2 June 2020

Rhubarb Crumble

Rhubarb is in season which for me means only one thing – rhubarb crumble. Perfect combo of sweet and sour, soft and crunchy done in no time at all.  I like adding porridge oats to my crumble as well sprinkling some flaked almonds on top so that I can comfortably lie and say it’s actually a healthy desert. OK, …healthish.😊 If rhubarb is a bit too tangy for you, try […]
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 […]
20 May 2020

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

How can anyone not like chocolate brownies is beyond my understanding. Rich, fudgy and decadent, the ultimate comfort food when done right. Since most of us seem to be craving exactly that during lockdown, I thought I’d share a new, improved recipe for chocolate brownies in the hope it’ll brighten up your day. After all half of the country is either baking or gardening or both at the moment!😊 There […]
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 […]
9 May 2020

Cheer Me Up Crinkle Brownie Cookies

Lockdown day number… who knows? Have you, like me, lost count by now? Most of the people who I’ve recently been in touch with say that they’re going through constant ups and downs at the moment. It seems that some days we all wake up dreading what the day ahead is inevitably going to bring – a deadly cocktail of worry, anxiety, tiredness and extreme irritability mixed with uncertainty and […]
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

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 […]