Category Archives: Cakes and sweets

Rhubarb crumble with coconut and almonds

I consider rhubarb the wronged child in the fruit family. Announcing my crumble making plans to my housemate, he frowned, ‘Rhubarb, really?’ then started fantasising out loud about alternative crumble contenders. ‘Raspberries… blueberries? Apples! Come on,’ he tried, a panicked … Continue reading

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Pistachio cardamom cake with pomegranate

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with a ton of delicious food and perhaps even a touch of snow? In Denmark the white stuff appeared, as if on cue, just around the 24th. And then vanished as gently … Continue reading

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Lucia brød (Advent saffron buns)

One more recipe before Christmas – a treat that is a holiday essential in my family. I’ve saved the best for last. Danish ‘Lucia brød’, known to Swedes as ‘Lussekatte’, is a traditional Swedish bun baked in celebration of Saint Lucia, … Continue reading

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Pancakes with caramel and blackberry compote

As winter tightens its grip and days get darker and chillier, even the littlest repository of summer berries is treasure. Recently, on a particularly grim day, my last portion of blackberries was summoned from the icy depths of the freezer … Continue reading

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Nutella torte

Anything improves with Nutella, doesn’t it? This naughty cake recipe is from Nigella Lawson and bears her voluptuous signature: rich, gooey, and ridiculously over-indulgent, it is a cake to knock you out. Packed with chocolate, Nutella, butter, cream, nuts, and … Continue reading

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Blackberry-apple jam

I’d never made jam before.  But there I was, with half a kilo of tenderly foraged blackberries, so plainly perfect for a jar of jam. So with excitement and a certain nervousness, I set about the job. However, as seasoned … Continue reading

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Autumnal blackberry-pear cake

Autumn is when Edinburgh is at its best. As the festival crowd disappears the city breathes a sigh of relief. And the trees sigh with us, letting go of their leaves which come to rest, tanned and crisp, underfoot. The … Continue reading

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White chocolate mousse with raspberries and liquorice

My dissertation is due next week, and while it’s been a challenging, sometimes even enjoyable process, the urge to get up from the books and cook has been stronger than ever. Cooking is always a refuge from everyday stress, but … Continue reading

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Instant chocolate mousse with marinated strawberries

This has been my go-to recipe for chocolate mousse for years. Celebrated for its quickness (and I kid you not this is instant mousse), amazingly it is also as delicious as any traditional chocolate mousse. By traditional I mean a … Continue reading

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Rhubarb pudding with meringue and ginger-pistachio sprinkle

Rhubarb and meringue is a time-honoured combination. So is rhubarb and ginger. Some pairings are ever-lasting, they endure changing trends and tastes because they just work. But sometimes a little experimentation is required. Who would have thought that pistachio, the luxuriously … Continue reading

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