Christmas Apple, Orange and Cinnamon Jelly

  This is one of my favourite Christmas recipes. It has a light but warming flavour – perfect for the festive season! To Make Apple, Orange and Cinnamon Jelly 1 kg cooking apples 4 oranges 1kg caster sugar 1   1/2 litres water 4 cinnamon sticks Chop the fruit roughly without peeling and add the cinnamon … Continue reading

Beetroot and Orange Chutney

This recipe is an adaptation from a Beetroot and Orange Relish recipe by Thane Prince in her book ‘Jams & Chutneys’. I’ve called it Chutney as it is much thicker and chunkier than her original recipe which calls for the beetroot to be grated. It makes a delicious accompaniment to any cold dish, particularly over … Continue reading

Egg Free Lemon Curd

  I love home made lemon curd. Its been a recent revelation for me as I’d never realised quite how good it is, having only ever tried shop bought varieties. I love lemon cakes and home made lemon curd is the perfect filling along with lashings of lemon buttercream. However, I’ve had a dilemma with … Continue reading

Blueberry, Lemon and White Chocolate Sponge

Blueberries are delicious with a little lemon or lime and in this cake I’ve used them with lemon and white chocolate. The lemon adds a slight tartness to the blueberries and really brings out their flavour. The white chocolate adds a creamy sweetness that really complements this. I made a 6” round sponge, using two … 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

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

Lavender Scones and Apple Curd

I recently made a foodie gift package for a friend and wanted to make something that was pretty as well as tasty. First I made some rosewater meringues – swirled with pink colouring. Then I made Lavender scones which were gorgeous! They are really easy – I just added a handful of crushed Lavender flowers … Continue reading

Easy Blood Orange and Port Marmalade

Last year I made marmalade for the first time but found it quite laborious as the recipe had me boiling oranges in their skins and then chopping the skins finely. It took me an age and was incredibly messy! Recently I have been longing to try marmalade again and have had lots of lovely organic … Continue reading