• Chocolate,  Recipe,  sweet

    Best Brownie Cookies

    These cookies are basically brownies… in cookie form. Heaven, right? I’ve seen a few of these types of recipes flying around and the pictures attached to them all look insane, however when I have made them they end up far too cake like. I put it down to me not measuring the ingredients properly as the recipes I tried were in cups, and lord knows I HATE using cup measures. So here we have it, bake these just right and they should have that lovely fudgy brownie texture, encased in a paper thin casing with crispy cookie style edges. For this batch I threw in around 60g of mini eggs…

  • Pastry,  sweet

    Pecan Pie

    Oh lordy lordy, this is a good recipe. I’m a greedy guts when it comes to puds, and I am not ashamed to admit that I had THREE slices of this in one day. In fact, one evening. Making the pastry is the hardest part of this recipe and if you were really desperate you could buy a shop bought one, although nothing beats making your own! I muddled this recipe together after finding a few online and merging them together. I knew I wanted it to be rich and extra nutty so swapped out the sugars for brown and even used browned butter for that extra hit of caramel.…

  • Christmas,  Recipe,  sweet

    Lemon and orange shortbread

    Christmas isn’t ALWAYS about chocolate or cinnamon everything… sometimes you need a fruity contrast to even it all out (or at least a change so you can go back to the sweet stuff! This shortbread recipe infused with lemon and orange is the perfect citrusy treat and is perfect for a spot of cookie decoration – it will make 10-15 depending on the size of your cutter shapes! Ingredients 45g Golden caster sugar 200g Plain flour 150g Butter  Zest of half an orange and one whole lemon (unwaxed) Icing sugar to decorate How to  Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.  Add…

  • Quick Tips,  Recipe,  sweet

    Meringue Ghosts

    We have reached that time of year when the air is getting colder and the nights are drawing in (I realise I sound just like my Gran saying that) but the strange thing is – I’m actually really looking forward to the cosy nights this year! I was chatting to someone recently who said they were ‘mourning lock down’ and something about it stuck with me. I wouldn’t say I was ‘mourning’ it, but there are parts of it I certainly miss. I managed to keep a sense of normality throughout ‘lock down’ as I was in work part-time looking after vulnerable and key worker’s students. However, now I’m back…

  • Chocolate,  Recipe,  sweet

    Biscoff Cupcakes

    So it seems everyone is obsessed with biscoff! That sweet, caramelised, cinnamon yummy goodness seems to be flavouring all sorts of foods these days from cakes to milkshakes and i am not upset about it! Gone are the days of only having one with your fancy coffee as you can get your hands on the biscuits in most supermarkets these days, and if you keep your beady eye out you might even get hold of the spread too. I love the strong punchy flavour the spread packs as it makes it really easy to flavour things such as buttercream and cheesecakes. I knocked these cupcakes up in a bid to…

  • Blog,  Chocolate,  Recipe,  sweet

    Chocolate S’mores Cake

    Well, this cake doesn’t really need much of an introduction does it? Just look at that meringue! So… I was browsing instagram one day (shock) and saw some beautiful smores cup cakes – now, im not really a cupcake kind of baker so searched for some inspiration on the ‘smorescake’ hashtag instead… I was expecting to find huge chocolate cakes, slathered in burnt Italian meringue and dripping in chocolate. Instead, to my surprise I found perfectly formed cakes with razor sharp edges and elegant drips of chocolate tickling the sides of the cake. Since when was melty marshmallowy chocolatey biscuity goodness so neat and pretty? Hence – this invention was…

  • Christmas,  Pastry,  Recipe,  savoury,  sweet,  Uncategorized

    Mince Pies

    First things first… MERRY CHRISTMAS! I blummin love saying that, Christmas is my favourite time of year and I am one of those annoying people who get way too excited way too early. I do however resist putting my decorations up too early. Anyways, the supermarkets at this time of year are adorned with such lovely treats and it’s so tempting to keep picking things up especially when they are usually on offer. But when i say there are some things that are worth making yourself, i mean it when I say this recipe is one of those things! I often look at recipes and think ‘is that going to…

  • Blog,  Recipe,  sweet

    Cookie Crumbs

    We’ve all seen the pictures, those perfectly browned rippling circles of cookie goodness. Piled up in mountains waiting to be devoured still warm from the oven. Cookies are one of those things that we all have our own idea of what we think constitutes the perfect cookie. Thick, thin, chewy, crispy, bitesize, huge, sweet or fruity – the possibilities are endless. Personally, I like my cookie to be crispy round the edges and gooey in the middle. I’d go as far as saying slightly undercooked (SHRIEK!) They need to be soft and gooey, but absolutely not thick and stodgy. It also has to have something with a bit of crunch…

  • Blog,  Recipe,  sweet

    Macaron Moochings

    The warm sun was beaming down on my skin and for the first time this year it felt like Spring was around the corner. It was half term and I found myself in Covent Garden, London indulging in one of my favourite past times. People watching. I absolutely love being in London and I adore pottering around Covent Garden. Most school breaks I find myself there, and with Mr D based there for work it’s a perfect excuse to go down. Off he goes to work and off I go exploring. I can meander around, taking my time to look at rubbish and whilst he usually has the patience of…

  • Pastry,  sweet,  Vegan

    Vegan Chocolate Tart – GBBO Vegan Week

    Let’s talk about vegan week.   It caused quite a stir didn’t it? Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know The Great British Bake Off is on TV at the minute and last week was ‘vegan week’. It seemed to really split viewers right down the middle. Some were ecstatic that the show was highlighting a trend that is becoming increasingly more popular, and others thought the whole thing was ridiculous.    I won’t beat around the bush, I’m not vegan and have no intention of being so. A bit like the time my mate at school tried to get me to go vegetarian. I agreed and lasted…