The Ultimate Quiche Lorraine

Inspired by a wonderful quiche that a workmate’s mother used to make on a regular basis, I decided that now I have left work I would have a go myself. I was going to buy a ready made pastry case as I hate the mess of rolling out pastry, but couldn’t find...

Lemon Drizzle Cakes

 Inspired by an ex-colleague’s Facebook posting this morning saying she did her first bake since giving birth in January, I decided to bake some Lemon Drizzle muffin sized cakes, instead of the planned Lemon Drizzle slab cake made with lemons left over from...

Simnel Cake

It was a bit late for my cookery contest at work, but I got this Simnel Cake recipe from BBC Food Recipes and baked it on Easter Sunday. Overall marks out of 10 = 9.5Ingredients For the almond paste:- 250g/9oz caster sugar 250g/9oz ground almonds 2 free-range eggs,...

Catastrophe Cupcakes

Making cupcakes should be easy.Heat oven to 180deg (or 170 deg in the case of my useless oven). Take 110g salt free butter, 110g castor sugar, 2 medium eggs and 110g self-raising flour with 1 tsp baking powder. Do what you are supposed to do with a Kenwood Chef or...

Coffee and Walnut Gateau

Courtesy of ReallyNiceRecipes.com although I modified the recipe. It was delicious and moist. Just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, I made another on 21st April 2014, Easter Monday, and put it in my freezer for my kitchen and garden warming party. This one was...

Strawberry and Almond Surprise Gateau

Now for my competition entry.  The surprise is that I actually have made this cake at all, with my oven cooking at an unreliable temperature, and with me not being a domestic goddess at all.As I made the cake on Wimbledon Finals Day, I knew I wanted to make my cake...