Peach Jam Scones

We’ll start with an update on the disaster-chocolate custard from last week: no it never set, yes my wonderful mother still managed to ice it (very runnily by the sounds of it) and put it in the raffle, and they raised £800, hurrah!  It has been excessively and unpleasantly hot this week. England is not…

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

This week the lovely Laura came to visit me. She had just returned from living in Paris for the last two years, and came covered in bags full of stuff. I do mean covered. It was her birthday a few weeks ago, and I sent her a wooden pop-out cupcake in place of a real…

Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Today is my lovely boyfriend Oli’s birthday. Earlier this week it was his colleague Holly’s birthday, and at his request I made her, what I would fairly describe as, an epic cake. A Coke layer cake from The Outsider Tart’s “Baked in America”. It took a long time to make, and it’s only the second…

Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m pretty sure these are my favourite thing I’ve baked so far this year. It’s been ages since I’ve eaten peanut butter. When I was younger it was always my first choice for spreading on toast and in sandwiches, because it was the best – crunchy obviously, cos who wants smooth? (I was going to…

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…

Farewells

My most excellent friend Laura is leaving for Paris in a couple of weeks to do a masters at Sciences Po. Today she left Cambridge to go back home to Gloucester for a while before she leaves for good. Her leaving party was originally meant to include cake, which I unfortunately failed to make, and…