Lithuania – Obuoliu Pyragas (apple cake)

This week’s cake comes courtesy of my mum’s Lithuanian colleague, Ruta, who kindly gave me the recipe for her obuoliu pyragas. When you search for pyragas, all manner of cakes and pies will come up, variants of fruit-based desserts, all looking delicious. I can confirm that this particular apple cake is delicious and light, best…

Ginger and Lemon Biscuits

Uhhhhhh… I think I just found my favourite biscuit EVER. These are so beautiful. If you like ginger biscuits, these are even better. The hint of lemon is just wonderful, and it works really well. I’ve been drinking a lot of herbal tea recently, and when I was feeling a little under the weather the…

Apple Week #2

I made apple cakes this week! Now that I’ve handed in my essay and things are temporarily slightly less crazy, I managed to spend time baking, and it has been lovely. The first cake I made was a Peyton & Byrne ‘Discovery Apple Cake’ which was delicious and moist, with a hint of cinnamon. The…

Pumpkin Muffins

Okay, so I lied – it’s pumpkin muffins, not pie this week. And I’m cheating a little because this is from smittenkitchen.com instead of one of my recipe books – BUT I’ve had a really busy week and I’ve got another busy week ahead of me, and I wanted to make something that was still…

Plum Pie

We’re a little lacklustre this week due to moving house. Two trips to Norwich so far, a couple more to go before I’m fully settled. It feels weird having two houses, hell, it is weird having two houses. One which I have loads of stuff to do in, and the other that I have hardly…

Plum Cupcakes

This week I spent a few days staying with Laura in Gloucestershire. Laura lives on the edge of the Forest of Dean, where  everything is beautiful and green and just downright lovely. We picked plums in her garden and made perhaps the tartest plum crumble ever. When I start picking fruit I never want to stop if…

Black and White Cookies

Continuing on the theme of cookies… In November 2008 my sister and I visited America for the first time. It was an eventful trip – we visited 3 cities in 13 days, and during the time we spent in Chicago we watched the election results roll in, and saw Barack Obama’s victory speech as we…

Maple Oatmeal Cookies

So, I’m on a bit of a cookie phase at the moment. A couple of months ago it was flapjacks, now it’s cookies. The difference being that whilst there is only one flapjack recipe for me, there are literally hundreds of cookie recipes that I want to try out. What with all my current porridge…

On Blackberries

  **note: I meant to post this at least two weeks ago, but then life got busy and I, for some reason, have not got around to uploading photos and etc – so here it is now. Pretend it’s the beginning of September again and that you’re super excited that blackberries have just come into…