Category: Sweet

  • Peanut butter banana bread with caramel and chocolate

    Peanut butter banana bread with caramel and chocolate

    Finally, finally, after five years of writing on this old blog, I bring you peanut butter banana bread. The fact that this is my first recipe for banana bread is honestly shocking. Considering that for years I have kept a stash of bananas in my freezer for the entire purpose of a regular supply of […]

  • Moist carrot cake with maple cream cheese frosting

    Moist carrot cake with maple cream cheese frosting

    Unlike many bakers, I didn’t grow up baking at my grandmother’s knee. In fact, my most regular activity in my granny’s kitchen was drying the dishes after each meal (can you even qualify that as a skill? – ‘oh her baking is delicious’ ‘you haven’t seen anything, just watch her dry up’). My granny was […]

  • French cooking: Spiced apricot tarte tatin

    French cooking: Spiced apricot tarte tatin

    I’ve never kept it a secret that I’m a winter girl at heart. My favourite foods usually involve pastry or suet, I mean, I love lard for goodness’ sake. However, I will admit defeat in favour of summer fruits. This season can claim proud responsibility for the best fruits of the year. One of those […]

  • No-churn cherry ripple ice cream

    No-churn cherry ripple ice cream

    I have been living and breathing cream for the last week. My cream-focused projects have ranged from both ends of the heat spectrum, from baking a dish of it for 12 hours, to plopping it whipped and cloudy into a loaf tin before freezing. And as this blog post is titled ‘no-churn cherry ripple ice […]

  • Pear, chocolate and hazelnut scones

    Pear, chocolate and hazelnut scones

    There’s been a week’s intermission from blogging and from France, but I can offer you some pear, chocolate and hazelnut scones as compensation, dear reader. I don’t look like a French native. My cheeks are almost ruddishly pink – something even my dad pointed out recently in a fairly critical manner (‘why are your cheeks […]

  • Hummingbird cupcakes

    Hummingbird cupcakes

    When I moved to the south of France, I expected skies in the exact shade of blue as a Swedish hunk’s eyes, sun-drenched river banks, warm terracotta soaking up the sun, and me, lounging in my garden with a chilled cocktail clasped leisurely in hand. Now, a year later, I can only testify to the […]

  • Nectarine cheesecake hand pies

    Nectarine cheesecake hand pies

    To do lists are all well and good, but they’re only satisfying if you can actually cross something off them. For once, I am proud to say that two tasks on my to do list can have a line drawn firmly through them, and this is particularly satisfying as these two tasks were hanging over […]

  • Strawberry-miso French toast muffins

    Strawberry-miso French toast muffins

    We have all heard of French toast. But French toast muffins? With strawberry and miso? What is this madness? Last weekend, I hosted a brunch. This wasn’t my first foray into breakfast parties as I’d cooked a spread of pancakes for my 26th birthday, and we all got drunk on Bloody Marys. As usual I […]

  • Apple, maple and thyme porridge

    Apple, maple and thyme porridge

    Is there such a thing as a French breakfast? In many ways, France is considered to be THE country of sophistication – think long thin cigarettes (back when they were cool though), black turtlenecks (yesterday, at least three of us rocked one and, interestingly, I was the only female), and a glass of wine in […]

  • Fig and thyme jam

    Fig and thyme jam

    October seems to be the perfect month for me to make jam. Last year I filled some mini jars with bramble jam – mini purely because of the blackberry curse that haunts me – and although that is literally when the tradition started, I would like to it continue. This year it’s time to celebrate […]