Vegan Shortbread with Pistachio, Black Pepper & Lemon

This is a (very) belated post from episode #2 of The Great British Bakeoff – Biscuit Week.  I had never made shortbread before, let alone a vegan version, so did a fair amount of research before settling on this recipe.  Traditional shortbread relies on butter to give it its rich, melting, crumbly texture; some vegan recipes start by… Continue reading Vegan Shortbread with Pistachio, Black Pepper & Lemon

Date, Tamarind & Walnut Cake with Lemon Cardamom Icing

The Bake Off is over, the best woman won and now I have to find another excuse for regular baking (as if an excuse was ever needed).  For the Final bake I wanted to go for something special, of course, and from my pile of recipes torn out of magazines and newspapers ‘to try soon’ came this incredible, amazing (to quote… Continue reading Date, Tamarind & Walnut Cake with Lemon Cardamom Icing

Honey & Lemon Muffins (Gluten Free)

These were created as part of my action-research into ‘free-from’ recipes ready for week five of The Great British Bake-Off.  I have used naturally gluten-free Tiana coconut flour to make cookies before so thought I’d use this opportunity to see how it would work in a muffin mixture. I got a recipe for Honey Muffins from tiana-coconut.com and mixed icing sugar with a few drops… Continue reading Honey & Lemon Muffins (Gluten Free)