It’s starting to smell a lot like Christmas……….. cake….

So yes it’s that time of year again. My fruit had been soaking in booze for a good few days so I took my cue from the wet and grey Sunday afternoon to get baking the first of 6 Christmas cakes. I’m not sure what the blog etiquette is for annual posts but here areContinue reading “It’s starting to smell a lot like Christmas……….. cake….”

Fig Frangipane Tarts

My favourite bakery in my hometown does an excellent line in fruit frangipane tarts and vary their filing from raspberries, blackberries, peach and pear so thought I would try a variation using fresh figs seeing as they are so beautiful and in abundance right now. Please excuse my use of ready-rolled pastry, you can ofContinue reading “Fig Frangipane Tarts”

Mini Lime Meringue Pies

This post was born out of the need to use up a lot of eggs before I go away so you may curse my frivolous use of whole eggs in the lime curd and the subsequent redundant yolks from the meringue. You could of course use another curd recipe that used yolks only but theseContinue reading “Mini Lime Meringue Pies”

Malteser Blondies

Hoorah! Cake! I hear you cry…..I’ve been missing baking and couldn’t resist these Maltesers Blondies by Jo Wheatley when I saw them in the March edition of Sainsbury’s Magazine. All but two were quickly dispatched to my housemates office and out of temptation. They were definitely better the day after baking as they became moreContinue reading “Malteser Blondies”

Christmas Cake

I think it must have been in about 2009 that I started making my own christmas cakes. I tried a few different recipes in the early years but since giving Delia’s Classic Christmas Cake recipe a go I haven’t looked at another recipe. I have tinkered with the quantity of some of the ingredients overContinue reading “Christmas Cake”

Irish Cream Tiramisu

I can see a theme developing with alcoholic desserts……Tiramisu is a big hit with my family but none of us had ever made it before. Baileys is also rather popular so when my aunt and cousin came for dinner recently I thought Nigella Lawson’s Irish Cream Tiramisu would probably be well received. It was reallyContinue reading “Irish Cream Tiramisu”

Carrot Cake Tray Bake

My carrot cake is quite legendary but I have to be honest…..I have barely strayed from the original recipe. There are some recipes that you find and they are so good you daren’t change them. I have tweaked this carrot cake from BBC Good Food as much as I dare for fear of detracting from itsContinue reading “Carrot Cake Tray Bake”

Onion Chutney & Cheddar Palmiers

A few weeks ago I bought Jo Wheatley’s new book Home Baking and whilst flicking through it, came across this scarily simple but impressive recipe. My workmate Tracy requested cheese and biscuits over cake for her office birthday celebrations last week so I thought it would be a good opportunity to try out this recipeContinue reading “Onion Chutney & Cheddar Palmiers”

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