The thing about pancakes…

Scottish Pancakes

Until quite recently I was useless at making pancakes. Admittedly, I obstinately refused to follow a recipe. Surely I could knock-out a simple griddle cake without the need for instructions? How hard could it be? Apparently you can't just whisk-up eggs, flour and milk and pour the resulting batter … [Read more...]

Shortcrust pastry: a taste of home

Shortcrust pastry

Nothing quite reminds me of home as much as the taste of shortcrust pastry. The crumbly, melt in the mouth texture never fails to make me nostalgic: memories of brightly colored jam tarts and pies filled with home grown fruit. Childhood favourites, baked by my Mother and on occasions my Grandmother. … [Read more...]

A healthy alternative: Apple and blueberry bread

If, like me, you are partial to a slice or two of homemade cake, you may well appreciate my predicament. A burgeoning waistline has given me cause to consider the unthinkable - giving up cake. This unpleasant prospect got me thinking. What if I could bake a healthier cake? A cake every bit as … [Read more...]

The Perfect Scone

The scone is probably one of the simplest cakes you can bake and yet there seems to be no end of variation in the recipes and techniques for making them. From overly fancy to the just plain strange - who would of thought of using fizzy lemonade? When all is said and done a scone stands or falls … [Read more...]