• Blackberry and Apple Open Pie

    This post has nothing to do with the recipe below, but I feel compelled to share as I have told a few people this today, and I think it’s been enlightening. Today I burnt myself – badly. But that’s not it…… I burnt myself taking a tea spoon out of a jacket potato……..that’s it!! I baked a jacket potato with a teaspoon inside (as I always do) as it half the cooking time. Its a great tip, and one I feel I should share with you all! Stick a teaspoon (or skewer as someone else suggested) into the middle of a potato. Put it in the oven, and while the…

  • 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…