks cinnamon swirl is a total addiction and the fact I work for the company that bakes it makes it worse! In my view, the guys at Fabrique Bakery do the best cinnamon rolls in London and I recently purchased a load there. With a couple left over,  couldn’t…

Recipe – Battenberg Cake

Iconic! There is no better word. Developed for when Queen Victoria’s daughter married a prince from Battenberg, it’s a classic British cake. For best results you need this specialist tin from Lakeland, however you can use two normal 20x15cm straight sided cake tins but you need to make two cakes, doubling the quantities below and…

Recipe – Chocolate and Beetroot Cake

Yes, that’s correct! A chocolate and beetroot cake. It’s far better than it sounds, the beetroot gives you a fabulous colour and moistness with only a hint of beetroot flavour. There are a few recipes online that don’t really work but this is my version, which uses chocolate chips in the batter, you could melt…

Recipe – Chunky Apple and Cinnamon Cake

The start of autumn brings us lots of windfall fruit, especially apples and pears. There are some wonderful British apple varieties and many of them make a lovely apple cake. This cake can be frozen so if you have a lot of apples, make a lot of cake! You will need: 225g self raising flour…