Tiny little gingerbread houses together make a village, which makes me happy. I’ve always had a slight issue with the lone gingerbread house. It’s all a bit Hansel and Gretel to me. I worry about who might jump out of the woods. READ MORE
I thought you’d like this recipe for my salted caramel millionaires shortbread before Christmas. It’s an easy one, obviously, for no-one needs added stress at this time of year. And it’s delicious too. I am looking forward to Christmas this year very much, and I am absolutely committed to not adding extra stress, as I am prone to doing. READ MORE
It’s the final of the Great British Bake Off, so I’m not going to wang on too much. All I will say is that this cake is not really a cake, in fact it’s no bake. Think of it as a gift to busy mums. Your son or daughter wants one of these sweetie illusion cakes for their birthday but you’re worried about making it last minute and it all being a disaster? Make this days ahead as there’s no sponge to harden and go stale. I made this for Aldi using all their ingredients and it was a HUGE hit with my lot. READ MORE
Well, it’s semi final week on the Great British Bake Off. What do you think of this series? It feels more sedate to me. That’s not meant in a negative way. I mean it well. It seems to have found its way back to where it came from. I like all the contestants, there feel to be less pantomime dames. It’s a happier, less controversial place this year. I wonder if this is in anticipation of being away next year before they start again on Channel 4 in 2018? Almost like having a little good will in the bag. Anyway, who cares. I’ve been working with Aldi and I have an amazing chocolate cake complete with chocolate collar that we made to celebrate all the wonderful Team GB medal wins. But you could adapt it for any ocassion – there are instructions on how to write any message into the collar. Yes, I love you all that much. There’s even a video:
I am still in full Rio mode so I made a Brazilian inspired cake for you; a coconut and lime drizzle cake. It uses coconut milk rather than condensed milk, though the latter is deeply popular in Brazilian puddings and cakes. It’s as if they’re bathing in the stuff. (Actually maybe they are… maybe that’s the secret to glowing skin?) READ MORE
Unless you’ve been in hiding and avoided all media over the last couple of months (and if you have then I salute you and please can you advise me how this was made possible), you’ll be aware of the Olympics taking place in Rio at the mo. I thought you might like a little taste of Rio in your own kitchen and so have a couple of recipes up my sleeve including this passion fruit mousse. READ MORE
Okay so this is a slightly disjointed blog post. I have a few things to tell you. First up, let’s focus on the recipe in hand. That’s most likely why you’re here. So I developed this eton mess butterfly cupcake recipe for Aldi for a little piece they did about street parties. You can watch the video here if you like. I also have the recipes for the sausage rolls and quiche too, but that’ll have to wait for another day. READ MORE
I’m a mum of 3 boys, a cookbook writer and also a finalist on the 2011 Great British Bake Off.
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