Despite its name, Madeira Cake is a traditional British sponge cake. It has no connection with Portugal, except in name. In fact, it’s only gently flavoured with citrus – usually lemon – making it one of the simplest pound cakes in the repertoire.
Flapjacks. I’m always looking for a different approach to them. An unadulterated flapjack, though delicious in all its buttery glory looks to me like a blank canvas, ready for painting with all manner of flavours. This recipe for Rhubarb Compote Flapjacks represents something new in my repertoire; a flapjack with a layer of preserve running through the centre. Irresistible.
Banana bread is one of my all-time favourite cakes. It has a texture all of its own; moist and dense. Quite unlike almost any other cake. And that’s no bad thing. But the texture of banana isn’t something everyone gets along with. For those of you who reside – rightly or wrongly – in that camp, but want the flavour of banana in their cake, my Chocolate Orange Banana Traybake is the answer.
Almost all of the fruits and vegetables I buy are sourced from within Britain. This respect for locally produced, quality ingredients helps keep my kitchen frugal and fresh. But very occasionally, this rule is broken – as rules are made to be – and a certain item will tempt me across the Channel and into Europe. The doughnut peaches in my Caramelised Peach Cake were too much to refuse.
There’s no doubting that brownies are among the easiest treats to bake. Equally, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to effort and time spent cooking. That’s why these No Bake Chilli Brownies are such a triumph. They take the simple and the loved and improve on at least 50% of that.