Sourdough bread

About four weeks ago I made my first sourdough bread and I haven’t bought bread from a shop since. I now have a regular routine of baking at the weekend and I’m loving the whole experience. There’s something really comforting about the simple rhythm of baking my own bread, taking my time and drawing mental,…

Savoury muffins

I made these muffins three weeks’ ago because I wanted something savoury to take for  half time nourishment during the Crystal Palace v Newcastle game. As Palace supporters we’re really living on our nerves at the moment –  fighting a relegation battle while being plagued with injury problems – some of our best players are…

Chocolate brownies with cranberries and hazelnuts

This is based on a Jamie Oliver recipe and works really well every time. You just need to make sure you don’t over bake the mixture as brownies should be soft and gooey in the middle. So there should still be some mixture on the skewer when you test it (the traditional way of testing…

Mini lemon drizzle cakes

I made a large lemon drizzle cake to take to the office this week as it was my last day in the job. In the end I didn’t get to eat any myself (yes it must have tasted good to be gobbled up) so I wanted to make another one to have this weekend. But…

Focaccia

I struggle a bit making my own bread as so often it doesn’t rise very well. It frequently ends up dense, heavy and a bit sad. But I still really love the whole process of baking bread because kneading dough is so relaxing and most shop bought loaves lack character and are full of additives….