Blackberry and Apple Jelly

I saw blackberries on the allotment and thought what a pain, what do i do with these. I’d stupidly forgotten the wonderful marriage of blackberries and apples. This recipe is from River Cottage Preserves book, it works perfectly, creating a mellow fruity jelly,  so perfect on toast. Ingredients: 1kg of apples (windfalls or any apples are…

Apple Cake with Rum Buttercream

I wanted to make something other than chocolate for a birthday cake. This recipe came up trumps but maybe next time i will have to make two! Ingredients You will need 2 x 20.5cm deep sandwich tins. And, a thermometer. For the cake: 150g unsalted butter, softened 300g Caster sugar 3 medium range eggs  at room…

Apples and pears… and a blackcurrant

It was a cold wet Saturday afternoon, but nothing could stop me from getting the fresh delivery of bareroots from Ashridge Trees in the ground. All the apples and pears are maidens, which are cheaper than cordens – i’m hoping to train them into cordens once I work out how to build the frame. All…

Mary Berry’s Devonshire Apple Cake

I’m making good use of the cook book as we have another Mary Berry Baking Bible cake on my hands. This Devonshire apple cake is a traybake and fairly easy to make. I’ve not added the caster sugar on top of the cake as I used dessert apples which add sweetness.

Autumn – Winter Garden

We are keen to prepare our garden ahead of winter, to ensure we have great food in the spring. For inspiration we took a packed lunch and visited Hulme Community Garden Centre yesterday. Its lovely to sit in their gardens and to wander around, getting ideas and talking to staff about what we can do…

Mary Berry’s American Apple and Apricot Cake

Apples and cakes seem to be a hit this time of year and with a few spare apples lying about the house a bit bruised, now is the time to cook them. I usually make Mary Berry’s Apple and Cinnamon Cake but thought its time to venture further… well not that much! Recipe can be…

Mary Berry’s Apple and Cinnamon Cake

I’m being resourceful again! We had a few apples that were past eating condition and they’ve ended up in this lovely comforting cake from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. The original recipe is below, taking a hint from my larder, I substituted the walnuts for mixed nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, brazil), the sultanas for Waitrose vine fruit…