Praline Cookies

Praline Cookies
I keep saying this about each cookie recipe that I bring out, but this really is the best cookie I have ever eaten. I am a huge fan of those crunchy sugary caramalised praline nuts that you find in European markets. They are often very expensive, but I've finally worked out how to make my own. So what do I do? Put them in a cookie. Yes. This is good. Very good. The nuttiest cookie ever.

Carrot & Sunflower Cake

Carrot & Sunflower Cake
Just because you're trying to eat healthily doesn't mean that you can't have cake. Yeeaah so you can't really get away from sugar when it comes to cake, but you know what they say: half the slice = half the calories, so you can eat twice as much! This carrot cake is packed full of carrots, pineapple, pecans & sunflower seeds, and is made using sunflower oil, wholemeal flour and brown sugar. I've done my best to make it wholesome so you don't feel so guilty about eating something sweet. This makes a large batch so be sure to share it with your friends.

Cups to Grams Converter for Baking Ingredients

Convert Cups to Grams
Here in the UK, we like to use our weighing scales, and we like grams. It may be easier to just "scoop and go" using the cup measuring method like they do in America, but we just don't "do" that. We English prefer accuracy. So, for your convenience, here are some common baking ingredients converted from cups to grams. Due to the inaccurate nature of cups, it's impossible to get an exact conversion as it totally depends on how compacted the ingredients are into the cups, but here are the averages.

Amaretto Cassata Cake

Rosie's Amaretto Cassata Cake
Cassata cake is Sicilian sweet which consists of chiffon sponge cake moistened with liqueur and layered with a filling of ricotta cheese, candied peel, chocolate & vanilla. Traditionally, it is covered with marzipan, green icing and candied citrus fruits, however in this "Cleveland Cassata" inspired recipe I have used whipped cream, cherries, almonds & chocolate to make it more gateau-like. In this recipe I have use plenty of amaretto to give this gateau a marzipan taste. This is an excellent choice for a Sunday-afternoon desert!

UK Alternatives to US Baking Ingredients


UK Alternatives to American Cake Ingredients
It can be really annoying when you find an awesome looking cake that you desperately want to bake, but you can't find any of the ingredients here in the UK, or you have no idea what the alternatives are. I've done some research, and here are the closest and best readily available-in-the-UK alternative ingredients to some common American recipe ingredients.

Most US ingredients easily translate into UK ingredients, they just have different names, however some ingredients are special to the US so for those I have suggested the best equivalents, or ways to make your own substitutes. There are a few things you can pick up in places like Selfridges or Tesco's American Grocery Isle, but why go out of your way to buy them, when you probably have something just as good in your cupboard already.

Orange & Honey Upside-down Cake

Orange and Honey Cake Recipe
Here is my deliciously wholesome and "healthy" Orange and Honey Cake recipe; made with fresh oranges, honey, olive oil, ground almonds & pinenuts. The yummy oranges on top are caramelized in honey and vanilla for an aromatic marmalade-like taste. The sponge is so fluffy & moist, with toasted pinenuts and orange zest for extra texture and taste. I was surprised at how good this cake turned out, but using olive oil instead of butter really works and makes for a lovely soft and tasty dairy-free sponge.

Lemon Blueberry Gingernut Cheesecake Slices

Lemon Blueberry Gingernut Cheesecake Slices
I think that lemon and ginger work so well together, and the addition of blueberries make these cheesecake slices taste extra fresh and fruity. This yummy recipe uses ginger nuts to make the crunchy biscuit base. This is a really simple recipe that you can whip up in 10 minutes or so, just make sure it's nice and cold before you serve it. And like a proper cheesecake, it's nice served with cream. It helps to have your cream cheese at room temperature before you start.

Mint Chocolate Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peppermint fans get ready, for my new Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies. Imagine the taste of an Aftereight mint in a ooey-gooey-crunchy cookie. The texture of these cookies is just perfect; the fresh minty taste is something that many people will not have had in a cookie before. Everybody I've tested these on loves them, and they are so easy to make - you can whip them up in less then half an hour. If you can't find dark mint chocolate (I found it in Aldi), try using after eight mints for an even more interesting texture.

Christmas Chocolate Bark

Christmas Chocolate Bark
You've seen it, in the likes of Hotel Chocolat and in the "posh section" of your local Supermarket. But why buy it, when you can make your own Chocolate Bark all by yourself and put whatever you blimmin' like on it. Bag it up in little treat bags with ribbon and give it out to your friends and family as gifts. It's so easy and you can make it in minutes.

Mince Pie Christmas Fudge

Christmas Mince Pie Fudge
Deliciously sweet melt in your mouth fudge laced with little moorish crumbled up pieces of mince pies. I've never tasted such Christmassy fudge before! Crumbly, perfectly spiced, with a dreamy texture (yes I said dreamy). These are perfect bagged up and given as gifts to any mince pie lover. Perhaps you bought too many mince pies, you're fed up of eating them already and you don't know what to do with them. This fudge recipe will transform them into a sweet tooth's delight.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie
"Oh all right then Mr Chocolate Pecan Pie, as you offered so politely, I will have another slice" ...I wouldn't want to hurt his feelings, I couldn't possibly live with myself if I did that....

Try out my spin on a pecan pie with a bourbon biscuit base and hidden chocolate chunks under a smooth layer of caramel. This makes for a deliciously decadent pecan pie.

Raspberry & White Chocolate Layer Cake

Raspberry and White Chocolate Layer Cake
This is some serious cake! The sponge is beautifully moist, made with cream cheese and laced with raspberries. The white chocolate ganache-like icing is deliciously creamy and sweet with vanilla beans. I've topped this cake with fresh raspberries, white chocolate curls and dried raspberry flakes for what I think is a very sophisticated finish. White chocolate and raspberries, what an awesome combo.

Children's Butter Biscuits


Children's Butter Biscuits
This is the perfect recipe for making butter biscuits (or sugar cookies). They are so simple yet deliciously buttery and vanillary and are just as good for kids as for adults! You don't even need to chill the dough before you cut out your shapes and bake them (although if you have the time go ahead! It will make the edges a little more defined). You can use any shaped biscuit cutter you like - get creative. Why not try making biscuit sandwiches?

Cranberry & White Chocolate Couronne

Cranberry & White Chocolate Couronne
I don't do much bread, but when I do, I try to make it as much like cake as possible. This sweet golden crown of glazed dough is stuffed with the wonderfully tasty and perfectly complimentary flavours of cranberries, macadamia nuts, apricots and white chocolate. It is fruity, sweet, moist, crunchy - and unlike a lot of fruit loaves, it actually tastes as good as is looks. As far as bread goes, this is a sweet tooth's delight and is great for any occasion, at any time of day.

Toffee Apple Cake!

Toffee Apple Cake
Oh my goodness... I have been searching the internet for the perfect toffee apple cake and couldn't find what I wanted. So this is a combination of about 4 different recipes... and it's delicious!! I have never eaten a piece of cake so fast. Perfect for Autumn and Halloween, this cake will really impress. It's a combination between sticky toffee pudding and a toffee apple. Gooey in the middle, caramelized on the outside, with a sticky toffee drizzle. I really hope you enjoy it too, it's worth the effort.