I found this Italian sponge recipe whilst browsing Pinterest recently and just had to try it. It boasted absolutely no oil, baking powder or butter… just simply eggs, sugar and flour. The original recipe is from AsEasyAsApplePie and I followed the recipe to the letter as I had never made this type of sponge before. …

A week of treats for the office meant I needed some new recipes, and fast. These recipes were found on brand new blog (to me!). They worked out just perfectly for a first attempt and I didn’t fiddle with the originals at all. These little Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins from Averie cooks were so cute. They …

Chocolate Therapy 

Sometimes, when your day doesn’t go as planned, you just need a refresh. A do-over. A swipe-the-slate-clean moment to bring you back on an even keel for the rest for the day. Baking is my refresh. When I have a day that just doesn’t want to play ball, a couple of hours in the kitchen …

Chocolate Eclair

My dessert offering for a Sunday lunch hosted by friends. Choux pastry cases filled generously with double cream whipped with vanilla bean and finished with melted dark chocolate and freeze dried raspberries. (Hopefully they will be) Perfect for after a heavy lunch of roast chicken and all the trimmings.

Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Cake

Two  square layers of chocolaty sponge, sandwiched together  with Nutella, covered in vanilla and chocolate hazelnut buttercream with Ferrero Rocher pieces to finish.A perfect gifting sized cake to take to a friends for no reason at all other than to say hi.  

Baked Lemon Tart

A quick bake lemon tart for the weekend straight from Queen of Bake’s, Mary , to see us through the weekend. I literally didn’t change one thing in this recipe so follow this link for the how-to. The pastry caught a tad as it was a little on the thick side but other than that, it was …

Raspberry and Vanilla White Chocolate Slab

Sometimes all you need is a big fat slab of chocolate. White chocolate tempered down and mixed with Madagascan vanilla bean, evenly spread and sprinkled with sharp freeze dried raspberries. No baking, no rising, no decorating. Just tempered, flavoured and cooled.

Mince Pie Mountain

You only get to eat them once a year so  why not bake a mountain of mince pies? I baked mine in muffin cases essentially because I’m lazy… it’s a lot easier to wash up the tins this way. Pre-prepared puff pastry with ready made mincemeat layered in the middle.  A cheats Christmas fix. Here’s …

Chocolatey Love

Look what I found! Is this not the most awesome chocolate packaging design, EVER? I defy you to find better!