Brydie’s Apple Spelt Cake

This is Brydie’s Spelt Apple Cake recipe, which I’ve slightly tweaked so my husband can eat a small slice from time to time. It’s lovely cake that just shouts autumn – it’s dense and moist, and scented with everything I associate with this time of year. Tweaks: I’ve reduced the cinnamon, which Mr Misky detests,…

Dan Lepard’s Queen’s Gingerbread Panforte

Dan Lepard’s “Queen’s Gingerbread” This slab of dense, highly spiced gingerbread is a panforte of sorts, although for authenticity it needs 17 different ingredients to signify the 17 district city walls of Siena, Italy, where panforte originated in the 13th century (thank you Wiki). Traditionally a panforte has spices, dried fruits, nuts, honey and sugar,…

Chocolate Cake Tricks

Birthdays call for special cakes, but when one family member has diabetes then the special birthday cake needs to be extra special. It has to be low in fat and very low in sugar, but it still has to taste and tooth-feel like a proper cake. Nigella’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake is the recipe that…

Dan Lepard’s Double Chocolate and Lemon Sherbet Meringues

Short and Sweet Baking Challenge: Double Chocolate and Lemon Sherbet Meringues These look a bit rough and ready; I’ve never perfected the skill of dropping gloopy ingredients from a spoon and forming a teardrop shape. I’m in awe of the photo in “Short and Sweet” – those perfectly formed little oval baubles. Appearances aside, mine…

Reduced Fat and Sugar Apple Crumble

In 20-seconds, Google found approximately 994,000 recipes on the internet for apple crumble, which means that everyone and their pet iguana think their version is better than everyone else’s recipe. Make that 994,001 as of this recipe. Mine isn’t particularly excellent or worthy of a 3-star Michelin restaurant. It tastes pretty good but it won’t…

Apple Rye Cake – “Short and Sweet” Challenge

This one’s going to be tricky. Golden syrup and rich, dark sugar. Only time will tell if my substitutions render this recipe inedible.  A brief email to the helpful people at the Groovy Food Company confirmed that their agave nectar (lower GI than golden syrup) is a suitable substitute for golden syrup, although they suggested…

Rice Krispie Treats – Kids Play

My mother can’t recall for sure but she thinks maybe 9 or 10. That’s how old I was when I made my first batch of Rice Krispie Treats. It’s something that I reckon 75% of all North American kids know how to make ….

Danish Æblekage (Danish Apple Cake): Recipe Amendment

The amount of sweet, toasted breadcrumbs specified in this recipe are now amended to a much small quantity. I checked the recipe with my mother-in-law while I was in Denmark, and we discovered that I’d suggested three times more than any right-minded Danish cook would use.