The Very Best of Mary Berry’s Shortbread

I’ve been on a bit of a baking slump at the moment, like a huge one. I have no idea why – I just haven’t felt like baking very much. But the Great British Bake Off started again and, in true GBBO style, it inspired me to start baking again. Don’t get me wrong, I … Continue reading

Black and White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Birthdays, a time of year that I love… especially when it’s not mine. I think I may actually be the only person on Earth to prefer other people’s birthdays to my own, but that’s just how it is. There is one specific problem when it comes to my birthdays: I’m the baker, thus I make … Continue reading

Peanut Butter and Jam Pinwheel Cookies

I’ve never really understood the whole peanut butter and jelly thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for weird and wonderful food couplings (apple and cheese, jam and cheese, Coca-Cola and French bread are a few examples), but this American pair seemed just a bit too much for me. So when I was asked to … Continue reading

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

It’s been a while since I baked any cookies and I spotted this recipe in the new Hummingbird Bakery recipe book and couldn’t say no. I mean who can say no to peanut butter and chocolate?! I got down to baking one evening with the intention of taking them to work the next day.  I … Continue reading

Yorkshire Gingernuts

This year we had a team advent calendar: each person had three days to fill with lovely treats for the person who opened it. Being the office baker, everyone could guess what would be waiting for them – some form of Christmassy baked goodness. I managed to pick three people who had completely different tastes … Continue reading

A Gingerbread Mansion

Last year I had planned to make a gingerbread house but never actually got round to it; a serious lack of time lead to a lot of gingerbread men and women being made instead.  This year I was determined to make a seriously cool gingerbread abode – I designed and made the blueprints for a … Continue reading

Dark and Indulgent Chocolate and Walnut Brownies

Normally when I bake brownies, I think of it as a bit of a ‘childish’ treat – I have no idea why I have this connection as I never had brownies as a kid.  The inner workings of my mind is a pretty terrifying place to spend any time in so I didn’t bother to … Continue reading

Limes … in Cookies … Hmm …

I was looking for something really quick and easy to bake this weekend and came across this recipe for Lime Lattice Cookies in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.  To be honest I was quite sceptical about it all; now I’ve had a really good run so far with Mary Berry’s recipe’s but lime and cookies? … … Continue reading

Little Bites of Yumminess

I finally got my Baking Bible in the post (mini yay required) and was so excited about baking from it that I made biscuits the same day for friends who were coming round for dinner. I decided on the Lavender biscuits purely because it was the first recipe I saw in the book.  I also … Continue reading

Nuts Anyone?

I’ve been on holiday to Iran and have developed a taste for everything nutty.  Iran has a plethora of beautifully tasty treats, many of which incorporate nuts. So what did I spend my time doing? Eating them all, naturally. I came back and the first question everyone asked me is “What did you learn to … Continue reading