Greece – Vasilopita

This week, we travel to the home of Zeus, classical architecture and birthplace of democracy – Greece! In the last few years Greece have had a good chat about leaving the euro. There seems to be all sorts of bad press about trying to get out of Europe-based situations, but they haven’t gone as far…

Germany – Plum Streusel Cake (Zwetschgendatschi)

This time of year is the best for fruit. Blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and of course,┬áplums.┬áSo nothing could have made me happier than to be sent a recipe for German plum cake (or zwetschgendatschi) from my friends (thank you Philipp and Lucy!). Of course, the recipe was in German, so I (wisely, I think), decided to…

France – Croissants

If someone had told me a year ago that I would make croissants, I wouldn’t have believed them. Especially if they told me that after trying to make them once, I would actually still want to attempt it again. But here we are, I like making croissants, they are less terrifying than I had ever…

Upside-down blueberry and elderflower cake

It was a rainy evening. Somehow British summers always end up a little disappointing in this respect. A couple of weeks of blazing sunshine, followed by constant, unfailing miserable weather that makes it feel more like October than July (I say this like it’s a bad thing, but I’m already looking forward to autumn). I’d…

Sugar Free Banana Bread

This is an unusual one for me. I am all about sugar. I mean, I eat a lot of vegetables too, but when it comes to cake, I am a purist – it’s got to be full of butter and sugar. That’s what cake is about, right? A few weeks ago one of my colleagues…

Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake – recipe

As promised, the epically long recipe for the Pancaken. Enjoy! From The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, by Deb Perelman Crepes: 125g unsalted butter (will also be used for pastry cream) 550ml milk (Deb suggests whole, I used semi-skimmed, I’m sure both are fine) 6 large eggs 190g plain flour pinch of salt 100g caster sugar sunflower…