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

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

Plum & Ginger Cake

Deep purple and golden brown: aren’t they two of the most beautiful colours in the land at this time of year? I love the crackling reds, the slightly singed orange, the sombre yellows of autumn … but when I spot … Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Ginger Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Orange Cardamom Ganache

Gingerbread is one of those cakes that always underwhelms me no matter how good it is. Despite having tasted many fantastic home-baked and bought varieties, I would never choose a slice of gingerbread over something else. Until now. Take that … 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