Tag: cake


Spiced apple cake with caramel drizzle Dine in

I’m back! Sorry for the delay. Lately, cooking for me has been of necessity and not so much pleasure but I will get back into the swing of things soon, I promise. I have been sitting on this cake for a while now. Actually, to be more accurate, pulling a slice from the freezer and defrosting it in the microwave and eating it with a contented sigh. This cake is good eaten while on the couch, and also in the great outdoors where two frozen slices were stashed in a backpack to be enjoyed at the halfway point of a...

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Persian love cake with fresh nutmeg Dine in

I’m pretty sure I know why this is called Persian love cake – because everyone who eats it loves it and has seconds! I made this and the Basque burnt cheesecake for our Beer ‘n Books club and this one was the stand out. It’s super easy and keeps well too, I snacked on the left overs the next morning while the kettle was boiling and then poof it was gone. Using fresh nutmeg is key – the flavour is super important. Just stare out the window while you’re grating the hard nuggets of nutmeg, it will be done before you...

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Chocolate banana cake Dine in

For some reason I always end up with a sizeable supply of peeled banana soldiers in ziplock bags waiting patiently to be called into service. During the summer months this isn’t a problem as one of my favourite quick breakfasts is a frozen banana smoothie with the optional additions of oats/chia seeds and milo/frozen berries. Winter isn’t really the weather for frozen drinks and my freezer was overrun with bananas so I decided to make a cake. Yes a banana cake. Not banana bread. Bread has yeast. Cake does not. Why do people insist on calling it banana cake? It...

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Guilt free lemon and poppy seed cake Dine in

I love baking with butter… and sugar… and white flour. Pretty controversial! I’m sure the gluten/dairy/egg/sugar free concoctions taste OK and I get that some people have genuine allergies which need to be seriously considered. However, for the same reason I don’t call spiralized zucchini “pasta” (it’s grated zucchini) or cauliflower rice “rice” (it’s blitzed cauliflower) I don’t do baking without the good “bad” stuff. Food wasn’t always demonised and labelled and people weren’t always made to feel guilty for eating what they enjoy. When my parents were growing up you ate what you were given and what you were given was...

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Simple yoghurt cake Dine in

When I lived in France, I would often make cake for my host dad Fabien because he enjoyed a slice of cake with his bowl of milky coffee for breakfast most days. He loved my carrot cake and also a caramel mudcake I haven’t made for about 14 years – so I will have to dig out the recipe and make it again. I’m sure he would have loved this yoghurt cake too – it’s simple enough for every day but you can easily jazz it up for something more special with icing, or fruit… or… let your imagination go. This...

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