Category Desserts

JAFFA-CAKE CAKE, WITH BLOOD ORANGE MARMALADE & CHOCOLATE GANACHE TOPPING

I saw a lovely post from My Kitchen Witch about homemade Jaffa cakes. I’m partial to a Jaffa cake every now and then, it’s sort of a guilty secret. They’re often on offer in the shops for 99p and I can’t resist them. By the time I’ve eaten five, however, I can’t ignore the dryness […]

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL SHORTBREAD WITH ORANGE & SALTED PISTACHIOS

This isn’t something we have very often.  In fact, I posted a very similar recipe almost a year ago, and that was the last time we made it!  But after tasting this, I’ve decided that it deserves more than just an annual celebration.  Life is short, after all. The fruity tang of orange and the salty crunch of pistachios turn the typical, […]

EASY BLACKCURRANT LIQUORICE ICE CREAM

I’d been wanting to try using the combination of blackcurrant and liquorice in ice cream for a while now, but we’ve become so hooked on the coffee, cinnamon and rum ice cream I first made about a year ago that it’s hard to bring myself to experiment with different flavours.  But I’m kicking myself that I […]

GIN ROASTED PEARS WITH CARAMELISED CHESTNUTS

Over the past few long weeks whilst B has been poorly and cooped up, we’ve ended up doing the inevitable: watching too much TV.  I won’t divulge here exactly how many period dramas and 80s and 90s films this has involved – I’m good enough at embarrassing myself by accident, there’s no need to do so purposely.  But it hasn’t all been […]

BRANDY, CRANBERRY & MARZIPAN CAKE

We went up in to the hills earlier today, to nourish body and mind in the open air before the creeping darkness set in, which seems to be happening earlier and earlier with each passing day.  I wanted to collect sloes – late I know, but thought we might get lucky and happen on a few […]

GINGER & NUTMEG SCONES WITH SPICED BERRY COMPOTE

Whilst we were away, we made a batch of scones to keep us going inbetween meals (what can I say – it was an indulgent few days: being that they were eaten with generous amounts of clotted cream and fruit compote, one of these bad boys was pretty much a meal in itself!)  Crystallised ginger in soft, crumbly […]

PORT POACHED PEARS WITH BLACKBERRIES

Our break definitely did the job – I feel realigned.  We spent lazy days traipsing through squelchy fields and damp woods, mushroom spotting and deer sighting, and generally building up appetites to sate.  Here’s one of the things I made whilst we were away – spiced poached pears are nothing new, but the port and the blackberries infuse […]