Recipe – Double Chocolate and Coffee Cookies

Cookies… something I know a thing or two about as I work for a big bakery that specialises in them. But there are so many recipes out there for them, it’s difficult to find a decent one that always works. This always works! It’s effectively a double choc cookie base so you can leave it…

Recipe – Halloween Swamp Monster Cupcakes

Here’s a new twist on a cupcake, especially for Halloween. Green sponge with a hint of coconut and blue frosting monster on top, they look great fun and kids (and grown ups) will love them! The decorations were bought at Wilko’s who have a great selection for Halloween. For 12, you will need: 175g self…

Recipe – Simple Pear and Ginger Cake

Autumn is a wonderful time for bounteous British produce, including vine, bush and tree fruits. I love baking with ginger and the whole family are quick to devour any of the resulting biscuits or cakes. Pears are a great ingredient for baking with too. Each variety has its own little quirks but on the whole,…

Recipe – Corned Beef Hash

When I met my wife Sam, I was given a long list of the stuff she wouldn’t eat, one of which was corned beef. I’ve gradually been working my way through the lost converting her to a world of food loveliness she was missing! Next on my list was corned beef. I’ve always loved it,…

Recipe – Easy Meringue

We always have lots of blackberries this time of year from a bush that grows over our garden wall, but this year we’ve had more than we usually do so I’ve been thinking of ways to use them up. One of my favourite puds is Eton Mess and you can use blackberries for this, but…

Recipe – Easy Fruit Loaf Cake

As a big tea drinker, I do love a butter slice of good fruit cake as a morning snack. I’ve always bought my fruit cakes so worked up a recipe to use the raisins I had in the cupboard. This is such a simple, quick recipe you’ll be tempted to make it weekly! You can…

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 – 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…