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…

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…

A special valentines cake

This gin and lemon is the ultimate cake for moist yumminess- there really is no secret to moist cakes, they always have a syrup poured over just after removing from the oven. Leave the cake in the tin and refridgerate for at least an hour. You risk the whole bundle of moistness falling apart on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…