Apple, walnut & custard cake

Dan Lepard on cake: “I truly believe that life is improved by cake. Cake soothes and charms all but the stoniest of attitudes, and brings a shine to the eyes of even the grumpiest children. And from the happiest to the saddest of life’s experiences, icing and a soft crumb give us something sweet to…

Treacle caraway & apple muffins

Caraway seeds look confusingly like cumin seeds and as such their most common use in my kitchen is when I don’t look closely at the jar and use caraway instead of cumin. Caraway and cumin seeds are most definitely not interchangeable. Caraway seeds taste almost sweetly of aniseed in a refreshing palette-cleansing way, whereas cumin is…

Lemon & apple pudding cake

This is a pudding pretending to be a cake, which is a very, very good thing indeed. Slices of apple and ground almonds in a softly-set custard flecked with vanilla seeds. A bit like a bread and butter pudding, but lighter and more elegant. Use organic lemons for this as they really do make a difference. This…

Seasonal shortcake

A cake for all seasons. Spring time brings together rhubarb and new season strawberries (pictured), a heavenly perfumed combination of tart and sweet. Summer is yellow-fleshed peaches and blueberries. Autumn is feijoas and apples.Winter pairs the sharpness of tamarillo with the softness of apple. Each seasonal shortcake is delightful in its own way; you’d better try…