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Category Archives: Teatime – Cakes & Biscuits

Perfect Strawberry Jam

Ingredients 1kg fresh strawberries, hulled, rinsed and dried 1kg jam sugar 1 lemon – using the juice only. Method “The secret for a good set with Strawberry Jam is to use Jam sugar, and always match the weight of the Strawberries with the weight of the sugar.  Use the juice from a small lemon which will help with the set.” … Continue reading


Sumptuous Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients: 200g butter 200g best dark chocolate 100g self-raising flour 50g cocoa powder 275g golden caster sugar 4 free range eggs 70g milk chocolate buttons 70g maltesers   HOW TO: Place the dark chocolate and butter together in a bowl and place on the back of the Aga to melt. (If you don’t cook on an Aga then fill a pan with … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

Chocolate cake recipe… good for Valentines or Birthdays or anything! Ingredients: For the cake: 200g plain flour 200g caster sugar 40g cocoa 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 large free range eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp apricot jam 150 ml sour cream For the icing 250g dark chocolate (melted) 250g double cream Optional 250g … Continue reading

Valentines Chocolate cake

Carrot & Orange Cake

Betty brings you Carrot & Orange Cake.  An alternative Christmas Cake? Ingredients: 250g Self-raising flour 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 350g caster sugar 4 eggs 300ml vegetable oil 300g grated carrots 1 large orange 120g chopped walnuts Cream cheese icing 225g cream cheese 110 margarine, softened 450g icing sugar 120g chopped walnuts     HOW TO: 1.    Preheat the oven to … Continue reading

Carrot & Orange Cake

Betty’s Scones

Another scrummy recipe from Betty your Baking Lovely……. who can resist a cream tea! Ingredients: 450g (1lb) self-raising flour Rounded heaped tsp. baking powder 75g (3oz) butte75g (3oz) 2 large free range eggs About 225ml (8fl oz) milk A pinch of salt. How to: Conventional oven – preheat to 220C/425F/ gas mark 7 AGA – Roasting oven, second set of … Continue reading



TAKE …….. 5 eggs, 150g Caster sugar 150g plain flour 100g white chocolate 550ml cream 450g strawberries 225g raspberries A few blueberries 1tbsp elderflower cordial 225g plain chocolate Grease and line a 10” round cake tin and set the two quantities of chocolate in bowls onto the back of the Aga to melt.  Break the eggs into a large bowl … Continue reading



 REMEMBER THE 1980’S?  THIS CAKE IS STILL GOOD!  110g butter 110g dark brown sugar 175g self-raising flour ½ tsp. baking powder 1.4 tsp. ground allspice 2 eggs 3 tbsp. milk 110g glace pineapple, chopped 55g mixed peel Pineapple rings from a small tin OVEN –BAKING OVEN OR ROASTING WITH COLD SHELF Line a 7” cake tin with bake-o-glide.  Set the … Continue reading

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

If you love Lemon Drizzle Cake (or even if you don’t) then you have to try this recipe!       INGREDIENTS 8oz butter softened 8oz caster sugar 8oz self raising flour. 2 level tsp baking powder 4 eggs. Finely grated rind of a lemon 2 tbsp of lemon curd.   METHOD Measure all the cake ingredients into a large … Continue reading


Valentines Chocolate Roulade (Or Death By Chocolate)

All good resolutions are made to be broken occasionally, and I challenge the stoutest hearted of you to resist the following, tempting, and delicious rule breaker.  Valentines is an opportunity to throw caution to the wind, to let our steely resistance disappear, and to give our loved ones a chocolate heaven treat. George adores this recipe, it is one of … Continue reading

Valentine Roulade


  We are COLD and we seem to be cooking comforting and warming food just lately! The old waist band is expanding, but that can be dealt with after Christmas I say! Here is a fab recipe for Christmas shortbread – a definite one for the recipe book. It is no messing, quick to do and delicious to eat. Throw … Continue reading