MARSHMALLOW DELIGHT

March 24, 2012

Butterscotch Marshmallow Bars

when in doubt, make a batch of scrummy bars for people to pick up and devour. A nutty, gooey, delightful tray of butterscotch marshmallow goes down a treat - in my opinion, these can be too sweet for some and better cut into cubes like fudge. A little bit more interesting and for those that enjoy a melted marshmallow (or two), this one is perfect.

Don't give these to people with nut allergies. 

Try yours here:

MOTHER'S DAY

March 18, 2012

Croissant Aux Amandes

breakfast in bed is not something you get every morning, so to make Mother's Day that little bit special, I baked some croissant aux amandes and served them with a frothy mug of Nespresso coffee...the perfect start to a pleasantly beautiful day. 

Try your hand at croissants and make someone smile.

SOUP-ER DUPER

March 17, 2012

Roasted Red Pepper & Goats Cheese Soup

it seems that winter is almost over; we'll be seeing the last of soups on our desks at work and more salads full of fresh, vibrant colours for lunch. i took this delightful soup into work with me almost on a daily basis this week (and didn't even tire of it come Friday). A good option for the last rain filled days before the clocks go forward. 

Adapt the below recipe as you wish - why not use feta cheese instead...

THE MALTEASER

March 15, 2012

Chocolate Malteser Cake
with the launch of mini chocolate malteser Easter bunnies (a personal favourite I must add...), it goes without saying that the chocolate malteser cake should be unveiled. A spongy chocolate cake with buttercream icing perfectly whipped up with horlicks and cocoa, you'll not stop at only one slice...serve it up and everyone will be asking for the recipe!

APRICOT & SYRUP SPONGE PUDDINGS

March 11, 2012

Apricot & Syrup Sponge Puddings
the problem is that we always have crumble to finish off Sunday lunch. Saying that, I know how good crumbles can be; you can make such a variety with so many fruits and serve it up with home-made custard and cream...but today it just doesn't cut it. So as a surprise dessert, I've rustled up some apricot & syrup sponges, courtesy of Dan Lepard

Find out how here.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE MUFFIN MAN?

March 10, 2012

Oatmeal, red plum and almond muffins
there is always a debate about which tea is the best to have with cakes at 4pm. In our household, we have 3 popular names for the ones we love: Builders (English Breakfast), Woozzey (Earl Grey) and Peppy (Peppermint). My personal cuppa is a stong (ish) mug of Earl Grey and no sugar (especially when there's something yummy to go with it!) 

Make your own oatmeal, red plum and almond muffins with this recipe:

RHUBARD & CUSTARD CUPCAKES

Rhubarb and custard cupcakes
what better a way than to kick off this blog with some of the most delicious cupcakes I've tasted. Rhubarb can be quite a nuisance in the sense that you're always looking for ideas for ways to cook with it. Well here we have it - the rhubarb and custard cupcake. With a springy soft vanilla sponge and a filling of creamy Madagascan vanilla custard, this is the perfect solution to afternoon tea. Add a swirl of pink and yellow icing on top and you're good to go. 

Here's how I made mine...