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Mince pies on a plate with holly around the edges
Pies, Christmas, Mince Pies

The Best Pastry for Mince Pies

I think I have said before that mince pies are my favourite Christmas food, but only homemade ones. I have yet to taste a decent factory made mince pie. It is no wonder many people say they don’t like mince pies if all they have ever eaten are the ones […]

Christmas chutney in a class bowl on a table with a flower pattern
Chutney, Christmas

Christmas Chutney

I just love making preserves – jams, jellies, marmalades, pickles and chutneys. They each have their season – jams and jellies mainly in the summer, marmalades in January and February when the Seville oranges are available, and pickles and chutneys in the autumn, ready for Christmas. When I look in […]

Close up view of the Slow Cooker Orange MIncemeat
Pies, Christmas, Mincemeat, Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Orange Mincemeat

Now Halloween and Bonfire Night are over my thoughts turn to Christmas preparations. Mid November is the perfect time for making preserves so that they have time to mature and develop their full flavour by Christmas. Mince pies are my favourite Christmas food but only if they are homemade using […]

Close up of Cornish Aromatic Apple Cake from above
Cakes

Cornish Aromatic Apple Cake

This week my friend Margaret gave me some apples from her garden. They were a variety I hadn’t heard of before, Cornish Aromatic. They have a firm fresh flavour with a hint of pineapple. The skin is quite rough and dry so they need to be peeled to use in […]

Close up of cooked apple dappy - raisins, scone dough and apple pieces
Desserts

Apple Dappy

I found some Red Windsor apples in the supermarket this week and used them to make my version of an old fashioned pudding called Apple Dappy, which is made using a scone dough as pastry. I found the original recipe in the Pudding Club Cookbook by Keith & Jean Turner […]

Group of apple and cinnamon scones on a plate with one Worcester apple
Scones, Sweet Scones

Apple and Cinnamon Scones

The new crop of British apples are now appearing in the shops, so it is time for some apple recipes. I made an apple pie using Bramley and Cox apples for Sunday lunch and also some apple and cinnamon scones for tea. For these I used Worcester apples which I […]

Raspberry cream sponge whole on white plate
Desserts

A Delicious Raspberry Cream Sponge

Here in the UK the summer holidays are over and the children are back at school but there are still plenty of summer berries in the shops, so I thought it is not too late for another summer dessert. This Raspberry Cream Sponge is made with a very light fatless […]