Banana Spice Cake

As we had loads of bananas, slowly turning black, in the fruit bowl, it was time to inflict another banana cake on my work colleagues. Rather than leaving bare, I decided to top it with some sort of salted caramel icing; I couldn’r decide on buttercream or a plain glaze. The…

Iced London Buns

These Iced London Buns are from Justin Gellatly’s excellent book, Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding . You can tell they’re going to be tasty, before you mix the dough. Even the caraway seeds, which at first glance seem a bit odd, smell right when they’re in the bowl with…

Millionaire's Shortbread

It’s a wonder that I’ve not attempted to make it before now. I think I’ve always been put off by making the caramel layer, and the fact that it’s a three step process with gaps between each step. You need to plan ahead, which is something I always seem to forget to do. As I had…

Fridge Cake

I’d originally planned on making fridge cake and millionaire’s shortbread together. A bout of illness had me off work on my usual cake day, and the following week lots of colleagues were out of the office, so I settled on just making the fridge cake. It wasn’t exactly hard to…

Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cookies

I settled on chocolate chip and peanut butter , both from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook . I’ve made both of these before, multiple times. My daughter especially loves the peanut butter ones. I used my ice cream scoop to measure out the dough, so for a change, they were all…

Orange and Almond & Lemon Cake

As I had some Seville oranges left over from making marmalade , I decided that I wanted to make some sort of orange cake. A quick look at the The Observer’s The 20 best cake recipes and there was a recipe for Claudia Roden’s classic Orange and Almond Cake . I didn’t fancy…

The Weekly Work Bake

Cakes, cookies, bars, brownies, muffins and pies, they’ve had the whole lot. I’ve used 7UP , mayonnaise and cannellini beans as ingredients, along with the usual staples. Not all of them have been very good, a few have stuck in their tins, or haven’t quite come out the the…