Beetroot and chocolate cake

It would be a wrong of me not to have a chocolate and beetroot recipe on here wouldn’t it. This was originally planned as brownies, but I think it makes a better cake or loaf. The original recipe is one from River Cottage, but I’ve made a few changes along the way. The chocolate is […]

Buckwheat and banana muffins

It’s not often that I’ll look for a baking recipe and not need to buy more than 2 extra ingredients. The mixture for this recipe also happened to be the quickest and easiest. Ever. The recipe is adapted from “Top with Cinnamon” by Izy Hossack, a blogger turned author, and was the perfect way to […]

Mediterranean soda bread

You’ll be needing something to go with all the pumpkin soup recipes flying around at the moment. I found my fridge full of sundried tomatoes, olives and feta after a nice couscous-stuffed pepper and cod dinner, so a soda bread seemed like the perfect solution. I love making a regular loaf of bread but I […]

Easy peasy cakey cookies

I love a snack. Especially one that is quick to whip up at home and relatively healthy. You’ll probably find that most “healthy” snacks will try to be gluten- and dairy-free and will use something other than refined sugar for sweetness. There’s honey in these, which is still sugar, and there’s a good amount of […]

Rye and oat muffins

This is a great “store cupboard” recipe, packed with energy and certainly not a healthy muffin. It is something a little different though, using a nuttier grain, rye, as the base. Rye is closely related to barley and wheat, meaning that it contains gluten but in slightly less quantities than wheat. It is most often […]

Multigrain spelt crispbread

I love Scandinavian food…rye bread, rollmops, gravadlax..all great. One of my favourite snacks at the moment is a delicious spelt crispbread from “Scandinavian Baking” by Trine Hahnemann. They have a certain sweetness that I adore but are savoury enough to top with cheese or accompany dips like beetroot or avocado houmous. Ingredients: 100g butter 75g […]

Lemon Polenta cake

A sunny Easter weekend spurred me on to bake an equally sunny cake. The beauty of this cake is that it is gluten free without being obviously gluten free i.e. no wheat flour alternatives and crumbly messes. My tins were too small so this recipe made two good sized cakes to share around. Lovely served […]

Bread matters

  Anybody looking for a baking course must head to Bread Matters, it’s just fantastic! Only 17 miles from Edinburgh you can find Macbiehill Farmhouse, kitted out with a baking studio and wonderful wood-fired oven and two of the most lovely people! Andrew Whitley, the man behind the venture, has his own book, Bread Matters, […]