Christmas isn’t Christmas without homemade mince pies. Flaky buttery sweet pastry encasing rich mincemeat full to the brim with rich decadent fruits and that lovely sticky sauce. If you’re lucky it will also have a little alcohol, brandy for example, mixed in as well. My Grandmother was a tremendous sweet pastry cook. He pastry was to die for. A quite simple yet gorgeous tasting rough puff pastry recipe. A recipe I use from her hand written recipe book dating back to the 1930’s. In our house from about now there at least 1 batch (24) mince pies cooked every week.… View Post

Mothers Day is fast approaching and my children are wanting to know what I would like.  Quite frankly there isn’t really much I need but some relaxing time would be perfect.  Time to sit down, rest and drink tea.  Drink it by the bucket loads.  When drinking tea things are made even more perfect if they are accompanied by cake.  Who doesn’t love cake?   What is your ideal treat that you are hoping to receive this Mother’s Day? ** Baker Days who sell lovely personalised letter box cakes and We Are Tea who are specialist tea sellers very kindly gifted… View Post

This light and fluffy cherry and almond cake is topped with a tasty fruit glaze.  The cake tastes lovely served with cream or creme fraiche.  I find there something so tasty about a light fluffy sponge served with tangy fruit.  The addition of the fruity glaze over the slightly tangy sour cherries give the cake a little hint of something special. Ingredients 150g unsalted butter 2 tablespoons of brown sugar 350g cherries 150g ground almonds 150g caster sugar 3 large eggs 100g self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 tablespoons of redcurrant jelly Cream of Creme Fraiche to serve… View Post

We are big fans of scones here.  They are an absolute favourite with a cup of tea.  They really are very easy to make at home.  Instead of the usual sultanas this recipe uses chocolate chips to add a little treat to your scones. Ingredients 400g Self raising flour 1/4 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of baking powder 100g butter 50g Caster sugar 200ml milk 50g chocolate chip Method Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl Cut the butter in to cubes and mix in to the flour… View Post

Apple pie is good. Great comfort food for this time of the year. Homemade apple pie is always best. Warm apple pie, slight crunch to the not overly sweetened filling wrapped in flaky sweet pastry. Is there anything better?  For me there really isn’t.  I just adore homemade apple pie. It’s been a goal of mine for a very long time has to make an apple pie just like my Nan used to. They were delicious. Every month whilst at university my parents would visit with a care package. The best thing contained in that care package was one of… View Post