Paul Hollywood’s Apricot Couronne

Over halfway through this years Great British Bake Off, and time to tackle my first ever technical challenge! This week the bakers tackled one of Paul Hollywood’s formidable recipes – a sweet enriched dough Apricot Couronne – or crown. With two rises, a sweet filling, and a tricky, sticky plait to master, things weren’t going…

Banoffee Millionaires’ Flapjack

Another week, another amazing episode of The Great British Bake Off, and another edition of The Great Bloggers Bake Off! Following my trifling with Orange and Mango Trifle a couple of weeks back, by the time this weeks episode had finished I was literally itching to get into the kitchen and do my own traybake!…

Treacle, Ginger and Mango Bollywood Nights Cake

Oddly timed on the last day I actually lived in the city, yesterday marked the first event of the new Nottingham City Clandestine Cake Club, of which I am a proud co-organiser! More on the move to follow in due course I’m sure… As our first event was to be held in a private room…

Orange & Mango Trifle and The Great Bloggers Bake Off

Last week whilst at cake club, I got to talking with someone involved in the Great Bloggers Bake Off. What was this I asked? (and how could I not know about it!) Set up by Helen and Jenny, the idea revolves around that rather marvellous television programme that is the Great British Bake Off. Like…

Belgian Waffles at the GingerBread Tea Room, Bruges

A couple of weeks ago we finally managed a summer break, albeit a short one, and took a mini-cruise around Europe. We stopped at Le Havre in France, Bruges, and then Amsterdam – I love travelling so waking up in a different place each morning is my idea of heaven! When in Bruges I had…

Mojito Marble Bundt Cake

This weekend marked the marvellous return of cake club, after its all-too-long summer break. The event on Sunday was part of Derby Clandestine Cake Club, themed as ‘Summer’s Last Cocktail Party’. Well, where to start with a cocktail cake! I’d been thinking about a marble cake for a while, and the different ingredients of a…