Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Whenever I have to make a birthday cake I turn to this Chocolate Raspberry Cake. It is foolproof (thanks to the jam in the cake batter there is zero chance of dryness) and everyone loves it. And let’s face it, it’s pretty classy. I based the recipe on Nigella Lawson’s Storecupboard Chocolate Orange Cake but obviously…

Sourdough Croissants

  I want to branch out (sourdough wise) and make things other than bread and pancakes. For the last two weekends I have made sourdough croissants. They were easier to make than I anticipated and less labour intensive than bread. If you have a healthy starter you should give them a go! I used From the Grapevine’s recipe.  At…

Roman Holiday

I have never struggled to treat myself. This Christmas I got myself a slightly larger than usual present- four days in Rome, which had been on my list of places to visit for a long time. I had already been to Florence many years ago, which I loved. The only problem with Italy is I have…

Sourdough Take 5

Another week, another batch of sourdough.  For the most part the results have improved, or at least been different, with each attempt. My fourth try was okay.  I tried to save time by using bought potato starch instead of real mashed potato. But the dough was sticky and the bread was dry. Also, I used the…

Apple Coffee Crumble Cake With Maple Drizzle

The end of summer means the beginning of apple cinnamon season. Not that I ever stop eating apple and cinnamon, it just tastes so much better now!  This week I had some apples I needed to use up so I made this cake from the Food Network. It was fabulous. I trust any recipe that…