Anna’s Apple Crumble

Set oven to 160 degrees fan. Zest the lemon and put it and a tablespoon of juice plus a couple of tablespoons of water in the bottom of an ovenproof dish (our square white ones are good). Toss the apple slices in the liquid –…

Ricciarelli

Ricciarelli: Chewy Italian Almond Cookies Ricciarelli are dense, chewy Italian almond cookies originating in Siena. They are a distant, and much less fussy, Italian cousin to the French macaron — perfect with tea or coffee!CourseDessertCuisineItalianPrep Time30 minutesCook Time20 minutesDrying time1 hourTotal Ingredients 2 egg whites 1 dash lemon juice 2 1/4 cups almond…

Boozy stewed fruit with bay leaves

Bex made this for me, and I didn’t get the recipe in detail (too much wine) but it was really good. In essence it was fruit gently cooked in the oven with some honey and alcohol (I think brandy) and bay leaves. Fruit was plums,…

Lemon cheescake

Ingredients: 100g abernathy biscuits (if you can find them! I found them in Waitrose. If not digestives are fine, just don’t add sugar) 40g butter 2 tbsp brown sugar 250g cream cheese – I used marscapone 280ml double cream 100g caster sugar Zest and juice…

Pecan Pie

First, make this pastry and chill it in a ball for 20 mins or so. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees C. Line a 23cm pie tin – preferably the kind with the removable base. For the filling you need: 2 eggs 150g butter, melted and…

Sweet pastry for pies

This should make enough for one pie in a 23cm round tin 150g plain flour 75g unsalted butter cold from the fridge 50g (4 tablespoons) icing sugar 1 egg yolk, beaten with 1 tablespoon of cold water Method Put 150g plain flour and 75g unsalted butter in a bowl,…

Shortbread biscuits

125g soft butter 55g caster sugar (better than granulated) 180-190g plain flour – need to test. 200g was too much. A good recipe for when you don’t have any eggs. Could be varied with lumps of crystallised ginger or lemon rind/oil. Cream the butter and…

Boozy Jamaican Ginger Cake

Boozy Jamaican Ginger Cake

Photo thanks to Chris Lee 75g butter 125g dark muscavado sugar 100g treacle 100g golden syrup 75ml rum (dark if possible) 2 eggs, beaten 225g self-raising flour 1tsp alspice 1tsp ginger pinch of salt 75g crystallised ginger, chopped up Use a tin like a bread…

Seriously lemony cake

200g butter 180g white sugar, preferably caster but granulated will do 4 eggs (or 3 plus 2 whites, if you have some spare) Rind and juice of 2 lemons 50g polenta (try with ground almonds) 150g self-raising flour 1/4 tsp baking powder Another 3 tablespoons…

Upside down orange cake

Upside down orange cake

Photo thanks to Chris Lee Preheat oven to 170 degrees C Slice one orange thinly. Take the zest off the other and set aside, then juice it. Put the orange juice in a pan with 50ml water and 50g of the sugar. Add the orange…

Poppy seed cake

70g blue poppy seeds 150ml milk 150g butter 150g sugar (generally use caster, but light brown would also work) 2 eggs (also works well with one egg plus two whites) 150g self raising flour (or plain flour plus 3/4 tsp baking powder) This recipe is…

Breakfast buns (cinnamon rolls)

Breakfast buns (cinnamon rolls)

Everyday recipe – for 10 rolls: 65g butter 220ml milk 440g plain white flour (you don’t need strong bread flour for this recipe) 65g normal sugar 2 tsp dried yeast salt 2 tablespoons cinnamon 3-4 tablespoons demerara sugar you can try other fillings instead –…

Cantucci

Ingredients (makes around 30): 250 grams plain flour 165 grams granulated sugar 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon grated orange zest squeeze of orange juice 1 teaspoon amaretto or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 2 eggs 125 grams whole almonds Method: Preheat Oven…

Polish butter biscuits

Polish butter biscuits

This is the recipe for use with a patterned rolling pin. 200g butter 150g icing sugar (important that it is icing sugar as it needs to be really fine) 1 egg 2 tabs olive oil 400g plain flour (not self-raising) pinch of salt flavouring if…

Blackberry Financiers

No idea about the name… Makes 12 small cupcakes – use madeleine tin Anna’s quantities for 2 egg whites 50 g butter 1/2 cup almonds (might work with hazelnuts) 1/4 cup plain flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 egg whites 1 tablespoons honey About one cup…

Sarah’s Dutch grandma’s Apple Cake (works with pears or apricots too)

Sarah’s Dutch grandma’s Apple Cake (works with pears or apricots too)

Photo thanks to Chris Lee 2 eggs (or better still, 1 egg plus 2 egg whites if you have some which need using up) 6 oz caster sugar 6 oz butter 5 oz self-raising flour 1 oz ground almond or whole almonds 1 large Bramley…

Baked custard

2 large eggs. If you have any extra egg yolks you can add them as well or instead of some of the whole eggs. 2 cups milk 1/8 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons white sugar (fine if possible) Pinch nutmeg (fresh-grated if possible) Quantities for 4…

Kardemummabullar (Swedish Cardamom Buns)

Kardemummabullar (Swedish Cardamom Buns)

Recipe: http://www.dinnerwithjulie.com/2017/12/18/kanelbullar/ INGREDIENTS (makes about 1 1/2 dozen)For the dough: 1 cup milk, warmed 2 tsp active dry yeast 3 – 3 1/2 cups plain flour 1/3 cup butter, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp ground cardamom 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp…

Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Tart

Guardian recipe: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/apr/17/how-make-perfect-bakewell-tart IngredientsFor the pastry: 140g plain flour, plus extra to sprinkle 85g cold butter, plus extra to grease Pinch of salt Ice cold water For the frangipane: 110g butter 110g caster sugar 2 eggs 110g ground almonds 25g plain flour ½tsp baking powder…

Chocolate Sponge Cake (or Brownies)

Chocolate Sponge Cake (or Brownies)

This is a great cake! I sometimes make it just with the filling, but no icing. It’s quicker, and a better ‘everyday’ cake. Sieve some icing sugar on top as decoration. Or try the mix as brownies by using plain flour instead of self-raising, no…

Coffee & walnut cake

Coffee & walnut cake

Image thanks to Chris Lee For the cake 225g butter 225g caster sugar 4 eggs (can substitute some extra whites or yolks for one egg if you like) 50ml strong coffee 225g self-raising flour 75g walnuts For the buttercream topping 125g butter 200g icing sugar…

Balkan Yogurt Cake

6 oz butter 6 oz white sugar 2 eggs 8 oz yogurt (you can measure fluid ounces or weigh it) 8 oz plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp bicarb 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp lemon rind (generally a whole lemon, or more if…

Christmas every day cake…

This is the Christmas cake recipe, but with quantities suitable for a long loaf tin (25cm) so that it is good for everyday. You can coat with marzipan if you like (or put a layer of marzipan in the middle). Preheat oven to 140 C.…

Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge Cake

Photo thanks to Chris Lee For the Cake Preheat oven to 170 c fan. If you want a soft crust put a tray of water in the bottom to create steam. Use two 18 cm tins, grease the tin lightly and line at the bottom with…

German Honey Bars

1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup sugar 2 tabs butter 1 cup plain flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp bicarb 1/4 cup almonds, blanched 1/4 cup candied peel 1/4 tsp sugar 1/4 tsp cardamon 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4-1/2 cup more flour Preheat oven to 170C…

Cranachan

Serves 4 – ideally make in glasses. The proportions of this aren’t great – try with half as much cream and twice as much whisky. Or, better still, ditch the cream altogether, use vanilla ice cream and pour the whisky over. Thinking about it, I’m…

Sophie’s Salted Caramel Popcorn

Sophie’s Salted Caramel Popcorn

Popcorn is for sharing… Here’s the recipe And here are the popcorn girls…

Sophie’s Limoncello

Sophie’s Limoncello

This seems to make a huge amount and take a long time but I wanted to put it in because we had it when we went to Italy. Let’s try it sometime! BBC recipe Limoncello is for sharing…

Merlot-poached pears with vanilla & cinnamon

Online recipe. 1 bottle of red wine 100g sugar (half of online recipe) 1 large cinnamon stick dash of vanilla extract (better than a pod, as it leaves black dust) 4-8 pears, depending on size. Peel but leave the stalk on. Cook in the oven…

Carrot (or sweet potato) cake with creamy orange frosting

Carrot (or sweet potato) cake with creamy orange frosting

Online recipe – This is the original Hairy Biker recipe.  Oven 160 fan, bake for 35-40 mins Carrot cake recipe but even better with sweet potato! Ingredients For the cake For the cream cheese icing Method You can use other things instead of the carrot,…

Apple Crumble

‘You Can Cook’ online recipe

Kringle – Norwegian Wreath

100g butter 325 ml milk 1 tablespoon dried yeast Approx 650g plain flour (nb, not bread flour) 100g sugar salt whisked egg for glazing and demarara or other crunchy sugar or try with icing sugar mixed with lemon juice think it might also work icing…

Jamie’s Pumpkin Pie

Jamie’s Pumpkin Pie

Link to Jamie Oliver recipe. Use either butternut squash or the dark red round squashes that look like mini-pumpkins. I don’t think it will work with real pumpkin as they are much more watery. By desert pastry I think he means shortcrust (not flaky). Maple…

Rice Pudding

1/3 cup rice – pudding rice or short grain rice 1/2 cup cream – double or single depending on your taste 1 cup milk Grated nutmeg (always best freshly grated) 1½ tablespoons sugar Put in an oven-proof dish and cook at 160 C (fan) for…

Lavender Honey Ice Cream

Link to recipe Cream and honey make any recipe richer, more luscious. This lavender honey ice cream recipe takes the winning flavor combination and makes it even more luxurious with the addition of infused lavender buds. Simply put, this lavender ice cream is dreamy.https://cbcf1db26a03a06168ced7bb60172e9c.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html Ingredients tub of…

Clafoutis

1 egg 1 oz sugar 1 oz self-raising flour cream fruit – like cherries, blackcurrants or blueberries – frozen is OK, but best defrosted a bit first in the microwave Put fruit in the bottom of a small over-proof dish. Beat egg and sugar and…

Flapjacks

125g butter 125g golden syrup 125g muscavado sugar (or other soft brown sugar) Pinch of salt ¼ tsp ground ginger or cinamon (optional) 350g of oat/seed mix. Seeds can be sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, linseed, poppyseed etc. Start by putting them in the measuring bowl, to…

Cardamon Carrot Cake

Cardamon Carrot Cake

4 oz flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 egg ¼ teaspoon ground cardamon (or about 5 pods opened up and crushed) 5 oz brown sugar 2 oz butter (or half butter and half oil) 8 oz grated carrot 3 oz almonds (best skinned, but…

Challah Bread

400g Strong white flour 2 eggs 1 tsp yeast ½ tsp salt 2 tablespoons oil (sunflower is good) saffron (optional) 180 ml warm water 1 tsp milk 1 tsp white sugar Poppy seeds – or seasame Keep back one egg yolk for glaze. Mix everything…

Banana cupcakes

Banana cupcakes

3 oz butter 3 oz sugar 1 egg 1 banana, mashed 4 oz self-raising flour some lemon juice Photo thanks to Chris Lee Cream butter, add sugar and cream, beat in egg, add mashed banana. Then mix in the flour and enough lemon juice to…

Toddler Dough for cookie-cutter biscuits

Toddler Dough for cookie-cutter biscuits

The famous Steiner kindergarten recipe. We made these sooo many times when you were little. I remember one time you made it into all the letters to spell your name. 3 oz self-raising flour 9 oz plain flour 5 oz sugar 5 oz butter or…

American Pancakes (also good for waffles)

1 egg white Generous ½ cup plain flour ½ tsp baking powder pinch of salt 1 tsp sugar 1 egg yolk 2 Tablespoons melted butter ½ cup milk This is enough for breakfast for two people. Whisk the egg white until stiff. Mix everything  else in…

Best Brownies

100g plain chocolate 150g softened butter (or try with 100g butter and 50g olive oil) 175g caster sugar 3 eggs (including extra yolk/white if you have some to use up) ½ teaspoon vanilla essence 50g self-raising flour 50g plain flour 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 100g…

Crème brûlée

(serves 6) 8 egg yolks 110g caster sugar Vanilla essence 750ml double cream 250ml milk 55g demerara sugar Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan. Place egg yolks and caster sugar in a bowl and add the vanilla essence. Using a whisk, gently combine mixture, then slowly…

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Pastry: 150g flour 75g butter 50g sugar 1 egg A few drops of vanilla essence Preheat oven to 160C/180C fan. Tip flour into a bowl and add the butter (cut into small slices) Rub until combined. Add sugar, egg and vanilla. Kneed the dough then…

Nana Bread

100g softened butter 120g caster sugar 1 egg 225g plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 very ripe bananas 50ml milk Chopped walnuts (optional) Preheat oven to 18oC/160C fan. Grease and line a loaf tin. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and…