Category Sweets

GUJIA FILLED WITH COCONUT, PISTACHIO & RAISINS

There’s something celebratory about Gujia, even to the uninitiated.  A plateful of the pretty little pasty-shaped pastries brightens up any table, and one bite is guaranteed to bring a smile to my face!  A popular Indian sweet, particularly prevalent during Holi, the Hindu festival of spring, Gujia are a year round sight in my kitchen.  B subtly […]

OATY BANANA & FIG FINGERS

I like to carry snacks with me when I’m out and about.  I often don’t sleep very well, and it gets in the way of day to day life, making me hungry often, fogging my mind and stupefying me a little bit.  Whether you’re familiar with that particular problem or not, we all need an energy boost […]

BRAMLEY APPLE, RHUBARB & MARZIPAN CAKE

A little lumpy bumpy, a little on the rustic side, this is a cake with a double identity – if you pop it in to bake just before you sit down to supper, then it’ll be ready for you to eat your first slice warm, all steaming and puddingy, with custard or cream.  But by the next day […]

CLOTTED CREAM ICE CREAM WITH COFFEE, CINNAMON & RUM

Our flat is pretty badly proportioned.  It’s mostly beautiful and spacious, and I always feel a little bit guilty, a little bit spoilt, saying anything otherwise, especially when you can’t walk around this city and fail to notice people whom clearly live their lives without any roof over their heads.  We’re lucky to have such a comfortable home.  But, […]

(NOT QUITE) SUMMER PUDDING WITH RHUBARB, RASPBERRIES & ROSEWATER

If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I love rhubarb.  You may also have picked up that I’m in to fruity puddings in general.  Don’t get me wrong, chocolate desserts can be amazing, but the sheer variety of things that you can do with fruit gets me really excited.  I remember the […]

WHITE WINE, HONEY & ROSEMARY POACHED PEARS WITH SAFFRON & ROSEMARY FLOWER ICE CREAM

After seeing a honey and rosemary cake over on Cottage Grove House, I started to crave those flavours, and the idea to infuse them into poached pears popped into my head whilst tidying the kitchen and seeing the fruit sitting on the side. These two pears beckoned me over, and told me in no uncertain […]

CHOCOLATE BEETROOT (…& COFFEE, & CARDAMOM, & ALMOND) CAKE

There’s a couple of cafes that we go to regularly that make really, really good chocolate beetroot cake: rich and dense, sandwiched together with a thick layer of cream cheese icing – the kind of cake that you have to share a piece, because if you were to have a whole one all to yourself you’d […]

FRUITY RHUBARB & RASPBERRY FLAPJACKS

It’s been a while since I’ve made flapjacks, and these were a reminder of just how good they can be when you’re in the mood for something sweet.  I doubled up the quantities that I usually would use as some of these were being spirited away, and I very nearly messed them up by forgetting […]

LEMON BERRY CAKE WITH A HONEYED LEMON & ROSEMARY DRIZZLE

We’ve been doing a fair bit of daydreaming lately, imagining ourselves in warmer climes.  It may sound odd, but this cake was kind of an extension of that:  I wanted to be on some Mediterranean hilltop, wandering through tall grasses. Somewhere where I’d be surrounded by vibrant lemon trees, the heady smell of aromatic herbs, and […]

MARZIPAN (NOT SO JUGU) NUT CAKE – AN EXPERIMENTAL TAKE ON A FAMILY CLASSIC

Do you like biscotti?   Then you’ll probably like jugu cake.  Whereas biscotti is hard and supremely dippable, with the odd nut here and there, jugu cake is a dense, slightly crumbly treat packed full of the flavours of toasted nuts and cardamom.  For any Indian person with East African heritage, it’s more than likely a […]