Tag: vanilla


Apricot & Hazelnut Blondies

Blondies are a lovely alternative to brownies and the variety of ingredients that can be added is almost endless.  Today I decided to make some blondies, using soft dried apricots and hazeluts. I also decided to use browned butter, which means a little extra effort but does give a nice nutty flavour to the butter […]


Ricotta Scones – Sochniki

I found Sochniki on the internet, having never seen or heard of them before.  They appear to originate from Ukraine and/or Russia and are still very popular there.  Made with a dough which is really very like a scone dough and filled they look very good indeed.  In the original version, which is still the […]

Biscuits, Cookies

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

I do enjoy biscuits of almost any type.  Buttery ones are high on the list of favourites, so shortbread, butter cookies and sugar cookies are all near the top. This recipe is for sugar cookies, but with a dough that is firm enough to roll and cut out, keeping their shape.  They can be flavoured, […]


All-in-one Victoria Sandwich Sponge Cake

I recently had a request from someone to do a video making sponge cake.  So I have decided that over the next few weeks I shall do three different types of sponge cake.  First up is a Victoria Sandwich, but this one is using the all-in-one method from Mary Berry’s recipe. This is where all […]


Coconut & Jam Sponge Cake

Coconut and Jam Sponge is an easy cake to make, and tastes so good.  This particular one can be cut into squares and enjoyed just like that, or it can be cut into larger pieces and served with custard as a dessert. Any jam would be good to use, strawberry, apricot, blueberry, blackberry etc.  But […]


Vanilla Mantecadas

Yesterday I discovered Mantecadas, having never heard of them before.  I saw some photos on Pinterest and that piqued my interest.  So I started to look for some recipes and read up a little on the origin.  Mantencadas seem to come in various forms and are from Spain.  The ones I saw were a Mexican […]


Passion Fruit Curd Cupcakes

I only recently tasted Passion Fruit and really enjoyed it.  So I bought some and made some curd and then used that in some tarts.  However I had a problem with the video, so I couldn’t put it on youtube, but it is in this blog. Passion Fruits tend to be very expensive, but I […]

Cakes, Pastries, Pies, Tarts

Butter Tarts

Yesterday I made Passion Fruit Curd and Lemon Curd Tarts, but I had a disaster with the video.  So although I posted the recipe on this blog I couldn’t post the video on Youtube.  So I decided to make something else today, just to get something on Youtube.  I decided upon a suggestion from my […]


Dried-Blueberry Muffins

Today I had intended to make a blue cheese and fig tart, but the temperature has reached about 30C which is far too hot to successfully make a shortcrust pastry, so I have opted for something entirely different, muffins using dried blueberries. Muffins are a very good standby recipe, so easy to make and so […]