Stollen bites

It seems at the moment that I am in a stollen flavour bubble. While I love making the traditional spiced German loaf marbled with marzipan, sometimes I want to ring the ranges. I have made Gluten-free stollenStollenStollen cookiesStollen muffins and now introducing stollen bites. These are MoistStickyMoreishFruit PackedAlmondyDelicious This is my final foray into stollen... Continue Reading →

Stollen Muffins

If I had a pound for every Stollen I have made over the years, I would be a wealthy woman. I started baking these fragrant loaves around 30 years ago, at that time they were not found in supermarkets. Now it is nice to ring the changes a little and incorporate the same essential flavours... Continue Reading →

Plum and almond cake

I love Autumn as much as I love summer. It is the glut of British produce that I love. Apples, plums, pears, leeks and pumpkin. It seems like this lovely produce is ready just when we need it, ready for warming soups and desserts. I love this cake even though I'm not a fan of... Continue Reading →

Dreamy pumpkin cupcakes

I have never made anything with pumpkin before. My best friend is Canadian so sometimes I like to bake something from her home. I thought I would start with something innocuous such as a cupcake. I ordered my cans of pumpkin puree and then crossed my fingers. I was blown away by these and so... Continue Reading →

Mocha Chocco cupcakes

Ahhh the taste of mocha, how would I describe it? Well to me it means coffee + chocolate all rolled into a delicious flavour. These started as an idea for coffee cupcakes, they then morphed into an idea for using a mochaccino flavour instead. I am not a fan of coffee cake but I adore... Continue Reading →

Cherry Bakewell cake

Serves 10Preparation Time 10 MinutesCooking Time 40-45 MinutesApproximately 370 calories per serving Vegan, vegetarian, egg-free and milk-free In our house Cherry Bakewell is such a favourite flavour. Over the years I have made many Bakewell related goodies such as tarts, Victoria sponge, hot cross buns, ice cream, and cake. They were always winners and are... Continue Reading →

Peanut butter and banana cupcakes

Makes 14Preparation Time 10 MinutesBasking Time 20 Minutes Vegan, gluten-free, egg-free and vegetarian The combination of banana and peanut butter, in my opinion, is a top flavour combination. As a young child peanut butter and banana sandwiches on sliced white bread was my favourite snack It is one I still return to now at the... Continue Reading →

Vanilla butterfly buns

Makes 12-18Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 20-25 Minutes Vegan, vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free Fluffy butterfly cupcakes, mottled with flecks of vanilla, as good as I remember from my childhood. No birthday party or celebration was ever without this humble bake. As a youngster, I remember peeling the paper case off and getting a dusting of... Continue Reading →

Red velvet cake

Preparation Time 10 MinutesBaking Time 20 MinutesServes 8-12 I love the colour of the red velvet cake, It never fails to make a statement on any occasion. The deep red colour is what gives the cake Its name. This vibrant cake pairs wonderfully with sweet and tangy vegan cream cheese frosting. Moist crumbTangySweetDelicious Although this... Continue Reading →

Nutella style cupcakes

Preparation TimeBaking Time 20 MinutesMakes 12 Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free There are two things that I could happily eat by the spoonful straight from a jar. One is peanut butter and the other is chocolate & hazelnut spread. Mind you wanting to and doing so is another matter. It does contain great deal... Continue Reading →

St Clements tray bake

Preparation Time 10 MinutesCooking Time 55 MinutesMakes 12 Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free In my book, any cakes containing citrus fruits tick all the boxes for me. Delicious confectionaries such as lemon meringue pies, tarts or drizzle cakes are really a joy to behold This classic citrus drizzle traybake recipe is moist and delicious. Perfect for... Continue Reading →

Banana and walnut cake

Preparation Time 10 Minutes Cooking Time 50 Minutes Makes a 2lb loaf Vegan Vegetarian, Egg-free, Dairy-free and can be nut-free if you omit the walnuts In our house, over-ripe bananas mean only one thing, banana cake or muffins. Over the last 35 years, I must have baked more banana cake than any other cake. In... Continue Reading →

Carrot cake cupcakes

Makes 12Preparation Time 20 MinutesBaking time 25 Minutes Equipment needed; 12 muffin cases, 12 hole muffin tray, an electric mixer if you have one for the cream cheese frosting I love carrot cake, for this reason, I don't make it very often as I could simply devour the lot. I thought maybe if they were made... Continue Reading →

Bang on chocolate cake

Preparation Time 10 MinutesBaking Time 35 MinutesServes 12 Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, Dairy-free There is always a need for a good chocolate cake in your repertoire. Whatever the celebration or occasion, it will be remembered. I like to think that before my gluten-free days, my chocolate cakes were legendary, especially at Easter time, when my cake... Continue Reading →

Chocolate brownies

Preparation Time 15 MinutesBaking Time 20-25 MinutesMakes 12 Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free I started the day thinking of chocolate brownies or more to the point making them which in my book is a pretty good way to start the day. Inspired by a few online recipes which I had baked and enjoyed in the past I... Continue Reading →

Zingy lemon bars

Preparation Time 15 Minutes Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 35 MinutesMakes 16 Pieces Vegan, vegetarian, nut-free, egg-free These gorgeous lemon bars are to die for, the surprising thing is that they contain no eggs, dairy and were gluten-free.  Zingyluscioussweetdecadent A soft zingy lemon filling sits on top of a crisp shortbread base and sprinkled... Continue Reading →

Vanilla and lemon curd cupcakes

Preparation Time 15 MinutesBaking Time 20-25 MinutesMakes 18 cupcakes Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free If you are looking for a cupcake bursting with that zingy lemon flavour, then look no further. Super moistLight & fluffyDeliciously lemonyTangy Once filled with the curd and topped with a swirl of buttercream are so delicious and with the right amount... Continue Reading →

Chocolate courgette cake

Preparation Time 15 MinutesBaking Time 20-25 MinutesServes 8 Vegan, Vegetarian, nut-free, gluten-free I have made many vegan and gluten-free chocolate cakes and had some great successes. This is one cake, my vegetable hating partner ate with relish without realizing what it contained, I call that a win in my book. It is so hard to... Continue Reading →

Victoria sponge

Preparation Time 15 MinutesBaking Time 20 MinutesServes 12 Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, Nut-free The Victoria sponge, one of the most quintessential British cakes { or so we think} and usually always one of the first cakes many have practised their baking skills on. It certainly was the first cake I made. In Britain, it is so... Continue Reading →

Double chocolate banana loaf

Preparation Time 10 MinutesCooking Time 55 MinutesServes 10 Vegan, vegetarian, nut-free, egg-free I have so many banana cakes in the last 40 years and each one has been polished off with great delight. A great cake for lunch boxes or as a snack. Not overly sweet but just right. A banana cake has to be... Continue Reading →

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