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…

Recipe – Italian Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free)

Just like Peppa Pig’s brother George, Jack’s favourite food is chocolate cake. I also have a friend who is wheat intolerant and I gently remind him about all the wonderful stuff he can’t eat, when actually I’m looking out for great recipes that happen to be gluten free. This is a traditional Italian chocolate cake,…

Recipe – Chocolate & Jam Doughnut Mug Cakes

Mug cakes. A rediculous US invention that makes no sense until you make them and then you suddenly wonder why you didn’t do them before as they’re so easy an delicious! These are my two favourites, a chocolate sponge cake with running middle and a jam doughnut cake. Yum! Chocolate Mug Cake For one mug,…

Recipe – Chocolate Sandwich Cake

Jack’s favourite food is chocolate cake. He always sasy this when you ask him, before adding sausages and mash, pasta and pies to his list! And in all honesty, who doesn’t like chocolate cake? This is a simple base recipe for a chocolate sponge which I’ve turned into a proper sandwich cake with butter icing…