This year we are really trying to make Christmas extra special.  Maybe it’s because it’s the first year our 3 year old really seems to be getting it,  but we are making the most of every festive opportunity. For me this has meant starting to spend a bit more time in the kitchen and doing some festive baking.  Yesterday I had a go at making something I’ve never made before, a bit of fudge.  Peanut butter fudge! Ingredients 125g butter 500g dark brown sugar 120ml milk 250g crunchy peanut butter 1 vanilla pod (seeds only) 300g icing sugar Method 1.… View Post

I’ve had the Primrose Bakery cook book for about 4 years and have only made one recipe from it. At the moment I’m on a little bit of a mission to make more things from scratch so when hubby said he fancied a “healthy” dessert on Friday I said I’d make one rather than buying something from the shop. So after a quick flick through my unused cook books I settled for these. Ingredients (makes approx. 12 cupcakes) 110g unsalted butter (room temperature) 120g light soft brown sugar 175g clear honey 2 large eggs 220g sifted plain flour 1/2 teaspoon… View Post

I don’t often make big cakes, but I do try to make this a few times a year. I love the contrast of the soft sponge and the crunchy meringue and the filling is pretty yummy too. I also love that it’s not too tricky to make although getting the cake out of the tins without cracking the meringue it pretty much impossible, but that’s where the icing sugar comes in. It hides a multitude of sins! Plus I like the home-made look that you end up with. Cake Ingredients 3 unwaxed lemons 200g softened butter 200g caster sugar 3… View Post

I’m a huge fan of one pot cooking, it’s the lazy girl in me coming out. I love being able to throw everything into one dish and then bang it in the oven. Plus having only one dish to wash up at the end is the added bonus. This is one of my favourite summer recipes and so easy to do. Put all your ingredients in one roasting dish, cook for about an hour and a half and then eat. Perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons when you would rather be out in the sun than slaving away in the kitchen!