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Whoopie Pies and a Giveaway

I have never been a fan of whoopie pies I think its because of the whole “next big thing” label that seems to surround them. Everyone seems to be saying that they will be the next cupcake but I really doubt it. Why am I posting a recipe for them then? Well I was asked to do a baking demonstration at a charity even this weekend and I wanted something easy and quick so thought I would give them a whirl, and do you know what? They were pretty good. The event was The Great Brownie Bake Off organised by Louise Thomas the Chocolate Consultant and was to raise money for the charity Wheels For Wellbeing. Twenty-two home bakers who thought they had a great brownie submitted samples and a panel of judges including Paul A Young and Abigail Phillips of The Cake Nest (who will be using the winning recipe for a year in her business) sampled each one looking for the best. During the day, whilst the judging was happening there were demos by a really great group of people

Stacie Stewart the Masterchef finalist, Fred Ponnavoy the head chef at GU Chocolate Puds, Caroline Aherne of Sugargrain Bakery and Sasha Jenner of Hobbs House Bakery. The day was a great success and whilst I was a little nervous doing my first live demo the whole experience was a lot of fun. Continue reading


Banana Crumb Muffins

I seem to have gained something of a reputation as the resident baker at my office. We recently got a new manager and we had to do one of those awkward, cringe inducing, introductions and after I had said my bit one of my colleagues shouted “he bakes too”. Another colleague also recently brought me bakeware they had no use for. She had been convinced to buy a muffin pan from “Pampered Chef” a buy-at-home company I had never heard of. It was stoneware and had never been used but was only given to me on the promise of muffins in return. I settled on this and even though I dont use the recipe websites like Allrecipes very often, sometimes you just cant deny the agreement of 4500 reviews over the quality of a recipe. These were really moist and flavourful and I loved the crunchy topping, although it was a little too sweet and next time I would reduce the sugar a bit. Continue reading

Banana Bread with Coconut

Since bananas are available all year round and don’t really have a season you can make this loaf anytime but for me it seemed perfect for right now. The summer is most definitely over and its started to get slightly cooler with little spurts of rain, and so what better than some fresh warm banana bread. To say I was dubious of this cake would be a little of an understatement because its a cake with no eggs, the leavening comes from the baking soda and vinegar alone. This is something I had never tried before but it actually came out really well. The addition of coconut is also a lovely addition, adding another level of flavour although it is delicate but it was a great way to use up left over coconut. Banana bread was chosen because I had bananas speedily ripening on the counter that either needed eating or cooking with. I obviously decided to bake. I initially thought of making the brown butter banana bread on amateurgourmet.com but as I had coconut hanging around I settled on this and im very happy with it. My absolute  favourite way to eat banana bread is lightly toasted spread with a little butter and this was just perfect for that and since the top is encrusted with demerara you also get that slightly caramel flavour along with the texture of the crunch just perfect. Continue reading

Quick, Simple 20 Min Flapjacks




When I woke up this morning I was          thinking about possible items to bake  for a fair stall I am thinking of doing in  the near future, and flapjacks came to  mind as something easy, cheap but  delicious and so I made these this  morning. 












80 g Brown Sugar

40g Unsalted Butter

60g Margarine

250g Oats

Pinch of Salt

1 Medium Banana, mashed

3 Tbsp Golden Syrup



1. Melt the Butter and Margarine 

2. Add Sugar and Syrup and keep on heat until mixture is liquid (not long a minute or two), make sure you keep the heat low enough not to burn the butter

3. Add the oats and a pinch of salt, mix to combine

4. Mix the mashed banana into the oats making sure that its well combined

5. Add the mixture to a foil lined pan and bake for 15 minutes until the edges turn a darker brown.

I washed up whilst they were in the oven but got a nice burn on my arm when I took them out.


Whilst these were very nice I wasn’t the biggest fan of the added banana but then i do prefer a really simple flapjack. I want to play around with this recipe. Ill be making it with just butter mixing  less to create a more crumbly texture. I might also melt the butter separately in the microwave and add this to a slightly caramelised sugar mixture to get more flavour. I would also experiment with different sugars and different oats