Donna Hay Coffee & Brown Sugar Tray Cake

Another cracker of a recipe from Donna Hay. Easy, delicious and the perfect sweet treat to have in your cake tin for those days when you need something to accompany your morning or afternoon cuppa. If you want to make this for the family and are worried about the coffee just use decaf coffee or … Continue reading

Cardamom, Rose Water & Pistachio Cake

The title of this cake includes three of my favourite ingredients so I knew it was going to be right up my alley, and I was right. This cake is just a lovely combination of flavours – warmth and earthiness from the cardamom, beautiful aroma from the rose water and wonderful nuttiness and moistness from … Continue reading

Cinnamon Roll Cake

I’ve called this a cake but it’s probably more accurate to describe it as one giant cinnamon roll. There’s something very addictive about cinnamon rolls – yeasty sweet dough, buttery cinnamon filling and that vanilla frosting that seeps into all those nooks and crannies. If there’s anything more comforting than a cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee … Continue reading

Blue Cheese & Walnut Crackers

Apologies for my long absence – we’ve just returned from a long holiday to Canada and Alaska. I do normally publish posts when we’re away but the scenery and natural splendour of that part of the world were so amazing that I wanted to spend as little time as possible on my laptop. As you … Continue reading

Coffee & Walnut Cake

The term “coffee cake” in America usually refers to any type of cake that would be good served with a cup of coffee, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the cake contains any coffee. The coffee cake in this recipe however, whilst it is fantastic with a cuppa, is the old-fashioned English fair stall type of coffee cake … Continue reading

Layer Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Layer cakes make a fantastic celebration dessert. They not only look impressive but they’re delicious and can feed a large number of people. I made this three layer cake for a birthday dinner for 12 and there was still half a cake left over – which is not a bad thing! The batter for this cake … Continue reading

Foolproof Blender Hollandaise

 Butter based sauces such as Bernaise and Hollandaise are great recipes to be able to perfect but they can be tricky to get right. For years I battled with split sauces where the butter and yolks separated and even worse, when due to excessive heat the eggs curdled and scrambled. A lot of effort and … Continue reading