Burnt butter, pecan & chocolate banana bread with maple syrup icing

Ingredients 110 g unsalted butter⁠ 30 g pecan nuts + 8 to decorate⁠ 150 g caster or soft brown sugar⁠ 2 large free-range eggs⁠ 100 g milk⁠ 1 tsp vanilla paste/extract⁠ 2 large bananas, very ripe⁠ 350 g plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda⁠ 1/4 tsp sea salt⁠ 30 g chocolate chips⁠ 1 Tbsp…

Hot cross buns

Ingredients 60 g sultanas or raisins 60 g morello cherries 2 tablespoons mixed peel 1 orange, juice and zest 220 ml semi-skimmed milk 14 g dried yeast (2 sachets) 500 g strong bread flour , plus extra for dusting 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp sea salt 1…

Easter chocolate espresso cake

Ready to celebrate Easter in style with this Easter chocolate cake, made all the easier with a fantastic set of @talacooking baking essentials: a non-stick springform cake tin, mini spatulas, palette knife, measuring jug, sugar shaker and piping set [AD]

Layers of rich chocolatey cake with a hint of espresso, sandwiched together with clouds of espresso buttercream and a rich chocolate ganache, and decorated with Easter eggs.

Sour cherry and chocolate flapjacks

Ingredients 160 g unsalted butter, cut into cubes 100 g golden syrup 100 g light brown sugar 300 g oats Pinch of sea salt 100 g sour cherries 100 g 55% chocolate (I used Lindt) 24 x 24 cm baking tray, lined with parchment paper Method Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C conventional /…

Macarons

My recipe for macarons, with some hints and tips to guide you through making these feisty little treats, and to avoid some of the pitfalls…