Halloween spooky biscuits

Good old Halloween… So exciting when you are a child. We have only just returned from a sunny Barcelona and as there is an inset day at school we are being very lazy (still in pyjamas at midday – what slobs, sometimes you just need it dont you?) so thought we would make a few…

Bailey’s 9th Birthday cake

Wow the little man is 9 already! Where did those 9 years go to??!! Bailey isn’t usually fond of cake (weird for a kid I know!) but my fab work friends take it in turns to bake cakes for each others birthday, and lovely Hannah baked this Victoria sponge with mascarpone for Emma’s birthday, Emma…

Apple & Blackberry Crumble

We are very fortunate that we have an old apple tree in the middle of our garden, so at this time of year we have a surplus of apples. This is my favourite classic recipe of what to do with them… apple and blackberry crumble. Lovely and comforting now the evenings are getting cooler (where…

Gingerbread men… (or whatever shape you like)

How much fun is it decorating gingerbread? Everytime I look at this picture the huge chocolate drops Bailey chose for eyes make me laugh our loud! Making gingerbread men is usually synonymous with Christmas in our house, where I will add a tsp of mixed spices or clove to the mix but its the school…

Nanny’s Scones

Whenever we go and visit Bailey’s Nanny we have got into the habit of baking some scones beforehand, to the point I think she would be very disappointed if we turned up empty handed! Lovely served slightly warm with butter and strawberry jam, and for a real treat some clotted cream too. INGREDIENTS 450g self-raising flour 2 tsps…

Chocolate Shortbread

Sometimes we just need something chocolatey and sweet, and these little shortbreads don’t disappoint. I got this recipe from one of my ‘Great British Bake Off’ cookery books. There are 2 chocolate shortbread recipes I use from these books, this recipe is for individual round biscuits, the other (will post shortly) is to make a…

Raspberry Bakewell Cake

This lovely take on the classic Bakewell I found via BBC Good Food and its really simple to make, great to take on a picnic or to a friends for tea. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS 140g ground almonds 140g butter, softened 140g golden caster sugar 140g self-raising flour 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 250g raspberries 2 tbsp…

Nigella’s Sticky Gingerbread

This sticky gingerbread by food guru Nigella Lawson won me a ‘Bake Off’ competition whilst working at Livingetc. John Torode was one of the judges so to say I was chuffed is an understatement. The smells just shout Christmas to me, and this makes a great gift as it keeps for up to 2 weeks. Bailey…

Almost Healthy Flapjack

I like to think these flapjacks are relatively healthy (don’t shatter my illusions!) with all the oats, nuts and fruit inside, perfect for kids snacks or keeping the hunger at bay when out and about. Bailey and I have been making these for years and they are still a firm favourite of his. This was…

Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies

I am asked for this recipe time and time again… by adults, by kids… its a winner! And  If Bailey could choose something to bake it would either be these cookies or flapjacks, they are both his all time favourites. INGREDIENTS Makes about 16 125g unsalted butter, cut into cubes 175g soft light brown sugar 1…

Chocolate Brownies

These little babies are one of my absolute all time classic dishes… on repeat in the kitchen! They initiated my idea for the blog after being known as the office ‘feeder’ and receiving this amazing leaving card from Livingetc back in 2013, where my head was photoshopped onto Nigella Lawson’s body. I still have this card framed…