Death by chocolate orange bundt cake

Perfect for when you want a little (okay a lotta) chocolate pick me up. Ingredients 200 g butter or margarine (I always tend to use marg as it is easier to mix) 100g Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Orange Straws 200 g caster sugar 250 g self raising flour 2 tsp orange essence flavouring 50 g cocoa…

Recipe: Hundreds and thousands cake

Eating this cake floods my senses with fond school dinner memories. It’s so easy to make, is enough for lots of portions (so good if it is for a group) and easy to cut up into sections. Ingredients 300g caster sugar 200g butter or margarine 300g self raising flour 75 ml milk 4 medium eggs…

Recipe: Blackberry Jam

I’ve loved picking blackberries from hedgerows on my dog walks over the past month, but have been stockpiling for making jam, and am running out of room in my freezer! Last weekend I gave it a go… This recipe will make one jar. Ingredients 1 kg blackberries (can cook from frozen) 759g granulated sugar 1…

Recipe: Two ingredient chocolate cake

Yep, you read that right, this cake has only two ingredients. Eggs, and chocolate. And it actually works surprisingly well. Perfect if you’ve got a craving for cake or have last minute dinner guests and nothing to make for dessert. It’s also gluten free. Ingredients 200g milk chocolate (I used dark chocolate the first time…

Recipe: Tortilla pizza

This is a great recipe if you’re struggling for a lunch or quick dinner idea but have nothing left in the cupboards. It’s much lower in calories than a normal pizza and is really quick and easy to make. Ingredients 1 tortilla wrap 1 tbsp tomato purée 15g finely grated cheese (use more or less…

Recipe: Death by Chocolate Cake

This cake is simple to make, but great as a special party cake. I’m a self confessed chocoholic and a small slice of this is plenty for me as it is so rich, so a little goes a long way! Ingredients For the cake 200g caster sugar 200g margarine 4 eggs 200g self raising flour…

Foraging Blackberries

Nothing sums up British summer more than foraging in hedgerows for blackberries, although it seems to have become a dying pastime. With the heatwave this year blackberries are already blooming on bushes across the UK, but usually the best time to pick them is late August and through September, and I can’t wait to get…

Stellar Cookware review

If you’re a baker you’ll know that good quality bakeware is an essential, but it’s not always the most expensive item that has the best performance. Baking reguarly I not only need something that has good results (if I had a pound for every time something has stuck to the bottom of a tin I’d…

Recipe: Harissa Spatchcock Chicken

This is one of my favourite summer recipes and perfect if you can’t really be bothered to be standing around slaving in the kitchen! Harissa is a great ingredient- a paste that is made from chilli and other spices and widely used in North African and Middle Eastern Cuisines. I use a whole chicken and…

Recipe: Jam Doughnuts

This is the first time I have attempted a doughnut recipe, mainly because I have always been terrified to deep fat fry after learning of the risk of fire in secondary school. Needless to say there is no risk of fire in this recipe- just make sure you don’t leave the hot oil unattended. And…