How to bake with a toddler without losing it,* in eight easy steps

*totally losing it STEP ONE:  look at how freakishly red and shiny your apples are, come over a bit Snow White, decide that today is the day you will bake an apple cake. 'Do you want to make a cake with me?' 'Oh, YESTH. I wanna mix it.' The drums of doom have already begun … Continue reading How to bake with a toddler without losing it,* in eight easy steps

Something to bake: raspberry and hazelnut flapjack bars

I bake for lots of reasons. Because I need to bring refreshments somewhere. Because I need to supply our cupboards more conveniently with emergency cake. And for comfort, of course, always for comfort. In a week in which David Bowie and Alan Rickman have both passed on unexpectedly, plus that avalanche earlier in the week and … Continue reading Something to bake: raspberry and hazelnut flapjack bars

Something to bake: Hummingbird Bakery Hazelnut Praline Muffins

As the evenings get darker, I go back to baking. Cakes, preferably. Well, let's be honest. Chocolate cakes. I find it odd to remember that I used to find baking stressful. In case you're new here, I used to be so inept in the kitchen that we barely ate cake at all, and just made do … Continue reading Something to bake: Hummingbird Bakery Hazelnut Praline Muffins

Cakery Bakery: Melty chocolate puddings, for any day you like

My dear lovely people! Come and fall into the happy embrace of Friday. It's Friday! It's nearly over for the space of another weekend. And, at least where I am, it's sunny. Doesn't that mean you deserve some melty chocolate pudding? Of course it does. We call them melty chocolate puddings in our house, because … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: Melty chocolate puddings, for any day you like

Cakery Bakery: the only pumpkin chocolate chip cookie you will ever need

Yesterday night we skipped off to watch Ender's Game at the cinema (which I loved). And so, in the spirit of dramatic sci-fi narration, let me say this: there are some recipes that will CHANGE YOUR LIIIIIIFE. And this is one of them. Thanks to a lovely friend being wonderfully generous with the contents of … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: the only pumpkin chocolate chip cookie you will ever need

Cakery Bakery: Cinnamon roll cake

I finished work on Friday. Not forever, but for long enough. Oh, it was like being let out of school before the long summer holiday, only with several hundred added Braxton Hicks. I bought a newborn car seat, in celebration (by heck do I know how to live). And then I made a cake. It … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: Cinnamon roll cake

Cakery Bakery: Boston cream cupcakes

I always have the best of intentions when I start to bake. Well, no. Sometimes I have the best of intentions. Yesterday I did. I should bake something practical, I thought. I've got those frozen raspberries I need to use up (Failed Henry Experiment No. 736). Or, maybe something healthy. Something with oats in? Oats … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: Boston cream cupcakes

Christmas Cakery Bakery: the Hummingbird Bakery’s sweet and salty chocolate cake

Whoa, wait, hang on a minute. Christmas is in how many days? I haven't done a thing. Well, we have a Christmas tree, though it's getting more undressed by the day (saucy). And I have half a knitted garland for my living room. But no presents and no prep. I need to get a grip. … Continue reading Christmas Cakery Bakery: the Hummingbird Bakery’s sweet and salty chocolate cake

Cakery Bakery: Hummingbird Bakery Chocolate and Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

If you knew how hard I had to try not to call this entry 'Making Whoopie', you'd give me a medal. I am completely in love with the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book. It's not just that absolutely everything in there looks wonderful. It's the way the recipes are written, the helpfulness and friendliness of … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: Hummingbird Bakery Chocolate and Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

This is September calling. It’s time to change your life.

You guys, September is in the air. Can you smell it? It smells like freshly sharpened pencils (tm Tom Hanks). A whiff of September is irresistible to me. Eau de New Start. I buy stationery I don't need and embark upon life-improving projects. It's the sort of month where I start feeling like I might want a … Continue reading This is September calling. It’s time to change your life.