Coffee Cake – Plain and Simple

This is nothing short of a classic and uses traditional measures, methods and ingredients. If you can’t get the Camp coffee, which I think might be a bit of an Irish thing (it comes in a plastic bottle and is in liquid form, so ideal for baking), you can use 1 tsp espresso coffee powder…

Orange, Rosemary and Honey Polenta Cake

This is incredibly moist, sweet and fragrant and it will last for a few days in a sealed tin – if you can keep your hands off it that is. It’s beautiful served with a dollop of greek yoghurt and maybe a scant grating of orange peel on top. It also has to be one…

Best Ever Apple Tart

It’s apple season and so, faced with a bounty of windfalls this last week or two, I’ve been finding (welcome) excuses to make dishes using apples. Apple crumble is a big favourite in our house, but I think a homemade apple tart with lovely short pastry and plenty of cinnamon-spiced filling is hard to beat….

Jamie’s 5 Ingredient Apple Cookies

I’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s new series – 5 Ingredients – it’s an interesting idea for a book and series, but one which I have to say I feel is flawed. Limiting the number of ingredients in a recipe to fit an agreed premise will always result in compromise and I feel a lot of…

Foccacia

This is one I picked up at a class at Belfast Cookery School on bread making. It’s a simple and highly adaptable recipe for light Italian bread that’s very moreish! You can add a wide range of toppings – olives, roasted peppers, garlic, fennel seeds – but it’s lovely and simple just with rosemary, salt…

Best Ever Banana Bread

This is a family favourite and one of those ‘go to’ recipes I make again and again; especially if there are a few overripe bananas in the fruit bowl. It barely lasts a day in our house and is so so easy to make – I’d encourage even the most hesitant would-be baker to give…

The Ultimate Spiced Cappuccino Brownies

I love a good brownie, but until I discovered and tweaked this recipe, I’d never been able to make one I was happy with. They were always too dry or crumbly and never gooey enough. Not so with these bad boys. They are gooey, rich and chocolately and the added spices give them a perfect…

Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Caramelised Apples

Serves 12  |  470 cals per serving  |  45 mins + 60 mins cooking + overnight chilling Youngest son loves baked cheesecakes – I find them a bit heavy usually, but this one is pretty light and very tasty. I especially love the nuttiness of the crust on this one. The caramelised apples on top…