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Easter Simnel Cake

Easter Simnel Cake

Our final Easter Bake is a traditional Simnel Cake. Lighter than a Christmas cake it has been eaten since medieval times. The eleven marzipan balls represent the eleven apostles minus Judas. There are two layers of marzipan, one on the top and the other concealed […]

Easter Biscuits

Easter Biscuits

After having our house on the market for nearly 3 months we have finally sold and I now have the freedom to do what I want in my kitchen, within reason, without keeping it in a ‘show-home’ condition. I’m not a particularly messy cook but […]

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are spiced buns made with currants and raisins, and marked with a cross on top. They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and mark the end of lent. They can be found in supermarkets all over the UK and, although available all […]

Chocolate muffins

Chocolate muffins

We’ve made a good healthy start to the new year and now it’s time for a treat. These muffins are easy to make and are light and airy. Just take a bite and discover the hidden chunks of chocolate within. In the unlikely event you […]

Jewelled fruit and nut cake

Jewelled fruit and nut cake

This is a beautiful festive cake which we make in our household every year at Christmas. As I’m not a great lover of iced cakes this is the perfect cake for me with it’s Florentine style topping. The marzipan is still there but is incorporated […]

Mincemeat slices

Mincemeat slices

I love mince pies but I’m always mindful of the amount of saturated fat present in the pastry. These mincemeat slices, adapted from a Delia Smith recipe, are lower in saturates and can easily become vegan friendly, depending on the vegetable fat and mincemeat used. […]

Prune cake with brandy and walnuts

Prune cake with brandy and walnuts

First let me apologise for another cake recipe on what should be a healthy eating blog. We have been doing a lot of entertaining recently and cake is always on the menu. In the run up to Christmas there will probably be more cake, but […]

Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate fudge cake

This is my ‘go to’ chocolate cake recipe and is quick and easy to make. It is based on a Mary Berry recipe and I have reduced the amount of sugar originally used. The end result looks and tastes indulgent, and is a real crowd […]

Doughnuts

Doughnuts

Last week saw the final of The Great British Bake Off and I must confess to being slightly disappointed in the challenges that were set. The signature bake featured iced doughnuts, something I hadn’t attempted to bake until this week. Pitta bread and dips was […]

Chocolate Macarons

Chocolate Macarons

I always knew that making macarons was going to be a bit of a challenge but I hadn’t expected it to be this difficult. Let me elaborate. There are two ways of making this French classic and it’s all about the meringue. The first method […]