This is a Madeira Cake I made a while ago for a friends birthday, decorated with a sugarcraft Catalaya Orchid. The cake went down a storm, as Madeira cake usually does. I also make other Sugarcraft flowers for all sorts of occasions.
I decided back in October I would make a gingerbread house for Christmas. I had never made one before, and thought they looked like fun to do, and a great centrepiece for our Christmas Eve party we have every year with a load of great friends. Little did I know it would take two whole [...]
This is the perfect recipe to use up those brown bananas you have sat around in your fruit bowl. There is no point in letting get even more brown before you throw them away. Use them. This has to be one of the most simplistic recipes I have ever made. It only took about 5 [...]
I was never a massive fan of Carrot Cake. But one day at work I was asked if I could make one to sell in the Delicatessen, and I was determined to make a Carrot Cake that I liked. So I looked at about 30 – 40 different recipes and mixed and matched the things [...]
A couple of weeks ago I treated myself. And it was one hell of a treat. I had wanted a nice, shiny KitchenAid stand mixer for quite a long time after first using one at work, and realising just how much easier everything became. We only ever used to have a Dualit hand mixer at [...]
Mince Pies. A real British tradition around Christmas time. It wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies. They are rich, sweet, boozy and full of fruit, with a nice crisp pastry shell. The smell that seeps out of the oven as they cook is perfect for the cold winter months, warming spices that cling on for [...]
When most people think of macaroons, they think of the very pretty, colourful, dainty French treat, overly sweet mouthfuls of crispy, chewy loveliness. However, this recipe is for the bigger, beefier, British version. It has a lovely crisp shell with a very sticky centre, strong almond flavour and silky smooth rice paper base. Ingredients: 700g [...]
This is a beautiful fresh loaf cake, crammed full of fruit. It has a lovely crunchy top, a deliciously light, moist centre and is bursting with fruity flavours. It is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, but it is just as delicious on its own. Ingredients: 300g mixture dried fruits, I used sultanas, [...]