French Bread and Butter Pudding

French Bread and Butter Pudding. What could possibly be French about bread and butter pudding? Absolutely nothing! This is a typical English dish that I would never eat  growing up. To me, sliced white bread was meant for bacon sandwiches or cheese on toast; it certainly wasn’t pudding. Then I married a man who liked very…

Caramel Chocolate Tart

Caramel Chocolate Tart. I normally only eat desserts for special occasions and this caramel chocolate tart was planned for Christmas time but didn’t quite make it. Now we are nearly at Valentine’s Day and this tart would be perfect for a romantic meal but it would be equally good for any party as it will serve…

Mozzarella Sausage Rolls or Mooing Pigs

Mooing Pigs or Mozzarella Sausage Rolls. No I haven’t gone mad. Every year at Christmas I make sausage rolls as my boys love them. They also love mozzarella so I had a dirty little thought. What if I could get mozzarella in the sausage rolls? Wouldn’t it all ooze out? Luckily my little experiment was a…

Blueberry and Coconut Muffins

These Blueberry and Coconut Muffins are really moist and delicious. Whilst I’m normally moaning that I can’t find ingredients here in France, I’ve recently discovered that a local supermarket sells prepared fresh coconut! I’m all for not buying ready prepared food but there is a limit. Next I saw blueberries nearby which got me thinking: hot gooey…

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mini Loaves

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mini Loaves. There’s an abundance of fresh berries in season right now and I was completely seduced by a pack of raspberries and blueberries. French people love berries and at a recent evening with our French neighbours, dessert consisted of black currants and strawberries  in a sort of light custard. I was…

Strawberry Crumble

Strawberry Crumble sounds a bit odd doesn’t it? Being typically English I am always seduced by a tray of strawberries, artfully presented in a little wooden crate, even if it’s only a few weeks until my own strawberries will be ready. The trouble is that April has been fairly wet, not exactly the weather for sitting…

Chocolate Banana Muffins

These Chocolate Banana Muffins are really easy to make. They rise well and the banana keeps them moist after baking. I had to find something new for my ‘thank you’ cakes. One of my French neighbours in the next hamlet brought me a bucket of oysters, another neighbour lent us his barn and another brought us some…

Lemon Drizzle Muffins

Everyone loves lemon drizzle cake so what could be better then this recipe for muffins? Lemony, sticky drizzle topping on fluffy, moist muffins….what could be better? My French friends really like receiving something homemade, and especially anything English, so I made these to thank one of my neighbours recently from my post: How to Shuck Oysters….

Christmas Shortbread

So why is it Christmas shortbread? To me it’s Christmas shortbread as, growing up, the only time you could buy shortbread was at Christmas. Mostly it came in a circle where you were supposed to break off a portion. It never worked that way, you either had a massive bit or a pile of dust….

Chunky Chocolate and Hazelnut Cookies

Warning……these chunky chocolate and hazelnut cookies are very naughty and therefore very good! I remember making something like this as a child with chocolate chips and chopped nuts but this is definitely not something for children. It’s not because you find yourself biting into a large chunk of chocolate or because they are huge, crispy…