Category Archives: Fast cakes

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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Waitrose Kitchen Summer Fruit and Almond Cake

My mother was, is, a magazine addict. When I was a child there were an awful lot of them in our living room, from the lowly weeklies such as Woman to glossy monthlies like Vogue, and I used to read … Continue reading

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Banana, Nut and Chocolate Muffins

I should call this post ‘why this blog was invented’ but it doesn’t sound as appetising as its current title. Muffins were one of the first things I ever baked and, as the photo below shows, I’ve used this recipe … Continue reading

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