• Traybakes

    Walnut Bars

    Walnut Bars. This was a new recipe for me, although once I had cut it into squares it did look familiar. Maybe I have come across it in the past. Or maybe it’s just that the cherries/marshmallow/nuts/digestives combination is a recurring theme through so many traybakes. Either way, back to these Walnut Bars. Now, why they are called Walnut Bars is a bit of a mystery. OK, so there are walnuts in the topping. But that’s it. There are as many glacĂ© cherries in the topping, but whoever is responsible for this recipe decided to go with the walnuts. Anyway, these Walnut Bars have a baked base of Digestives, coconut…

  • Mincemeat crumble bars on a marble board with a jar of mincemeat in the background
    Christmas,  Traybakes

    Mincemeat Crumble Bars

    Now, this recipe for Mincemeat Crumble Bars is really just a variation on something like a Date Slice or other crumble bar. But it’s super easy to make and tastes great. The bottom and top layers are exactly the same…

  • A jar of mincemeat and some mincemeat swirl scones
    Breads/scones,  Christmas

    Mincemeat Swirl Scones

    Sometimes you have some mincemeat sitting around. And sometimes you don’t feel like making pastry. So I came up with this recipe for quick and easy, fruity, Mincemeat Swirl Scones. It’s simply a regular scone dough mixture but instead of…

  • Christmas,  Pastry

    Meringue-Topped Mince Pies

    I don’t have many Christmas recipes on the blog (Iced Christmas Pudding my one exception so far), but my plan to add more begins with these Meringue-Topped Mince Pies. A simple pastry case, filled with mincemeat (homemade if you can,…

  • Christmas

    Homemade Mincemeat

    The warm, spiced scent of homemade mincemeat spreading through the kitchen is one of those evocative smells of Christmas baking. Living in the US, mincemeat isn’t always easy to find in the shops. And if you do, there certainly isn’t…

  • Pastry

    Coconut Cheesecakes

    Coconut Cheesecakes. Well, there’s coconut in there. But no cheese. And it’s not a cheesecake as you might expect. But they are tasty. And really simple to make. A bit of research leads to me a recipe for Welsh Cheesecakes,…

  • A tack of orange almond cookies
    Biscuits/cookies

    Orange Almond Biscuits

    Sometimes you just want a simple biscuit recipe that’s quick to pull together, doesn’t need to be chilled, and stays crisp and delicious for days (if you let them last that long). And these Orange Almond Biscuits tick all the…

  • Biscuits/cookies

    Chocolate Orange Sandwich Biscuits

    Chocolate and orange is one of those classic flavor combinations and not one that I have featured often on the blog (apart from this Chocolate Orange Slice). I also have a few other biscuit recipes, including the classic Traditional All-Butter…

  • Dessert,  Traybakes

    Spiced Apple and Cranberry Bars

    Autumn is here and my thoughts turn to apple picking and then to baking something with all the apples we pick. And these Spiced Apple and Cranberry Bars are the perfect traybake for the season. Stewed apples and cranberries with…

  • Cake

    Easy Chocolate Loaf Cake

    I am very much in favor of easy baking. And I love the simplicity of a loaf cake. There’s no fancy decorating required, you don’t need to make sure your layers are even and in the case of this Easy…

  • Chocolate traybake with hazelnuts and marshmallow
    No-Bake Traybakes

    No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Traybake

    On a hot day, when I don’t want to turn on the oven, I often look for a no-bake traybake. And this No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Traybake fits the bill beautifully. You don’t even need to use the stove, as this…