Apple and Blackberry Pudding

Pudding.  There’s something about that word that conjures up comfort.  Something you’ll be hankering as Autumn envelops you bringing darker evenings, cooler air and while you sleep a sprinkling of frost may even be dusting your doorstep.  I can’t get enough of apple in desserts at this time of year; crumbles, tarts and yes oh…

Breakfast Muffins

Apple & Raisin Wholemeal Breakfast Muffins Look at that.  You can see those chunks of apple peaking out at you can’t you?  Now is the time.  Autumn is here full of its ‘mellow fruitfulness’ and none so mellow as those wind-fallen apples currently waiting to be gathered – but hurry they won’t hang around for…

Black Cherry Gateaux

Mother’s Day is a week away and if you’re stuck for funds a homemade cake is always a welcome and special gift.  Combining chocolate, cherries, liquor and cream makes this a grown-up cake that everyone will enjoy. With six children our days and weeks are very busy and time appears to fly by.  It was…

Blackberry & Apple Loaf Cake

September is probably my favourite month of the year and not just because it is when my birthday falls. It’s the beginning of the new school year, a time when many people decide to take courses, a time to buy a new notebook and write out a plan. The days are still bright and it…

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake Why not make your next weekend special for no reason other than you deserve to have some delicious cake every now and then.  I like to sneak some chopped raspberries into the cake mixture for extra moistness and we all fight to lick the icing bowl and spoons.  While you really ought not…

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry & Peanut Butter Loaf Cake

January was one long month, I just couldn’t get to the end of it quickly enough.  The endless confetti of plastic windowed envelopes gliding in through my letter box on a chilly breeze; there was no mistaking these as straggling greeting cards, these were bills! Reminders of the excesses of the holiday period.  You’ll be…

Banana and Peanut Butter Bread (well it’s cake really)

Banana and Peanut Butter Bread. Yes, well you are really kidding yourself here if you think you are tucking into a healthy slice of bread.  This is an indulgent cake.  That’s not to say it isn’t healthy but if you eat the whole thing it will make you fat, as will eating an entire loaf…

Lemon Drizzle Cake

So I’ve joined a book-club.  This means that I read one new book a month {at last I am reading again} and once a month I get to go to a friend’s house and be lavished with copious cups of tea and indulged in a selection of baked goods.  Heaven.  We all contribute and sometimes…

{Wicked} Chocolate Brownies

What does ‘Wicked’ say to you?To me it says bold, it says sinful, it says indulgent, it says chocolate.  On a food-writing course a couple of years ago, the lecturer implored us not to use the word wicked in association with chocolate.  I slid down in my chair a little when he said this as…

Wholemeal Pesto Scones

Last weekend brought a wonderful excuse to visit Galway.  I travelled solo and met up with The Gravy Man at The G Hotel where we availed of their Fabulous Friday package which included a 3 course meal that was superb.  Only staying for one night, as the doors of the lift to the carpark closed on…