Monthly Archives: March 2011

How to make a Cupcake Bouquet

How to make a Cupcake Bouquet

The perfect gift for Mothers Day – making a cupcake bouquet is really easy….let me show you how.

Posted in Cake, Cupcakes, Decorating, Gifts, How To, Mothers Day, Treats | 50 Comments

Roasted Red Pepper Tart

Roasted Red Pepper Tart
So it finally feels like spring has sprung and with Mother’s Day just around the corner this Roasted Red Pepper Tart is perfect for a special lunch!

Makes 1 x 9” Tart or 4 x 4” Tartlets
Pastry225g plain flour, sifted50g lard50g butter, salted1 egg yolk2-3 tbsp cold water
Filling1 x jar of whole Roasted Red Peppers (320g drained weight)80g spinach1 tbsp olive oil120ml milk120ml double cream2 egg yolks2 eggsSalt and pepper60g Lancashire or mature cheddar cheese

To make the pastry rub the lard and butter into the flour in a large bowl until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  

Posted in Cheese, Pastry, Peppers, Quiche, Savoury, Spinach | 21 Comments

Chocolate Muffins (and the perfect chocolate cake recipe)

Chocolate Muffins

So here is my recipe for huge chocolate muffins with a surprise chocolate sauce filling – you know the kind you can buy in coffee shops and bakery chains up and down the country.  They are twice the size of your average cupcake but take some beating!  

Posted in Cake, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Treats | 146 Comments

Perfect Pancake – How To….

It’s very nearly Shrove Tuesday and with it comes the necessity to make pancakes!  It’s always good to have a fool proof batter recipe and instructions and here it is…


200g plain flour
pinch of salt
2 eggs, large
600ml milk

The batter will make approx 12 x 20cm pancakes depending on the thickness you prefer them.

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Winners of the Swiss Diamond Pan Giveaway

Wow – what a response to the Swiss Diamond Pan giveaway – over 2,600 of you want a new pan!

The five lucky winners of a 20cm Swiss Diamond Pan worth £35 each are

Rhona, Edinburgh Janet, Nottingham Christine, Harrogate Charlotte, Cheshire Michelle, Walthamstow
Each winner has been contacted and their pans are on their way in time for Shrove Tuesday!

Posted in Giveaway, Pancakes, Shrove Tuesday | 2 Comments