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

Perfect Strawberry Jam, Betty Twyford

Perfect Strawberry Jam

Perfect Strawberry Jam, Betty Twyford   Ingredients 1kg fresh strawberries, hulled, rinsed and dried 1kg jam sugar 1 lemon – using the juice only. Method for perfect Strawberry Jam “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… Continue Reading

Lemon, Almond and Honey Cake

Homemade lemon cake with nuts

Lemon, Almond and Honey Cake   Ingredients 225g butter, softened 225g caster sugar 4 medium organic eggs 30g organic self- raising flour 35g polenta 200g ground almonds 1 tsp. baking powder, pinch of salt 3 tablespoons runny honey zest of 2 lemons and the juice of 1 lemon Method Cream together the softened butter with the… Continue Reading

Carrot & Orange Cake


Carrot & Orange Cake Betty brings you Carrot & Orange Cake.  An alternative Christmas Cake? or just something to completely spoil yourself with… 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… Continue Reading

Pineapple Cake


Remember the 1980’S ? This cake is still good! Pineapple Cake Ingredients 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 Method Oven – Baking oven or roasting with… Continue Reading

Apple, Pear and Meringue pie

apple, Pear and Meringue pie

Betty shares her mouthwatering recipe for an Apple, Pear and Meringue Pie.  Right, who’s for Apple Picking!! Come September there is usually a glut of apples and pears.  Do we bottle them, freeze them – no! we make a sinful and delicious dessert with light muscovado sugar and raisins or sultanas.  Topped with a crispy… Continue Reading