Banana and Coconut Bread with Raspberries

This banana bread recipe is one that I keep going back to, and playing with along the way.  It’s simple to make, reliable and has great flavour.  Looking for something a little different and borrowing an earlier idea of adding strawberries, I threw in 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries to the mixture and a few…

Great Scones

Unfortunately my kitchen isn’t seeing much creativity at the moment.  It consists of fairly basic fare trying to entice my toddler to eat something beyond strawberries and plain pasta.  We’ve hit the fussy stage and as a foodie, its driving me nuts that he won’t even try some of the foods I put in front…

Exotic Yoghurt

As I was browsing Sophie Grigson’s Spices book and discovered the Pulla Bread I posted over the weekend I also took a fancy to this recipe and thought I would try making a special little exotic brunch that is actually quite healthy. I loved the combination of rose water with cardamom and saffron and the…

Finnish Cardamom Bread

 Easter and baking seem to go hand in hand for me as the few extra days of down time allow me to squeeze in an hour or so in the kitchen whilst bubba takes a nap. I got motivated early and remade Elizabeth David’s Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday when a friend came to…

The Easiest Cake You’ll Ever Make

This is possibly the easiest cake you’ll ever make.  As easy as using a packet mix but with the pride of knowing you made it from scratch and know each and every ingredient in it.  I’m pretty sure its the best foundation cake I’ve happened upon and will certainly be getting a work out to…

What Katie Ate: Blood Orange and Rosemary Cake

I love an interesting and unusual combination of flavours that sparks the imagination.  When I saw this cake in What Katie Ate, by Katie Quinn Davies, and it happened to be blood orange season I knew that I should give it a try as part of this month’s The Cookbook Guru.   Using the whole orange…

What Katie Ate Inspired Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread with Seeds

     Long time followers of my blog will remember me waxing lyrically about soda bread about 18 months ago.   I was making at least 2 loaves a week and mixing up my flavour combinations every time to create some truly lovely loaves of soda bread.  The inspiration for this obsession came from the cook…

Lady’s Kisses (Baci di Dama)

Who can resist a little morsel of sweetness with their afternoon coffee?  When its tinged with the flavour of my European travels then I’m even more of a sucker.  This biscuit is reminiscent of shortbread, but not quite so crumbly.  The addition of lemon zest and vanilla essence to the blend of almond and flour…

Date and Orange Muffins

This quick and easy recipe was created on a whim recently after my lovely friend (and mother in law) shared it with me insisting that the muffins were amazing.  Pam was spot on!  So moist and light these muffins are probably the first that I’ve made in a very long time that have actually worked….

Country Cardamom Cake

I’m sure I’ve mentioned my passion for the spice Cardamom.  There is something about the smell and flavor that appeals to my senses.  I’m pretty sure the love affair started when I first tasted Swedish Kanel Bullar (cinnamon buns) which are actually cardamom buns with cinnamon sugar scrolled through the dough.  So when I was…

Torta Rustica di Noci e Caffe: Rustic Coffee and Walnut Cake

Some flavours are just meant to be together and one of them in my opinion is walnuts and coffee.  There is something quite magical about the combination and in particular when added to cake generally results in a winner.  Having baked this cake I can honestly say that opinion has not changed yet. This recipe…

Cheese Daisies

Another vintage contribution from this month’s The Cookbook Guru book, these savoury biscuits were so simple to make and were delicious.  Taken from Margaret Fulton’s Cookbook, they are described as being perfect to be served with pre-dinner drinks and I think Mrs Fulton hit the nail on the head.  Made with a combination of cheddar…