Christmas Fruit cake

Preparation time 30 mins  Cooking time 2 1/2 hours Vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian I cannot ever remember since I was 18 years old not making my own Christmas cake. My dad as a professional baker, baked at least 50 cakes from home every year after early retirement. Nearly everyone in the street I grew up in... Continue Reading →

Sticky Jamaican ginger cake

Preparation time  15 minutes Cooking time 45-55 minutes Serves 8-10 slices Two of my favourite cakes as a child were McVities Jamaican ginger cake and golden syrup cake,  They conjured up Sunday afternoon tea times. Still quite full from the Sunday roast dinner, tea time consisted of sandwiches and various cakes. Just the sight of those shiny... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Mint Cake

Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 25 MinutesServes 12-16 Is there a more classic combination than chocolate and mint? Think of all the well-known chocolate containing these flavours. Boxes of After Eights, Fry's Mint, Bendick's creams and Elizabeth Shaw are very popular. So for the first time, since going vegan, I decided to make a chocolate... Continue Reading →

Sticky toffee date cake

Serves Approximately 12Preparation Time 14 MinutesCooking Time 45-55 Minutes Sticky toffee pudding is an absolute firm favourite when it comes to great stick to your ribs British puddings. Rich, indulgent and naughty. It conjurs up to me cold autumnal weather, dressed up warm and cosy or cooking in the kitchen with the rain and wind... Continue Reading →

Apple and cinnamon rolls

Makes 9-12 rollsPreparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 25-30 Minutes I love a cinnamon roll, or I did until I began having a problem with wheat 10 years ago. Usually made with a sweet enriched dough using bread flour. Experimenting with scones a few weeks back, I had a flash of inspiration, a real light bulb... Continue Reading →

Chocolate orange brownies

Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 25-30 MinutesServes 12 Vegan, Egg-free, Nut-free, Lactose-free I have not many people in my life who does not like a well-made chocolate brownie. From the lovely cracked top covering the most unctuous gooey centre. Rich with dark chocolate and speckled with little nuggets of extra chocolate. To me, it is... Continue Reading →

Lemon Buttermilk scones

Preparation Time 15 MinutesBaking Time 15 MinutesMakes 12 Small and 10 larger ones The simple scone, baked to perfection has been a stalwart of the English afternoon tea for many years, even supposedly dating back to the 11th century. They are very similar to the American biscuit but here they are not served with "gravy".... Continue Reading →

Lucious lemon layer cake

Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 30 MinutesServes 10 I love a layer cake, to this day I gently prize the two halves apart, just as I did in childhood. Also eating the bottom layer first. These days I try not to eat too many cakes, though if I want to indulge this one among the... Continue Reading →

Deb’s Canadian coffee cake

Preparation 15 Minutes Baking Time 40-45 Minutes Serves 16 If I had not met my best friend Debs nearly 6 years ago, or heard of a coffee cake containing no coffee, then I don't think I would have either attempted to bake this cake let alone  trying to make a vegan and gluten-free version In... Continue Reading →

Banana cake with vanilla frosting

Preparation Time 15 Minutes Preparation Time 15 Minutes Cooking Time 30-40 MinutesServes 12 Next to the carrot cake in my eyes is banana cake. I love its dense but moist texture with the deep taste and aroma of bananas. In this house, everyone is overjoyed when bananas go past their best or when they are... Continue Reading →

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