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 – Spicy Bean, Bacon and Eggy Bread Bake

I haven’t done a breakfast recipe in a while and after pancake day thought it was time to revisit one of my favourites. This is a really easy recipe to knock together and super tasty. For 4-6 you will need: 2 tins baked beans 1 tin chopped tomatoes ½ tablespoon paprika ½ tablespoon ground black…

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 – 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…

Recipe – Rustic Peach Tart

This is a really lovely pudding for the summer (or any season!) which is at its best served straight from the oven. I like good ice cream with it, as it melts across the peaches, but you can use cream or just have it naked. If you need a nut-free version, just exchange the ground…

Recipe – Chocolate & Banana Loaf Cake

You’ll see we love a banana loaf here, but still having a huge stash of Easter chocolate available made we wonder about doing a chocolate version. So here it is! Super yummy and very simple to do. You can substitute the home-made banana chips for shop-bought dried bananas. You will need: 175g caster sugar 175g…

Recipe – Giant Jaffa Cake

Is it a cake or is it a biscuit? HMRC (who no-one can argue with!) agree it’s a cake. Quite right too! And a lovely one at that. But a giant one? It’s amazing and a great dessert centre for a family meal. Here’s my version of a recipe from Delicious Magazine. You will need:…

Recipe – Toad in the Hole

I am a little bit obsessed with Yorkshire puddings at the moment. Jack loves them – I’m sure he’d have them with every meal! I thought I’d sneak this in before the summer came as it’s a great, cheap family meal perfect for cold days. To feed 4-5, you will need: 10-12 sausages, Cumberland preferably…