25 June 2020
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Blackberry Crumble Muffins

Fancy foolproof summer muffins which can be made in minutes? Here they come! Last week I made yet another slightly different rhubarb cake in the hope that after tweaking the batter a bit I’d come up with a recipe for rhubarb muffins. The cake turned out to be a success and I got rather excited at the prospect of sharing a brand new recipe just to discover a few days […]
29 May 2020

Easy Banana Bread Two Ways

Banana bread has been trending since lockdown started. As I’m a bit of a rebel and like doing things my way I must admit I’ve refused to follow the crowds. However, some of you have asked for an easy banana bread recipe so I sort of didn’t have a choice. 😊 I’ve tweaked the recipe which I put together three years ago, simplified it, tested two slightly different versions and […]
14 May 2020

Carrot Cake With Light Mascarpone Cheese Icing

It seems traditional bakes are making a come-back during lockdown. Banana loaf, victoria sponge, scones or brownies are just a few examples of what pops up on my social media feed practically every day. The lemon loaf recipe I posted a few weeks ago is still being made by you my lovely bakers; I just got another photo from someone yesterday which made me grin from ear to ear yet […]
5 May 2020

My Mum’s Strawberry and Rhubarb Cake

This is one of the first recipes my mum taught me when I was a child. Every time I make this cake I can see my mum and me in the kitchen, usually on the weekend – she’s cooking dinner and I’m right next to her, old-fashioned heavy, noisy mixer in hand, making the fruit cake, as we used to call it and still do. This cake is so quick, […]
27 April 2020

Speckled Bread – My Simple Lockdown Pleasures

Delicious and foolproof To call this desert BREAD is in my opinion a massive understatement. It’s so much more than that – it’s rich, fruity, moist and fragrant, yet incredibly easy to make. What goes by the name of bara brith in Wales and barm brack in Ireland, by most is simply known as speckled bread or tea fruit loaf. Dry fruit is soaked overnight in tea giving the bread […]
16 April 2020

Zingy Lemon Loaf

Hello Lovely Bakers, I hope you and your loved ones are staying well. We’re into the third week of lockdown and I’m beginning to feel like a human again. My happy place is always anywhere near two things: oven and nature. Since the latter is limited to our garden at the moment (lucky us we have one!), I started baking again and catching up with my well-overdue admin work, recipes […]
22 January 2020
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What a Year It Was!

I’m not quite sure how we‘re already half-way through January. Through the after Christmas slump as my friend cynically calls this time of the year. We’re all daylight, vitamin D and cash deficient… Possibly a couple of pounds heavier. Nevertheless, every year I stubbornly refuse to give in to two things in the dreaded January: winter blues and new year’s resolutions. Are you thinking it’s a bit too late for […]
25 September 2019

Not a Piece of Cake

And so it has begun, Rise and Shine has launched. After three months of full-on preparations my website is live and so are my social media accounts. I’ve met many new amazing people and made contacts with new fantastic organisations. Oh, and, wait a minute, I’ve started teaching baking! Hip, hip, hooray! The question I’ve been asked a lot lately is “how does it feel to be running a new […]