cherry and coconut hot cross buns

Cherry and Coconut Hot Cross Buns

While tradition states Hot Cross Buns should be eaten on Good Friday, many shops now sell these fruit studded buns all year round. I try to resist temptation and only buy/make them during the Easter period. Hot Cross Buns use one of my favourite types of dough – enriched dough. It’s silky texture is a pleasure to work […]

Simnel Cake

Mini Simnel Cake

A few years ago I made an alternative Simnel Cake that wasn’t really traditional apart from the inclusion of dried fruit and marzipan. This year after making baked bean tin Christmas Cake I decided to use the same method to make two mini Simnel Cakes. Some myths state that traditionally Simnel Cakes were made on […]

Easter biscuits

Easter Biscuits

These simple buttery biscuits remind me of being a child. Easy to make and so delicious. I can remember making them in school and then scoffing a few before delivering the rest home. They are perfect with a cup of tea and I challenge you to eat just one though. Some recipes put spice in these […]

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Apricot & Almond Tart

There’s no denying my favourite thing to bake is a cake that involves frangipane. Be it a Bakewell Tart or Rhubarb Tart I love the almond sponge. A few weeks ago mum gave me a jar of apricots that had been steeping in a thick whisky syrup and decided that combining them with a frangipane […]

light chocolate cake

Light Chocolate Cake for Easter

Julia Parsons from A Slice of Cherry Pie has hosted an Easter Cake Bake since 2007. My previous entries have included Mini Egg Tiffin and Simnel Cupcakes. I was pleased when she announced she was hosting it again as I already had a cake in mind. Easter in the culinary world usually means chocolate and a lot […]

hot cross buns

Long awaited Hot Cross Buns

I’ve been trying to bake the perfect Hot Cross Buns for the last few Easters and until now these doughy treats had eluded me. Past Hot Cross Buns have resembled rock cakes, the crosses had dribbled off or they were frankly inedible. Deciding not to be beaten, this year I decided to consult my bread […]

mini egg tiffin

Mini Egg Tiffin

I can’t believe how fast this week has gone. I’m already half the way through my Easter hols. It’s now Good Friday and our Easter tree has been up for about a week. I was first introduced to Easter trees 20 years ago in Germany and decided I wanted one in our house this year. […]

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