Chocolate cake crinkle cookies

These bite size cookies are utterly amazing. Easy to make, no fancy ingredients, they make a spectacular pre-breakfast with a cup of coffee, and they taste like mouthfuls of chocolate cake. The recipe is from the always reliable BBC Good Food website via a friend’s teenage daughter who loves to bake. Nice one Alice! Makes… Continue reading Chocolate cake crinkle cookies

Carrot cake

This cake is one of my favourite ever cakes, in part because it’s the cake I made for my daughter’s first birthday, well over a decade ago. But also because it’s the kind of cake you hope you’re getting when you order a piece of cake. It’s absolutely yummy and the only carrot cake recipe… Continue reading Carrot cake

Lemon drizzle cake

Is it time for second breakfast yet? NOW PLEASE. I love a bit of lemon drizzle. At the risk of sounding completely 2020 I made this while on a work Zoom call (with video on), which I like to think of as a public service to break the endless staring at faces we’ve all been… Continue reading Lemon drizzle cake

Pistachio, Lemon + Rosemary cake

Now don’t let the rosemary bit put you off – my husband likes it, but my daughter doesn’t and it can simply be left out. Then you’ll have a super moist Pistachio & Lemon cake which (lets face it) won’t exactly be hard to eat. The recipe is from Sabrina Ghayour’s superb new book Simply,… Continue reading Pistachio, Lemon + Rosemary cake

Mango mousse cake

Ok so this one isn’t simple, and it isn’t quick, but it is delicious. Mangoes are my second favourite fruit (after raspberries) and this is mangolicous. It needs to set in the fridge overnight so it’s one to make ahead of time, although you could just make the bavarois (the mousse bit) and eat it… Continue reading Mango mousse cake

Nectarine + Almond cake

A fabulous yet simple recipe from Mastering the Art of Baking by Anneka Manning, this cake is wonderful. I love it as is with a coffee for second breakfast, while my family prefer it with a slurp of cream. Ingredients 125g soft unsalted butter (I use stork for cakes) 110g caster sugar 2 large eggs… Continue reading Nectarine + Almond cake

Damp Lemon + Almond cake

This is from Nigella’s book ‘How to be a domestic goddess’ which is one of my most used cookbooks. Her recipes never fail, and this one is great for the almond obsessed (me!). I’ve added the buttercream icing & decorations because my family don’t seem to understand un-iced cakes. Philistines. Ingredients Cake: 225g soft unsalted… Continue reading Damp Lemon + Almond cake

Brownies

An absolute classic, from the absolute classic that is Nigella Lawson. Nuff said. Ingredients 190g soft unsalted butter 190g 70% dark chocolate 3 large eggs 2tsp vanilla extract 250g caster sugar 110g plain flour 1/2 tsp free flowing salt 150g chopped walnuts Method Grease & line (base + sides) of an 8″ x 12″ tin,… Continue reading Brownies