Christmas Wreath Éclairs

Why not plan ahead and make a batch of these delicious éclairs and freeze the pastry shells now? A perfect dessert over Christmas and luckily, they are not too tricky to make! I have given this classic a bit of a twist by veering away from the...Read more...

Coffee, cardamom and walnut cake

The days are shortening now, the leave are turning golden, and I always love the mellow light autumn brings. My coffee, cardamom and walnut cake can, of course, be made at any time of the year but, to me, it is just right to bake now – topped...Read more...

Blackberry and apple crumble cake

Autumn is fast approaching – I can feel the slight chill in the mornings now and sadly the nights are slowing drawing in as summer fades. After months of enjoying simple salads and bowls of delicious summer berries and fruits, a comforting...Read more...

Summer Petal Confetti

Who wants to spend hours in the kitchen during our precious summer months when the sunshine beckons? This month I am giving you more of an idea than a recipe. Just a few minutes of your time and you can transform your summer salads, bakes and...Read more...

Fiona Cairns’ Elderflower, Orange & Passion Fruit Layer Cake

Most years I clamber through the hedgerows in May or June and brew a few bottles of homemade elderflower cordial. This year I’m just too late as the tiny white lacy flowers that line our hedgerows at the beginning of summer are over....Read more...

Classic Victoria Sponge for the Queen’s 90th birthday

Happy 90th Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen! The celebrations to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th continue. I was lucky enough in May to go to Windsor Castle to the spectacular event staged to celebrate this momentous occasion there. All over...Read more...

My classic butter shortbread recipe

On April 21st, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her milestone 90th birthday. The celebrations for this historic event will continue through the coming few months. In October last year, Waitrose launched a national competition to create...Read more...

Pistachio and Orange Blossom Cake

Spring has finally arrived and we can look forward to the lengthening and warmer days that stretch out in front of us. The garden is coming alive – shoots unfurl, spring flowers and blossoms at last. Although with so much to do – seeds to plant,...Read more...

Easter Simnel Cake

Our traditional Simnel cake originated in Victorian times as a gift for Mother’s Day. We now associate it with Easter of course – the 11 marzipan balls representing the 11 apostles (minus Judas). Much lighter than a dark fruited Christmas cake...Read more...

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