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Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb Cake

In May we always have an abundance of rhubarb. It’s a fantastic vegetable for crumbles, jam, cakes or just stewed with a bit of ice cream. We appreciate it even more because there isn’t much else from the garden at this time of year. Here’s a cake I bake a lot when there’s rhubarb about.

Teacakes

Teacakes

I use a bread machine to make the dough but you can do by hand too.

Ultimate Raisin & Chocolate Teacakes

OK, so if like me you love a toasted teacake with a generous helping (slice) of butter on it you just have to try this recipe. Some of the steps may seem a little excessive (like the 24hr cognac bath for the raisins) but trust me – the results are worth it.

Vegan Celebrations' Fruit and Nut Cake

Vegan Celebrations' Fruit and Nut Cake

A dense rich fruit (or fruit and nuts) cake for all celebrations: Christmas, Easter, birthdays, weddings or anytime because it is so tasty. I'm not a vegan but have to admit that it is the tastiest fruit cake I've ever tried! Keeps well too.

Apple & Cinnamon Cake

Apple & Cinnamon Cake

Light and fluffy, moorish cake - its ok its got fruit in it to make up for your 5 a day ;)

Fig and Walnut Plait

Fig and Walnut Plait

A lovely moist and slightly sweet loaf - good with anything and also makes fragrant and delicious toast.

Lincolnshire Plum Bread

Lincolnshire Plum Bread

We discovered many different recipes for Lincolnshire Plum Bread while living in Boston for over 30 years.

Sourdough with hazelnuts and prunes

This is a lightly sweet and comforting sourdough with unusally soft crumb, thanks to butter in the mix. It's possibly even better towards the end, toasted! Roasted nuts, soft fruit, fibre, beautiful crumb -- what's not to like?

Cranberry Orange and Pumpkin Seed Bread

Cranberry Orange and Pumpkin Seed Bread

Great for toast or savoury sandwiches. The combination of flavours and texture of the berries and seeds in this bread makes it really special. You can choose to make it lighter with all white flour or a little more dense by substituting some of the white flour for wholemeal.

Autumn Apple Crumble

Autumn Apple Crumble

A hearty and zesty version of apple crumble, with lemon zest and some jumbo oats in the topping

Date & Treacle Sourdough

Date & Treacle Sourdough

This sourdough recipe combines 3 different flour types along with date syrup and treacle. It produces a really flavoursome and rich bread great for everything. It's somewhere between a traditional dark rye and a wholemeal sourdough.

Holtkamp's Dutch apple pie - the real deal!

Holtkamp's Dutch apple pie - the real deal!

A recipe by Cees Holtkamp- one of The Netherland's most famous patissiers, from his book "De Banketbakker". I have left out the almondspijs (almonds meal mixed with sugar and egg) as it is not necessary but it is original to Holtkamp only and not all bakeries in Holland.

Sultana bran/tea loaf

Sultana bran/tea loaf

Moist and delicious tea loaf made with whole meal flour, bran flakes and plump, juicy sultanas - a family favourite.

Poppy seed banana bread

Poppy seed banana bread

If you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to overindulge, then this banana bread is for you!

Spicy fruit buns

Lovely soft buns, can be made dairy free, freeze well and can be adapted to use different spices and fruits

Khorasan scones with cranberries and hazelnuts

Khorasan scones with cranberries and hazelnuts

Delicious for breakfast or for tea these scones are light, fluffy and a tad sophisticated. Enjoy unreservedly either just warm from the oven or, if serving later, cut in half and lightly toasted under the grill. The cranberries add sweetness so can be served simply with unsalted butter or clotted cream.

Experimental Fig Sourdough

Experimental Fig Sourdough

This is my version of Fig and Pumpkin seed Sourdough bread. I thought it may be nice to try something with a bit of a twist and see what happened. I'm fairly new to sourdough baking, but I'm hooked and like to try different things. I hope you enjoy my recipe

Boiled Fruit Cake

Boiled Fruit Cake

A really moist tasty fruitcake, it is the ultimate feel good cake for my family. I'd like to add that it has has good keeping properties but it never lasts long enough for me to test!

Blueberry / Fruit Cobbler

Blueberry / Fruit Cobbler

This is very easy and quick to prepare and tastes delicious! Perfect with a dollop of plain yogurt or vanilla ice cream :-) The blueberries can be replaced by any other soft fruit of your choice.

Chocolate, Banana Oat Bread

Chocolate, Banana Oat Bread

Delicious and healthy take on traditional banana bread that isn't too sweet and makes a perfect breakfast alternative with butter. Best banana bread I have ever tasted!

Apricot Teabread

Apricot Teabread

Fruity and delicious . Keeps well and can be frozen. It tastes even better if stored for a few days after baking.

Orange or Lemon Polenta Cake

Orange or Lemon Polenta Cake

Scrumptious flavoursome orange or lemon with grittiness of the polenta and tender rubble of ground almonds!..a heavenly tea time delight!

French Apple Cake

A French apple cake with subtle hints of spiciness brought out by dark rum

Casatiello ( italian Easter bread )

Casatiello ( italian Easter bread )

This recipe comes from south Italy, and it's traditionally served on Easter day and the day after! It's a delicious rich brioche filled with a mix of different cheeses ( Emmental, gruviera, provolone ) and cured meat (salami, pancetta, ham). This is the king of the table on Easter day, but, for to be honest, I love it any time of the year! Just put it on the middle of the table and see it disappear piece by piece! A mixed salad, some more cured meat like mortadella, salame, some cheeses, soft boiled eggs, grilled vegetables and that's it! And if you go on a picnic and you wanna impress everyone, bring it over and see people looking at you as the best Baker of the world!

Bara Brith or

An indulgent and heavenly tasting traditional fruit bread from my homeland that, for me, evokes that sense of “hiraeth”.

Tea Brack

Tea Brack

A quick and easy tea bread to make for those self isolating at home. Full of flavour and great with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Excellent toasted under the grill then, spread with butter.

Apple & Roasted Pumpkin Seed Soda Bread

Apple & Roasted Pumpkin Seed Soda Bread

A moist and crunchy, quick and easy soda bread. Use a ripe full flavoured, red skinned desert apple. Khorasan flour has been used which inparts a lovely golden colour to the loaf.

Damson & Apple Upside Down Cake

Damson & Apple Upside Down Cake

Beautifully moist and not overly sweet - best 'upside down' recipe I have come across! Can be served cold as a cake or warm as a dessert.

Cranberry Soda Bread

Cranberry Soda Bread

A very quick bread that has plenty of taste. The cranberries add a touch of tartness. The bread is fantastic toasted with Seville Orange marmalade.

Date and walnut loaf

Date and walnut loaf

To add a little crunch I topped with chopped caramelized hazelnuts dusted in cocoa

Gluten free and vegan Buckwheat Banana Bread

Gluten free and vegan Buckwheat Banana Bread

A delicious and easy banana bread recipe. So easy to pull together and best eaten when slightly warm. Ours doesn't last long in our house, we use it for breakfast, packed lunch and after school snacks. Ripe bananas work the best.

Muffins

Scrumptious and moist banana oats muffins (for kids) with no added sugar. Pure organic and packed with nutrients and....very yummy too.

Fig and hazelnuts biscotti

Fig and hazelnuts biscotti

This Italian biscuits called biscotti which means twice baked are my favorite festive bakes . Give it a go, your house will smell festive for hours, your cookie jar will be full ( not for long ) they are a real treat, perfect gift for friends and family.

Fruit Bread

Fruit Bread

This recipe freezes well, and if sliced before freezing, can be toasted as needed.

Banana cake with nuts and chocolate

Banana cake with nuts and chocolate

With the current autumn and the colder months, we notice greater desire for carbohydrates, especially those not healthy .. I try meet you half way and share with you more healthy alternatives, eg. cake

Cherry friands (gluten free)

I was given a friand tin for Christmas one year and I thought that the oval shape for little cakes was delightful. They will however taste just as good as small cakes cooked in a muffin tin. This recipe has been adapted as gluten free but are enjoyed by all, as they are a real treat.

Spiced apple loaf cake

Spiced apple loaf cake

Gorgeous, soft loaf cake with a warming hint of spice and the tang of apples - made in a panibois

Rhubarb cake with green macha

This simple, versatile cake looks stunning if made with young, pink new rhubarb that comes into the shops in January. The rhubarb can be substituted with blueberries , raspberries, plums or strawberries if you would like to vary things a bit.

Gluten-Free Raspberry and Apple Muffins

Makes 6 large muffins: you can make these at any time of year using frozen raspberries, but using fruit in season make deliciously fruity muffins with a lovely citrus burst in the mouth, and the ground almonds add richness and moistness without making the result too heavy. These went down very well in the office at Shipton Mill!

Gluten-Free Apple Tart

This apple tart takes a tad longer to prepare due to cooking and pureeing the fruit prior to baking, but it produces a lovely smooth tart with a good flavour, and looks really good if you leave red skins on the sliced apples for decoration - only if you're using organic fruit though. The gluten-free pastry can be made in advance and kept cool in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Raspberry and lime yogurt cake

This is a delightful, soft beautifully flavoured cake which is gluten free and easy to make. It doubles up nicely as a pudding served with fruit and ice-cream.

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).

Damson couronne

Twisted and plaited crown shaped loaf flavoured with a smooth damson purée jam, made using an overnight sponge.

Vegan Cider-caramel Apple & Blackberry Fritter Doughnuts

Vegan Cider-caramel Apple & Blackberry Fritter Doughnuts

Delicious, deep-fried fritter doughnut recipe, revamped with some great flavours. Vegan but certainly not a health food, these doughnuts make no apologies for their impact to your waistline! This recipe first appeared at my blog, https://blackdogwildlings.wordpress.com/

Wholemeal Spelt Sticky Date Buns

Wholemeal Spelt Sticky Date Buns

Made in muffin tins to puff up and make a "snail shell", these lovely spelt buns ooze with buttery toffee and sticky date pieces. Best served warm from the oven with a steaming cup of tea or coffee to chase away the winter shills. Leftovers (if there are any!) will reheat well and can be frozen and zapped in the microwave for emergencies. There is a picture but it doesn't always seem to view in Firefox!

Lemon limoncello cake

Lemon limoncello cake

This is one of the best lemon cakes I have ever baked. The cake is very fragrant (thanks to a candy-like liqueur limoncello), moist and finished with smooth lemon glaze. The best with tea or milky cappuccino. Enjoy! :)

Lavender and Lemon Loaf

Lavender and Lemon Loaf

This loaf cake is soft and fluffy, and very moist on account of the lemon drizzle, stained a deep pink from the lavender.

Ellie's grain-free and dairy-free walnut and currant spice cake

Ellie's grain-free and dairy-free walnut and currant spice cake

This recipe makes a wonderful moist cake but due to the type of ingredients it does require a food processor! I regularly include this healthy cake in my chidren's lunch boxes. It keeps for a week in the fridge and any dried out crumbs may be served with icecream or part of a custard style desert, so there's no waste!

Bairin Breac

Bairin Breac

A delicious, soft bread similar to a brioche - great for an afternoon tea in the dark and cold season (not just on Halloween).

Walnut and Blueberry Banana Loaf

Walnut and Blueberry Banana Loaf

The Queen of Banana Bread. This quick and easy recipe is a delicious all purpose treat, which can be made and served within the hour. The hardest part of the process is clearing up afterwards so I have given the quantities for making two loaves. Any excess can be sliced and frozen.

Honey, Apricot and Walnut Cob

Honey, Apricot and Walnut Cob

Slightly sweet and amazing with blue cheese such as Roquefort, or a lovely strong English Cheddar, this special loaf is quite something to put on the table.

Honey Bear Bread....(Honey-ied Pear and walnut bread)

Honey Bear Bread....(Honey-ied Pear and walnut bread)

A lovely wholemeal/organic white bread with a delicate walnut crunch and sweet pears poached in mead with an extra hint of honey. This little beauty can be made with a 60/40 mix of wholemeal / white or add light rye flour for a little extra flavour. Rye gives it a stronger texture. When I lived in Germany, Birnenbrot was always made with light rye flour. My two young boys however are not fooled by me trying things different on the bread front, so you can use wholemeal which keeps the crumb soft! We adults enjoy this with a bit of gorganzola , camembert, or Roquefort (no need for chutney) and a lovely glass of your favourite red or white wine. The boys love this for breakfast too, warmed up with butter. I used Lindisfarne Mead from a recent trip at Easter, but apple juice works just as well.

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

Great for using up spotty bananas, works with both plain and wholemeal flour, kids love em!

Chocolately, spicy, fruity, Christmassy tart

This is a movable feast. The basic idea is a rich yet light chocolate tart, in a crisp pastry shell with a fruity bit in the middle. For the Christmas theme I suggest using a cranberry mincemeat.

Cherry Berry Christmas Cake

A light fruity Christmas jam packed with berries and fruits with a hint of jasmine flower and rose fragrant.