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 – 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…

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 – 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 – 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 – 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…