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Muffins & Buns, Recipes / 11.08.2016

Bananas. As much as I like them, I always seem to have a few over-ripe ones lying in the fruit bowl. Why? Because the whole bunch ripens at exactly the same time and no matter how much you like banana's, five in one day is too many.  Since I hate wasting food, my solution is to transform them into a delicious batch of banana muffins. Not just any muffins though. These ones have a sweet and crunchy brown sugar crumble topping that transforms them from boring to blissful! These muffins are best served the day you make them, preferably warm from the oven with a generous smudge of...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 04.08.2016

Pound cakes date back hundreds of years and were baked by our grandmothers and their grandmothers too. Traditionally a pound cake consists of a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of eggs and a pound of flour, hence the name. How easy is that! Even the most inexperienced baker can remember the recipe by heart, and bake a delicious pound cake at a moment's notice. These days most so-called pound cakes have been adapted so much they barely resemble a pound cake at all. Whilst I have no problem adapting a recipe to improve it, I quite like the...

Breakfast & Brunch, Recipes / 27.07.2016

Brunch is my new favourite meal. Apart from dessert of course, which I classify as a separate mealtime since I have a separate stomach for dessert that always has space no matter how full I am. Brunch brings to mind a gloriously, lazy Sunday morning eating slowly and indulgently (unlike breakfast which usually involves a bowl of cereal or piece of toast eaten in haste). These fluffy, fruity American-style pancakes are the epitome of a lazy weekend brunch.  They're a hit with adults and kids alike, and take very little effort (so you can maintain your relaxed weekend state of mind). If you're in...

Edible Gifts, Recipes / 20.07.2016

Everyone loves a mug of rich, steaming hot chocolate on a chilly day. I know I do. In my case, hot chocolate consumption is not really dependant on the weather. I'm happy to drink it all year round. The more decadent, the better. Hot chocolate is so much more fun when it comes in one of these cute forms. Not only do these make a great homemade gift but they are also perfect for setting up a DIY hot chocolate station at a winter party/bridal shower/baby shower/book club (along with a flask of hot milk, marshmallows and some chocolate chip cookies on the side). Each hot chocolate truffle/spoon/test...