Madeira mini loaves with marmalade glaze

Sometimes you need to revisit those old classics – you know the ones! The recipe book pages and stuck together with mixture, your great gran’s hand writing is is a light shade of its former self. This recipe is perfect example since a Madeira cake is a staple in any baker’s files. Will Torrent in…

Clementine macarons

  With Xmas bakes all around us don't forget to give your next batch of macarons a festive twist- what do you mean you are scared to make them!!! Follow my basic recipe but add the grated zest of a clementine or satsuma, add some orange colour paste or powder (NOT liquid colouring) and if…

Red pesto swirl milk bread

A very simple way to ring the changes with this simple milk bread is to make your own pesto or just buy a jar. After the first rise roll into a large rectangle and spread the pesto evenly. Roll and twist or simply roll and place on a baking sheet in a circle. Rise again…

Mincemeat crostata

This is quite simply an exceptional dish- a very discerning dinner party guest voted it the BEST mincemeat flan EVER – no ifs no buts! I have adapted the original Waitrose recipe for the Thermomix but there is no reason why you shouldn't make your pastry in a food processor. I used a 23cm/9″ flan…

Caribbean rum cake

This is a lovely moist favourite from the Caribean, reminiscent of the tinned variety which are often given around Christmas. I developed this recipe for the Thermomix from a book I found in Barbedos, Angela Spenceley's Just add Rum. the recipe apparently comes from the BVI. It is very simple and very delicious and only…

Sour cherry stollen cake

  Yes, this is a cake as opposed to a bread. It really is a great variation on the wonderful more traditional stollen I posted last week. The benefits are that you don't have to use yeast and you don't have to wait! As I had made double quantities of pistachio marzipan last week I…

Kransekake- aka BIG almond tower!

This gluten free alternative is also known as ring cake as the tower is simply a stack (normally 18) of different sized rings held together with icing. It is common centrepiece across Scandinavia at weddings, birthdays, and Christmas. Kransekake sets consist of 6 pans each with three rings. You need to start the day before…

Bûche de Noël

Some Buche de noel recipes have 7 stages and lists of ogre diets as long as your arm. I am not knocking them out of court ( I have been known to make Swedish princess cake more than twice!) but at Christmas sometimes you just want an impressive looking buffet centre pice which hasn't taken…

Bourbon creams – a touch of nostalgia

I bought these cute classic British biscuit stamps a couple of weeks ago and to be honest they might have sat in a drawer in pristine condition for a long time! I am not hugely attracted by biscuits, neither eating them or making them, so I gave myself a push to see how they would…

Homity Pie

I came across this delicious pie in Paul Hoolywood's British Baking. In this book Paul takes some of his favourite regional bakes and indeed the book is organised by region. If I am totally honest – why wouldn't I be?- I have been less than overwhelmed with a few of the recipes chosen. I am…

Pesto bread

  After an August lull I am going to hit the blog with two breads which are truly wonderful. I have adapted both for the Thermomix but you could easily make both using traditional methods. I rarely manage to use the slow prove in the fridge method ( either overnight for around 8 hours or…

Apricot vanilla loaf

    A loaf like this is so quick and easy-no yeast and therefore no waiting for first and second proof. You can easily switch things around substituting different fruit, chocolate chips, nut, herbs. As ever if you want to use alternative flours, play around with that. The New York bakery Ovenly, from whose recipe…