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 – 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 – Pork and Apple Sausage Rolls

A super snacky staple. In a previous life, I was part of a team that made millions of these a year, but they’re a doddle to make at home. Great for kids meals or family snacks and picnics. For 12 you will need: 500g puff pastry block, taken out of the fridge half an hour…

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…

Recipe – Classic Victoria Sandwich

This is the cake of cakes. I judge anyone’s capability in baking by how well they can make one of these. One of my interns a couple of years ago (hello Laura!) was a superb baker and her Victoria Sandwich was the finest cake I’ve ever had! So here’s my stab at it. The golden…

Recipe – Strawberry Custard Tart

Boy do I love a good custard tart. One of my closest friends is big in custard tarts (well, he’s FD for a major manufacturer!) and I can never quite believe it when he tells me how many they make each day. I saw a version of this the other day with rhubarb but thought…

Recipe – Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Quiche

Summertime is a great time for quiche. And quiche doesn’t have to be bland Quiche Lorraine from a shop, it can be really fresh and full of gorgeous flavours. This is one of my favourites, it combines smokey bacon with really strong cheddar for a wonderful meal centre. To feed to up 6, you will…

Recipe – Orange and Raspberry Tottenham Cake

I love finding out about almost-forgotten British food. We have such a rich culinary heritage it’s a shame many nations think we’re no good with food! The Telegraph recently ran a feature on forgotten foods and this caught my eye. Apparently invented 200 years ago in Tottenham by a Quaker baker, he made it for…