Alex’s Fat Rascals

It’s Christmas time, and in an effort to keep Alex entertained, we’ve been working together to cook some great treats for the festive events planned over the coming days.  One thing I’ve been meaning to cook for a while are Fat Rascals, a traditional Yorkshire cake made famous by Betty’s Tea Rooms, very similar to…

Apple Strudel

What better way to show off your home made Filo pastry than by making a traditional Apple Strudel?  Wonderful with ice cream or custard! Ingredients 80g Raisins 4 tbsp Dark Rum (or Sherry or Brandy)  850g Baking Apples, peeled, cored and chopped 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 1 tsp Mixed Spice 1 large sheet of Filo…

Mississippi Mud Pie

I struggled to find a definitive recipe for Mississippi Mud Pie, so came up with this.  One thing that all of the recipes I found had in common – they’re going to lead you to an early grave.  Not really a dessert for anyone on a diet, or with a heart condition… Try replacing the…

American Pancakes & Gooseberry Syrup

More substantial than the ‘Bristish’ pancakes, and less messing around with all of that tossing, American Pancakes (or Scotch Pancakes? – I can’t really tell the difference – education invited!) are a quick and simple option to eat at any time of the day.  On holidays in the states, I lived off these for breakfast…

Rhubarb & Ginger Cream Meringue

My first Rhubarb of the year, fresh from the garden.  Instead of the usual Rhubarb Crumble (my favourite), I’ve come up with a new rhubarb taste sensation.  Definitely a rhubarb dish for special occasions!  The golden castor sugar gives the meringues a lovely rich colour.  Cooking them slowly like this should ensure that they’re nice…

Lime Muffins

Still stuck with all of those naked limes from your Limettacello making?  How about an easy muffin recipe?  Another great recipe for the kids!  Top with icing or a lime-drizzle if you wish Makes 12 Ingredients 250g Plain Flour 225g Castor Sugar 3 tsp Baking powder 1/2 tsp Salt 2 Eggs 70ml Milk 70ml Vegetable…

Lime & Chocolate Cheesecake

Very much based on a recipe from my childhood, this is similar to an old Blue Peter No-bake Lemon Cheesecake recipe.  Really simple to make, and great to get the kids involved in the kitchen (especially when it comes to smashing up the biscuits!).  This recipe is easy to tailor to any fruit Serves 6-8…

Spiced Orange & Chocolate Sorbet

So, you’ve made you first batch of Arancello, and are staring at a pile of naked, zestless oranges thinking, ‘What can I do with those?’ Well, for a sophisticated desert, try this refreshing orange sorbet made with chips of the best dark chocolate, subtly enhanced with sweet spices – Delicious! Serves 2 Ingredients juice of…

Whiskey & Ginger Ice Cream

I just love my Ice Cream maker.  It’s so easy to make any flavour of ice cream when you want it, and you know exactly what’s gone into it.  I needed something special for Christmas to complement my Marmalade Christmas Pudding, so came up with this Whiskey & Ginger Ice Cream.  Amazing… You can make…

Marmalade Pudding

Fed up of Christmas Pudding?  Want to try something different?  Run out of time to prepare that classy dessert? Try this amazing steamed marmalade pudding for a change.  It takes a fraction of the effort and tastes wonderful.  It also stays moist and keeps for days afterwards, so when you’re full of turkey you can…

Christmas Pudding Chocolate Truffles

A great way to use up left over Christmas pudding, or as I did, a great way to do something different with a Christmas pudding in the first place!  If you use a whole pudding, these will last for days (or longer if you have the will power), but you’ll actually want to eat them!…

Beetroot, Chocolate & Ginger Cake

Well, if Fruit and Nut Beetroot Cake doesn’t tickle your fancy, I’m certain that this will!   With more of a fudgey consistency, and a colour which remains true to it’s beetroot roots (so to speak), this decadent cake would make a great desert. I like to know what’s in my dishes, so held back…

Illegal Parkin

Illegal Parkin? Well, it’s sort of a play on words.  Parkin is a traditional moist Yorkshire ginger cake, perfect for those autumn evenings especially around bonfire night and Halloween.  Every Yorkshire family has their own recipe and, well, I lost mine so I had to come up with something from scratch. The 2 key distinctions…

Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble

A spicy twist on one of my favourite puddings.  The Rhubarb is pre-cooked in the oven rather than in a pan to retain it’s structure.  Pan cooking is all very well, but you’ll probably end up with more of a puree. If you don’t care for the ginger, just leave it out.  Alternatively, add in…

Ginger & Orange Pudding

This is based on my Stem Ginger Pudding recipe, and it’s great! Perfect for winter or Christmas entertaining.  As ever, Serve with Creme Anglaise Cooking Time – approx ## minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 100g Butter 100g Castor Sugar 2 Eggs 100g Self Raising Flour 1 Orange, zest only 4 cubes (about 60g drained weight) Stem…

Stem Ginger Pudding

Yet again, another plunge into the dangerous world of puddings. I don’t do this very often because they’re just soo bad for me, but Christmas is approaching and I need another alternative to Xmas pudding – I’ll definately be using this one!Serve with Creme Anglaise Cooking Time – approx ## minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 100g…

Individual Chocolate Puddings

A rich chocolate pudding with a molten centre. Serve with a good vanilla ice cream These are a real find – superb for entertaining as they can be prepared in advance and sit in the fridge (or even the freezer) – just pop them straight into the oven to cook before serving. I’ve also made…