Chocolate & Chilli Extract

Some years ago I made my own Vanilla Extract – this has been really successful and a much better option than buying over-priced bottles in the supermarket. I’ve applied a similar process to create a Chocolate & Chilli extract – a classic combination which is quite difficult to replicate in baking as the chilli heat…

Vanilla Whippy ‘Ice Cream’ Cupcakes

The sun may be setting on those glory days of summer, but we can still reminisce on those happy times, basking in the heat of the English sunshine.  But then, when those memories start to fade, how do we recall the most amazing weather we’ve seen for many a year?  Ice Cream of course.  “Hang…

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

So there I was, wallowing in my misery – yes, I was suffering from Man Flu.  I couldn’t breath.  I couldn’t sleep. Nobody had suffered such pain.  I needed sugar.   I needed Cookies! Great soft, chewy cookies with proper chocolate, which melts in chunks and resets on cooling.  Why buy these in the supermarket?…

Christmas Sourdough Stollen

A traditional German enriched bread for generations, but made from sourdough?  Why not!  Stollen‘s been around for hundreds of years, long before the advent f commercial baking yeast, so I’m just taking this back to it’s roots.  Needless to say, taking the sourdough route takes longer,  so if you could always resort to commercial yeast…