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Frangipane mince pies

I realised something awful this morning – half way through December and I hadn’t made a single mince pie! I haven’t even eaten that many! So I set about making amends – now I have made and eaten quite a few… I decided to top this batch with frangipane as I like a change from all the…

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Chocolate brownies

If I needed a therapy these would be it. These brownies have been everywhere with me. Where ever I’ve been I’ve found a kitchen and I’ve made these. The simplest quickest recipe that turns out the most delicious, gooey brownies. The recipe comes from my Chaplin’s assistant at school; she made them for everything, four…

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Chocolate chip pumpkin bars

Pumpkins aren’t something that come into my house very often; apart from the one at Halloween to be carved and the resultant pumpkin pie I don’t think they have featured at all this year. But why? With courgette cakes and sweet potato brownies all the rage I think it’s time for pumpkin to take centre…

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Bakewell tart

Mr Bakewell makes pretty good Bakewell tarts, exceedingly good you might say. So good in fact that I have never thought it necessary to make one. Until now that is.

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Apricot and amaretti layered fool

Sometimes, once in a while, every few weeks, I like to push the boat out. Push the boat out and suggest something that isn’t ice cream for pudding. Adventurous I know. It’s summer, even if the weather is doing it’s best to pretend otherwise, and fruit is, quite literally, ripe for the picking. Apricots have…

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Redcurrant and vanilla cheesecake

Baked cheesecakes can be delicious but they can disappoint. They can be dry and cracked and not the soft creamy deliciousness that you are expecting. How much wobble really should there be when you take it out of the oven? Unbaked cheesecakes on the other hand… Unbaked cheesecakes are always delicious, always moist and always…

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Millionaire’s mousse

Some recipes you see and want to try. Other recipes you see and know you need to try. These fell into the need to try. And you need to try them too. Seriously, unbelievably good! I first spotted them in the canapé section of Great British Chefs and as a girl rather partial to a slice millionaires shortbread…