Good news ahoy….

I’ve just been procrastinating for a good hour and a half instead of doing my essay but it was not an entire waste of time, for I have just discovered that Delia Smiths new cake book is gluten free friendly. She has tried every recipe using ingredients which are sans gluten and apparently nearly all of…

Apple Pie and Gluten Free Apple Crumble

The humble apple pie is a steadfast family favourite. It’s quick, easy and anyone can make it. When it comes to making a gluten free version however things can get a bit trickier… But there are ways round everything!! If you’ve tried before, you’ll know that making gluten free pastry can be very difficult and…

Strawberry Trifle

This recipe is based on Lorraine Pascale’s Big Fat Tipsy Trifle but I’ve given it a gluten-free twist. If you’re making this non-gluten free you use shop bought Madeira cake and Amaretti biscuits. Ideally this should have 3 or more layers but unfortunately I underestimated how many strawberries I would need. INGREDIENTS 1 plain sponge…

It’s Christmas time…..

Now that I’m home for the christmas holidays the baking can resume! First on the agenda are custard tarts which, with the help of my faithful sous chef Nanny Pam, I will hopefully be making tomorrow. The other festive projects we’re planning include Christmas Pud Cupcakes, Mini-Marble Cakes, Mince Pies, Croissants, Yule Log, and lastly…

Halloween Pumpkin Biscuits

  Since halloween is just around the corner I thought I would make a few spooky biscuits. Unfortunately, I left the last batch in the hands of a friend and she forget to take them out of the oven so they’re a little crispy round the edges. Particular the one in the back left! I…

Gluten Free Christmas Cake

  The earlier you start your christmas cake the tastier it will be come the big day – because you can add more brandy! I’d planned to start mine about halfway through October but due to a few issues with the oven, as in we didn’t have one, so I was a bit delayed. You…

Gluten Free Yule Log

I know it’s not yule log season yet but who cares. It’s made of chocolate and that is ALWAYS in season! INGREDIENTS: In order of – Sponge, Ganache, Chantilly 4 Lg eggs 110g caster sugar 65g Glutafin White Mix 1tsp baking powder 40g cocoa powder 1tsp Xanthan Gum (not essential but it does help) 275g…

Frosted Cupcakes

  It was recently brought to my attention by my family that I hadn’t yet added the recipe for the cakes in my header photo. So here it is… INGREDIENTS 6oz butter or margarine 6oz caster sugar 6oz self raising flour 3 eggs, beaten 250g icing sugar 100g butter 1tbsp milk food colouring of your…

Jelly Tot Cupcakes

A friend of the family has always been fond of my cakes so for his birthday I combined them with his favourite thing…sweets. I used jelly-tots and mini smartie type things I found in Sainsburys. You could use any kind of colourful sweets like m&ms or haribo, which ever is your favourite really. INGREDIENTS 6oz…

Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes

I saw this idea in Lorraine Pascale’s book but up until now hadn’t had an occasion to make them. They are really easy and look pretty impressive. INGREDIENTS – makes 12 6oz self-raising flour 6oz caster sugar 6oz butter or margarine 3 eggs 3-4 spoons of smooth raspberry jam 500ml double cream 12 small strawberries…

Paul Hollywood: Eight Strand Plaited Loaf

I was re-watching last nights Great British Bake Off and I decided that I’d have a go at the 8 strand plaited loaf. They all seemed to be struggling with it but it really wasn’t that difficult. You saw my last attempt at bread so you know I am in no way a bread expert….