Tarte Tatin with Creme Anglaise

Last Thursday was the first session in the next part of my Patisserie and Confectionery Course at York College. It was a change of night and we had a new tutor. For my first session I ended up arriving five minutes late as there had been a massive traffic jam driving to York. I hadContinue reading “Tarte Tatin with Creme Anglaise”

Marbled Mocha Muffins #MuffinMonday

I love baking muffins as they’re so quick and easy to throw together and stick in the oven. Though these are really more like cupcakes as I used butter in them. A quick and easy all in one sponge mix with butter, caster sugar, self raising flour and free range eggs to start with. ThenContinue reading “Marbled Mocha Muffins #MuffinMonday”

Apricot and Almond Flapjacks.

Finally getting back to normality, if there is such a thing. Over the weekend I really fancied baking some flapjacks as I have loads of porridge oats in the cupboard. They are meant to be for breakfast though, Sam! But who can resist a chewy flapjack? I can’t, and unfortunately they’re a mega downfall forContinue reading “Apricot and Almond Flapjacks.”

Mickey Mouse Cupcakes and Cookies.

On Tuesday night I met up with a few of my friends over in Meanwood, Leeds at a fantastic new bar called Boot and Rally. We held a cake club event in the bar’s snug which was a great space with the perfect atmosphere. Since The Clandestine Cake Club folded in July last year weContinue reading “Mickey Mouse Cupcakes and Cookies.”

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cookies.

I’ve had a day off work today. It was a great opportunity to catch up with my friends over in Leeds for lunch. They’re my cake club lovelies. We met initially through the now disbanded Clandestine Cake Club and got on so well we meet up regularly to put the world to rights over coffeeContinue reading “Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cookies.”

Soda Bread

I’m not experienced at making bread and would love to learn more. Recently I’ve come to realise that if I eat bread bought from the supermarket I feel bloated. I’m not gluten free but I feel as if there’s a lot of unnecessary additives in bread. I just wish I could bake my own allContinue reading “Soda Bread”

Oat Cookies

Here I am only four days into the New Year and I’m baking cookies. Somehow, these little moreish beauties found themselves being put in the oven. How did that happen? I’m cooking recipes from the three Eat Well For Less books this month as a basis for my blog. This recipe from the first EatContinue reading “Oat Cookies”

Chocolate Vegan Bundt Cake

I’m feeling very old right now. I’m officially the mother of an adult. My older child, my daughter had her twenty first birthday a few weeks ago. Of course Mother SmartCookieSam wanted to bake her a cake even though she didn’t want much fuss. It made me think back to my own 21st back inContinue reading “Chocolate Vegan Bundt Cake”

Butterscotch, Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Bars

When over in Canada staying with my brother and his family earlier on this year I noticed that there were these peanut butter and marshmallow bars for sale in a few of the coffee shops we visited. I must admit they were very large bars and looked double the size of a similar traybake typeContinue reading “Butterscotch, Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Bars”

Cornflake Crispies.

I have a new favourite recipe book. It’s actually one I bought about 5 years ago and never got round to testing out any recipes. Mary Berry’s Baking Bible is a classic which millions of people use (including me) but Annie Bell’s Baking Bible is a fabulous book. It features many classics and traditional favouritesContinue reading “Cornflake Crispies.”