Baking

Here you will find all my bakes, cakes, biscuits and breads. There is a mixture of vegan and vegetarian offerings with all my latest recipes being entirely vegan. I’m also working my way slowly through my back catalogue, veganising everything as I go. Do check back regularly to see my latest offerings! 

Homemade Vegan Breadsticks

Homemade Vegan Breadsticks

These crispy vegan breadsticks, sprinkled with flavourings, are delicious with soups and dips. They make perfect, lovingly baked, gifts for friends and family. Wrap them in pretty ribbons and seasonal fabric and they are sure to bring a smile! This recipe satisfies...

How To Make Vegan Buttercream

How To Make Vegan Buttercream

This simple recipe shows just how easy it is to make vegan buttercream with 3 basic ingredients and no magic whatsoever! Creamy, swirly, easy, pipeable vegan buttercream. What more could you ask for? Dairy free baking really isn't complicated at all. This buttercream...

Dairy Free Cupcakes – Easy Vegan Fairy Cakes

Dairy Free Cupcakes – Easy Vegan Fairy Cakes

An easy recipe for dairy free cupcakes, lightly flavoured with vanilla. These happily vegan cupcakes are sweet enough to eat just as they are or top them with lashings of icing and pretty sprinkles! I'm sharing my basic recipe for vegan cupcakes today mainly because I...

Vegan Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs

Vegan Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs

A simple recipe for vegan soda bread with fresh seasonal herbs and sunflower seeds, ready in 40 minutes and made with easy to find ingredients. The Simple Pleasure of Homemade Bread Bread, freshly baked, straight from the oven has to be one of life's top pleasures. I...

Vegan Lemon Cupcakes

Vegan Lemon Cupcakes

Vegan lemon cupcakes, topped with a zesty lemon glace icing and sprinkled with pretty pastel sugar confetti. Rustle them up in no time for that last minute bake sale at school, children's parties or for afternoon tea in the garden - Earl Grey with a slice of lemon for...

Vegan Brownies with Pumpkin and Pecans

Vegan Brownies with Pumpkin and Pecans

I make pumpkin brownies every year as soon as those beautiful squashes ripen and hit the shelves! This year I've adapted my old recipe to make the best vegan brownies in the whole wide world! Deeply chocolatey, moist, fluffy and fudgy, they have been a massive hit in...

Vegan Gingerbread – Easy and Delicious!

Vegan Gingerbread – Easy and Delicious!

I love traditional gingerbread so this vegan gingerbread really makes my heart sing! It ticks all the sticky gingerbread boxes; it is full of black treacle, ginger and spice and it is fluffy and light yet full of depth and rich sticky flavour. Best of all it is so...

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

With Valentine's Day tiptoeing towards us, and my daughter's 18th birthday falling two days before it, it is time to share this - this, my friends, is The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake in the world. This vegan chocolate fudge cake has already converted several people to...

Chocolate Orange Muffins

Chocolate Orange Muffins

Chocolate Orange Muffins, light and fluffy, sumptuous and pillowy, rich and indulgent - everything we are told vegan food is not! These gorgeous double chocolate cupcakes make me gasp every time I take a batch out of the oven, I'm still amazed that vegan cakes rise...

Gin Ginger Cake with Gin and Lemon Icing!

Gin Ginger Cake with Gin and Lemon Icing!

Mother's Day calls for cake and this year I've gone for a very indulgent double gin cake - a Gin Ginger Cake with Gin and Lemon Icing because, quite frankly, I deserve it. Two of my boys have spread their wings and flown the nest - one is in Liverpool nearing the end...

Double Chocolate Blackberry Muffins

Double Chocolate Blackberry Muffins

On Sunday we made the most of the sunny autumnal equinox weather. We strode out through field and forest, foraging for the last handfuls of blackberries to make these double chocolate and blackberry muffins. Did you gasp when you saw that photo? I did! I wish I could...

Lavender Biscuits

Lavender Biscuits

The lavender in my garden is just coming into flower, I've been watching it like a hawk, waiting to pounce so that I could make a batch of these beautiful lavender biscuits to mark Midsummer! Lavender is thought to have come to our shores with the Romans who used...

Chocolate Cherry Flapjack

Chocolate Cherry Flapjack

Yesterday I put on my apron, fired up the oven, rolled up my sleeves and made a batch of indulgent chocolate cherry flapjack! My daughter has reached the half way point in her GSCE exams, she's exhausted, she's wonderful and she deserves these! I used my basic,...

Dorset Apple Cake

Dorset Apple Cake

I love the quirky English desserts and cakes tradition, each county having its own speciality which is defended to the hilt. A quick wander around the map offers me such delights as The Bedfordshire Clanger, Lardy Cake and Sally Lunn’s Bath Buns but, today, I bring you the absolutely perfect Dorset Apple Cake, warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Vegan Ginger Cookies in a Rhubarb Parfait

Vegan Ginger Cookies in a Rhubarb Parfait

Ginger and rhubarb just go together so well and today I want to share the tastiest of vegan puddings. A rich creamy dessert topping, blanketing tart rhubarb nestling on a ginger crumble which manages to be both crunchy and chewy at the same time. It’s a culinary miracle and I’m very pleased with it!

Thyme for Lemon Cake

Thyme for Lemon Cake

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,  Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,  Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine" William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream It may not be Midsummer yet but some of my...

Marmalade Breakfast Muffins and Memories

Marmalade Breakfast Muffins and Memories

There is a special person in my life who loved Marmalade. Whenever he came to stay I made sure I had a jar ready for his toast in the morning and I always wrapped one up for his Christmas hamper. I wrote this Marmalade Breakfast Muffins recipe just for him and when I...

Lemon Shortbread for Afternoon Tea

Lemon Shortbread for Afternoon Tea

Homemade buttery lemon shortbread is a billion times better than the dry offerings in tartan tins at Christmas. This version with its citrus zing is perfect for afternoon tea on this beautiful spring day or for a summery picnic on a blanket under the apple tree. I...

Vegan Nutella Palmiers

Vegan Nutella Palmiers

Sometimes something pops up on Pinterest which just makes me gasp, this week it was Minimalist Baker's homemade vegan Nutella. HOMEMADE NUTELLA! This was too good not to try! It turned out pretty well, don't you think? I love making food from scratch; knowing exactly...

Cornish Fairings – The BEST Ginger Biscuits

Cornish Fairings – The BEST Ginger Biscuits

Ginger biscuits are the backbone biscuit of my life - they saw me through the misery of morning sickness with all my babies, gingerbread men were the first biscuits I baked with each of them and they are there when we are ploughing through the waves and one of our...

Pumpkin and Ginger Cake Recipe

Pumpkin and Ginger Cake Recipe

This is an adaptation of my Granny’s ginger cake recipe with a twist – pumpkin and ginger cake has to be the perfect Halloween and Bonfire Night offering!

Rhubarb Crumble Muffins

Rhubarb Crumble Muffins

As Spring really kicks in, and the days lengthen nicely, I really think it's time to bring back Elevenses, beginning today with Rhubarb Crumble Muffins! Of course, as a person who identifies readily with hobbits Merry and Pippin in The Lord of the Rings, Elevenses...

Apple Muffins for Bramley Apple Week

Apple Muffins for Bramley Apple Week

Bonus Boy and I thought it would be good to mark this year's Bramley Apple Week here in the UK with a delicious Apple Muffin recipe jazzed up with cinnamon and pecans just because we can! A printable recipe card can be found at the bottom of this post. Happy cooking!...

Spider Biscuits – Spooky Halloween Baking!

Spider Biscuits – Spooky Halloween Baking!

I have no idea why I thought spider biscuits were a good idea. I had to be rescued by Mr TS last night after a large spider walked jauntily along my sun visor as I was driving his car to Sainsbury's. Narrowly avoiding  crashing into a roundabout I swerved into...

Homemade Jam Sandwich Biscuits

Homemade Jam Sandwich Biscuits

I think Friday needs a jam sandwich biscuit, don't you? And, possibly, a nice cup of tea. I bake a lot when I'm feeling emotional, when something big is happening in our lives or when one of the children is struggling. This Summer we have coped with Bonus Boy's trip...

Rosemary Focaccia Bread Recipe

Rosemary Focaccia Bread Recipe

This is an updated version of my Rosemary Focaccia Bread post which first appeared in 2013 after I spent a happy few hours learning how to make Irish soda bread with Rachel Allen.  I was recently invited to an Eat Clean, Feel Good culinary masterclass with Rachel...

Wild Garlic Scones

Wild Garlic Scones

Yesterday my very lovely friend Sue took me and my boy to see the wonderful waterfall walk she and her boy had recently discovered. We were captivated! While I was clicking away and dreaming Dingly Dell dreams of fairy folk (look, there's even a window frame to peep...

Gorgeous Lemon Cream Cake for the Great British Bake Off!

Gorgeous Lemon Cream Cake for the Great British Bake Off!

It's Great British Bake Off time again and I am delighted to have been asked to have a look at the fabulous Great British Bake Off App and to have a go at baking 'Gorgeous Lemon Cream Cake'! When the ingredients and instructions arrived I grinned a lot. This cake is a...

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