Slow cooker blood orange and ginger steamed pudding – this delicious steamed pudding cooks right in your slow cooker! A perfect dessert for the colder months. Post sponsored by Crock-Pot.
Steamed pudding has a bit of a poor reputation I feel; bad memories of stodgy school desserts or the ones that come in a can perhaps? In reality, homemade steamed puddings are light, moist and utterly delicious. I have started making a chocolate one every Christmas instead of a Christmas pudding and there is never a crumb left. (more…)
Chai spiced cashew butter – a delicious, flavourful homemade nut butter; you’ll want to slather it on everything!
Have you ever tried making your own nut butter? It is really easy to do and you can make so many different delicious combinations. The only problem is that you do need a food processor or blender that is powerful enough to cope with it – I did once manage to burn out the motor of a flimsier model whilst making praline paste (which is basically the same as nut butter). (more…)
A moist, lightly spiced apple bundt cake topped with a luscious spiced caramel glaze. Post sponsored by Appletiser.
We are firmly into Autumn now, and while I can’t say that I am enjoying the sudden drop in temperature and the persistent rain, it is not all bad I suppose. Autumn does bring with it some of the best foods – pumpkins, apples, pears and plums to name a few; it is my favourite time of year for baking, and I do like drinking lots of hot drinks and wearing cosy jumpers. (Although I do have a penchant for a somewhat post-apocalyptic style which means that all of my jumpers have THE MOST impracticable sleeves…). Oh, and it is also my favourite holiday – Halloween! (more…)
I was craving cake so badly at the weekend that I just had to give in and bake one, there was no point resisting! Besides, I spent a good portion of my weekend re-organising the kitchen (no small task!) so I think that cake was well deserved. To make a bit of space in the cupboard I decided to use up one of my jars of clementine marmalade and make a marmalade and ginger cake. This is a beautifully soft and moist cake with a lovely orange flavour and a hint of warm ginger.
Are we over pumpkin yet or do I still have time to share a couple more recipes? Given than tinned pumpkin will keep for years and butternut squash is available year round there’s really no reason why we should be limited to a short ‘pumpkin season’, and yet I feel like if I were to share pumpkin recipes in the Summer they would just sink without a trace. I’ve got a couple more to share before everyone loses interest, starting with this chocolate ginger pumpkin bread wreath. (more…)
I’ve always felt like New Years Eve falls too soon after Christmas; by that point I’ve had enough of celebrating and socialising and just want to hibernate for about a month with a duvet, stack of films and a supply of Christmas chocolates… And I certainly don’t want to go out to a packed bar or club with an hour long wait to get drinks; parties at home with friends are definitely my preferred form of celebrating. So I shall be doing just that for this New Years, though not at my own home, which is probably best as I wouldn’t want to have to clean up the next day! (more…)
A Christmas ham is something of a tradition in my family. My dad cooks one every Christmas Eve to sit in the fridge and be gradually whittled away at over the festive period; it is bought out for buffets and used to make sandwiches and any remains are boiled to make stock. I don’t think that a festive buffet table is complete without a gleaming, clove-studded joint of gammon. (more…)
There are a lot of mixed feelings about fruitcake, some people love it, others hate it with a fiery passion; I am firmly in the first camp, I adore fruitcake (of course I do. It’s cake.) and will happily eat it year round; fruitcake is not just for Christmas, though I wouldn’t want to celebrate it without it. Traditionally, Christmas cake should be made a good while in advance to allow it to mature; I am not that organised however so I made a cake that requires minimal maturing; though it certainly wouldn’t harm it if you wanted to make it a month or so in advance. (more…)
We are fully into December now and I can’t quite believe just how quickly this year has vanished. Despite being initially resistant to the idea that it is nearly Christmas (see this post!), I have begun to accept it, and even to look forward to it (mulled wine may have played a part…); I still haven’t had my first mince pie though, although I have been craving one (or three (or five)). (more…)
I have only recently discovered the joys of a slow cooker – the ability to just throw everything into a pot, abandon it and come back hours later to a delicious meal. Slow cookers aren’t just good for meat and stews though, you can cook a lot of things in there that you maybe wouldn’t think to; things like brownies, macaroni cheese, porridge, steamed puddings and cheesecake…. (more…)