This makes a light and tasty coconut and jam sponge which serves well as a cake at tea time, or warmed with custard as a pudding. Even better it’s cheap to make and great for beginner bakers. It reminds me of school dinner puddings – in a good way!   Ingredients 4oz softened margarine (or butter) 4oz sugar 4oz self-raising flour 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 130 g desiccated coconut 2 tablespoons raspberry jam/ preserve   Method Cream the margarine and sugar into a large mixing bowl, then beat the eggs and add them in. Add the vanilla and give it all a good stir. Once they’ve started to combine, add in the flour and around 80 – 90g of the coconut. Preheat the oven to 180 c. While the oven is heating get a square or rectangular baking in and lightly grease with some marg or butter. I… View Post

This recipe for ginger biscuits is easy to follow and makes biscuits that aren’t too sweet. They’re not as hard or fiery as a ginger nut and so good for children and older people too. You can add more ground ginger if you like to make them spicier. Ingredients: 300 g plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 4 tsp ground ginger 100g soft margarine (or butter if you prefer) 160 g granulated brown/ demerera sugar 4 tablespoons golden syrup 1 large egg (beaten) Method Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Line two baking sheets with baking paper Combine the flour, ground ginger and bicarb of soda in a large bowl. Rub in the butter or margarine so it looks like breadcrumbs and then add in the sugar. Add the beaten egg and the syrup and combine everything with your hands. This is quite a dry dough so don’t worry.… View Post

I am not a confident baker, partly due to a disastrous experience with a swiss roll in a home economics class, but my banana choc chip muffin recipe is foolproof. If you end up with a batter mix which is too thick, you get a cake, if it’s too thin it might take a little longer to cook or end up more like a sponge. Either way they’re easy and you end up with something at the end of your efforts.  It’s also a great way to use up ripe bananas. Most muffin recipes will suggest you mix the wet and dry ingredient separately, then add the wet to the dry. As you know, I hate washing up and the fewer steps I have to battle in baking the better, so this one bowl version of my own creation is quite handy.  This will make approximately 6-8 large muffins. Ingredients: 230g plain flour 100g… View Post