Pastry: Avenged! {Part One}


Well, well, well. Not so tough now, are you pastry? Eh?! Who knew the simplistic combination of flour, butter and water could be such an outrageous pain in the arse. It’s been three years since I first discovered the fickle nature of pastry and my half-baked victory against its viciousness. In the interim, I’ve been […]

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

These little beauties were a product of my Naughty or Nice column in The Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine. I had wanted to highlight cherries as a delectable summer time ingredient and a bit of brainstorming led to my making these individual cherry cheesecakes. I used mascarpone as my soft cheese, which I do prefer to […]

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis was the first cake I ever made. It was 2009. Starting this blog in March of that year meant I had been growing slowly but surely in kitchen confidence and about ready to tackle something that involved frightening things like flour and baking powder and measurements.  Sometime around the day she demystified quiche for me, […]

How To Make A Fairly Indulgent Banana Bread


I’m going to come clean with you. To call this recipe a “bread” is really a bit of a stretch. In truth, it’s a full-on sugar-loaded decadently-brilliant-with-tea cake. I found this recipe a month or two back and followed it right down to the pecan crumble. Since then, I have experimented with it using an all walnut […]

Naughty or Nice: Indulgent Crispy Treats

Crispy Treats

I’ve taken to testing my cakes and treats on my Roller Derby teammates, giving them little slices of cakes after our gruelling two hour practices. In truth, they’re probably not the most reliable of testers seeing as we’re all so flippin’ knackered after practice an old boot would taste amazing. But they are terribly complimentary which […]

The Quest For The Perfect Pancake


This may not be a quest that Harry or Hermione might find of great import but in our house The Quest For The Perfect Pancake is a grave one indeed. Myself and Niall have climbed great metaphorical batter mountains in search of the perfect and most fluffiest of pancakes. What a journey it has been, […]

Naughty or Nice: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Last Saturday’s Weekend magazine in The Irish Independent saw myself and Aoife B in a battle of the baking. While she offered delightfully light and totally vegan Lemon Spelt and Coconut Cookies, I went in for the kill with a decadently rich Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake (inspired by these brownies). We also mentioned the fabulous […]

Banana and Orange Bready Cake

Banana Orange Bread-2

Or should that be a cakey bread? This was a lovely little loaf that I put together over the weekend, inspired by this recipe but making a few little adjustments here and there to it. The result is definitely more of a cake than a bread, with the syrupy oranges adding an amazing sweetness and […]

Sinead’s Tunisian Almond and Orange Cake

Orange Almond Cake

Before Christmas, I had been tweetering about my lack of grace when it came to baking. I was on the look out for simple, fool-proof recipes that might help build up my confidence when it came to cakes. Sinead Ryan (@sineadryan) came to my assistance by emailing me her tried and tested recipe for a […]

Cheesy Sentimental Scones

Cheesy Sentimental Scones

Cheesy Sentimental Scones – not just for Valentine’s Day. I’m the kind of tiresome dunderhead that decries the notion of Valentine’s Day as being a commercially-charged farce, yet, if poor old Niall didn’t get me anything on the day itself he’d be in serious trouble. Talk about mixed messages. What I don’t like about Valentine’s Day […]