Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Cakes

Roasted hazelnut and orange blossom cake

Roasted hazelnut and orange blossom cake

I think we’ve spent enough time making up for the sins of the summer holidays. Can we all agree that’s it time, once again, to enjoy sweet treats with our cup of tea? It’s become cold all of a sudden and the trees are turning and I think we can officially say goodbye to summer. But I’m not sad, it’s been a long, hot summer and I’m ready for a change. Despite the fact that this cake was supposed to be a National Trust spring time celebration of the new rose garden at Cliveden, it’s a robust recipe that can

Walnut and fig tart

figs

Am I the only person who occasionally buys canned food because I like the design of the packaging? I found these Baldjis figs in Waitrose recently and thought they just looked lovely, trouble is, I don’t really like figs. I knew I’d be able to bake them into something acceptable and so came up with the idea to make a tart like a pecan pie, except using figs and my favoured nut, the walnut. Walnuts are highly underrated in today’s kitchen and I sing their praises when I can. Walnuts shouldn’t taste bitter. It’s only because they’ve turned rancid (as …

Financiers and friands

After pursuing a recipe that used 6 egg yolks, I had a moral duty to rescue at least some of the egg whites I had set aside. My inner-thrift simply wouldn’t let me throw away perfectly good egg whites, but I couldn’t face making macarons. After a little searching, I stumbled upon a recipe for financiers, which requires egg whites. I’ve always like the sound of ‘financiers’…the word conjures images of fancy fellows eating dainty sweets. It seems there’s no definitive reason for the name, but it could have originated from the fact that these almond-meal based cakes were favoured …

Orange, coconut and semolina cake

Orange, coconut and semolina cake

It’s no secret that I love the food of Yotam Ottolenghi. His approach to vegetables is exciting, his flair with cake is inspiring and I have absolute faith in his palate which means that when I see a recipe for a semolina, coconut and marmalade recipe – I make it with the confidence that it will be spectacular. Well, I did, and it was. This recipe is easy to make and yields a super moist and richly textured cake, perfect for afternoon tea. This recipe appears in his newest book, Jerusalem which is a joint effort with his friend Sami …

Honey and Lemon Almond Cake

IMG_5493On our journey home from Korcula to Split during our summer holiday in Croatia, we drove through the coastal towns and winding roads, even crossing into Bosnia-Herzogovina for a brief moment. During our stint in Bosnia we passed roadside stalls selling fresh produce like watermelon, figs, grapes, bunches of garlic and jars of honey. The flavour of the honey was so light and delicate and indicative of a simple bee diet of fruit trees. I bought some garlic and honey and looked forward to finding some recipes to make use of my enormous jar of liquid gold. Easier said than …

Raspberry and custard cake

This post has been a long time in the making. For weeks I’ve been slaving away, making and tweaking this recipe, putting custard and various fruits into all manner of batters. And so it is after many failures and triumphs, many evenings ‘testing’ the spoils of my culinary conquests, that I share with you this recipe for a raspberry and custard cake. It all started about 2 months ago when I bought some rhubarb. I was going to make a simple crumble but some how I got it into my head that there must exist a rhubarb and custard concoction …

Bill’s Jamaican coconut bread

Sydney-siders will know all about him, and some hip city folk might have heard about his London presence. I’m talking about Bill Granger. That man-child food wizard who has made his career on sensational scrambled eggs. Of course there are a more strings to his bow, but his eggs really are good. I think a meal passes the test when you’re willing to drive into town and cope with the stress of parking and finding a table, which I had done many times in Sydney. The bad-ass of breakfasts, Bill also makes fabulous corn fritters and a decadent coconut …

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

It’s nearly Mother’s Day. In my house this means home made cards from the boys, and an uncertain hubby asking what I want. While I wasn’t blessed with the sensitivity and understanding of little girls, I was gifted with two precious boys who love me. I don’t need Hallmark to help us along with that, but I do believe that Mother’s Day is a good opportunity to tell your mum how much she means to you. This lemon yoghurt cake is an ideal way to celebrate Mothering Sunday, as it’s known here in the UK. It’s light, sweet and tingles …

Ottolenghi carrot cake

Many years ago I used to work at a cafe that was run by an Armenian family. I met my husband there, and they ran a tight ship where both AT and I learned the skills we would later use to run our own cafe, years later. But it wasn’t only organisation and service skills that I admired the Q family for – it was their menu. It was packed with simple, tasty dishes that I still remember like their creamy chicken and almond croissant or their secret blue berry pancakes that I begged for the inside information on which …

Blueberry butter cake

This recipe is really just another version of my mum’s apple cake. Easy to make and even easier to eat, this is the go-to pudding in my house. AT and I had been discussing a blueberry pie, but in my thrifty culinary wisdom I envisaged that a pie would require a truck load of blueberries, which would seem a bit wasteful for two people. So I thought I’d make my mum’s apple cake, but with blueberries instead.

The reason I’m sharing this news is that it was a turn of gastronomic genius to swap the apples for blueberries in …