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…

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,…

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…

Apple & Spice Buttermilk Scones

THESE ARE DELICIOUS, SLIGHTLY SWEET WITH LITTLE BURSTS OF SHARP APPLE. I love whipping up a batch of scones for an easy breakfast for guests. These keep well, so you can even make them the night before, leave it uncut and keep them in a tin for the morning. These scones are seriously amazing with…

Cherry Bakewell Brownies

I LOVE CHERRY BAKEWELLS AND I LOVE BROWNIES, AND FIGURED, WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO HAVE BOTH?! The sour cherries and marzipan in all that chocolate make this the ultimate festive pudding. And as with all brownies, they’re super easy to make. Feel free to add or subtract a few minutes to the baking time…