Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Puddings/desserts

Pumpkin pie with hazelnut crust

“Good friends are like stars…. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there”

I have a friend from Canada and together we used to enjoy swapping recipes, talking about food and embarking on oven-baked finger food odysseys. Being Canadian, she had a fine sense of North American cuisine, and shared with me her recipe for pumpkin pie that she made with a hazelnut pastry. It seemed timely that this recipe appear on my blog in November, in time for Thanksgiving (which is also celebrated by Canadians) and after discovering canned pureed pumpkin on the shelves in …

Spotted Dick Pudding

I’ve always had a curiosity about suet, but never the confidence to actually cook with it. But since moving to the UK I’ve enjoyed some wonderful suet dishes and I finally got around to putting the suet I had in the cupboard to good use. The weather got cold all of a sudden last week. Not every day, but some mornings and nights have a chill that hints at winter and this makes me think about pudding. I had a good look around online at spotted dick recipes and I put together a version that combines the best elements of …

Apple Day at Hughenden Manor

On a drizzly weekend in September the boys and I headed out to make the most of our National Trust membership. We’ve been exploring the immediate area and have visited Grey’s Court, Cliveden, Runnymede and most recently Benjamin Disraeli’s country home, Hughenden Manor. It was one of those days, the kids didn’t really want to be there and the weather was not great, so we didn’t actually end up going inside Queen Victoria’s favourite minister’s house and decided instead to stick to the grounds. We almost missed the walled garden that has been rejuvenated by volunteers and would have …

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 …


According to Wikipedia, the Italian dessert tiramisù means “pick-me-up”, or metaphorically, “make me happy”. When I read this, I shook my head in disbelief. Read on, to find out why and to become privy to my most excellent recipe for tiramisu.

I think we can all agree that this layered Italian creation is a celebration dessert. With the effort and specialty ingredients required, it’s not really an every day event. But there are times, like yesterday for us, when a bad day can warrant making something special for pudding, just to make up for it.

We tried to make a …

Super-easy sticky date puddings with toffee sauce

I’m cheating a bit here. I have posted this recipe before, but it’s so good it’s worth posting again, but with the benefit of my improved photography skills, of course. The air has turned brisk and all of a sudden it feels as if summer is over. Even though the days are still warm and sunny,  the cooler evenings and mornings signal the start of the change of seasons. And you know what that means don’t you?

Puddings. Not even a whisper of autumn and I’m already looking for excuses. And all of this on the week that I can’t …

Peanut Butter Chocolate Icecream

I am of the mind that home made ice cream is best left to those with ice cream machines. I’ve eaten my fair share of pathetic home-made crystallised ice-creamery in the past and I’m not really interested in making something that I can buy fairly cheaply that tastes a lot better than anything I can make.

But then, one sunny afternoon, I was having Sunday lunch in a pub down in Rye. It was manned by one family, and lunch was cooked by one very passionate cook, the dad and owner. He served up a most delicious array of roast …

Best ever pancakes

I’ve been making pancakes for years and I’ve never really thought they were that great. I much preferred leaving it to the professionals at Pancakes on the Rocks or any other venue that can flip a decent batter. It was AT’s birthday yesterday and I was determined to make us the best damn pancakes this side of the equator. I researched a little and settled on a recipe that I thought looked easy enough and pinched some advice from the Pioneer Woman. And ladies and gents, I do believe I can offer you the best pancake recipe ever. ‘Best’ because …

Festive Christmas Tart

Everything from the pastry to the filling to licking the beaters covered in butter, rum and sugar, this recipe is smashing! With these proportions of rum and butter – how could this tart not be decadent and delicious?

I make this every year and have experimented making smaller pies, but due to the delicacy and shortness of the pastry,  this recipe is best as one large tart. Serve it up with ice cream or whipped cream, but is just a good without any adornments.

Christmas Tart Recipe

Butter 150g
Icing sugar 75g
Zest of mandarin 1
Egg yolks 2…

Bolzano Apple Cake

A few things first, I bought these brown plates thinking they’d look great on camera. I was wrong. Second, the spot of pink on the right corner of the cake is evidence of my experimentation, I threw in a few re-currents. I’m new here, I wasn’t sure what they’re used for and FYI, they’re not really great in this recipe, so don’t go there.

Moving on, this is a recipe I must share. It’s not pretty, and it’s a bit tricky to get out of the pan, but it’s worth every messy moment of your time. It’s like an apple …