Cakes and biscuits

rhubarb blondie recipe

Precocious Rhubarb Pink and Whities

went away for a day on a food writing course run at Otter Farm by Diana Henry. So I asked Jessi and Issy to cook lunch for the four remaining adults. When I ...
no-cook chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Rum Cake inspired by Crispins

“She said, ‘I’m terribly sorry, Bruce, I got a bit pissed last night and I gave your telephone number to a man, who you probably won’t like. His name is Peter N...
lemon cookies recipe

Illicit Casa Amora Lemon-scented Cookies

In Lisbon I stayed in a most wonderfully different, endearingly eccentric, sort of pension, the Casa Amora. On arrival I was welcomed by Juan, who met me at the...
what to do with leftover condensed milk

Condensed milk cookies

I found the remains of a tin of condensed milk in my fridge. What to do with it? It was in danger of becoming a permanent fixture. The solution was to make t...
german cinnamon stars recipe

Zimtsterne – aka German Cinnamon Stars

Zimtsterne are also known as Erstesternen (first stars) – the emerging stars indicate the end of a day of fasting. These days they are eaten as part of a tradit...
mince pie recipe

Mince pies par excellence

“Q: Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A: A Mince Spy!” Christmas cracker joke   Mince pies are another Christmas commodity that is, like brandy b...
chocolate cookie recipe

Recipe for bountiful, broken-leg cookies

I am sure I am not alone in playing the magpie when faced with a pile of ancient magazines and mentally cloaked in anticipatory anxiety in the waiting room of a...