Late Summer Cookout!

We may have seen the signs of autumn creeping in, here in the UK, but summer isn’t over yet. There will still be opportunities for a late summer ‘family get together’ outside. A ‘Cookout’ or ‘Barbeque’ is always popular and I like to combine outdoor cooking with some of the elements of an Afternoon Tea … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea Scones

This is Afternoon Tea Week in the UK, which is very interesting for an Afternoon Tea lover like me. It’s not simply the delightful cakes and bakes; I really enjoy a good cup of tea in a vintage china tea cup. My ‘Afternoon Tea’ tends to consist of a cup of tea and a little … Continue reading

Chocca Mocca Traybake

This is a simple, lightly coffee sponge tray-bake with a chocolate topping and sprinkled with toasted nuts. I tried a ‘Cappuccino’ cake at a cake sale and it was absolutely delicious so I thought I’d try to replicate it. However, it had a white chocolate, buttercream type topping, sprinkled with chocolate powder. My cake turned … Continue reading

Lemon Curd Rolls for Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea doesn’t have to be a grand affair. Sometimes it’s just simply enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake outside on a sunny afternoon. Having some home-made cake available for just those occasions is something I love. As a child it was always a delight to visit my grandmother who always … Continue reading

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Recipe for Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Ingredients: 200g Crushed Digestive Biscuits 75g Cocoa Powder 150g Unsalted Butter 900g Cream Cheese 4 Eggs 200g Dark Chocolate Zest and Juice of Two Oranges Method: Preheat the oven to 160 c. For the base, melt the butter in a pan and add the cocoa powder, blending well. Stir in … Continue reading

Chocolate Tea Time Treats

One of my favourite Christmas Treats is chocolate! This year I’m using lots of chocolate recipes for the coming Christmas celebrations including a chocolate Christmas cake. This weekend I took delivery of a deliciously chocolatey Thornton’s Hamper – a gift  for me! I couldn’t wait to use some of the chocolate for a pre-Christmas Tea Party … Continue reading

Honey and Lavender Cookies

These cookies are adapted from a recipe for gingerbread cookies by Sarah Trivuncic in ‘Sweet Bitesize Bakes’. I’ve used lavender for several recipes in the last year since picking my own and it keeps well after drying so can be used all year round. I particularly like it with lemon but combined with some fresh … Continue reading

Christmas Mince Pies

Mince Pies I love mince pies at Christmas and there’s just nothing more delicious than freshly homemade ones. It’s surprisingly easy to make mincemeat and some simple short-crust pastry and there’s still time to make lots! There are lots of recipes around and I seem to have evolved my own version as I like to … Continue reading

Lemon, Lavender and White Chocolate Cake

This is just a simple sponge cake but the flavour combination is delicious! Recipe Ingredients:- 150g caster sugar 150g softened butter 3 eggs, beaten 150g self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder zest of 1 lemon small handful lavender flowers (fresh or dried) 100g bar white chocolate Lemon Syrup:- Juice of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon caster … Continue reading

Cupcake cupcakes

This week is National Cupcake Week and although I’ve been incredibly busy I couldn’t let the week pass without making a few cupcakes. Recently I was lucky enough to win a copy of the gorgeous ‘Sweet Bitesize Bakes’ by Sarah Trivuncic- one of the ‘bake me I’m yours’ series. This little book is right up … Continue reading