Category Archive: Baking


As you know, I have been feeling the absence of Christmas lately. This is all tied up with end of year tiredness and a generalised homesickness, of course, but those things are a… Continue reading

An indestructible recipe for chocolate brownies

I am in the habit of finding a recipe I like and then making it compulsively for weeks on end, until I have perfected it. What usually happens, though, is that by the… Continue reading

Spiced nectarine cake

Turkish nectarines are both enormous, oozingly soft and deliciously tart at this time of year. I bought too many the other day, so decided to try something new. With a deliciously light, soft… Continue reading

Lemon cupcakes

Here we have another contender for the Table of Cake for our wedding: a lighter than air, gently flavoured lemon cupcake, richly buttery and slathered in lemon cream cheese frosting. I only had… Continue reading

The Devil’s Cupcakes

This was an outside contender for our table of wedding cakes, but it scored so highly on first tasting that it is now a fully-confirmed member. Try it and see why for yourself.… Continue reading

Wedding cake crazy

Many moons ago, when our wedding felt like a rosy, far-off event that was perhaps happening to other people, I somehow decided that, rather than buy a wedding cake like a normal person,… Continue reading

A clafoutis of disappointment

I’m not sure I really get the point of clafoutis. An odd way to introduce a recipe, I know. But after discovering my love for cherries, I thought I’d love a classic cherry… Continue reading

Triple chocolate chocolate-chip cookies

Unfortunately, I come from a family of chocolate maniacs. I used to think I was better than them. When my Mum used to have to hide chocolate from my Dad because he simply… Continue reading

Oat, hazelnut and chocolate chip cookies

I’m in Pembrokeshire at the moment on our annual Easter holiday. After a childhood spent on wet campsites around Europe and North America, this is one of my favourite family traditions. Every year,… Continue reading


My quest to learn how to make bread continues with a simple focaccia. When I lived in Parbatipur, fresh bread (along with chocolate and cheese) was one of the things I missed more… Continue reading