Mince pie cupcakes

Much quicker and easier to make than mince pies, and without the need for the long maturing time of a Christmas cake.

Elderberry syrup

This syrup is said to be great for colds. Either way it tastes great on porridge, mixed with hot water to make a tea or as a mixer for gin.

Dandelion cookies

Pick your flowers on a Sunny day, if possible. Dandelions close up at night, so you’ll want to pick them as early as possible.

Lemon & nettle cake

Nettles are everywhere at the moment and if you are new to foraging, you are unlikely to go wrong picking them – just wear a good pair of gloves! They are high in vitamin A and calcium and are a good source of protein.

Dark chocolate rocky roads

I made these for my wife, who has a dairy allergy, as an Easter treat.

Its a fantastic combo, between rich dark chocolate, crunchy biscuit and nuts, with squishy marshmallows and tangy cranberries.

Upside down pineapple cake

Ingredients: 1 tin of Pineapple rings Muscovado sugar 80g Butter 180g Plain flour 160g Muscovado sugar Tsp Baking powder 2 eggs Pineapple juice (from the tin) Method: Melt the butter in a pan and pour into a cake tin. Spread the butter around the tin, as evenly as possible, making sure to coat the sides….

Halva

The history of Halva seems to be a bit of a mystery, with versions of it appearing all over the world

Dairy-free Victoria sponge

No one will ever notice the lack of dairy in this cake. You can use any kind of jam for the filling, raspberry is most traditional, but blackberry whiskey jam is fantastic!

Chocolate brioche

Ingredients: 500g strong bread flour 10g salt 80g caster sugar 20g bread yeast 50g Olive oil 300ml warm soy milk 100g dark orange chocolate Method: Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Add the yeast and the olive oil. Slowly add a little milk at a time, while mixing together with…

Lembas bread

The mythical bread of the elves in lord of the rings. Said to keep a man on his feet for a whole day.

Whilst it is unknown what is actually in lembas, there are many recipes around. This version is not unlike shortbread and tastes great with blackberry whiskey jam.

Vegan mince pies

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie. Here is a vegan alternative to my other mince pie recipe. Best served warm from the oven.

Pancakes

Pancakes are not just for February. Serve however you like them. Lemon and sugar? Bananas and Nutella? We have even done them with duck!

Gingerbread

A great dairy-free variation of the classic gingerbread, perfect for Christmas. Once made the dough can be frozen for cooking at a later date.

Cheese straws

Perfect food for the coming party season. Try adding a little paprika, chilli or garlic for an extra twist.

Toffee Apples

The perfect Autumn night treat for Halloween or Bonfire night.