Apple and Sultana Hot Cross Scones

Scones are a brilliant starting place for any beginner baker and homemade scones fresh from the oven are far superior to supermarket scones. I’ve given the classic scone a slight twist with the addition of apple and seeing as we’re in April and Easter is around the corner, I added a cross on top of…

Apple, Plum and Sultana Jam

Using up a glut of fruit that you get cheap or is just isn’t getting eaten can be tricky. It’s almost a bit cliché to say that cooking it down into a jam is the solution but I found that preserving fruits is a fantastic way of lowering your food waste. And what’s more, it…

Carrot Cupcakes with Lemon Icing

Carrot cake is one of my favourite cakes, with the natural sweetness of the carrot working with the spice and the tanginess of the cream cheese frosting. This vegetable cake is incredibly light and moist because of the use of oil instead of just margarine, allowing more air to be incorporated. Although the classic carrot…

Tea-soaked Raisin Couronne with Orange Icing

Valentine’s Day may have passed for another year but that doesn’t mean you can’t still show your love. And I love making bread so I thought I’d devise an original recipe for a couronne. A couronne, meaning crown, is a showstopping sweet loaf and I’ve filled mine with tea-soaked dried fruit and topped it with…

White Chocolate Mendiants

I’m continuing my exploration into making confectionery this week by giving you my recipe for the simplest little sweet treat you could imagine, and what’s even better they took me a matter of 10 minutes to make in total. These are my White Chocolate Mendiants.    The great thing about mendiants is that you can…