Spices

Spicy prune and cacao sourdough

Spicy prune and cacao sourdough

This has become my regular treat, since my expanding waistline persuaded me to stop making cakes and biscuits. Its complexity of flavours make a good substitute for a sugar hit. As a malty flavour fan, I use plum porter as the liquid in this recipe, which uses light malthouse flour - although this may be too much for some palates - feel free to substitute water for any proportion of porter in the recipe.

Chilli, Chive and Cumin Bread

Chilli, Chive and Cumin Bread

An aromatic savoury bread with a bit of a chilli kick. Perfect for cheese and meat based fillings for sandwiches or toasted to accompany soups.

Orange, Raisin and Cranberry spiced bread

Orange, Raisin and Cranberry spiced bread

A fruity and aromatic spiced bread, with a distinctive orange taste and smell that is perfect toasted with and spread with butter. A lovely warming loaf that is perfect for even the fussiest of family members.

Khorasan tin loaf with fennel

Khorasan tin loaf with fennel

Baking with Khorasan flour for the first time has whetted my appetite to use it on a much more regular basis. This mixture was an experiment in another sense because I am still adjusting to an oven which behaves in different ways from the one I’ve been used to for the last 8 years. I find that using a medium sized loaf tin lined with baking parchment, makes it much easier to liberate the loaf from the tin when it’s baked. This recipe produces a very tasty Khorasan loaf which has a pleasant, light texture. The addition of a modest amount of fennel seed adds another dimension to the flavour. I now look forward to refreshing my supply of Khorasan flour…

Healing golden turmeric loaf

Healing golden turmeric loaf

Turmeric has a wealth of healing properties including being anti inflammatory and immune boosting, and even reported to help support low mood! These properties are enhanced by the black pepper in this recipe that increases the absorption of the active components of turmeric by at least 2000%. And on top of all of this, the loaf looks beautiful and tastes delicious!

Garlic Dough Balls

Garlic Dough Balls

Tasty bite sized garlic butter-glazed dough balls best served warm (with extra garlic butter for our family!)

Jamaican Ginger Cake

Jamaican Ginger Cake

Sticky and sweet - improves having been kept in an airtight container for a few days. I cook in batches of 3 as this cake freezes well. Option to top with lemon icing

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

A warming spiced bread for the winter. Perfect for an alternative Christmas bread. Perfect with cooked meats or strong cheese. Use squash instead if pumpkins cannot be sourced. An easy bread to make, be careful when adding water as the pumpkin puree maybe moist.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls made with sourdough, no dairy, easy to make, great to get the kids helping... for us an unbeatable Saturday morning treat.

Rhubarb and Ginger Muffins

Rhubarb and Ginger Muffins

This recipe really packs a fruity Rhubarb and hot ginger punch. Really good. Great as a breakfast muffin or as a treat. Don't worry about the sugar in the rhubarb, you won't use all the syrup (though what's leftover makes for a lovely ice-cream syrup or cordial with soda water).

Organic Easter fruit  and spice muffins.

Organic Easter fruit and spice muffins.

A quick and easy individual cake recipe, with a seasonal spring twist! They make a good speedy alternative to the hot cross bun, with a similar spiced feel.

Cinnamon tea loaf

Cinnamon tea loaf

The perfect tea loaf! Very low in fat, but juicy and delicious! keeps well, if you can manage not to eat it all fresh... Brilliant for packed lunches and picnics.

Paratha

Paratha

Simple bread to enjoy with a curry (great for beginners)

Turmeric, beetroot and chilli loaf in breadmaker.

Turmeric, beetroot and chilli loaf in breadmaker.

This bread is a favourite on the bar at the Queen's Head, Burnham on Crouch, Essex on a Sunday lunch time. Its colours come from turmeric and beetroot powder which miraculously separate so that the crust is red, whilst inside remains yellow. Delicious with cheese, dips or olive oil.

Cinnamon bread

Homemade cinnamon swirl bread with a gooey cinnamon sugar center - heaven !!!