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Choc Chip and Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Choc Chip and Spiced Pumpkin Bread

There’s Tilly-Mae with the goods in her hands.  As I placed the tray in her eager little mitts she inhaled somewhat over dramatically and wide-eyed (she is my goddaughter after all): “That smells very good, Auntie Ceri!” That girls knows quality baking when it’s laid before her. Share the...
Chocolate and salted caramel oat crunch

Chocolate and salted caramel oat crunch

The title’s a royal mouthful which perfectly reflects the product itself: a sumptuous, rich and decadent mouthful of buttery oats, rich caramel sauce and layers of the chocolate of your choice. I opted for a mix of white and milk which never fails to get my taste buds in a tangle! And yes, these irresistible little squares of sweet love are every bit as naughty as they look and a bite size piece should satiate even the sweetest of teeth. I hadn’t originally planned on blogging this recipe but after several requests on my Facebook page I have decided to do just that; I cannot and will not disappoint my Warriors, particularly where cake is concerned! Some people say love is the universal language which bonds and unites us all. I say it’s cake. Share the...
Tilly Mae’s FROZEN birthday cake!

Tilly Mae’s FROZEN birthday cake!

Two years ago, for TM’s 1st birthday, I decided to attempt my first ever fondant cake. It was laborious, it was stressful and tears were shed. But the hard work and steep learning curve were worth it because I ended up creating this psychedelic little beauty. However, I swore there and then that I’d be taking a wide berth from working with fondant and for Tilly Mae’s 2nd b’day I remained true to my word: I didn’t go near the stuff!! In fact, I don’t even think I made her a cake last year! Share the...
Davina’s sugar free brownies

Davina’s sugar free brownies

Since Davina appeared on This Morning a few days ago and unveiled her sugar free brownies recipe there has been quite the storm on social media with members of the public up in arms over her use of the words “sugar free”. Now here’s the thing: Davina isn’t stupid and neither are you or I. A quick glance at the ingredients (honey, maple syrup, chocolate) and it soon becomes apparent that this recipe does indeed contain sugar. BUT it’s the kind of sugar that is in question here – naturally occurring versus refined. So what I’m saying and, I’m sure Davina would agree, is that these brownies are meant to be enjoyed as an OCCASIONAL treat when your sweet tooth is getting the better of you but you’re still determined to avoid ingesting a whole bunch of refined sugars. Got it? Share the...
The ULTIMATE ginger christmas cookies!

The ULTIMATE ginger christmas cookies!

Fill your house with the smell of cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and all things Christmassy with these deliciously festive cookies which are from The Barefoot Contessa and which also happen to be super simple to make! First you’re going to need the following ingredients: 2¼ cups/281g/10oz plain flour (all-purpose)1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1½ teaspoons ground cloves ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup/200g/7oz dark brown sugar¼ cup/60ml vegetable oil 1/3cup/110g/4oz molasses 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature granulated sugar, in which to roll the cookies Share the...
How to make a 6 layer rainbow cake!

How to make a 6 layer rainbow cake!

It may look complicated and elaborate but it’s surprising easy to make, honest. And it really is worth the time and effort because look what you get at the end of it – truly beautiful to behold and a tastebud sensation! The first thing you’re going to do is preheat your oven to 350º f/180º. I lined three 7-inch pans with parchment paper and baked the sponges in two batches. Simples! Basically, use whatever pans you have at your disposal, between 6 and 8 inch will be fine. Share the...