Mince pies

Last December, I baked a gingerbread house and mince pies for the Christmas period. I’ve yet to decide what I’ll be doing this year, yet, but wanted to share the mince pies I made last year. Since I forgot to! … Better late than never? You will need 500g pack sweet or dessert shortcrust pastry Plain flour, for dusting 300g mincemeat Milk, for glazing Method Pre heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Roll out Read More…

Chocolate Frosted Funfetti Cake with Jam Filling

Tomorrow is Ryan’s birthday (and Back to the Future day). Unfortunately, he’s working until 22.00pm so we decided to celebrate today. There was presents, singing and of course, cake… I baked a vanilla sponge cake with chocolate frosting. He loved it. 🙂 You will need For the cake: 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 20 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups granulated sugar 3 eggs 2 teaspoon vanilla extract Sprinkles for Read More…

Spaghetti bolognaise – classic

Quick and easy to make but really tasty. This recipe serves 4 but we had the left overs another night. Spaghetti bolognaise is one of my favourite meals. You will need 250g spaghetti 400g mince meat olive oil for frying 1 jar (500g) tomato pasta sauce (or make your own) Mixed herbs Grated cheese (optional) Method Cook the spaghetti according to packet directions, usually 10 minutes in a saucepan of boiling water. Drain well and Read More…

Lasagne

Lasagne – the first pasta dish I made for Ryan back when we were living over a commercial premises… March, I think and one of his favourites. I’ve made it a few times since and it’s always a hit; I think if Ryan had his way I’d make lasagne every day. 😉 Tonight I cooked it for my dad and I, we watched a film and had a good catch up. You will need 500g Read More…

Apple Crumble Cake

A colleague at work brought in a bag full of cooking apples from his tree, free to anyone who wanted some. I took 6 and decided to have a try at my first apple crumble cake. I adapted an apple crumble cake recipe I found on Pinterest for self raising flour (I’m out of baking powder)… Here’s the result. 🙂 You will need 7″ (18cm) round cake tin 75g unsalted butter 225g self raising flour Read More…