Chai Carrot Cake

perfect with a brew There’s something supremely decadent about afternoon tea with a slice of cake. This Chai Carrot cake is a delicious treat that is not as dense as a traditional carrot cake. It’s great with a dollop of clotted cream and a few slices of orange for a beautifully light delight. Enjoy it…

Fig & Pear Christmas Cake

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! I always look forward to the day I bake my Christmas cake because it feels like it’s officially the beginning of Christmas… Perhaps that’s why I bake mine in September. And yes, there will be Christmas music coz it’s never too early for a bit of BublĂ© or some good ol’ Bing….

Honey Cheesecake with Salted Honey Caramel

Gosh, can you believe it’s a brand new year?! Welcome to The Twenties! Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s officially time to break out your pearl necklaces and cloche hats, and let’s buckle up for a roaring year. Here’s a foxy little recipe to kickstart the decade with a bit of class: it’s the BEE’S KNEES or…

Marzipan Mice Truffles

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. -CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE- One of my favourite Christmas poems – I think we can all remember it being…

Honeydukes’ Exploding Bonbons

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: by far my favourite HP book and definitely my favourite in the film franchise. I remember that first visit to Hogsmeade, like it was me taking those steps into that magical place. “Do you know much about Hogsmeade?” asked Hermione keenly. “I’ve read it’s the only entirely non-Muggle…

Caramel Apple Cookies

I spend a lot of December baking cookies. They’re easy to prepare. You can make a large batch and freeze the dough to use later. They’re crowd-pleasers. And there’s no limit to the flavour combinations you can try. Plus, the cookie jar is ALWAY OPEN FOR BUSINESS, so I can sneak another cookie (or two)…

Treacle Tart Truffles

What is it about treacle tarts that makes me feel all misty-eyed and nostalgic? It’s certainly not the nightmarish memories of the child-catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, tempting children with “treacle tart… all free today”. Ugh, even writing that line makes me shudder. Could it be because it’s Harry Potter’s favourite dessert? As a…

Tomato & Goats Cheese Galette

Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but this is SO EASY to make! It’s a tart, but do what I do and call it a ‘Galette’ so that it sounds a bit posh. It looks special, but it’s all SIMPLE ingredients and some fancy layering. If you get a little slapdash with your tomatoes, then Basil is…

Fig Crumble Bars

“S’up Figgy?” Figs are so dang lush! Yes, they are delicious when eaten in their fruit-form, but I have a sneaking suspicion that a fig’s destiny lies somewhere a little sweeter. Perhaps, when they are hanging on the tree discussing their fates, they daydream about glorious things, like cookies and fruit cakes and pies and…

Chocolate Tartlets with Festive Spices

Made with store-cupboard ingredients, because I ALWAYS have chocolate and biscuits within arms-reach… (what self-respecting human-being doesn’t?!) This recipe is perfect for easy-entertaining. To make 4 tartlets, you need 120g of chocolate. Choose your favourite, of which you’ll have to buy 200g – so that you can eat the remaining 80g of chocolate while you…