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Gingerbread Biscuits

Gingerbread is synonymous with the festive season & whilst the term ‘gingerbread’ is given to a broad range of sweets, I think most of us picture a crunchy, spiced biscuit. We’ve been making gingerbread biscuits since the 15h century here in Europe, primarily made using spices, ginger & treacle. Whilst early gingerbread was made as …

Chai Millionaires Shortbread

It’s cold, it’s dark & I find myself craving everything spiced, hot & stodgy… it can only be Winter. For me, baking at this time of year involves ransacking the storecupboard, lots of dried fruit, syrup & spices in almost everything (if only living off of gingerbread alone were a sustainable diet).  With half a dozen …

Leftover Pumpkin Loaf

Gooey, slimy, guts… this is what awaits all pumpkin carvers at Halloween. For some, it’s the most tedious task, one which delays the creativity & artfulness of creating your masterpiece, for others it’s an oddly satisfying ritual (yes, I am the latter). The tradition of pumpkin carving at Halloween actually originated in Britain & Ireland …

Christmas Cake

Stir-up Sunday is upon us once again which means that the countdown to Christmas can truly begin. First comes the excitement (yes this 30-something-year-old still gets overly excited with every Christmas song on the radio & at the prospect of presents) & second comes the baking (so much baking!). Every December my little kitchen is …

Hot Cross Buns

Toasted Respite To say that the last month has been a little chaotic would be an understatement, it has been both distressing & wonderful simultaneously. Either way this has led me to crave home comforts (food included). There are many contributors to my maddening month… my career (or lack there of). I’ve been working extremely hard …

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 …

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) …

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Sugar, Spice & Bulbous Gourds Autumn, a welcome season (once you’ve come to terms with summer truly coming to an end that is). I adore the in between seasons , as I like to call them, Spring & Autumn, these are the times of year that evoke excitement of things to come. Moody skies & …

Cardamom Cake

Birthdays, Spice & Bakeries It’s been a busy week of celebrations in this uncharacteristically grey July that I’m ashamed to say  my poor kitchen has been rather neglected. Having just returned from a break in London in celebration of my 21st 27th birthday & coincidentally a recent promotion at work, it’s been a week of …