Great British Bake Off – Entremets

This year’s series of The Great British Bake Off has now sadly finished but I have a few bakes still to try. I was unable to keep up with the challenges that the intrepid bakers in the ‘Bake Off’ tent managed but have been inspired to continue to try lots of new bakes. The semi final … Continue reading

Fruity Christmas Crumble

Sometimes the simplest things give the greatest pleasure and a simple fruit crumble always pleases me. I often experiment with different fruits and different topping mixes and I’d like to share my Fruity Christmas Crumble… Ingredients: 2 Medium Bramley Apples 1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon Fruity Mincemeat ( Or any … Continue reading

Rosehip Jelly

Recently I’ve been following The Great British Bake Off series on TV and have been trying to attempt some of the baking challenges myself. I love the programme and have been caught up in all the baking excitement along with so many others. Sadly the series ended last week but the bakers were brilliant and … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off – Tarts

Week 5 on The Great British Bake Off saw the intrepid bakers challenged with pies and tarts. I decided to make a Raspberry and Lemon Custard Tart. I used Pate Sucree – a French recipe for a sweet pastry but added lemon zest to the mix. I blind baked it to provide a cooked tart … Continue reading

Orange Marmalade Self-Saucing Pudding

Recently I have been enjoying the Great British Bake Off series and trying to join with some of the baking challenges. Week 4 saw the bakers in the Great British Bake Off tent challenged by desserts. There was some controversy as poor Iain had a pudding meltdown but I felt very sorry for him as things … 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

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are deliciously moist and chocolatey! The topping is made with soft cheese and chocolate which gives a lightness and ensures that the whole thing isn’t too rich. They are perfect for an Easter treat and could, of course, have added decorations for extra scrumptiousness :) Triple Chocolate Cupcakes Ingredients 90g Butter, softened 150g … 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

Banana, Walnut and Chocolate Cake

I love eating cake and I know if I try to impose a limit on eating I will simply crave it more! Having nice things to eat that we enjoy is very often good for us on an emotional and social level. It’s all about finding a balance and eating healthily doesn’t mean you have … Continue reading

Fruity Scones

Scones are popular for afternoon tea in England and with fruit added they make a great quick and easy, healthy option. They are really light and tasty too. These scones include a good source of fibre and the fruit will count as one of your ‘five-a-day’. They are delicious buttered or served warm with some … Continue reading