PB&J Blondies

SWEET, SALTY, STICKY! This was the first time I had ever tried peanut butter and jam, but I figured since I’m a bacon and maple syrup convert that these flavours would be right up my alley. I think ‘Grape Jelly’ is traditional in the US, but I couldn’t get my hands on that here, so…

Coffee & Vanilla Cookies

PERFECT FOR COFFEE-LOVERS! Soft, chewy, with coffee and vanilla flavours, these cookies are a winner. It really does make a difference to use quality espresso in this recipe. I used vanilla espresso made with a Nespresso pod, and the flavour really came through in the cookie. You can be adventurous with your choice: caramel espresso…

Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

FLUFFY. delicate. delightful! The delicately spiced carrot cake pairs beautifully with sweet, white chocolate frosting. These cupcakes are perfect for a tea party or as a little treat during afternoon tea when you need to recharge your batteries. The ones in the picture are mini cupcakes, but in the method, I’ve put timings for both…

Gen’s Christmas Pudding

Said to have originated in the 14th century, the British Christmas pudding has enjoyed many transformations from the beef, mutton, raisins and spice porridge of then, to the dark, sticky, fruity pudding we love today. Traditionalists make their pudding on ‘Stir-Up Sunday’, which is the last Sunday before Advent Sunday (the end of November), giving…

Apple & Stout Chutney

PERFECT FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CHEESEBOARD! This Apple and Stout Chutney was a hit at Christmas. The stout is a key ingredient here, so head down to your local craft beer shop and root out a really good one. I opted for a beautiful Guadeloupe rum-barrel aged imperial stout, which had oak and rum notes with…

Carrot Cake Blondies

AN EASY BAKE THAT’S PACKED WITH FLAVOUR! This is fab for when you want that carrot cake fix, but you don’t want to go through the rigmarole of baking a cake and waiting for it to cool and frosting it. With these Carrot Cake Blondies, it’s all added to the same tin, and the cream…

Cranberry Bakewell Tart

A FABULOUS ‘LEFTOVER CRANBERRY SAUCE’ RECIPE! This is a lovely recipe for using up that leftover cranberry sauce languishing in the back of the fridge. If you are using shop-bought cranberry sauce, double-check that it doesn’t contain any vinegar. In which case, substitute for your favourite jam. Alternatively, you could make your own cranberry sauce….

Christmas Cake Trifle Pots

THIS IS SUCH A NIFTY WAY TO USE UP LEFTOVER CHRISTMAS CAKE! There’s a shortcut version to this recipe where you can buy the custard and salted caramel, and build these little pots for a lovely treat or dinner party dessert. There’s so much to do around Christmas that shortcuts are a welcome commodity. But,…

Leftover Turkey Chilli

THIS IS SUCH A GREAT WAY TO USE UP LEFTOVER TURKEY! Spicy and comforting with hints of sweetness and smoke, you can make a large or small batch. It’s as easy as throwing all the ingredients in a pan and you can play around with what you use and how daring you are with spice….

Coconut & Almond Truffles

SUPER EASY, SUPER DELICIOUS! I love making truffles at Christmas because there’s something so decadent about them. But, let’s be honest, they’re usually a mess to make and you need a Phd in patience. Okay, so these Coconut & Almond truffles won’t exactly be ready in the blink of an eye, but they’re swifter than…