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Prune Rock Cakes – An Almost Traditional British Bake

Sultana & Prune Rock Cakes Cooling on a Rack

British, Small Cakes | 26th March 2019 | By

Rock cakes are a traditional British bake and they are one of the easiest to make. Craggy lumps of stiff cake dough are mounded onto a baking tray and bunged in the oven. The result are these scrumptious little morsels that look a bit like rocks. If you’ve never had them before, don’t worry, they are not rock-like in texture. They are in fact crumbly and utterly delicious. These sultana and prune rock cakes are a variation of the classic bake, but you can use whatever dried fruit you like.

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Cornish Hevva Cake (sometimes known as Heavy Cake)

Cornish Hevva Cake aka Heavy Cake

Despite the unprepossessing name that Cornish Hevva Cake is sometimes given, this lightly fruited bake is not particularly ‘heavy’. It is, however, absolutely delicious. The bake falls somewhere between a sweet scone and a light fruit cake. As with many traditional bakes, Tesen Hevva (its Cornish name) is very easy to make.

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Lemon Caraway Seed Cake – An Old-Fashioned Bake with a Modern Twist

Lemon Caraway Seed Cake

British, Bundt | 5th February 2019 | By

This lemon caraway seed cake recipe is a riff from a Rachel Roddy recipe I spotted in the Guardian. I thought a version of it would be perfect for an upcoming visit from two of my aunts last summer. 

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Wholemeal Spelt Welsh Cakes – Sweet Buttery Delights from Wales

Wholemeal Spelt Welsh Cakes

Scones, Welsh | 27th February 2018 | By

It may be cold and blustery outside, but I’m noticing signs of spring here, with snowdrops and even daffodils emerging. This combined with the fast approaching, St David’s Day on 1 March put me in mind of Wales’ national bake, Welsh cakes. My wholemeal spelt Welsh cakes are super easy to make. They’re crisp on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside and incredibly moreish. This wonder food from the west is the perfect antidote to the Beast from the East.

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Granny’s Apple Pie with Wholemeal Spelt Pastry

Granny's Apple Pie

Calling this Granny’s apple pie is perhaps a bit far fetched. My Grandmother made the best pastry ever and wonderful apple pies to boot, but I very much doubt she’d have even heard of spelt and she’d never have used wholemeal flour. She also made her pastry by hand. This pastry was made using my new VonShef 1000W food processor. Read on to find out how to enter the giveaway for a chance of winning one for yourself.

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Vegetarian Salade Niçoise – Savoury Summer on a Plate

Vegetarian Salade Niçoise

When I spotted Cornish new potatoes at my local greengrocers at the weekend, I couldn’t resist purchasing some. Somehow, a bunch of Cornish asparagus made its way into my basket too. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a vegetarian salade Niçoise.

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Yorkshire Fat Rascals – A Classic Bake from God’s Own Country

Yorkshire Fat Rascals. Are they a scone? Are they a cake?

English, Scones | 23rd May 2017 | By

CT recently returned from a trip to York. Whilst there he popped into Bettys Tea Rooms for a cuppa and a curd tart. Fat rascals are a classic Yorkshire bake and one that I very much associate with Bettys. I’ve never actually tried one, so in order not to feel left out, I decided to have a go at making some.

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Cornish Asparagus Risotto with Peas and Wild Garlic Pesto

Cornish Asparagus Risotto

Cornish, Dinner, Vegan | 27th April 2017 | By

Cornish asparagus is up and out and I’m at the ready with my knife and fork and pan of boiling water. Not quite, but I couldn’t resist buying a bunch when I passed our local greengrocer yesterday. Apart from grilling them and eating them for breakfast with scrambled egg on toast, I thought a fresh and simple Cornish asparagus risotto with peas and wild garlic pesto would be just the thing.

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Snowdon Pudding – how to take your dessert to greater heights

Snowdon Pudding

Last year I visited North Wales for the very first time and completely fell in love with it. We had a view of Snowdon from our bedroom window and we got a lot of walking done. We didn’t, however, get even a sniff of Snowdon pudding, which is a bit of a shame as it’s the sort of rib sticker that would have helped sustain us on our treks up hill and down dale.

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Samurai Samphire Noodles with Miso Marinated Tofu

Samphire Noodles

We were walking along the North Cornish coast path last weekend when CT spotted a massive patch of rock samphire. We didn’t want to be greedy, but it seemed too good an opportunity to miss, so we picked enough to make a meal out of. This dish of samphire noodles with marinated tofu was the result.

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