Category Archives: Cakes

Ottolenghi’s Apple Cake Recipe

I tried to make this cake a while back but was thwarted by cheap eggs and a late night. But, since I have a bag of rather sorry-looking Bramley apples and a pot of mascarpone that really needs eating I … Continue reading

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Bank Holiday Baking: Cheese and Spring Onion Cake recipe

It’s 25 degrees outside, it’s beautifully sunny and what do I think of when I wake up? Cake. Not just any old cake mind; this is a posh French savoury cake known as cake salĂ©. I first tried a version … Continue reading

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Birthday cupcakes

My nephew was 18 last weekend and, to celebrate, I made him 18 cupcakes. I’m not convinced by the flavour or, or fashion for cupcakes but they do make an amazing impact if they are made in bulk, decorated and, … Continue reading

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HFW’s Prune, Fig and Apricot Cake

I have an issue with marmalade. In fact, I have an issue with marmalade, jam, jelly, honey and any vaguely gelatinous substance (aspic, ugh) all of which I can’t bear to touch. It’s not quite a phobia but I certainly … Continue reading

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A Morning Cake: Banana Bread

It took me a long time to be convinced by the virtues of banana bread. I was after a flavour and texture that could work in the morning (so not too sweet or soft) and as a treat at teatime … Continue reading

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A New Cookbook and a New Cake

Oh, I still get SO excited when I get a new cookbook. Even though I know, from experience, that I’ll probably only find one or two recipes in it that I’ll use again and again, the childish pleasure of flicking … Continue reading

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New York Carrot Cake

I started this blog with the intention of collecting together all my recipes in one place, of collating the dribs and drabs I have filed away over the years, whether in my head or on paper. But what is really … Continue reading

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My First Cookbook: Coffee and Walnut Cake

The first cookbook I remember seeing or using is all about baking, or rather about one of the fundamentals of baking, flour. The Homepride Book of Home Baking was published in 1970 and proudly claims to be ‘the first metric … Continue reading

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Apricot and Almond Brownies

A brownie recipe is a very personal thing. Everyone swears by the one that they think works best, and tends to stick with it. The first one I ever made came from a freebie cookery book that I got by … Continue reading

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Fruit, Glorious Fruit

My tiny two-shelf fridge has been overflowing with fruit recently. I can’t resist the half-price rhubarb from the supermarket, then there’s farmers’ market cartons of raspberries and cherries and all my neighbour’s ‘I’m going on holiday’ cast-offs: a huge segment … Continue reading

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