Chocolate Surprise Halloween Cake

This cake is a devilish mix of rich dark chocolate, lime and chilli – just perfect for Halloween! I baked it in two small semi-spherical cake tins and stuck them together with chocolate buttercream. I then covered the whole cake with chocolate buttercream and roll-out fondant – coloured to look like a dark sky. I … Continue reading

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 Advanced Dough

Episode 8 of The Great British Bake Off saw the bakers challenged with ‘Advanced Dough’. Paul Hollywood boasted of having made 30,000-40,000 doughnuts and officially became King of all doughnut makers; Nancy used a microwave to prove her dough; and the Technical Challenge was once again a bake which most people had never heard of … Continue reading

Baking with a Luxury Food Hamper

…..or ‘How to turn a Luxury Food Hamper into a Christmas Party!’ I’m sorry to start talking about Christmas already but this year I’m planning to be ahead of the game. I’ve tried to do Christmas, over the years, in a variety of ways – the nonchalant last minute ‘do it all in one go’ … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off – Pastries

Week 7 on Great British Bake Off saw our intrepid bakers challenged with lots of different pastries. The competition is so fierce now that the slightest mistake made a difference and the lovely Kate had to leave the tent. These bakers are incredibly talented and my bake along challenge is no where near as challenging … Continue reading

Lemon Griestorte

Last week was European Cake Week on Great British Bake off. We saw Yeast Leavened Cake, Kugelhopfs, Savarins and Tortes and the final challenge was Mary Berry’s Prinsesstarta . I was slightly unsure where to start baking – not too sure what was a Kugelhopf and what was a Savarin; and slightly unnerved by the … 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