Cinnamon and Plum Cake

Cinnamon and Plum Cake

Despite the colder turn the weather has taken, my garden is still producing. I picked some Victoria plums last week while they were still green and under ripe. The reason is, if I wait for them to ripen on the branch, then the bugs and birds will have had a nibble. Picking them under ripe,…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Pudding

I can’t describe how pleased I was when my local Tescos started stocking cans of pumpkin puree. Previously, I had had to rely on expensive import sites or Amazon. You can, of course, make your own pumpkin puree if you can’t get the canned stuff. Any squash, even Butternut, could be used for this recipe….

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Layer Cake

As I have done in previous years, I went to visit family and of course took dessert. As it was Easter, a chocolate themed cake seemed appropriate, but I wanted to add peanut butter into the mix. One, because I love peanut butter, but also because I think of the many various flavour combinations out…

Vanilla Petit Fours

I reviewed the recipe book The Petit Four Cookbook by Brooks Coulson Nguyen this weekend. In case you didn’t already know, petit four is French for ‘little oven’, and is used to describe small bite-sized cakes. I confess, as much as I like to eat these, I had never attempted them before so it was…

Black and White Layer Cake

I seem to have made a lot of cookies lately, which is great, I love doing them, but now and then you want something a little softer. This cake was inspired by the book I reviewed this week. I realised it had been far too long since I had made a chocolate cake. The sponge…

Blackberry Crumble Cake

The other day I went blackberry picking at our local nature reserve. It was a beautiful day, and my nephews and I bagged a whole load of juicy berries. Immediately on my return, I made a couple of blackberry pies. I still had at least a third of the berries left, so I needed to…