Choux au craquelin stuffed with banana custard
Baking / No yeast baking / Pies and tarts / Small batch / Sweet / vegetarian

Choux au craquelin stuffed with banana custard

Not much to say, except these are rather good. Standard choux pastries topped with a rich, barely sweet cocoa cookie crust and stuffed with banana-infused pastry cream. You might be thinking: why bother infusing it? Surely it’s nicer and simpler to just have fresh sliced banana. I am not denying you that option, rather, I’m suggesting this … Continue reading

Small batch rhubarb, pineapple & vanilla jam
No oven / Preserves / Recipes / Small batch / Sweet / Treats - no flour / Vegan / vegetarian

Small batch rhubarb, pineapple & vanilla jam

Another wonderful preserve from Beatrice Ojakangas, this time a sweet, simple rose gold jam, one of my favourites. Perfect for brightening up the cold months. ‘You’ll love the aroma of this jam cooking,’ Ojakangas writes. Yes. Sour pink rhubarb, sunny pineapple and deep, rich vanilla come together in an unexpectedly lovely way: it’s truly lovely, so syrupy and … Continue reading

Apple caramels
Bonfire night / Christmas (and leftovers) / halloween / holidays / No oven / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Apple caramels

Another caramel thing, but who’s complaining? I’ve wanted to try this recipe for years and here it is: soft golden caramels with a cosy apple flavour. It’s coming up to Bonfire Night, which is when British people set things on fire when it is cold (as opposed to summer, when we set our food on fire to make the … Continue reading

Plum cardamom loaf cake
Baking / Cakes / dessert / Loaf cake / No yeast baking / Recipes / Small batch / Sweet / vegetarian

Plum cardamom loaf cake

Hello. Hi. How are you? We in much of the U.K. are going through what my friend Maggie calls “fake bullshit summer.” It’s almost a week until autumn really begins and there are absolutely no signs of it cooling down; perhaps this is compensation for our earlier British summertime, where it was hot and sunny all at once for 5 … Continue reading

Cranberry pistachio shortbread
Baking / Biscuits and Cookies / Christmas (and leftovers) / holidays / No egg baking / No yeast baking / vegetarian

Cranberry pistachio shortbread

A bigger batch of these cranberry-studded biscuits with the addition of pistachios. I love the gold, green, and deep red together. These are my favourite holiday cookies because I find them well-balanced and not too sweet. Sweet-tart dried cranberries and fragrant clementines always evoke the holidays for me, and here they perfectly brighten up a rich shortbread. A handful of pistachios … Continue reading

Deb’s jacked-up banana bread with wonderfully unnecessary chocolate chunks
Baking / Cakes / chocolate / Loaf cake / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

Deb’s jacked-up banana bread with wonderfully unnecessary chocolate chunks

Dear me. It has come to my attention that there isn’t a banana bread recipe on my blog. I’ve got a fluffy banana cake, two iterations of banoffee pie, a rhubarb-banana jam, but not one recipe for sweet, comforting banana bread. Let me fix that by giving you a recipe for a one-bowl banana bread with spices and … Continue reading

Banana brown butter snacking cake, lighter and fluffier
Baking / Cakes / Loaf cake / No yeast baking / Recipes / vegetarian

Banana brown butter snacking cake, lighter and fluffier

A simple, fragrant banana sponge cake which is just sweet enough. We all love sturdy and comforting banana bread, but sometimes I want something which is lighter yet still rich-tasting and homey. This cake fits the bill. This recipe is such a relief, too–I spent an inordinate amount of time last month trying to scale down a … Continue reading

Simple, small Victoria sponge with raspberry honey lemongrass preserves
4 inch cake / Baking / Cakes / dessert / Preserves / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

Simple, small Victoria sponge with raspberry honey lemongrass preserves

A classic Victoria sponge: light, tender, buttery cake sandwiching a tangy-sweet layer of raspberry jam and buttercream. Don’t tell any of them in the WI, but I filled the sponge¬†with homemade raspberry honey lemongrass jam.¬†You can of course use any raspberry jam you want–perhaps choose one which isn’t overly sweet so it balances the buttercream … Continue reading

Raspberry honey lemongrass preserves, small batch
No oven / Preserves / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Raspberry honey lemongrass preserves, small batch

Fresh-tasting, fragrant, and easy to make. Lemongrass and raspberries are lovely and bright together. If you’re new to preserve-making, this is one of the first you should try as it’s fairly quick (from raw fruit to hot, sealed jar of jam in 1 hour!), it’s a very small batch (one jar! one!) and is a little … Continue reading