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Peach & Caramel Paris-Brest

It’s not often that I get the pull to create something with many elements or patisserie worthy but every now & again, it comes along. Most recently it was when I was wondering what I could do with a small collection of beautifully ripe peaches. I wanted something a little different that usual, not necessarily …

Greengage Jam

Greengages have always intrigued me, a sweet, juicy dessert plum, but unlike the varieties most of us know & enjoy at this time of year. Instead of shades of purple & magenta, greengages (as their name would suggest) are the complete opposite end of the colour wheel, with a bright yellow-green skin not unlike an …

Courgette Cake

As the sun returns after many, chilly autumn like weeks in Wales, it appears we are due 2 days of summer. So after weeks of baking some very unseasonal bakes (there may have been gingerbread, it’s been cold out there), the sudden hit of vitamin D has me inspired once again. The windows are agape, …

Blackcurrant & Bay Pie

Let’s bring a little comfort to the summer table shall we, using the most intensely coloured and flavoured of all the summer berries, the blackcurrant. The deepest of purples, with a sweet, tart flavour, not only are they east to grow here in the UK but it’s that tart, fruity flavour that make them perfect …

Lavender Shortbread

Aside from fresh bread baking in the oven, one of my favourite scents in the world is lavender, sweet, delicate & floral yet completely unique. I grow several varieties of it in the garden & just adore not just their scent as you walk by on a summers day but also the pop of blue-violet …

Summer Berry Yogurt Ice Lollies

I’m determined to keep summer alive (I mean, it is still mid August) so I’m throwing it back to a lovely little recipe I made earlier in the season when the sun was shining, the temperature appropriately melting & the summer berries were coming into their own. I love the vibrant stained fingers that can …

Rhubarb & Buttermilk Muffins

Tucked away, very awkwardly on our allotment is massive, beautiful rhubarb crown that we very luckily inherited with the plot. As last year was out first, not knowing how well established it was, I daren’t harvest any for fear of damaging the crown & so I’ve been waiting ever so patiently for those long, thick …

Strawberry & Lime Galette

I’ll let you in on a little secret, even I can’t be bothered with all of the faff involved in baking sometimes. You know those recipes which look & taste beautiful but have loads of steps & processes involved, well, they’re great when you’ve got the time & patience for them but let’s face it, …

Lemon & Nettle Cake

Normally, I’m not exactly the worlds biggest fan of weeds, particularly invasive ones that have the potential to give you a nasty sting like nettle. They are honestly my biggest bug bare at the allotment as they seem to grow much faster than any of my vegetables?! Well, today I get my revenge, as I …

Mini Pavlovas

What’s the one dessert that you associate most with summer? For me, hands down, it has to be a crunchy, pillowy, cream & fruit filled pavlova! So simple to make (in essence you only really need 4 ingredients for a basic pav) yet so wonderful to eat. If you’re a little daunted by the thought …