sour cherry traybake

This delicious cake has its roots in Hungary but I was reminded of it while browsing Will Torrent’s Afternoon Tea at Home. Will adapts some of the the top restaurant and top chef classics and inspires you to make afternoon tea every day (until your clothes don’t fit!). He has taken this traditional cake from New…

The quickest home made gift?

I am all for home made/make from scratch/ whatever you choose to call it but at this time of year we are all time poor. What's not to like about a super quick home made gift which is sure to please. If I am entirely honest I'm not a huge fan of the original,product but…

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…

Date slice/bliss balls

  If you never have a failure in the kitchen you never cook or bake- the real question is how you deal with things that go wrong. Straight to the bin or find a workaround? I was given this date slices recipe from my niece and was so keen to make it as I love…

Jammy dodgers- another British classic

My great British biscuits from scratch continue- well, the biscuit stamp set included four so it would rude not to try them all out. Today’s trial is the jammy dodger- honestly I always thought the filling in shop bought ones were yuk but make your own jam and you are in for a treat with…

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…

Whole orange mini bundt

This Thermomix recipe from the (Australian)Everyday cookbook, EDC, is so easy and suitable for those family members and friends who want to avoid gluten. I used standard baking powder, which can have traces of gluten so if you want to avoid it all, scource the speciality brand. While this is being billed as a cake…

Lemon drizzle- a cake good enough for GBBO final showstopper

  Last night's final of the Great British Bake Off – *hashtag* GBBO – saw the charming and talented Nadiya carry off the glory of winning. She has fast become the nation's baking sweetheart and when Mary Berry choked up many of the 14m+ viewers were reaching for the tissues- I know it wasn't just…

Sour cream scones

How often do you find a carton of sour cream or buttermilk in the fridge which has to be used and you need a quick simple recipe to avoid throwing it away. I love sour cream and chocolate and have featured some pretty good cakes using this combination here. If you want 'quick' though, it's…