Spring Baking from The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook.

Last Monday evening I was busy baking in the kitchen. I had been at work in the morning, followed by a quick run round the supermarket to do a weekly shop.  I just couldn’t concentrate as I had made my shopping list but stupidly left it at home.  So as I walked up and down…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day- Chocolate and Guinness Cake

A couple of weeks back I was pleased to buy a copy of Delia Smith’s updated and revised Cake book.  I had not got a copy of her original “Book of Cakes” that was the forerunner to this book.  I wanted to put that right as I am a huge Delia fan and her recipes…

Banana Bread

I have made different versions of banana bread or loaf before.  Some have dried fruit, others have nuts inside but always tastes delicious and goes down well with my family and friends. Last Saturday morning I was beginning to feel better after a long week of looking after poorly children followed by my own stinking…

Red Nose Day 2013- Baking For Comic Relief.

  As I type it is Sunday night and it’s two days after Red Nose Day 2013.  I had been ill last week with a heavy head cold and had also been off work looking after my sick children.  Unfortunately this meant I could not get involved in any special Comic Relief Day fundraising activities….

St Patrick’s Day Cookies and Cakes.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  I am not Irish although my husband has Irish ancestors on his Dad’s side of his family, his paternal granddad was Irish apparently.   In previous years Sam’s Smart Cookies made St Patrick’s Day cupcakes and cookies for orders but this year I have been so busy with my day job and other…

ForeverNigella#24- Easter With Nigella Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake.

I’m now on my third go at joining with #ForeverNigella.  This is a monthly blog hop where bloggers link up and share their favourite bakes and recipes.  It is organised by Sarah of Maison Cupcake which is a fab blog for all things foodie. I love reading Sarah’s blogposts whenever I get the chance.  This…

Mother’s Day Featherlight Cake

As it was Mother’s Day I thought why not make a cake to share with my family. After all, if I didn’t have my husband, son and daughter then I wouldn’t be a mother, obviously!   Usually every Mother’s Day I get flowers and breakfast in bed but this year was different.  This year my…

Lemon and Poppyseed Cake

The first week of March was a really busy week. It was one of those weeks where you felt you were hitting the ground running.  I just felt tired and run down.  I really missed going into the kitchen and baking something though I felt I was even struggling to make home cooked family dinners….

Smarties Rocky Road Chunks

A few weeks ago I started collecting the  30 Best Loved Recipes series which is currently being published by Hachette.  This series features a small square book with a new one issued each week just like a magazine.  Each book has a well known brand familiar in the UK and contains recipes or serving suggestions…

Home Sweet Home- Cookies from The Hummingbird Bakery

I have always loved baking cookies and was keen to try out some of the cookie recipes in the latest Hummingbird Bakery cookbook.  Last week though I had a good excuse as there was a jumble sale in a local village in aid of my son’s old primary school.  There is always a cake stall…