|Posted by me on October 9, 2016 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
An hour’s drive away up the M6 motorway from the Market town of Chorley in Lancashire (where I live) is the beautiful Cumbrian village of Grasmere, nestled amoungst the hills and mountains of some of the most picturesque scenery in the English Lake district. It is Famous for two things, the Poet William Wordsworth who lived in the village for fourteen years and proclaimed that Grasmere was “the loveliest spot tha...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on September 20, 2016 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
If you happen to visit Northern Ireland you will find this lovely fridge cake on every tea time table and on every café menu.
It’s called a fifteen because there is almost no weighing involved, you just count out 15 of each ingredient, which is perfect if you can’t be bothered getting the weighing scales out.
I have made a traditional Fifteen and also tweaked the recipe a little and given it a caramel a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on June 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM||comments (1)|
( serves 12 ) free from gluten
225g plain 70% chocolate, broken into small pieces
200g soft light dark brown sugar
3 medium eggs
150g ground almonds
For the cheesecake swirl
180g full fat cream cheese
1 small very ripe banana (the browner and squidgier, the better the flavour)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
20g...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM||comments (1)|
Deep in the Lancashire countryside on the A6 between bustling Preston and the pretty old market town of Garstang is a fabulous garden centre (complete with cool, giant flower head urinals in the gents for the fella’s to wee elegantly into) that makes the most delicious cakes, cookies and scones. It’s one of our favourite places to visit when the Husband gets his ‘Alan Titchmarsh hat’...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
As a child growing up in the seventies I ate school dinners on a very regular basis, unless I went on a school trip then mushy white bread pilchard and vinegar sandwiches in a plastic Tupperware box were mandatory.
Although I loved the savoury main meals my favourite course had to be the puddings and I was one of the rare students that loved the thick, rubbery skin from the top of the custard and was always pushed to t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on October 21, 2014 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
You can never have enough brownie recipes, and this one is particularly good with soft nuggets of golden caramel under a luscious cheesecake and banana chip topping. serve warm with creamy vanilla ice-cream and some hot caramel sauce.....
makes 12 pieces
What you need
125g plain chocolate
2 medium eggs
160g light soft brown sugar
110g plain flourRead Full Post »
|Posted by me on March 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
There are times when you just HAVE TO HAVE a chocolate fix... This no bake bar is simplicity itself, takes minutes to make and you can eat it within the hour (you have to put it in the fridge first, you cant just eat the melted chocolate mix straight out of the bowl :D) Change the fruit and chocolate chunk/chip combination as the whim takes you......
What you need
250g plain chocola...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on March 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
A brownie should be squidgy, not firm like a cake but have an unctuous soft, fudge like texture and this little baby delivers it by the bucket load.... with hidden nuggets of Toblerone and white chocolate and a cheeky little hint of zesty orange its the perfect treat with a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce......
What you ne...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on March 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Packed full of energising bananas, seeds, oats and nuts these wonderful bars make a brilliant mid morning snack when energy levels are low and you need something satisfying without hitting excess sugar. They keep brilliantly too and stay moist for a week or two ( if they last that long without being scoffed of course). Make a batch for the kids packed lunch boxes they are so much healthier than a pla...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on October 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
What you need
300g digestive biscuits crushed to fine crumbs by placing into a bag and bashing with a rolling pin or by blitzing in a food processor if you have one
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 tablespoons golden syrup (this is really easy to measure if you place the tin into hot water for 10 minutes before hand)
100g dried chopped apricots
100g Malteaser...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on August 14, 2013 at 5:50 AM||comments (0)|
I would like to tell you that these gorgeous no bake.... yes you read me right....NO BAKE....bars are healthy because they contain oats, bran flakes and honey but I would probably be fibbing because once you start munching on them you wont be able to stop and then you will turn into a great big marshmallow fluff sat on the sofa watching endless reruns of Coronation street and Emmerdale.... But IF you can eat them in moderation and c...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on February 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
February is a cold...cold month, just right for a bit of baking and a decadent chocolate treat.
Chocolate brownies fall into two categories, squidgy or cake like. I prefer a half way balance between the two because I am just greedy like that :D.
So, this easy peasy recipe is a half way house, moist and extremely rich and easy enough for the kids ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by bakinglady on October 18, 2009 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
When my Ex husband and I lived in sunny Swindon we were friends with a lovely bubbly lady called Sue who used to produce this scrummy tea time cake at the drop of a hat. I have made a few changes over the years and although I still refer to it as Sue's cake the finished chocolate concocction is now all mine and once you have played with it too you can ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by bakinglady on September 20, 2009 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
Ten to two... Sunday afternoon... ringing phone!
"Hi Sharon can we all pop round at five, I bet you have some lovely cake on the go...."
Wahhh.... panic!!!! I didn't, but I need to now!
Oops, not alot of ingredients though, not enough for a cake, no eggs, no dried fruit and only a couple of bits and bobs hanging around that need using up- a solitary apple in the fruit bowl...Read Full Post »
|Posted by bakinglady on September 7, 2009 at 3:45 AM||comments (1)|
This is a real tried and tested favourite and it's so simple to make that even the 'hubby' could do it, never mind the kids!
A word of warning though, if you want it to last more than an hour you need to hide it in a good spot...
Fantastic cut into fingers for...Read Full Post »