Strawberries & Cream Victoria Sponge Recipe

This weekend I celebrated a significant birthday and I wanted to replicate the cake I had on my 1st birthday. Though this time there is a lack of photos of me sticking my fingers into the cream trying to harvest a fresh strawberry when I should have been blowing out a candle. Where did my … Read more

Raspberry Birthday Macarons

For the last few years I’ve made my own birthday cake including a Strawberry & Cream Victoria Sponge, Strawberry Ice Cream Cupcakes. As I’d made Hubs his birthday cake last year I asked him to make me one this year. I’d jokingly told him that I wanted this fabulous Owl birthday cake. Last night I was working over Stafford way … Read more

Mini Stripy Meringue Kisses Recipe

I have something to confess, only recently did I finally master meringues. Yes I’d made them before, but never had I made them exactly how I wanted. Sometimes the egg whites wouldn’t whip to soft peaks even though I followed every rule in the book. This frustrated me even more when Hubs made a cracking batch of … Read more

Crumpets & Cinder Toffee Recipe

I woke up stupidly early this morning with a deep urge to make crumpets from breakfast. I decided to use the crumpet recipe that was used in last weeks Something for the Weekend. It was really interesting seeing the dough develop and it was a really springy dough texture. They tasted delicious (far far better than shop brought variety), … Read more

Baileys Cheesecake Recipe

It’s been a busy weekend with tonnes of cooking. Hubby (who currently thinks he is Hugh F-W!) decided to make a clay oven to cook bread in. I’ll have to be honest I was impressed with the bread he managed to cook in it. The BBQ on Sunday went really well. Unfortunately not many photos due to me drinking quite a bit of pimms early … Read more

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

As promised my attempt at Hot Cross Buns. The recipe is from GFM – April 07. I think they went well apart from probably the most important part…the crosses. They certainly don’t look as posh as shop brought ones, but they taste better! At first the cross paste was too thick so I thinned it … Read more

Blackcurrant Meringue Roses Recipe

When I came across this recipe on Pinterest I was first drawn to the pretty shape then the slight oddness of the recipe. Before now I hadn’t seen jelly used in a meringue recipe. Next I had to try to decipher and anglicise the recipe. Ok I know jello is jelly in the UK but where did … Read more

Easy Cheesy Biscuits

It’s no lie that we love cheese in this house. Be it feta, paneer, Stilton, Red Leicester or some Gorwydd Caerphilly there is always some variety in the fridge. I think it would be one of my Desert Island foods. Hubs had a go at making his own cheese press. Many of my pupils have asked if we can … Read more

Cherry Bakewell Fairy Cakes

It is a well know fact that on of my favourite bakes is the humble Bakewell Tart. The sweet almond sponge partnered with the rich raspberry jam is one of my favourite sweet flavour combinations. Of course this elegant tart has been transformed into the more commonly known Cherry Bakewell format thanks to Mr Kipling. There … Read more

Lemon Drizzle Fairy Cakes

To counteract the unsummery weather we’ve had recently I wanted to inject some sun into the kitchen. Lemon is one of my favourite ingredients in both sweet and savoury cooking and decided to play around with my fête fairy cakes recipe. This time I swapped the custard powder for cornflour as I didn’t want the vanilla to … Read more

No Bake Blackcurrant Cheesecake Recipe

Today was the first day in ages where we have had remotely decent weather, so hubbie and I went to the PYO farm to get some raspberries and blackcurrants. Raspberries are my favourite fruit in the world and I could easily eat a punnet to myself. Initially I was a bit stumped as what to … Read more