Spiced apple and mince pie strudel

apple strudel

What a year we have had!! This year seems to have been Mayhem from start to finish. Not all bad and certainly nothing has been boring but I struggle to hold on sometimes it’s been such a rollercoaster. Christmas is predominantly a time for family to get together, whether you have a faith or religion… Continue Reading

Bakewell Tart by our resident cook, Elley

Bakewell Tart homemade

Bakewell Tart by our resident cook, Elley Bakewell tart is a thing of delicious beauty when it is well made and homemade. The tart needs to be crunchy and sweet and smooth all at once. The secret is in the pastry which also needs to be crunchy and sweet. The frangipane filling needs to taste… Continue Reading

Chocolate Christmas pudding

Ingredients 6 oz (175g) mixed dried sour cherries, blueberries and raisins Grated rind of an orange 3 tbsp brandy ¼ pint (150ml) double cream 12 oz (375g) plain chocolate 7oz (200g) pack cream cheese 4 oz (110g) ratafia biscuits To serve: ¼ pint (150ml) double cream 2 tbsp grated chocolate Method Grease (or line with… Continue Reading


chocolate mousse with baileys

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE WITH BAILEYS Recipe 300g plain chocolate broken into pieces 75ml (5 tbsp) Baileys Liqueur 45ml double cream 4 large eggs separated 50g caster sugar Cocoa powder for dusting Recipe for Chocolate Mousse with Baileys Method Place the chocolate, cream and the Baileys in a saucepan, and if you have an AGA, leave it… Continue Reading

Elderflower Cake

elderflower cake

If you love to use produce from the hedgerows, here is a simple cake recipe to cook when you are feeling like a hunter-gatherer