anna’s victoria sponge

Today’s blog post comes courtesy of our guest blogger, my 10 year old daughter Anna. Last Saturday I decided to do a spot of baking with Anna who loves to bake. “What do you want to bake?” I ask, to which Anna replies “Victoria Sponge, like the Great British Bakeoff.” A lovely sponge she bakes…

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fourteen layer lemon, pistachio & rose cake, the flavours of Persia

I recently moved to a country house that is in great need of being brought up to date, in particular my kitchen! The oven is somewhat aged and temperamental and if you are a baker like me this can lead to one baking disaster after another. Over the holidays my eldest daughter convinced me to bake a…

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apple & cinnamon cake

Apples and Cornkisters is an annual event held at Pitmedden Gardens, a National Trust property in Aberdeenshire.   The gardens have a large orchard and every year they hold an event to sell off the fruits from the orchard, including a large variety of sweet apples, cooking apples, mixed bags of jelly making apples and…

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twees squares, childhood baking memories

We all have memories of childhood treats that we were given and enjoyed and those tastes bring us back to the days where we had no worries or responsibilities. This cake recipe is one of those tastes for me, a simple vanilla sponge flecked with tiny bits of chocolate, smothered with vanilla buttercream and topped in…

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