• baking,  Blog,  Cakes,  Recipes - tried and tested

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes? Are you sure they are Vegan? Really? But they look so ‘normal’!  For various reason, we often get asked to make Eggless and/or Dairy Free cakes. This recipe is a fail safe, easy to make, yummy scummy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes recipe, which means Dairy Free AND Eggless!  To be honest, if no-one told you these were Vegan, you’d never know it, or believe it, because these Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes are light, fluffy, moist, rich, chocolatey and easy to make – everything a Cupcake should be, with nothing missing in taste and texture.   They do use a spread to add the fat content. My choice of spread is…

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    Sweet Red Pepper and Cheddar Scones

    SCONE……how do you say it? Do you pronounce the ‘o’ as in Tom, Tone or Toon? No other small baked item causes such debate, so I thought I’d have a look on the interweb to find out where all this confusion came from….and you know what? I’m now even more confused. I had assumed that a scone was Scottish, from Scone, where the Scottish King’s were crowned, so was originally pronounced Scoon. However, I found an article that claims that it came from Holland….I know!  So, here are the 2 stories: Scone is from the Dutch Schoonbrot, which means beautiful bread. Or. It’s a Scottish unleavened bread made from Oats and…

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    Life is never too short to home bake….lesson learnt!

    I’ve always preached that “life is too short to make pastry”. Since fresh pastry in a packet has been widely available in the supermarket, I haven’t bothered making my own. How silly I’ve been!!! This evening, for the first time in years I made pastry – real shortcrust pastry! OK, so I used the food processor, but just because I use my own form of power tools, doesn’t make me any less a domestic goddess. And anyway, Delia said it was ok to use an electric appliance, so if she says its ok, then its ok!!! The pastry was used for Mum’s old fave, mince beef and onion pies. They…