Elderflower and lemon curd sponge

Summer may finally have arrived in the UK! To celebrate, here is a beautifully light and simple take on a plain sponge adapted from the lovely Thermomix book ‘Sweet’ I sprinkled with crystallised violets. Enjoy! Anne

Protein Balls

Why pay more than ¬£2 each for store bought protein balls when you can mix them up so easily from scratch. Not only that, you choose what to include- prefer hazelnuts to almonds, no problem; prefer a smaller size than the 40g standard store bought, no problem. There are a couple to tips to the…

Arugula or rocket – however you say it this is a great tart

Spending time cooking in another country opens you up to many challenging experiences. Being the visitor in the US, weights and measures, volume (cups) versus weight, and Celsius versus Fahrenheit is thrown in to conspire to make you fail. In addition there are the products which are just difficult to find on the other side…

Caramelised red onion chutney

Chutneys are jams are high on the list of reasons to own a Thermomix. Making home made jam where you pile the ingredients in, set the temperature and timer and walk away to get on with other things is a big win win. Onion chutney/jam is a wonderful accompaniment to cheese but it is also…

sour cherry traybake

This delicious cake has its roots in Hungary but I was reminded of it while browsing Will Torrent’s Afternoon Tea at Home.¬†Will adapts some of the the top restaurant and top chef classics and inspires you to make afternoon tea every day (until your clothes don’t fit!). He has taken this traditional cake from New…

Madeira mini loaves with marmalade glaze

Sometimes you need to revisit those old classics – you know the ones! The recipe book pages and stuck together with mixture, your great gran’s hand writing is is a light shade of its former self. This recipe is perfect example since a Madeira cake is a staple in any baker’s files. Will Torrent in…

A special valentines cake

This gin and lemon is the ultimate cake for moist yumminess- there really is no secret to moist cakes, they always have a syrup poured over just after removing from the oven. Leave the cake in the tin and refridgerate for at least an hour. You risk the whole bundle of moistness falling apart on…

The quickest home made gift?

I am all for home made/make from scratch/ whatever you choose to call it but at this time of year we are all time poor. What's not to like about a super quick home made gift which is sure to please. If I am entirely honest I'm not a huge fan of the original,product but…

Molten chocolate dessert

While I annoyed with myself at not snapping the oozing pistachio filling coming out of these little beauties I must still post the product and the recipe. This was one of my dinner party dessert at the weekend and because the preparation had to happen after the main course, a camera was honestly the last…

Clementine macarons

  With Xmas bakes all around us don't forget to give your next batch of macarons a festive twist- what do you mean you are scared to make them!!! Follow my basic recipe but add the grated zest of a clementine or satsuma, add some orange colour paste or powder (NOT liquid colouring) and if…

Red pesto swirl milk bread

A very simple way to ring the changes with this simple milk bread is to make your own pesto or just buy a jar. After the first rise roll into a large rectangle and spread the pesto evenly. Roll and twist or simply roll and place on a baking sheet in a circle. Rise again…

Mincemeat crostata

This is quite simply an exceptional dish- a very discerning dinner party guest voted it the BEST mincemeat flan EVER – no ifs no buts! I have adapted the original Waitrose recipe for the Thermomix but there is no reason why you shouldn't make your pastry in a food processor. I used a 23cm/9″ flan…