Orange and Dark Chocolate Muffins Recipe - Dairy free

Orange and Dark Chocolate Muffins

These muffins were a happy discovery.  This is the third batch I’ve made in two weeks!  They came in to being as a way of using up left over mixed peel from a chocolate pan forte I made at Christmas time.  They got gobbled up so fast I’ve now had to buy more peel! Make…

Banana and Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins Recipe

Banana and Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins

In the last couple of weeks I’ve started a couple of crochet projects which have not turned out quite right.  I’ve also burnt my arm (fat from the frying pan) and got a few nasty blisters, despite standing with it under the cold tap for what felt like eons.  So I have been in need…

Ready in less than 10mins

Speedy Jam Sponge Pudding

It’s cold, dark and windy outside.  Welcome to winter!  This time of year necessitates old school style puddings in my opinion.  However, spending a few hours steaming a pudding is not my idea of fun. I love this pudding because it’s super quick to make and uses ingredients you will already have in your cupboard. …

Sweet crunchy topping, moist cake... yum!

Apple and Blackberry Crumble Cake

I love blackberries so it is hard to resist buying them when they come in to the shops.  Crumbles are always yummy, but it’s been so hot recently that they don’t really appeal.  A slice of cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream however, does! Recipe: For the cake: 120g butter 100g sugar 3…

Yummy :)

Brandy and Chocolate Muffins

I love chocolate muffins and this variation is a good one; it includes brandy but you could omit this if you prefer alcohol free.  Just use some water to soak the fruit and for the glaze instead. Only 5 muffins left by the time I got my camera out, so they went pretty quick! (Only…

My favourite :)

Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

This is my favourite jam.  I have never seen it in the shops, and I don’t know why because it is a gorgeous combination! It is lovely on toast, especially with peanut butter, and it’s also great in an old-school jam pudding with custard. I usually make double or treble this recipe, but I only…

No pictures of the inside of this one... it didn't last long enough!

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Confession time:  this recipe is not actually mine!  I tweaked the original (from Green and Blacks Chocolate Recipes) by using regular dark chocolate, rather than Maya Gold (orange and spices flavoured) simply because I also had strawberries to serve on the side, and I thought plain would work better.  It turned out amazing and so…

Too good to eat?

Easter Bunting Cake

I love this coffee and walnut cake.  It’s a Delia Smith recipe, and I’ve made it many times as it always turns out gorgeous!  If you can’t eat nuts, try substituting milk choc chips. This year I have decided to make this cake for Easter and decorate it accordingly.  I don’t often go in for…

Ice cream love :)

Lovely Pistachio Ice Cream

My husband and I have a list of 30 things to do before we are 30.  One of them is to cook the entirety of a cookbook.  This sounded like one of the easier ideas at the time but it is actually quite a challenge!  We spent a while looking for a book which had…

Double Glazed Apple and Lemon Cake

We went away for the weekend with a whole group of students and 20’s, which was great fun.  At the end there was left over food and after the students had pinched all the tea, cereal, and chocolate spread I was left with a near bushel of apples.  I also came home to a bag…

Chocolate Mudcake

We had some friends visiting last weekend and I wanted to bake something in advance for us to have as dessert so I wouldn’t spend the whole time in the kitchen.  I was pretty busy finishing off the advent calendar I was making so I turned to this old favourite recipe of mine which I…

Banoffee Muffins

It seems I have been slipping a bit when it comes to getting round to writing blog posts.  The good news is that I have been busy making quite a few different things, so the reason I haven’t posted in a while is that the making has taken priority over blogging about it for a…

Strawberry and Plum Jam

A few years ago my father-in law gave me about 2kgs of plums.  I like plums but am not a fan of them cooked, so I had to look at a way of using them up other than stewing and freezing them!  I heard about this book on jams and chutneys on Women’s Hour (which…

Vanilla Bean and Raspberry Muffins

I recently got tempted into buying some vanilla bean paste.  It isn’t something I’ve used before but it is meant to give the effect of having used whole vanilla pods but without the price tag. I make muffins quite a lot and use a basic recipe which I just modify depending on my mood or…