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…

Stollen with a twist

I love homemade stollen but am grateful the urge to make it only comes in December! I have given Lakeland a good few 'shout outs' recently, and here is another for their stollen tin. Of course you can simply roll a stollen as I have on years gone by, but for that perfect shape, take…

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…

Pecan slices

  Who needs an excuse for a party? Silly question a know and certainly not me, so while I’m not American I always think thanksgiving is a great excuse to wheel out the gourds, Stars and Stripes, Americana …..and of course pecan pie!! This year I thought I’d found a wonderful twist on this classic in…

Anti- gravity cake

  The anti-gravity concept has been around for a while and is a lot of fun. It's fair to say that it becomes mainstream when suppliers like Lakeland in the UK supply adaptable kits at a reasonable price, under £10. Lakeland's Anti-Gravity Pouring Cake Kit is a good example of where the company has gone…

Challah

This is my standard Thermomix challah receive which you can find here. I thought it might be different to plait and place in a long loaf tin. The Wilton's one I used is 41cm/16″ by 12cm/4″. The end result gives you a great size to toast in a toaster or just to cut into slices…

A simply scrummy icing….

I have been rather quiet on the blogging front. No posts and reading of all the lovely blogs I follow. I am stateside now for a short while and hope to put that to rights. A dear friend had a significant birthday just before I left Guernsey and while I had no hesitation in deciding…

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…