Banana, yogurt and chocolate cake

I had never been a fan of banana cake, the too-moist and almost-mouldy flavour of some banana loafs gives me the cringe. This hearty banana cake is a great way to use up any leftover bananas.  It’s quite light in texture and colour, unlike most banana cakes, and the chocolate pieces complement the banana flavours. The riper the…

Strawberries and cream cake

One of the best things of summer is the strawberry season. While summer weather in England can be hit and miss, English strawberries never fail to impress: they are always plump, juicy and sweet. We’ve grown some this summer in our little courtyard garden and harvested some delicious strawberries, just not enough to turn them into…

Orange cake 

We went to Marrakech a few weeks ago. It was our second time in this beautiful, busy and colourful city and my fourth trip to a country that doesn’t fail to amaze me from every point of view, but in particular from a culinary perspective. Moroccan food is as varied as its people, and despite…

Gingernuts

Gingernuts are one of those biscuits that taste a million times better when homemade. The ultimate dunker, this spicy, perfectly round, puffy and crackled biscuit is one of the most popular ones in England, which doesn’t come as a surprise…they are full of flavour! These are traditionally a very hard crisp biscuit made for dunking…

Olive oil chocolate cake

I am always curious to try new chocolate cake recipes, especially those that don’t require a hundred ingredients or have a 20-step method that would take over the whole of Sunday. A good chocolate cake needs to be moist but airy, which is so hard to achieve when you normally bake with butter, but it…

No dairy French toast

It’s Easter! And that means time to remember, be grateful, get together and enjoy the simple things in life. French toast is one of those simple things: a very easy recipe that turns into a real breakfast treat. The perfect alchemy of bread dipped in a mixture of eggs and milk, then fried and drizzled with whatever…

Coffee and peanut butter muffins

Toast, porridge, toast, porridge. School day breakfasts can get really repetitive really quickly, but who can justify having pain-au-chocolat or croissants every morning? I mean, not just from a time perspective but from a health point of view. And so that’s when you need to make these muffins: not only do they taste good, they will…

Peanut butter cups

When we were little, holidays abroad meant two things: fun (of course) and being able to get (and stash) tons of sweets and chocolates. Reese’s were one of those. How I went through handfuls of Reese’s without feeling unwell is beyond me. While I am much more selective with the quality of sweets I eat these days, I still reminiscence…

Spanish madeleines

One of the things I remember with fondness from our family trips to Spain as a child is how it was the norm to have sweet things for breakfast. From churros con chocolate to nice pastries, starting the day with something sweet made me feel like every morning was really special. Madeleines were one of…

Spicy tea loaf

I remember the first time I had a slice of tea loaf cake, I thought it was rich and dense, almost like a healthy version of a fruit cake. I was fascinated by the fact it actually had tea in it, I thought whoever came up with the idea was a genius. An actual cup…

Cinnamon roast pecans

Did you know that the pecan is a species of hickory native to Mexico and the southern regions of the US? Not technically a nut but a drupe (a stone fruit, like coffee, mango, olives, apricots…), pecans are full of flavour and goodness, and they are equally tasty when eaten raw or roasted. I have tried…

Coconut and lime cake

February may be the shortest month but it certainly feels the longest if you live in the Northern hemisphere. By February, not only have you completely run out of impetus -and Christmas snacks- but also the cold is fierce and constant. You have chapped lips, don’t remember what sun looks like and have had enough looking at tree…

Mocha cake

Coffee and chocolate is a pretty amazing combination. Nutty, caramel and warming.  Two bitter and rich flavours that really compliment each other. So for when you want options to the classic coffee and walnut, or the indulgent tiramisu, this cake will give you a subtle double caffeine kick. The sponge is made with olive oil, making it very light and fluffy….