Baking

pumpkin pie

The special trick to transform your pumpkin pie

I’d never had pumpkin pie before moving to America but I love it. It’s not that different to a nutmeggy British egg custard tart (one of my faves) really. It is the perfect end to an Autumnal dinner so I’ve written my recipe which includes a special stage that you won’t see in many other recipes....

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easiest cake

The easiest and most useful cake I know

I don’t like to follow too many rules but with baking you have to. That’s why I love this cake, because it breaks quite a few of the rules that we’re meant to follow and also gives you the freedom to play around with flavours. It truly is the easiest cake recipe I know. It...

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Giant chocolate chunk cookie

Giant chocolate chunk cookie with spelt and sea salt

I love the reaction when I bring this giant chocolate chunk cookie out after dinner. Adults momentarily turn back into children. Children can’t believe their eyes. This recipe is a doddle to make and a joy to eat, and it can be frozen so you will always have a dreamy fuss-free dessert on hand. Play...

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flapjacks

flapjacks – the perfect treat for busy bees

In a world full of Instagramable baking (don’t get me started on unicorn cronuts), old school flapjacks can get a bit left behind. They have been knocked out of the way by granola bars and the recipes have been the subject of a lot of fiddling, ingredients wise, these last few years. There are so...

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summer fruit cake

one bowl summer fruit cake

Some days you need a crowd-pleasing cake fast. This simple one bowl summer fruit cake recipe is a great one to make when you don’t want to use any brain power or equipment. It also works with whatever fruit is in season. Think of it like a little black dress – you can keep bringing...

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Roast nectarine, thyme and honey cream tart

roast nectarine, thyme and honey cream tart

If you come to my house for dinner over the summer the chances are you’ll get this roast nectarine, thyme and honey cream tart for dessert. It is so easy to make and a joy to eat. I also make it with plums, apricots, rhubarb or peaches depending on what I can buy at the...

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banana bread

banana bread – perfect to freeze for lunchboxes

When I posted a picture of this banana bread on social media this weekend I received a bonkers amount of comments. Loads of you sent me recipes for your favourite banana bread recipes. It seems I’m not the only one who is on a quest to find The One when it comes to banana bread....

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pumpkin chocolate loaf with olive oil glaze

pumpkin chocolate loaf with olive oil glaze

I fell in love with pumpkin loaf (really a cake) in America but had never made my own. Feeling a bit like my American boy was being deprived of his birth right, I decided to have a bash at making it with my boys. There are tons of recipes but one was speaking to me...

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citrus curd

Great Aunty Joyce’s citrus curd

Citrus curd was the first preserve I ever made and is much simpler than making jam or marmalade. It is a brilliant one to make with children as it only takes 10 minutes and is a great way to get them using scales and understanding some of the science of cooking. I’ve created this 10...

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berry and citrus curd cake

berry and citrus curd cake

Everyone needs an easy, show-stopper pud that can be thrown together with minimal fuss. And this berry and citrus curd cake is the one I roll out most often. If, like me, most of your dinners with friends get a little fuzzy round the edges by the time the main course has finished, you’ll love...

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Easter

Easter treats for lunch and brunch

I’m in England just now and enjoying the four day weekend we have for Easter. Very civilized having Friday and Monday public holidays either side of the weekend as it allows so many of us to travel back to our families. I always feel that it is like Christmas without the hassle of gifts and...

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food processor Victoria sponge

food processor Victoria sponge with balsamic strawberry jam and crème fraîche

I’ve made this food processor Victoria sponge cake twice in the last week and both times have had lots of compliments and requests for the recipe. So I’m guessing you’d like it too. This is something I’ve been making for about 10 years – ever since I first got my paws on Nigella‘s ‘How to...

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orange and rosemary bundt cake

orange and rosemary bundt cake

I’m not as confident a baker as I am a cook of savoury things. I’m not by nature a precise person and I think that’s why cakes don’t appeal to me as much. One mistake and things can fall flat – literally. Baking doesn’t have the luxury of being able to be rescued like most...

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flapjacks

flapjacks for lunchboxes, teatime and road trips

I love a good flapjack. We never left home for a holiday when I was little without a tin of flapjacks and shortbread.  Long before granola bars had ever been thought of, these were what my Mum packed for us. Like granola bars, they are a real treat but give you a bit of a...

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baked oatmeal

baked oats with berries and banana – perfect weekend brunch

Midweek eats Porridge, or oatmeal, is a pretty much daily breakfast in our house. I make mine with thick rolled oats and flaxseed cooked just with water then finished with a mound of yoghurt and fruit. The baked oats with berries and banana recipe that follows would be a good one to make on a...

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easiest shortbread

the easiest crumbliest shortbread – thanks Mum x

This easiest shortbread is a recipe that has been a part of my family as long as I can remember. It was always in the biscuit tin when we went on holidays and my Mum made it for many a summer fair, various picnics and parties. I remember making it with her as a child...

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