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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 […]

Roasted butternut squash and blue cheese quiche

Roasted butternut squash and blue cheese quiche

It’s pastry week on The Great British Bake Off and the contestants have really been put through their paces baking samosas, tackling  a particularly challenging technical bake and topping it all off with a show-stopping hand crafted pie. So have we all got our aprons […]

Chorizo and manchego cheese scones

Chorizo and manchego cheese scones

Everyone loves a cheesey scone and these have been taken to a whole new level with the addition of chorizo. They are best eaten warm from the oven and it’s hard to resist going in for second helpings. Enjoy x   Chorizo and Manchego Cheese […]

Spiced Carrot Traybake

Spiced Carrot Traybake

Bake Off has returned to our screens and this recipe is our contribution to cake week, which saw the contestants creating their own signature tray bakes. This is based on a Mary Berry recipe and although not as elaborate as those in the Bake Off […]

Healthy(ish) Cranberry, Apple and Oat Muffins

Healthy(ish) Cranberry, Apple and Oat Muffins

There’s no such thing as a healthy muffin I hear you say. Well, probably not, but this is pretty darn close. Using olive oil instead of melted butter in this recipe means that the saturated fat is greatly reduced. Sugar is kept at a minimum […]

Raspberry and Apple cake

Raspberry and Apple cake

I love using fruit in cakes and this one is packed with apples and raspberries. It’s not too sweet with the raspberries giving a slight tartness to it. Frozen raspberries can be used instead of fresh, add while still frozen. Served with yoghurt, cream or […]