baking

  • Ben's Birthday Cake

    Food, Parenting

    In my husband’s family, highly decorated birthday cakes are a bit of a family tradition. Since I have joined the family, I have seen a Welsh dragon, Thomas the Tank...

  • Classic French: Macarons

    Food

    I learned many things while baking these French treats. The first, and possibly most important, is that they are spelt ‘macaron,’ rather than ‘macaroon.’ They are, according to Wikipedia, different...

  • Basic Brownies

    Food

    I love brownies. For years, I’ve made Nigella’s Chocolate brownies from How to be a Domestic Goddess. But in these austere times, I’ve found the quantities and ingredients rather lavish, and, needless...

  • Mini Chocolate Sponges

    Food

    These are an adaptation of Jo Wheatley’s Mini Victoria Sponges. I’ve made them a few times and guests have always been impressed – I think they do look fairly impressive...

  • 123 biscuits

    Food

      This is one of those really simple, quick and easy recipes when you need to bake something without much preparation, and definitely without a shopping trip. It’s very easy...