Wakes Cakes

Wakes Cakes

Wakes cakes are a specialty of northern England and in particular the mill towns that where at the heart of the cotton industry. The odd thing is they're biscuits, not ‘cakes’. Biscuits with a very unusual but pleasant hit of liquorice flavour from the caraway seeds. In some places they would also … [Read more...]

For the love of pie

Apple and Blackberry pie

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder, especially when it comes to pie. Just like Dennis's pal Pie Face from the British comic the 'Beano', I'm mad about pie, and in particular meat pie. There are few things I enjoy more than tucking into a freshly baked steak pie. My mouth is watering just … [Read more...]

A pudding for Christmas

How does that saying go? 'The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry'. This year I had planned to make a homemade Christmas pudding. Not just any pudding, my ideal pudding, a pudding with all my favourite festive flavours. I was going to take some appealing photographs and share the whole … [Read more...]

Recipe for Fruit Scones

Baking scones has become as much of a habit for me as drinking tea, and when you consider my English background you'll understand the significance of that statement. Hardly a weekend goes by without me turning out a batch. Eat warm from the oven, spread thickly with salted butter and wash down with … [Read more...]