Toffee Apple Date & Pecan Crumble

toffee apple date

Sometimes I really struggle to be creative in the kitchen. Other times, recipes just appear in my head and I know, without a shadow of a doubt that they will work. This recipe is one such example.  If I take too long to agonise over flavours my efforts seem laboured and contrived.When something pops into […]

Spiced Pumpkin Blondies

spiced pumpkin blondies

There are so many recipes featuring pumpkin that I want to try at the moment. I keep finding myself bookmarking recipes galore. Most of the time I like to create my own bakes from scratch but when I am really pressed for time as I am this week, I just want to bake something new, […]

Raspberry Fig & Pistachio Cake

raspberry fig

There are some days when I really crave something sweet. Making a cake is not always the answer as it offers so much temptation and it is all too easy to eat more than just one slice. But then you see a cake like THIS ONE by David Tanis and you know you just have […]

Apricot Honey & Lavender Ice Cream

lavender ice cream

Before I head off to France, I wanted to tell you about a super speedy ice cream discovery. I have  just received a Froothie blender so I thought I would christen it by creating an ice cream inspired by the flavours of France. There are several fruits I relish eating when in France. Greengages, peaches, […]

Raspberry Cranachan Ice cream

raspberry cranachan ice cream

I thought it was about time I fired up my ice cream machine again. It has been far too long in hibernation. I had no problem at all with making my ice cream by hand until last year when I was given a super smart Italian ice cream machine. I have noticed a difference in […]

Elderflower Madeleines

elderflower madeleines

One of my favourite things to bake at the moment is Madeleines. Little delicate sponges that have a firm yet light consistency. They are based on what looks more like a batter than a sponge mixture. And a little mixture goes a very long way. They can be flavoured in a number of ways but […]

Chocolate Pear & Hazelnut Tart with a Salted Chocolate Caramel Sauce

hazelnut tart

Here is a recipe that I put together in a last minute rush before I head off for a weekend in Cannes. I was thinking of France when I came up with the idea for this tart. France is where I go to revel in Patisserie. I love pastry. Both the making and the eating […]

Caramelised Pear & Salted Butterscotch Pancakes

salted butterscotch pancakes

Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday is nearly upon us. It’s this Tuesday, the 4th of March. After my recent American Pancake recipe, I find myself creating another pancake dish for Asda. In our house there has proved to be a definite parent/child divide regarding pancakes. Us parents are in love with the American style but the three […]

Christmas Trifle

christmas trifle

I have now successfully finished off all of last year’s Christmas cake in this Christmas trifle that I have concocted. It is a trifle packed full of all the flavours I associate with this time of the year and I think it would make a perfect alternative to the Christmas pudding. It’s lighter, fruity yet […]

Christmas Cake Tarts – An alternative to Mince Pies

christmas cake tarts

I am always looking for ways to use up leftovers. Due to the excessive amount of Christmas cakes I have been making for my cookery lessons I have ended up with coupe of half eaten fruit cakes. One is last year’s vintage and one that was made just a few weeks ago. Both cakes are […]