Category Sweets

CHESTNUT, CHOCOLATE & HAZELNUT COOKIES

My previous post involved caramelised chestnuts, and I mentioned that I’d blitzed some of them up until smooth to give a bowl of luxurious purée. I ate a couple of spoonfuls of the stuff straight, but I’m not a sugar monster, and needed something to tone it down. I decided to experiment with baking it […]

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 […]

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE & COCONUT COOKIES

I posted a recipe based on Amanda’s diablo cookies recently, and I’ve since discovered that it adapts very nicely indeed.  The version I originally made, with chilli flakes and crystallised ginger, were very scoffable, even if I did overcook them a little.  This adaptation, with coconut, makes about nine satisfyingly dense cookies, crisp on the […]

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES WITH CINNAMON, CHILLI & GINGER

There are loads of recipes over on Amanda’s blog that I have to try.  The diablo cookies in particular looked so good, and when I realised that we had some cinnamon chocolate hanging around, I couldn’t wait to give them a go.  My recipe is a bit of an adaptation – I didn’t have any […]

SAVING AN OVERRIPE MANGO – MANGO, LIME, COCONUT & ALMOND HALWA

I hate wasting food.  Whilst it’s not often that something gets thrown out in our kitchen, I have to admit that it does happen sometimes, making me berate myself internally (and occasionally externally.)  A few days ago, I bought some golden, pretty much perfectly ripe mangoes.  They were like fruity nectar, all juicy and delicious, and most got eaten […]

GOOSEBERRY & ELDERFLOWER CHEESECAKE

I spied a few punnets of bright green gooseberries sitting at one end of a local farm stall a few days ago.  First of the season – I wasn’t expecting to see them yet – and didn’t need convincing to take a punnet home.  I wanted to try teaming them with an elderflower cordial we’d made recently, […]

RHUBARB, GINGER & CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH AN ORANGE GLAZE

Rhubarb and chocolate wasn’t a combination I’d tried before, but what I had had in the past was dark chocolate teamed with blackcurrants.  It was divine, and I wondered, when thinking about what to do with a recent batch of rhubarb, whether rhubarb and chocolate might work on the same sort of principle that that […]

CHOCOLATE, BANANA & HAZELNUT CAKE, WITH CINNAMON & BRANDY CHERRIES AND CITRUS & CARDAMOM ICE CREAM

I didn’t have plans to serve these together, honest.  The ice cream got made first, just a little tub, as we had half a tin of condensed milk left over from the chocolate caramel shortbread that B made, and obviously, it would be a shame to waste it…  It was my third attempt at using […]

DECADENT CHOCOLATE CARAMEL SHORTBREAD

I’ve really been cramming the posts in lately, haven’t I?  To me it sounds a little counter-intuitive, but I’ve actually been finding that I’ve been more productive when working from home if I break my time up and have regular breaks where I focus on something completely different than the job in hand.  Posting recipes (and, […]

SUNKEN APRICOT, RASPBERRY & ALMOND CAKE

I had plans to make a Venetian carrot cake the other day (we’ve got a bit of a backlog of veg box carrots piling up…) but on my way home picked up a punnet of rosy apricots for a mere quid.  They called out to me to use them in a cake, so I shelved the […]