Cakes and biscuits

recipe for black velvet cake

An alcoholic Irish cake for Maisie

It's St Patrick's Day today.... so something Irish I created this cake from the basic recipe for Black Velvet cake – a dark Guinness and chocolate cake toppe...
coconut and pineapple flower pie recipe

Coconut and Pineapple Flower Pie

This pie is easily made and, thanks to the pineapple flowers which give zing in terms of taste, it also looks spectacular.   Good and Bad news So the ...
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

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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...