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Recipes
Sticky Recipes

Not recipes for sticky things - well, not necessarily - these are recipes that I'll refer back to again and again.

How To Make Bread

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A lot of people think making bread is so difficult that they never even attempt it. Actually, it's really easy.

This basic bread dough recipe can be used as the basis for lots of other things - so you'll see it popping up now and again.

weights and measures

Weights And Measures

Most of the recipes on this site state their ingredients only in metric measurements and most of them also require a pair of kitchen scales.

I appreciate that this renders them difficult or impossible for some people to use, so here are some measurement conversions I hope will help.



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Cooking great food is simple and fun. Or at least it really ought to be. Anyone can do it - I really believe that.

My Approach To Cooking - Simplicity

Too many recipes are complex, contorted and ingredient-intensive - so that they're nearly impossible to follow and are prone to failure. I don't like that.

I don't really like even taking recipe books into the kitchen - they make it harder to enjoy the process of cooking. What's needed is:

- That's what I'm aiming to promote here - these recipes aren't here to impress you, they're just meant to be useful. I'm not a professional cook - I just enjoy cooking and eating - and that's all it takes for anyone to get started.

Simplicity - no mysteries or secrets - no pointless elaboration or pretence - no arcane instructions or jargon - no expensive ingredients used once, then left to languish in a cupboard

Just great food that anyone can enjoy making and enjoy eating.

The Recipes
Experimental Duck Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Experimental Duck Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 2014 - a bit of an experiment that I have been wondering about for a while - what happens if you make chocolate chip cookies using duck fat instead of butter?


Raspberry Jam Vodka

Raspberry Jam Vodka

June 2014 - This is an experiment I've had in mind to try for a while now - a potentially very quick and easy way to make fruit flavoured liqueur, at any time of year.


Pavlova Pops

Experimental Recipe - Pavlova Pops

May 2014 - This is a bit of an experiment to see if it's possible to make Pavlova in bite-sized form, on a stick.


Inside Out Pie

Inside Out Pie

May 2014 - Another experiment with reinvention of my favourite food - pie!

Here is a pie made inside out - the crust is made from seasoned ground beef - filled with dumplings and gravy.


All Meat Pie

The All Meat Pie

May 2014 - Combining two of my favourite things: inventing stuff, and pies.

Here is a pie made completely from meat - even the crust! It's the All Meat Pie.


Blue String Pudding

Blue String Pudding

April 2014 - This is an experimental dessert recipe, inspired by a fond childhood memory of The Clangers.

The Clangers were pink, mouse-like aliens that starred in a stop-motion animated series in the late 1960s to early 1970s - one of the foods they loved to eat was called Blue String Pudding.


Lardy Cake

Bacon Topped Lardy Cake

April 2014 - This is a recipe for Lardy Cake, with a difference - it's topped with a crunchy mix of sugar and crispy, salty bacon.


Steak And Kidney Pie

Steak And Kidney Pie - The Ultimate Pie!

February 2014 - I love pies, and the very best of pies (in my opinion) is a Steak and Kidney pie.

Here's how I make the perfect, rich, meaty filling for this, the King of Pies!


Pick And Mix Vegetable Soups

Pick And Mix Vegetable Soups

February 2014. Making your own soup to take to work for lunch is a great way to save money and maintain a healthy diet.

But making it in bulk means monotony, doesn't it? Not with this scheme - you can cook once, in bulk, then eat dozens of different varieties of soup.


Hot Cross Gingerbread Melon Pan

Hot Cross Gingerbread Melon Pan

January 2014 - Japanese Melon Pan is a kind of sweet bread roll, with a crumbly, sugary cookie crust.

Here's a new twist - a fruited hot cross bun, wrapped in gingerbread - Hot Cross Gingerbread Melon Pan!


Bacon Waffle

Bacon Waffle

The first Saturday in January 2014 - too wet to go out and too cold to play ball.

So I consulted my lists of ideas and picked an experiment that's been at the back of my mind for maybe a year now - to make a waffle entirely out of bacon.


Sprout And Stilton Soup

Sprout And Stilton Soup

December 2013 -here's a recipe that's perfect for the interval between Christmas and New Year - a delicious warming soup made from Stilton Cheese and Brussels Sprouts.


Asian Pear Tarte Tatin

Asian Pear Tarte Tatin

December 2013 - here's a recipe for a Tarte Tatin topped with caramelised Asian pears, flavoured with brandy and star anise, on a delicious crumbly base made from semolina butter shortbread.


Cheese Wafer Cones

Cheese Wafer Cones

December 2013 - Here's how to make delicious, crispy savoury wafers that can be served as crackers, or curled into cones and filled.

They're made with just a single ingredient - cheese! - so they're suitable for a gluten-free diet.


Toffee Apple Tart

Toffee Apple Tart

October 2013 - This is a recipe for a biscuit based tart topped with a fresh toffee-flavoured apple compote.


Fat-Free Carrot And Bran Cake

Fat-Free Carrot And Bran Cake

This rich, chewy carrot, apple and raisin filled cake doesn't contain eggs or added fat.

It's also a great source of dietary fibre, as it's based on wheat bran, soaked in cider.


Pumpkin Seed Ice Cream

Toasted Pumpkin Seed Ice Cream

This is a recipe for ice cream made with toasted pumpkin seeds.

That might sound like a strange flavour for ice cream, but the result is nutty and delicious.


Pease Pudding

Pease Pudding

Pease Pudding is a traditional dish made from yellow split peas, cooked with ham stock, salt and spices, then served as a spread on bread, or as an accompaniment to the gammon or bacon with which it was cooked.

Here's how to make it.


Preserved Citrus Peel

Preserved Citrus Peel

I bought myself a lovely little Italian citrus squeezer for a bargain price in a charity shop.

It's a sturdy, solid little gadget - a thing of beauty - probably intended for lemons, but works very well with limes and small oranges too.

But what to do with all the leftover rinds?


Double Malt Chocolate Sandwich Biscuits

Double Malt Chocolate Sandwich Biscuits

February 24, 2013 - This is a recipe for chocolate sandwich biscuits - similar to (and based on) Bourbon Creams, but with a malty cream filling.


Toad In The Roll

Toad In The Roll - Reinventing The Sausage Roll

February 10, 2013 - This is a recipe for a twist on a familiar British favourite - the sausage roll - except these are rolled up into spiral buns, with mustard baked inside them.


Jurassic Gingerbread

Jurassic Gingerbread

December 30, 2012 - This is a recipe for a tasty, crunchy-chewy gingerbread, presented as a huge party-sized slab for breaking and sharing - design inspired by fossils from the Jurassic coasts of Great Britain.


End Of The World Pickle

End Of The World Pickle

December 13, 2012 - The end of the world is nigh! Oh Noes!

Time for action - I thought I'd make something that can't be used until 2013 - to tangibly demonstrate how seriously I take these prophecies of doom.

This is End Of The World Pickle.


Yoghurt

Home Made Yoghurt

Making yoghurt is an easy way to use up a surplus milk. With a little care and experimentation, you can tailor the end product to be exactly the way you like it.


Egg Yolk Cookies

Egg Yolk Cookies

A lot of recipes - including a few here at Atomic Shrimp - call for separated egg whites, but what are you supposed to do with the yolks?

How about some of these sweet little cookies?


Coconut Meringue Macaroons

Coconut Meringue Macaroons

These light macaroons are crisp and golden on the outside, with a chewy, marshmallowy centre.


Tomato Soup Cake

Tomato Soup Cake

This is a recipe sent in to Atomic Shrimp by email - Tomato Soup Cake - that's right - it's cake, and one of the main ingredients is a can of tomato soup!


Baked Fondue Bread

Baked Fondue Bread

It's just bread and cheese, but as you've never seen it before - this is an experimental recipe for baking a whole small soft cheese inside a loaf of bread.


Easy Cheesy Rarebit

Easy Cheesy Rarebit

Here's a quick and easy recipe for a delicious savoury rarebit - perfect as a light lunch, or suppertime snack.


Weigh-The-Same Fairtrade Fridge Bars

Weigh-The-Same Fairtrade Fridge Bars

Here's a very quick and easy recipe for rich, fruity, nutty, chocolatey fudge-style bars.


Self-Organising Cuatard Pie

Self-Organising Custard Pie

This is a baked custard pie with a difference - because it essentially makes itself.

All you do is mix all the ingredients and bake - and when it comes out, it has a soft pastry crust on the bottom, and a moist wobbly custard filling on top.


Apple Scones

Spiced Apple Scones With Quick Blueberry Compote

These moist and crumbly apple scones are delicious just split and buttered, or spread with jam.

Even better, this recipe also includes a quick, simple blueberry compote that complements them very nicely.


Boil Bake Fruitcake

Boil Bake Fruitcake

This is a recipe for a light and moist fruit cake - it's what's known as a boiled cake, which might not sound too promising, but it's an easy way of achieving a reliable result where the fruit is evenly distributed throughout the cake - it's Boil-Bake Fruitcake.


Devilled Bean Cobbler

Devilled Bean Cobbler

This is a substantial and hearty dish of succulent beans in a spicy sauce, topped with fluffy scones - Devilled Bean Cobbler


Semolina Macaroons

Semolina Macaroons

Here's a quick, simple recipe for light, delicate soft semolina cookies that melt in the mouth.


Billy No Mates Cake

Billy No Mates Cake

Someone gave me a starter for German Friendship Cake - this is a sourdough culture that you feed for a while, then divide and use some, giving other portions of the live starter away to friends.

But what if nobody gives *you* the sourdough starter? Well, don't worry - you can make something very similar, called Billy No Mates Cake.


Breakfast Pie

Breakfast Pie

Breakfast Pie - A Full English Breakfast, in pie form! Can it be possibly true?

It certainly can - we live in an age of wonders!


Nettle Pudding

Nettle Pudding

This is a wild food recipe for something called Nettle Pudding. You could think of it as a vegetarian version of Black Pudding - it's ideal for slicing and frying to form the hearty centre of a cooked breakfast, or it can be sliced thinly and used in sandwiches.


Unsinkable Fruity Battenberg Cake

Unsinkable Fruity Battenberg Cake

This is another Battenberg-inspired cake - this time including chunks of delicious fruits - A common problem with cakes like this is that the pieces of fruit tend to sink - but here's a clever trick to overcome it.


Croissants and Pains Au Chocolat

Croissants And Pains Au Chocolat

This was my first ever attempt at making croissants - I'd always thought it would be difficult, but it turned out to be quite easy - and the results were fantastic.


Chocolate And Pear Cakes With Cooked Flour Frosting

Chocolate And Pear Cakes With Cooked Flour Frosting

These chocolate muffins have two surprises in store - inside the moist chocolate cake, there's a nugget of juicy pear, and the cooked flour frosting is amazingly creamy and light.


Harlequin Battenberg Muffins

Harlequin Battenberg Muffins

These Battenberg-inspired cupcakes are deliciously moist and tasty, with a colourful surprise inside.

Some of the ingredients might raise an eyebrow too.


Chewy Date Slices

Non-Calendar Date Slabs

January 2011 - Christmas has come and gone - and I've got some leftover dates to use up - so I made these chewy, oaty date slices.


Marmalade and chocolate tarts

Marmalade And Chocolate Tarts

Here's a recipe for crisp and tangy little bite-sized marmalade tarts, topped with bittersweet chocolate.


Games Night Biscuits

Easy Cheesy Puffs

Here's a quick and easy way to make cheesy puff pastry, then transform it into tasty party snacks.


Games Night Biscuits

Games Night Biscuits

I'm trying to start a new tradition in the Atomic Shrimp household - Saturday night is going to be family games night.

To add to our enjoyment, I've made these special biscuits with a games theme.


Christmas cake

Christmas Cake

This is my recipe for a rich Christmas cake. It's packed with preserved fruits, making it naturally moist - and this will be enhanced by 'feeding' it with brandy.


bread and butter pudding

Fruity Bread And Butter Pudding

This pudding is an old-fashioned British classic recipe and is a great way to transform the remains of a stale loaf into a delicious and comforting dish.


preserved clementines

Whole Clementine Marmalade (Syrup - Preserved Clementines)

These clementines are cooked and preserved in a spiced syrup, making a sort of marmalade, but with the fruit left completely whole and intact.

They look fantastic in the jar - and the flavour is superbly intense and aromatic.


red chilli jelly

Red Chilli Jelly

This red chilli jelly is sweet and fruity, with a well-rounded chilli flavour and heat.

It's great with cheese and cold meats, for glazing hams and roasts, or, if you fancy something unusual, as a topping for ice cream.


raspberry and orange meringue pie

Raspberry And Orange Meringue Pie

Here's a recipe for a dessert with a flavour and appearance designed to surprise.

It's a variation on the popular classic Lemon Meringue Pie, but this one is flavoured with raspberries and orange instead.


steak and kidney pudding

Steak And Kidney Pudding

Here's another classic British dish - much misunderstood and often under-appreciated.

But folks don't know what they're missing - it's steak and kidney pudding.


Fish Pie

Fiercely Fishy Pie

Fish Pie is a classic British dish - but some examples of it will have you hunting for traces of the main ingredient.

This one is designed as the antidote to mediocre fish pie - so it's crammed with four different kinds of fish, and lots of it - I'm calling it Fiercely Fishy Pie


Weigh The Same Ginger Cakes

Weigh The Same Ginger Cakes

These little ginger cakes are rich and spicy. They're also easy to make because they're based on a weigh-the-same recipe.


Rhubarb And Custard Ice Lollies

Rhubarb And Custard Ice Lollies

This is an experiment to bring a fresh twist to an old traditional favourite - rhubarb and custard - I'm going to try to serve it in the form of ice lollies.


Chocolate And Raisin Jumbles

Mum's Chocolate And Raisin Jumbles

My mother used to make these cookies when I was a child - they're loaded with chocolate and raisins and they're crisp, yet soft and slightly chewy - called Chocolate And Raisin Jumbles - and they're altogether delicious..


Fully Loaded Rock Cakes

Fully Loaded Rock Cakes

These are the rock cakes you have been looking for.

I've bent the rules a bit and heaped them full of fruit and chocolate - you won't believe how good they taste.


Hearty Bean Bake

Hearty Bean Bake

This hearty bean bake is just perfect as a warming meal after coming in from the cold.

It's based on a substantial soup - it needs planning ahead and making over the course of a couple of days, but the end result is well worth it.


King Alfred's Pudding

King Alfred's Pudding

King Alfred burned the cakes - it's probably just a legend, but let's not allow facts to ruin a good story...

So When I accidentally (slightly) burned some cakes, I decided to use them to create this recipe


fruity oaty bar

Fruity Oaty Bar (Not Mandatory)

This idea grew out of a previous experiment to make energy bars - but this time, I wanted to try making them with white chocolate so as to show off the fruit.

Also, I've long wanted to make something I could label 'Fruity Oaty Bar'.


Pickled Pancakes

Pickled Pancakes

These delicious pancakes packed in a jar of syrup are perfect for picnics or parties, they can be prepared in advance and will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.


Chocolate Beetroot Muffins

Chocolate Beetroot Muffins

OK, this is not an original concept - everybody has been talking about chocolate and beetroot cakes and brownies - and I was curious enough to give it a try...

These chocolate and beetroot muffins are made to my own recipe and I was very pleased with their light sponge texture and rich chocolate flavour.


Cheese And Onion Slice

Mum's Cheese And Onion Slice

This cheese and onion slice is a teatime favourite from my childhood - to make sure I got it absolutely right, I asked my mother to spend an afternoon recreating it with me.


Acorn Falafel

Acorn Falafel

While I was preparing acorns for cakes, I noticed their similarity to chickpeas in texture, flavour and consistency. I thought it would be interesting to try making them into a savoury snack - acorn falafel


Carrot Muffins

Weigh The Same Carrot Muffins

These moist, yet light and fluffy carrot muffins couldn't be simpler to make - all the main ingredients weigh the same.


Acorn Gingerbread

Acorn Gingerbread

Spurred on by earlier positive results with edible acorns, I went back and picked a whole basketful - now to see what I can make with them - starting with a rich acorn gingerbread


Bavarian Apple Cake

Bavarian Apple Cake

Here's a recipe for a scrumptious apple dessert that can't make up its mind whether it's a pie, cake or crumble.


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Harvest Celebration Loaf

October 2009 - we were commissioned to make a traditional harvest celebration loaf for the harvest display at a local primary school - here's how we made it


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Honey-Glazed Fennel Seed Crackers - From Your Pasta Rolling Machine

If you've got a pasta machine, did you know it can do other things besides making pasta?

Here's one of them - you can make these sweet glazed crackers


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Crispy Jacket Potato Wedges

These crispy spiced potato wedges make an excellent alternative to fries

This oven-baked recipe is low-fat, gluten-free and really simple to make


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Gnettle Gnocchi - A Wild Food Recipe

Stinging nettles are normally a wild vegetable for the springtime and early summer, but you can sometimes find them out of season

That's what I did - and I used them to make nettle gnocchi


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Gingerbread Empanadas

This is a recipe for sweet, delicious dessert empanadas - made from gingerbread and stuffed with chocolate, marshmallow and raisins


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Toad In The Hole

Toad in the hole is a classic English dish of sausages baked in batter - served with a rich onion gravy.

No amphibians were harmed in the making of this meal.


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Mini Macaroons

These sweet little macaroons are deliciously nutty and chewy - the perfect accompaniment to a mid-morning coffee.


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Rum And Raisin Chocolate Torte

This is a recipe for a dark chocolate torte with a luscious velvety texture, filled with rum-soaked raisins.


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Baked Cheesecake With Oranges, Honey And Walnuts

This is a recipe for a rich baked cheesecake that can be eaten on its own or topped with fruit or other sweet things.

I topped this one with fresh orange segments, honey and walnuts - it was fantastic.


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Butter Shortbread Hearts

These crisp shortbread biscuits are simple to make and are delicious on their own, or topped with yoghurt and fresh fruit or crumbled over ice cream.


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Savoury Cheese Straws

These cheese straws are good with dips or salads, or just as a tasty snack.


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Pear Brioche Tart With Anise Syrup

Here's a simple recipe for an outstandingly moist and delicious brioche tart - drenched with spiced syrup.


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Box-Baked French Cheese Fondue

This is a meal based on really simple preparation of a few quite modest components, yet the result is an eating experience that seems truly luxurious - Box-Baked Cheese.


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What's The Fastest Cake?

Scone.

Get it? Scone - 's gone.

Never mind. Here's a recipe for light and crumbly scones - the perfect centrepiece to a traditional Cream Tea.


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Easter Lemon Meringue Biscuits

March 2009 - Easter is on its way - here's a recipe for crumbly lemon-flavoured Easter biscuits, topped with soft, marshmallowy meringue.


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Yoghurt Bread

Yet another bread-related experiment - I wanted to try baking a loaf of bread using plain natural yoghurt as the main liquid ingredient.


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Lebkuchenhaus

Christmas is nearly here! - It's the 21st of December 2008. Nearly everything is ready, but there's just time to make one more treat - a gingerbread house.


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Festive Almond Sponge Slice

Christmas is coming! - fancy a change from mince pies? Here's a recipe for a delicious festive slice - crammed with fruit and topped with soft almond sponge.


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Plum Pudding

Here's a great recipe for a good old traditional Christmas Plum Pudding. I made this one with prunes I dried myself.


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Toffee Apples

Toffee apples, also known as candy apples, are something I always associate with fairgrounds, but I thought it would be fun to try making my own


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Apple Juice Bread

Another bready experiment - I was curious about how a loaf of bread would turn out if fruit juice was substituted for all of the water in the recipe.


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Weigh-The-Same Cookies

This is a recipe for delicious soft, oaty, cake-like cookies that are incredibly easy to make.

They're easy because all of the main ingredients in the recipe weigh the same amount - the only thing to remember is the ingredients list, but that's pretty simple too.


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Blackberry And Apple Crumble

I went out for a stroll and in a few minutes, picked a couple of kilos of the biggest, juiciest blackberries I've ever seen. I decided to use some of them in a good old favourite pudding - blackberry and apple crumble


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Cheesy Oaty Crumbly Crackers

A simple recipe to make tasty cheesy crackers that are crumbly, oaty and delicious - great with cheeses or dips, but nice enough to eat all on their own.


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Feast Bread - To Tear And Share

Another recipe making use of my basic bread dough recipe - this time transforming it into Feast Bread - filled with bacon, cheese and onion - and designed for tearing, sharing, and eating with your fingers.


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Mac N Choc

The classic dish of Macaroni Cheese - re-imagined as a dessert! - richly flavoured with dark chocolate instead of cheese.


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Orange And Lemon Drizzle Cakes

Just a really simple recipe for tasty, light cakes flavoured with orange and lemon zest, and topped with a sugary citrus glaze.


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Paneer

Paneer is Indian-style curd cheese - it's similar to ricotta or cottage cheese and it's very easy to make.


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Real Macaroni Cheese

Here's how to make Macaroni Cheese - the real thing, with real ingredients. No packets required.


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Stuffed Crust Pizza

This recipe makes use of my basic bread dough recipe - transforming it into Stuffed Crust Pizza


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Edible Bread Bowls

They're edible - they're bread-ible! - Completely Consumable Crockery! - Tasty, Toasty Tableware - they're Edible Bread Bowls! (This recipe makes use of my basic bread dough recipe)


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Garlic And Herb Focaccia

This recipe takes my basic bread dough recipe and turns it into Garlic and Herb Focaccia


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Raspberry And Pear Sponge Pudding

Here's a recipe for a quick and easy hot dessert that's sure to impress: Raspberry And Pear Sponge Pudding


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Treacle Spice Cookies

Another easy recipe - this time for crunchy biscuits flavoured with cinnamon and black treacle. Treacle Spice Cookies.


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Hot Cross Buns

Traditionally made and eaten at Easter - here's my recipe for Hot Cross Buns - they're really good!


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Cinnamon Bun Cookies

They look like little cinnamon buns, but they're cookies - easy to make - and they taste great too.


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Pork-Less Pies

I have some friends who don't eat pork and they happened to mention one day that the one thing they really miss, since they gave it up, is a pork pie - this seemed to me more of a challenge than an obstacle, so I set about trying to create the Pork-Less Pie


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I'm so glad I found this site! I came across it when looking for a crunchy malt biscuit (malted milks in mind). Such a wonderful selection and easy to use site, thanks!

Posted by HB on Aug 28 2013 at 15:51
What a great selection of recipes!! The kids will love trying these out

Posted by Bella Hill on Jul 18 2012 at 05:53
I found one of your articles on another site, and wanted to know more about you. Many of the recipes are what my mother used to cook/bake. One of which was Tomato Soup Cake. But her recipe only says "1 can" of soup. How many ounces would that have been? If anyone can help, please contact me at [email supplied]
I will be back to this site often, thanks.

Posted by Terry on May 21 2012 at 08:10
A very interesting sight discovered by accident.Can't wait to try many of the recipes.Keep up the good work.

Posted by dorreen on Apr 28 2012 at 17:38
nice site with lovely recipes!!

Posted by betty on May 23 2011 at 02:46
just happened accross this site looking for somehting else. Nice, lots of experimenting. Keep it up.

Posted by kirsty on Nov 6 2010 at 17:38