Oat and Walnut Banoffee Cake

This banoffee cake is a wholesome banana loaf, flavoured with honey and yogurt, covered with a rich toffee sauce. I love how much texture there is in this cake, with the oats, chunks of walnut and roughly pureed ripe banana. The gentle spicing of the nutmeg in the banana loaf and subtle hint of rum […]

Bramley Apple Curd

My grandma has a huge apple tree in her garden which produces a copious amount of gnarled but delicious cooking apples. Every time we visit her, she seems to produce another bag of apples and I really enjoy coming up with new ways of using them. My mum is a massive fan of lemon curd so […]

Clementine and Almond Cake

This citrus scented, mildly spiced and light clementine and almond cake seems like the perfect antidote to the overindulgence of the festive period, whilst still providing all those delightful Christmas flavours. Toasted almonds give the cake a wonderful depth, as well as giving the cake a lovely moistness, whilst the blitzed little oranges and orange drizzle give […]

Almond cake with rhubarb

As spring comes to a close, a slice of almond cake with a little poached rhubarb seems like the perfect way to celebrate the end of the rhubarb session. I made this almond cake almost a month ago and served it alongside forced rhubarb, which cooked down to a beautiful jewel pink. It would work […]

Lemon and Lime Curd

This fresh lemon and lime curd is the perfect antidote to a grey and damp day. It’s yellow hue and sharp tang from the zest and juice of lemons and limes conjures up a little bit of sunshine. Making curd is incredibly simple and homemade lemon and lime curd is lovely spread over a piece […]

Pear, walnut and stem ginger crumble

After such a virtuous first post of 2013, my second of the year is a comforting crumble, which is a leap back to the indulgence of the festive season, brought about by this Drunken Plum Frangipane Tart, which was thelittleloaf’s shamelessly decadent start to the year. I’ve been desperate to make a crumble for weeks […]

Individual German Apple Cakes

After visiting my Grandma and spending the afternoon gathering cooking apples from her ancient apple tree, I was inspired to bake my Aunt’s moist seven inch apple cake. I thought I would adapt the recipe, which came from my mum’s slightly splattered hand written recipe book, and make individual versions. The little cakes turned out to be surprisingly […]

Perfect Meringues and Eton Mess

Eton Mess is a really classic British dessert, which with the traditional combination of softly whipped cream, fragments of crisp and light meringue and soft fruit at it’s absolute peak, giving a wonderfully summery feel. I’ve included a really simple recipe for meringues which are pretty much guaranteed to give you a wonderful light and […]

Individual Apple Pies

Serves 4 This dessert uses gently spiced poached apples, coated in a short and crisp flaky pastry and results in a slightly more elegant and light take on the traditional comforting and filling apple pie. The fact that this pudding is made in stages means it’s great for making ahead of time, and cooling the apples in […]

Mother’s Day Cake with Fresh Lemon Curd

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – for me, you can’t beat the fresh taste and zestiness of a citrus flavoured dessert. After posting about my lemon cheesecake a couple of weeks ago and now this fresh lemon curd, you might think I’m getting slightly obsessed with lemons. I’m happy to say that this certainly isn’t a recent […]

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