Cherry Cake

IMG_1702Its an oldie but a goodie, cherry cake! One of my earliest baking memories with my mum is baking what she called “queen cakes” and popping glace cherry on top of each one before they went in the oven. To this day she still makes them exactly the same minus the cherry now much to my sister’s and I’s disappointment! I was leafing through one of her old cookbooks when I was back in Ireland recently and came across the recipe for queen cakes and this has been the inspiration to create this cherry cake.

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Baking Mojo!

01d53f726def8001085fb431c69448c4398ac67ed6Hello folks it’s been a few months now since the arrival of my little bundle of joy – Annabelle and I was struggling to find the time and the effort to get in the kitchen and bake. I felt after I had her that I somehow had lost the bit of my brain that could concentrate and create lovely cakes in the kitchen!! Has anyone else had this happen to them? I have set myself some challenges with little bakes and small kitchen projects and slowly but surely I am finding my baking mojo! Last week I took on a new bake for me an orange and poppy seed loaf. It is twist on the classic lemon and poppy seed and I must say I was very pleased with the results. My baking mojo may be back now in between feeds, play times and changing dirty nappies!!

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Fruit and Nut Flapjacks

IMG_1652Again I am looking for quick wins in the kitchen with my little one still taking up a large amount of my time! These flapjacks are really simple to make and a great energy source. I have put apricots, raisins and chopped almonds in these but you could sub all of these for your fruit and nuts of choice.

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White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

White Chocolate and Cranberry cookies

Life has overtaken me in the past two months with the arrival of my little baby (who is amazing by the way) so my baking has been kept to a minimum but that is all going to change as she grows and finds a routine hopefully. Here is a little recipe I love to make in the 5 minutes I get to be in the kitchen at the moment and a great way to use up the dried fruit which may be lurking in the cupboard after Christmas.

These are inspired by an American favourite – the recipe was given to my husband by a chef on a business trip they were just so good he came home raving about them,here is my attempt!

A classic combination in the white chocolate and cranberry but with a deep flavour from  the brown sugar and honey. Super sweet and moreish. Remember this can be your base recipe for all american style cookies just change up the fillings Рthe cranberries can be repalced by dried blueberries or sour cherries or raisins soaked in a little bit of rum. Feel free to mix and match the nuts too!

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Soft Fruit Chocolate Brownies

fruit chocolate browniesAfter a bit of a baking break I’ve decided to share a twist on my classic brownie recipe by adding the last of the autumn berries. In our new house we have oceans of blackberry bushes in the back garden and this recipe makes full use of them. Read More…