Easter Simnel Cake

For those of you who are still on the fence about marzipan and maraschino cherries (these from Hotel Starlino in Italy are STUNNING). It’s all about the ingredients. If your guests love marzipan, then double up and add an extra layer in the middle of the cake. Mahleb is an aromatic spice made from cherry seeds and gives a slightly bitter edge to sweet foods, with notes of cherry and bitter almonds. It’s often used Greek celebratory cakes.

Snowflake brioche

Festive snowflake brioche – Christmas is approaching fast and I’m not sure I’m ready yet!

Spiced Bundt cake, with roasted pears and a thyme and salted caramel sauce

A full-bodied Autumnal cake, and the equivalent of a big, warm, enveloping hug. The edges are golden brown, caramelised and chewy, while the inside is dark, moist and packed with flavours that linger on the tongue.

This feel-good cake incorporates pears, contributing to our ‘five a day’, as well as dark brown sugar, treacle, stem ginger, and an abundance of warm spices. The plant-based version is perfect for vegans.

Ruby red tomatoes & chorizo

With the glut of ripe tomatoes in my garden, lovingly planted and cherished during lockdown (not by me), what could be better than a big bowlful with spicy chorizo, shallots and olives with peppery olive oil?⁠ ⁠INGREDIENTS6-8 tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces⁠1 banana shallot, peeled and finely sliced⁠1 chorizo cooking sausage, cooked according to pack…

Smoked haddock & leek pasties

PASTRY INGREDIENTS 600 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 300 g cold unsalted butter, cubed 180 ml iced water 1 medium free-range egg 2 tsp fennel seeds and nigella seeds Put the flour and butter in a bowl, and rub together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Slowly add the water until the mix starts to form…

Raspberry mille feuille with Madagascan vanilla crème pâtissière

INGREDIENTS⁠320 g ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry⁠3 tbsp icing sugar⁠290 ml full fat milk⁠2 egg yolks⁠55 g caster sugar⁠20 g plain flour⁠20 g cornflour⁠Seeds from 1 vanilla pod 160 ml double cream⁠200 g fresh berries⁠⁠METHOD⁠Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan.⁠Unroll the pastry and place on baking parchment on a non-stick baking tray. Dust generously with icing…

Salmorejo 🍅

You may not be instantly drawn to a bowl of cold tomato soup, especially one garnished with chopped egg and ham, but I VERY STRONGLY encourage you to try it, especially with warm weather 🌞⁠