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 […]

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 drizzle cake

A lemon drizzle cake is a classic for good reason. The sharp lemon syrup which soaks into the top of the cake acts as a wonderful contrast to the buttery richness of the sponge beneath. This one has a particularly punchy lemon syrup and a little added texture from a topping of lemon zest and […]

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 […]

Brown sugar and walnut loaf

The recent cold snap I wrote about last week became a week of heavy snow. For some reason, people in the UK are caught out every time it snows, despite the fact that it’s a pretty guaranteed annual event. On the first day of this most recent snowy period, the public transport system ground to a halt, […]

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 Dark Ale Christmas cakes

The nights are drawing in, the miserable weather feels like it can only be braved when fueled on mulled wine and December is only a week away. It’s definitely starting to feel a lot like Christmas. It’s also definitely starting to feel like Big Hungry Gnomes has been very neglected due to a lot of changes which […]

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 […]

Finnish Sweet Potato Karelian Pastries

I am somewhat obsessed with all things Scandinavian. I seem to always fall back upon three wonderful blogs; Anne’s food, who’s lovely author Anne is a mother of two living in Stockholm and cooking modern European food with a few ‘traditional-ish Swedish’ favourites, Cloudberry Quark, who’s fantastic Carrot Karelian pastries led to this particular post and Scandi Foodie, an absolutely stunning […]

Chelsea Buns

As a family, we used to go on holiday every summer to stay with some friends who lived in North Devon. The tiny village where they lived in the stunning but slightly desolate Dartmoor national park consisted of a few houses and a high street with a post office and a traditional bakery.  I used to […]

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