Valentine’s Battenburg Cake

Valentine cake heart shape

What says I love you more than cake? (Champagne!) It is a sad fact of life that I am a singleton now. So frankly it’s a kick in the teeth having to think of all these romantic notions for you all to get smoochy with! If you have no one to make this for, may… Continue Reading

Betty’s Traditional Christmas Cake

Xmas cake lifestyle

  Betty’s Traditional Christmas Cake Making the Christmas Cake is the first step towards preparing for Christmas.  Moreover, soaking the fruit is a very satisfying task, and it means that you can also stealthily take a nip of Brandy, just to test! The fruit becomes soft and succulent, and you just know that you will… Continue Reading

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie

A recipe for Pumpkin Pie using condensed milk – it is gloriously sweet, and so a big dollop of double cream or natural yogurt to take away the sweetness is a must. With the advent of Halloween it is good to indulge occasionally! Ingredients For the pastry: 175g plain flour 100g butter chopped into small pieces 1 egg… Continue Reading

Broccoli and Stilton Soup

Broccoli and Stilton Soup Ingredients 2 oz / 50g butter 2 large onions 1lb 5oz / 600 g broccoli, trimmed 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp nutmeg 2 pts / 1.2 litres weak vegetable stock or chicken stock 3 tbsp double cream 5oz / 150g blue Stilton and crumbled Method Melt the butter and sauté… Continue Reading

Pumpkin Risotto

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Ingredients 900g pumpkin, peeled and cut into cubes 60ml olive oil ½ tablespoon runny honey plus a little more for drizzling 850ml vegetable stock 2-3 celery sticks, finely chopped medium size leek, finely chopped 1 onion finely chopped 2 tbsps. frozen peas 1 tsp. ground ginger 220g Arborio Risotto rice 160ml white wine juice of half… Continue Reading

Pumpkin Soup


With autumn in the air our thoughts turn to heart-warming and comforting soups and what better way to celebrate scary HALLOWEEN with this delicious version of Pumpkin or Squash soup to keep the hunger monsters at bay! The following recipe is enough to feed 6 people, accompanied with crusty wholemeal bread and butter. Ingredients 1.5… Continue Reading

Christmas Pudding

Xmas Jacqui - Christmas pudding in muslin

I stumbled across this recipe, and it is so easy, you don’t need kitchen scales or any elaborate soaking and mixing (though you could soak the fruit in rum or brandy the night before you mix). It is all done in cups, so chose your cup and off you go. Ingredients 1 cup raisins 1… Continue Reading

Betty’s Late Summer Ratatouille


Betty’s Late Summer Ratatouille Ingredients 2 aubergines 4 small courgettes 2 red peppers Large tin plum tomatoes 4 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed ½ tsp sugar, salt and freshly ground black pepper small bunch basil, roughly torn Method Cut the aubergine and courgette into small chunks, deseed the pepper and… Continue Reading

Strawberry Tart – re cipe

recipe for Strawberry Tart

Recipe for Strawberry Tart Ingredients For the pastry: 300g plain flour 80g caster sugar 125g salted butter 1 egg yolk ½ teaspoon of cinnamon 150ml cold water For the custard: ½ ltr of semi skimmed milk 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways 130g caster sugar 4 eggs 4 tablespoons plain flour Topping: 400g Strawberries, washed, stalks… Continue Reading

Summer Fruits Cake

summer fruits cake

BEWARE THIS CAKE IS DANGEROUS! Ingredients 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 Method Grease and line a 10” round cake tin and set the two quantities of chocolate in bowls onto the back of the… Continue Reading

Betty’s Scones


Betty’s Scones Another scrummy recipe from Betty your Baking Lovely……. who can resist a cream tea with Betty’s scones Ingredients 450g (1lb) self-raising flour Rounded heaped tsp. baking powder 75g (3oz) butter 1oz of sugar 2 large free range eggs About 225ml (8fl oz) milk A pinch of salt Method Conventional oven – preheat to… Continue Reading