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Sticky Ginger Cake

Ice & Spice It’s been a chilly weekend here in Wales as the icy disposition of Winter dominates our mornings once again, transforming the landscape into a peaceful, glistening wonderland. Unfortunately this also signals the return of my most loathsome chore, de-icing the cars (ugh). Despite being someone who is affected by the cold more than any person …

Fig Crostata

Travelling Jam We’re still in the eternally long & poor month of January, but 2017 is already shaping up to be a cracking year for this baker. No, I haven’t been signed to write ‘The Marmalade Teapot Baking Book’ or been left a large some of money from a long-lost relative (it is early in the year …

St Lucia Buns

A Little Goes A Long Way Saffron, the worlds most expensive spice. It’s aromatic, colourful & has a unique flavour that really can’t be compared to anything. Saffron is harvested by hand from the stigmas of the saffron crocus (or flower) & it takes a very large quantity of these flowers to produce just a small …

Winter Spice Cake

Limbo Month Happy new year from The Marmalade Teapot! I demolished the gingerbread house yesterday (a sad but satisfying moment), meaning that as much as I may be in denial Christmas is officially over & normal life resumes. However  I still remain in that holiday mentality for now, it’s difficult to relinquish whilst the house still contains …

Cranberry & White Chocolate Pie

Cranberry Traditions In the run up to Christmas, as I find myself pottering around in the kitchen more & more making preparations for the big day, experimenting & attempting to stuff enough food for a month in my freezer (hello gluttony!), I fill jars upon jars with preserves.   Mincemeat for the pies, jams & …

Cranberry Sauce

Better late than never, it may seem odd to bring you a recipe for cranberry sauce post Christmas day, however there is a method to my madness as this relates to my next post: Cranberry & White Chocolate Pie. This is the same sauce that I make every year in the run up to Christmas, …

Festive Tart

It began with list…  in late November 2013, a list containing every imaginable festive bake, from yule log to panettone, was created by one ambitious baker. The list was long, extensive & full of ideas (& the occasional doodle). Over the coming years, the list became ever shorter as recipes were completed & added to …

Gingerbread Loaf

Gingerbread, a word that is music to my ears & is sure to grab my full attention. The festive scent, the dense squidgy texture, the perfectly balanced spices, what’s not to love? Lebkuchen, biscuits, parkin, pepperkaker, elaborately iced houses there are endless variations of this spiced treat from all corners of the world. The term …

Fudge Four Ways

Sugar is a wonderful thing,  if anything, I’d almost consider it the most magical ingredient of all, able to be transformed in so many ways, it’s sweet uses are endless! There are some who deem sugar as the devil, even natural forms found in fruit (I have a severe dislike for these kinds of people) …

Baileys & White Chocolate Cheesecake

Tipple Desserts For some unknown reason I find myself making an obscene amount of cheesecakes over the festive period. Much as I love fruit & the natural sweetness it brings to the table, Christmas is all about overindulgence, something naughty, a little bit of luxury. So how do you up your dessert game & bring …