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Chocolate chestnut meringues

Chocolate chestnut meringues

Christmas is a time of year when those of us who love to cook (and eat) have the chance to show off a bit and create wonderfully indulgent and delicious dishes. It is also, unfortunately, a time of year when no-one really has an hour […]

Gingerbread granola

Gingerbread granola

I might have mentioned this before but my family doesn’t eat Christmas dinner (we have it on Christmas Eve instead) but we do enjoy a Christmas day brunch before the present opening begins. And this is the perfect recipe to kick off the big day. […]

Gruyere, pecan & cranberry scones

Gruyere, pecan & cranberry scones

Something about the onset of the cold grey weather makes me want to eat cheese. ALL THE TIME! Toasty, golden, melted cheese is my favourite and these scones, warm from the oven, fit the bill perfectly. They have a lovely combination of flavours. The rich nutty Gruyère paired with slightly tart, sweet cranberries and the crunch from the pecans is just delicious. I’ve added some wholemeal flour to the dough too, to add even more rich nutty flavour.
They’re very nice cold but absolutely delicious when eaten warm.

Ingredients
Makes approx 14 depending on size
150g plain flour
80g wholemeal flour
3 tsp baking powder
50g butter
100g Gruyère cheese, grated
80g dried cranberries
80g pecans, roughly chopped
1 egg
splash of milk

Pre-heat the oven to 220°c and place a large baking sheet in there to pre-heat.
Sift the flours together with the baking powder into a large bowl. Cut the butter into small chunks and rub into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add most of the cheese (keep some for the tops) and mix well so that it’s evenly distributed. Stir through the pecans and cranberries.
Lightly beat the egg and gradually incorporate this into the dry ingredients. You may find that you need to add a splash of milk to the mixture in order to get a nice soft ball of scone dough but it shouldn’t be sticky.
Gently pat the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 1 inch thick and stamp out your scones using a cutter, being careful not to twist it. Carefully grease the hot tray or line it with a silicone mat and spread the scones out on it. Brush with a little more milk and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake the scones for 10-15 minutes, allow the cheese on top to bubble and brown a bit. Leave to cool a little and enjoy whilst warm, spread with butter.

Pear, chocolate and ginger plait

Pear, chocolate and ginger plait

Quick, delicious and impressive. Are there three better words to describe a dessert recipe? I don’t think there are. This recipe is so easy, you don’t even really have to weigh anything (doesn’t that sound good?). Buttery, crispy, flaky pastry wrapped around a filling of […]

Parsnip, celeriac and apple soup

Parsnip, celeriac and apple soup

Thick, rich and velvety, this is the perfect winter soup! It might sound like an odd combination of flavours but it really works. The sweet, earthy parsnip and the slightly peppery celeriac, the tangy apple and the warming horseradish, it’s all just wonderful together. Like […]

Squash & apricot loaf

Squash & apricot loaf

What better Autumn teatime treat could there be than a slice of sweetly spiced loaf cake baked with butternut squash and sweet dried apricots?
This cake is deliciously moist (sorry, I don’t have another word for it!) and a little like a fruitier carrot cake. It’s got great texture and the rich creamy maple cream cheese frosting finishes it off beautifully. The recipe is really quick to throw together so you can have one of these baking in the oven in no time.

I’ve used oil rather than butter in this because at this end of the year it’s pretty much impossible to persuade butter to become room temperature in my kitchen, so oil makes for a nice easy shortcut!

Ingredients
cake
100ml vegetable oil
90g sugar
40g maple syrup, something with plenty of flavour
2 eggs
pinch of salt
150g plain flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
150g grated butternut squash
75g dried apricots, chopped
35g pistachios, roughly chopped
frosting
60g butter
120g full fat cream cheese
50g icing sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup

Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and grease and line a loaf tin. Beat together the oil, sugar, maple syrup and salt for a minute or two and then add the eggs. Beat until the mixture becomes a little foamy. Sift the flour, raising agents and spices into this mixture and then beat it again to leave you with a nice smooth batter. Briefly beat in the grated squash, chopped apricots and chopped pistachios before pouring the batter into the prepared tin. Bake the loaf for 50 minutes, covering the top with foil if it gets a little too brown.
Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes and then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


Make the frosting by beating together the butter and cream cheese until they are well blended. Add the icing sugar and maple syrup and beat until you have a thick fluffy frosting. Spread this over the top of the cake and then pop it in the fridge to firm up a little before slicing.

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Lime, coconut & ginger shortbread

Lime, coconut & ginger shortbread

As far as I’m concerned shortbread of any description is pretty irresistible but this recipe is especially so. These biscuits are buttery and crumbly with the luxurious touch of rich dark chocolate. The combination of tender coconut, warming crystallised ginger and zingy lime is just […]

Toffee apple profiteroles

Toffee apple profiteroles

Like apple pie? Then you’re going to love these. Light, crisp choux pastry with a buttery spiced topping filled with sweet apple cream served with a rich sticky toffee sauce. I like to think of them as apple pie version 2.0, for when you want […]

Comfort food round-up

Comfort food round-up

Hey everyone! I’m sorry that there wasn’t a post last week but I was swanning around Sicily and Malta indulging in all kinds of Mediterranean deliciousness. It turns out there is no limit to the amount aubergine pasta I can eat!
Anyway, we’ve returned to the UK and somehow it has become winter whilst we were away. The weather is cold and grey and generally pretty miserable. I am not impressed by it. So I thought this week I would do a round-up of some of my favourite recipes for comfort food to chase away the winter-blues.


First up we have a deliciously hearty sweet potato and miso soup, perfect for a warming lunch or cosy supper. I like to make a big batch of this on a Sunday and then it lasts me through the week.


Next up is one of my absolute favourite veggie main courses, ideal for serving as a Sunday lunch, squash and sage galettes. The flavours are wonderfully Autumnal and I’m a sucker for a buttery pastry crust.


For a rich and luxurious dinner you could do a lot worse than this souffle seafood pie.


If you’re in the mood for a lazy and indulgent breakfast then I can highly recommend starting your day with a chocolate chili cinnamon roll and steaming hot cup of coffee.


For afternoon treats why not opt for tangy, cheesy Welsh rarebit scones or for a sweet treat a bite or two of chai millionaires shortbread.

chai millionaires shortbread

And obviously chilly evenings mean cosy puds and this butterscotch apple cake fits the bill perfectly!
So snuggle-up and stay warm with plenty of delicious food.

butterscotch apple cake
Butterscotch apple cake
Fairing lime creams

Fairing lime creams

Who would have thought that you could improve on a fairing? Well it turns out that you can! And all it takes is some creamy, tangy lime frosting. These will give some serious oomph to your morning tea break! If you’re not familiar with them […]