The Best of Compliments: Lemon Meringue Bars and Bites

This is a favourite bake of mine and one of my top three go-to recipes if I’m baking without the time to experiment. They have a light and fluffy meringue topping with a sticky sweet lemon filling, and a buttery shortbread base with a little bit of bite – and just a hint of ginger. […]

Chocolate Cherry Scones

Since the scone challenge for Daring Bakers a couple of weeks ago, scones have become a bit of a go-to bake for me. When I’m feeling like playing with flavours, rather than wondering how they’d go in a cake or cookie, I’ve started thinking about how to make them work in a scone. I wanted […]

Butternut Squash, Sage and Ricotta Cannelloni

The first time I made this cannelloni was for a family gathering back in the autumn, specifically for a veggie family member. Although veggie and omnivorous family alike raved about it, it didn’t quite hit the spot for me. So I decided to play a little bit with the combinations: leeks rather than onions; sage […]

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes with Sweet Potato and Kale

I work from home a lot, which is generally considered an enviable thing, and it’s true, I do tend to be more relaxed, focused and productive because I can still be in my jammies at midday. I’ve noticed however, that I tend to be pretty bad at self-care on the days that I work from […]

Better Late Than Never: Mincemeat Power Bars

Ahhh, the best laid plans. I had, before Christmas, been a busy making up plenty of homemade mincemeat to dish out to friends, and kept some back to do my own baking. I was then very full of the ‘flu and spent most of Christmas asleep or so drugged up on Beechams that I’d be […]

Leftovers pie: Turkey, cranberry and stuffing pies

This may come a bit too late to be really all that useful as a leftovers plan for your Christmas dinner. If that is the case, I’d say it’s worth going out and buying more just to make these pies. I first made them back in the summer, as they are really billed as a […]

Chai Latte Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and Gingerbread Persons

So far this month, I’ve been doing the best to get you all into a lovely festive baking mood – mince pie variants, gingerbread houses, and wee treats to share with friends and family (in the hope that they might share some back!) I will admit happily that these are by no means seasonal fare […]