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.

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…

Zhoug marinated roast chicken

A beautiful, bronzed roast chicken, marinated in zhoug, orange juice and honey, with most delicious sweet, sticky dark juices.