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Chocolate & Ginger Cake


I wanted to make a ginger cake but came across this recipe from Mary Berry that added cocoa powder, so I decided to give it a try. As there was only 2 of us I made a mini version. The combination of Chocolate and Ginger is just so moreish!


Serves 4 (double quantities for a 20″ size cake)

100g butter at room temperature

25g Cocoa powder

2 tbsp semi skimmed milk

2 medium eggs

90g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground ginger

125 g caster sugar

1 tsp stem ginger

For the topping and filling:-

115g icing sugar

60g butter at room temperature

1 tbsp of stem ginger syrup

1 tsp semi skimmed milk

1 tsp of Stem ginger bits for topping.


  1. Grease and line 2 cake tins, I used 2 x 5″ springform tins.
  2. Preheat oven to 160 deg on fan.
  3.  Put the cocoa powder into a large, heatproof bowl. Stir in 3 tablespoons of boiling water, then add the milk. Mix to make a smooth paste.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix with an electric whisk for a few minutes, but watch not to over mix as you want it light and fluffy.
  5. Divide the cake mixture evenly between tins and bake in oven for about 25-30 minutes. Then remove and allow to cool in tins for a few minutes before removing to cool completely on a rack.                               20180203_143049
  6. To make the filling, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add the stem syrup, milk and butter and whisk with an electric mixer until well blended.
  7. Take 1 of the cakes and if needed trim the top of the cake so you have a flat base then spoon some of the mixture on and smooth with a palette knife. Take the other cake and place on top, then spoon the rest of the mixture and smooth with the palette knife. Finally garnish with the stem ginger pieces.
  8. Serve with a lovely cuppa.



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Low Calorie Doughnuts


I know right!….low calorie doughnuts! O.M.G! Who knew? These are inspired by Tom Kerridge, I just needed to give these a go after seeing him bake these on TV, I have to say they are amazing, the flavour is fabulous and they are extremely light and fluffy too. At ONLY 120 CALORIES per Doughnut……..why would you not?? I have to say I was in heaven this afternoon……my fav Sunday afternoon treat….Fresh Coffee & Doughnuts! (no guilt)


Makes 6

250g Self Raising flour

180ml milk – semi-skimmed

25g butter

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp chinese five spice

1/2 tsp dried yeast

1 egg beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Gently heat the milk, butter and vanilla extract in a saucepan on hob. (do not boil)
  2. In a mixer, sift the flour, 1 tbsp sugar (keep 1 tbsp back for finishing), cinnamon, chinese five spice and yeast, mix together.                                           20180128_104504
  3. Add in the egg to the flour and mix then add in the milk mixture and mix until you get a thick batter.                                                                              20180128_104836
  4. If you have a doughnut tray…..brilliant! If not, (like me) spoon the mixture into a piping bag and grease a baking tray.                                                  20180128_105226
  5. Gently pipe round circles like doughnuts onto the tray.                                   20180128_105635
  6. If you have a proving setting on your oven set or place in a warm place and allow to rise for about 2 hours.                                                                 20180128_105656
  7. Preheat your oven to 210 deg and bake for about 10 minutes.
  8. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  9. Brush each doughnut with a little water and dip into the remaining sugar. You could also use light brown sugar and maybe add 1 tsp of cinnamon for extra flavour.

Then………devour………..and don’t feel guilty about it! Happy Days!


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Apple & Raisin Filo Parcels


I had some left over apples and filo in my kitchen so it was obvious it had to be little apple parcels. These were so tasty and so quick to cook using my little crisper plate……..oh did I tell you how much I love this little crisper? lol!


Makes 4

2 Granny smith apples – chopped into small chunks

3 sheets of filo pastry

1 beaten egg for wash

small handful of raisins

70g light brown caster sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

Fry oil – light

2 tbsps Icing sugar to finish


  1. Spray a fry pan with oil on a medium heat
  2. Gently fry the apple, sugar, cinnamon and raisins until just caramalised (about 8-10 mins) Remove and allow to cool.                                                                   20180127_151141
  3. Lay your first sheet of filo on a worktop and brush with the egg wash, then take your 2nd sheet and lay onto, brush with egg wash, and then your 3rd sheet as above.  Then cut vertically into 4 sections.                                                                                               20180127_163457
  4. Preheat your crisper plate for 3 minutes on dynamic crisp setting
  5. Once cooked, remove from plate and allow to cool slightly. Sieve some icing sugar over the parcels and serve. These are lovely with ice cream, whipped cream or even caramel sauce. oh so yummy!

You can of course bake these in a 190 deg oven for about 20 minutes.




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Oak Smoked Apple & Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins


I recently bought this little jar of Oak Smoked Apple Butter from The Sweet Beet Company, I decided to give doughnut muffins a go……..oh WOW! So tasty and different, another great food find for my recipe book.


Makes 12

For the Muffins

260g plain flour

32g Caster Sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp oak smoked apple butter

1 tsp cinnamon

2 eggs beaten

100ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp melted butter

For the Topping

1/4 cup of caster sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 egg beaten for wash


  1. Preheat oven to 165 deg.
  2. Grease a muffin tin
  3. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl
  4. Add in melted butter, milk, vanilla, apple butter and eggs and mix together until well blended, if too thick just add a little more milk.
  5. Spoon mixture evenly into the muffin tin, only about 3/4 full.                            20180121_103442
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.                              20180121_104002
  7. Mix together the sugars and cinnamon in a bowl for the topping, and set aside the egg wash. Once the muffins have cooled, remove from tin and brush with egg wash then dip into the sugar mix, thoroughly coating the whole muffin, lay on a rack to set.                                                                                                                                            20180121_121610
  8. Serve with a lovely cuppa! These are so moreish!





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Almond & Orange Cake


I made this for my mum coming round for dinner this weekend, was looking for something light and refreshing, it totally hit the spot. I served it with cream but you could also serve custard which I think would be nice.

The orange rind gives this cake a fragrant hint of citrus while the almond flour makes it moist and dense, so its virtually melt in the mouth.  Perfect with an afternoon cuppa.


Used a 20cm cake tin.

220g icing sugar (leave a little for decoration at end)

90g plain flour

90g Almond flour

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp baking powder

6 egg whites

115 g soft butter

Rind of 1 orange


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 deg, grease a cake tin.
  3. Pour mixture into the baking tin and bake for about 25-30 mins or until a skewer comes clean. Oh so yummy!




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Eton Mess – Gothic style


So….my planning for New Year starts now….this year we have hired a lovely big house where all the family will gather. We always have a theme and this year it’s Gothic Style.

So my experimenting has started, firstly with meringues…..oh they look amazing. I purchased some Activated Black Charcoal Powder to experiment with, brilliant stuff.



I used my Meringues recipe, which has always worked, and I added about 4 heaped tsps of charcoal powder to get a really dark colour.

I crushed meringues up once baked then 1 layer in jar of meringue and fresh raspberries then spoon some vanilla yoghurt in, then a second layer of meringue and raspberries then yoghurt then top with a final layer of meringue and raspberry. Finish off with some raspberry sauce. Oh so yummy!




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Chocolate & Honeycomb Mousse


This was a little healthy dessert recipe I found on line, although having double portions doesn’t make it healthy…lol! It was so delicious we had to have seconds.!

Makes  4 pots

100g scottish rasperberries

80g dark chocolate

100g quark

2 egg whites

2 tsp caster sugar

1/2 Cadbury crunchy bar – chopped


  1. Firstly melt the chocolate either in a bowl over warm water or on level 1 on an induction hob.                                                                                                                                20171021_150008
  2. Set aside and allow to cool. (approx 10 mins)
  3. Whisk egg white until stiff then whisk in the sugar                                                         20171021_151547_001
  4. Mix quark into the chocolate mixture
  5. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mix.                20171021_152939
  6. Add in the chopped honeycomb, leaving a few chunks to decorate after 20171021_153136 20171021_152835
  7. Place some rasperberries in the bottom of the dish then spoon some of the mixture evenly into each dish. Top with crunchy bits and rasperberries.