11 June 2020

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

There is no greater reward for a busy baker after three rounds of chocolate cake experiments than the feedback “you nailed it!”. I’m rather chuffed that this cake has turned out so well and so are my neighbours who have been my regular baking guinea pigs throughout lockdown. (They seem to like me even more now, I wonder why…😊) I’ve been on a mission to come up with a chocolate […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]

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