Category: Desserts

  • Sticky pear and treacle cake

    Sticky pear and treacle cake

    Please excuse me for the autumnal tribute song I am about to warble. Like a fawning fan-girl, I simply can’t get enough of it. Even though autumn still hasn’t quite started here in Manchester – by which I mean the leaves are on the cusp of yellow-gold and the temperature isn’t low enough for me […]

  • Salted caramel sauce

    Salted caramel sauce

    The freezer tends to be a haven for treats. When I was little it was the home of ready-meals, frozen chips, waffles, hash-browns and those smiley-faced potato cakes everyone loved in their school lunch. We horded ice lollies and strawberry, chocolate and vanilla Mini Milks, and vanilla ice creams on sticks coated in nubbly almond-sprinkled […]

  • 3-ingredient sea salt chocolate pots

    3-ingredient sea salt chocolate pots

    Week-night dinners are never disappointing in this house. Calum amended his repertoire of chicken and Uncle Ben’s rice, telling his work colleagues he has no choice about the matter. Which is perfectly true. Instead he is rustling up a mean carbonara, prawns cooked in ginger and garlic with noodles drenched in soy sauce, steak-stuffed peppers […]

  • Sticky toffee banana rice pudding

    Sticky toffee banana rice pudding

    To continue the theme of sugar – in part with my previous blog posts on baking and cake – I have been suppressing sweet-toothed dirty desires by staring at pictures of desserts on the internet. One particular dish keeps coming back to the top of my ‘to cook’ list yet I’ve never got round to […]

  • Hummingbird cake

    Hummingbird cake

    Everyone has a repertoire. Even if cooking simply isn’t your thing or you pay a private chef to cook for you, everyone has a practiced dish up their sleeve. Whether it’s a spaghetti Bolognese, the Sunday roast, or a secret family recipe, it’s the dish you return to like a well-worn pair of slippers. Its comfort […]

  • Baking with Tony: treacle tart

    Baking with Tony: treacle tart

    Another day another tart. Tart cravings have broken the Richter scale this week, maybe due to rereading Tamasin Day-Lewis’s book ‘Smart Tart’. My salivary glands go haywire as I read her description of the crisp buttery pastry, the creamy, melt-in-the-mouth filling, the blob of clotted cream on the side. Treacle tart, in particular, has been […]

  • Rocky road & salted caramel filled chocolate cupcakes

    Rocky road & salted caramel filled chocolate cupcakes

    It was Calum’s birthday (or as he liked to remind me, his ‘special day’). Presents, cards, birthday activities were incidental; my focus was, of course, his cake. Last year I made a large Victoria sponge with white fondant icing, bursting with jam and cream, and neatly decorated with Smarties. We polished off a couple of […]

  • Pineapple upside down cake

    Pineapple upside down cake

    The occasion for a dinner party does not arise often, particularly when you work a very busy schedule. When food is part of your working day the idea of putting a lot of effort into a two or three course meal, for fun I’ll add, is more exhausting than you can imagine, and instead the […]

  • Eton mess ice cream sundae

    Eton mess ice cream sundae

    After a sad and surreal week, returning to the nest is always the ticket. A mother’s love always makes things better, along with a shared punnet of juicy strawberries and her saying I ‘deserved a night off’ and could go and relax instead of helping her clear up after dinner. She knows the way to my […]

  • Sticky plum meringue cake

    Sticky plum meringue cake

    I’m noticing a recurring theme with my blog posts. A majority focus on the sweet side of life, and what could be more sweet than sugar? Ah, how blessed you are you sweet granules which transform many a dish into something magnificent. Let’s see what you can do with this sticky plum meringue cake. Last […]