Christmas Time, Tassie Time

The splendid but sometimes overwhelming proliferation of baked and sweet goods during the festive season always makes me long for a bit of everything. So in order to have a wee taste of all the Christmas goodies, I like to … Continue reading

I Heart Swedish Baking

I have two very dear Swedish friends, one of whom explained to me during one of our chats the concept of ‘fika’: a lovely Swedish custom of taking a break in the day for coffee and cake and conversation. Semlor … Continue reading

Hot Oats

I just can’t leave well enough alone. Even the humble, hearty, simple flapjack isn’t safe from my compulsion to add a ring of heat to everything sweet that I make. I tried to keep it low key with this one: … Continue reading

Ginger, Pepper & Caramel … Christmas is coming!

As the Yuletide lights begin to glow around the edge of these dark, cold November days, I decided to get myself into a pre-emptive festive spirit by turning my recent obsession with ginger into a rich, grown-up spiced cookie, complete … Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Spiced Cupcakes with Ginger & Cinnamon Buttercream

‘At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, … Continue reading

Pink Peppercorn Candy Milk Brownies

For pretty much my entire baking career, I have been on the hunt for the perfect brownie. The one that turns out velvety, fudgy and dense, with that slight crust on top. I think, with this recipe, I have found … Continue reading