Iced Raspberry Banana Flapjacks

iced raspberry banana flapjacks

Here is an idea for a flapjack that came to me when I was buying some of those breakfast cereal bars for after school snacks. You know the ones? Oats and dried fruits topped with a yoghurt icing. Children love them and they fit comfortably into the school bag and serve a purpose of being […]

Little Ginger & Walnut Banoffee Pots

Banoffee pots main image

I can’t quite remember when I first discovered Banoffee pie but I seem to remember it being in my teens during the 80s. Along with Mississippi Mud Pie, Lemon Meringue pie , New York style cheesecake and double chocolate fudge cake. These were the desserts of choice down at the local (and rather good)  American […]

Chorizo & Spring Onion Tea Bread

chorizo spring onion bread

Were my eyes deceiving me when I saw that the Queens of TEA TIME TREATS had teamed up with The Don of monthly blogging challenges RANDOM RECIPES to create what is the one, the only…………”TEA TIME RANDOM RECIPES“???? Karen from Lavender & Lovage along with co-host Kate of What Kate Baked have joined forces with […]

Peach and Marsala Pies

Peach pies

My two favourite cooking  skills  at the moment are making bread and pastry. I am fortunate enough not to have a gluten intolerance, which means that I do make rather  a lot of bread and pastry. They are also skills that I will be teaching from next term. I taught them on a couple of […]

Chocolate Jam Tarts

Choc jam tarts

This is one of the simplest recipes you could imagine. But, don’t let that fool you into thinking it does not taste or look that impressive. For me, all recipes should be about the taste above the looks. As much as I like my food to look good, this has to be backed up by […]

Strawberry Tart with Elderflower Pastry Cream

Strawberry & elderflower tart

I know, I know. The second recipe in a row to feature the same ingredients. But, this is a sweet that is so British and so summery you will forgive me I am sure of it! I can tell you that from youngest to oldest in our house this was such a success that I […]

Rose Petal Shortbread

Rose petal shortbread slice

Having been very taken with my little bottle of Rose extract, I can now safely say I am hooked on all things floral when it comes to baking. I think it’s the smell that draws me in and the taste is somehow quite exotic . It is definitely a case of being subtle with your […]

A Giant Hot Cross Bun also known as Fruit Loaf


I did have such good intentions of writing up this post whilst on holiday in Cornwall but I am afraid it just did not happen. What I really should have done is post it on holiday after writing up the draught in advance but I am just not that organised about my blogging. Hence, it’s […]

Caramelised Apple & Cinnamon Scones

Apple & cinnamon scones

My first real love for scones developed whilst working as a teenager in the 80s at The Maids of Honour in Kew Gardens. Me and a couple of my (still) best friends had Saturday jobs there serving the customers as well as eating half the produce! Bill the baker, looking back, was fantastic. He would […]