Baked Goods

Pastries, pancakes, tart, muffins, biscuits & cookies, bread, cakes and rusks

Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Having spent most of his birthday bored to death in the car as we drove from The Lake District all the way back to Essex, I thought I should make it up to little Gabriel. Like a lot of mothers, I wanted to be the best and in one area I excel is food. For […]

Chocolate Brandy Torte

Chocolate Brandy Torte

On Valentine’s Day I put on my baking mitts and got to work. While neither Neil nor I are obsessed with the commercialised “special” day we thought it wouldn’t hurt to treat ourselves to something sweet. What I loved most about this cake was its contrast. Outside it was cracked, hard and almost crunchy and […]

Lavash Crackers with Baba Ghanoush

Lavash Crackers with Baba Ghanoush

Eagerly refreshing the Daring Bakers’ Challenge page every hour I let out a big sigh of relief when I saw it’s not going to be a humungous layer cake. These cakes were definitely not doing my diet any good. Having eaten authentic Lavash in Istanbul (Turkey), I was somewhat puzzled by the “cracker” part. I […]

Hazelnut (Filbert) Gateau with Chocolate Praline Buttercream

Hazelnut (Filbert) Gateau with Chocolate Praline Buttercream

To be honest I let out a big old groan when I read this month’s challenge for The Daring Bakers. It felt just like yesterday since I made that White Opéra Cake with Lemon Butter Cream, White Chocolate Mousse & Almonds two challenges ago. This was basically the same thing with different ingredients and still […]

Apple & Pistachio Danish Braid

Apple & Pistachio Danish Braid

For the first time I read the new recipe for the month of The Daring Bakers, I got excited. No fancy schmancy cakes with lots of layers and different fillings or bizarre frozen cheesecake lollies. No, this challenge’s end result I was actually keen to eat. Unfortunately, it had to wait a while because we […]

Pumpkin, Almond & Cinnamon Muffins

Pumpkin, Almond & Cinnamon Muffins

Little Gabriel loves these muffins, even though he has no molars to chew them. He is slowly learning to feed himself, playing with food in his tray and turning everything into crumbs and mush. Lovely. At least he enjoys himself.

Chocolate & Pistachio Brownies

Chocolate & Pistachio Brownies

Brownies as they should be: moist, soft and squidgy on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside. Shop-bought and other recipes I’ve tried but these brownies are by far my favourite. This recipe is foolproof; never have I had a disaster with this one. Many would agree that chocolate is the ultimate comfort food. […]

Nigella’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Back in late March Neil’s 50th birthday (oops, I said it) was coming up and I asked him what he would like as a special meal. Chocolate cake was one of the requests. (Neil is a self-confessed chocoholic and his excuse is he’s in touch with his feminine side.) He regressed by telling me on […]