11 Aug 2016

Hints & Tips

To prevent the knife from sticking or tearing when cutting cakes, pies and tray bakes, simply dip your knife in a glass of warm water after each slice and dry both sides of the blade with a firm wipe of a clean towel.

26 Jul 2016

Strawberry Banana Popsicle Ice lollies

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This is not cake?
I know. But you need these in your life. This recipe will break the internet, hopefully. These are super simple to make and taste heavenly in this heat-wave we seem to be having in the UK at the moment.

Do you have strawberries? A banana? A few dates, maybe? Good. You could probably even skip the dates if they're too fancy, but don't skip the ice lolly/ popsicle moulds. You will need those.
Please note that I said: "heat-wave". So we will be back to cake with cold weather in no time, right?
Good old English Weather.

Strawberry Banana Popsicle Ice lollies
1 ripe banana
7 strawberries
2 Tbsp of coconut milk (I used tinned)
2 Tbsp of water
3 dates
an ice lolly mould (with 4-5 sections)

Makes about 5 ice lollies/ Popsicles

Peel the banana, hull and cut the strawberries into quarters. Remove any stones from the dates and add all the ingredients to a blender or similar Nutribullet type device. Blend to a smooth consistency and pour neatly into your moulds. Freeze for a minimum of 5 hours or overnight.

Bee's Notes: We use the term ice-lolly more frequently than popsicle, here in the UK. But I believe they are the same thing. And I also bought a bargain mould from Robert Dyas, it did the job at only £1.99. But next time, I should fill the mould all the way to the top with the mixture, to avoid that gap between the lolly and the stick. Or these mini icepop ones were cute.

strawberry ice lolly popsicle

22 Jul 2016

Hints & Tips

Easily remove pies and cakes from loose bottomed cake tins by simply standing the tin on top of a can and sliding the sides down!

30 May 2016

Perfect Pecan Pie Bars recipe

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I probably should have posted this recipe ages ago. But you know how I roll. I procrastinate. Then, I get writer's block and don't know what to say. So today, for the sake of getting this post out, so that I can do the hoovering, I am not going to say a lot. The pecans in this recipe will do the talking.

One more thing, pecans can be a bit on the pricey side, so I get mine from Lidl or Aldi. They are much more easy on the pocket there. This recipe is so good for the nut lover in need of something more than Peanut Butter Cookies.

24 Mar 2016

Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda


You can be forgiven for once thinking that Baking Soda and Baking Powder were the same thing. If you were ever tempted to substitute one for the other, do not be fooled, here are the differences to help you become a better baker.


Baking Soda (also known as Bicarbonate of Soda)
Baking Soda is an alkali agent that helps to raise your sponge. It needs something both liquid and acidic to kick start the process. Interestingly enough, Baking Soda is also an ingredient found within Baking "Powder" and once in the oven it can speed up the browning process, causing your cakes go golden-brown on top. Be careful when measuring Baking Soda, as it can leave a tangy aftertaste if used too much.


Baking powder
Baking Powder has become ever-more popular and is an ingredient called upon in many recipes nowadays. It actually contains a certain amount of Baking “Soda”, but unlike Baking Soda is does not need an acidic added to it and can rely on moisture alone to get it working. It is commonly used in cake making and has a neutral taste to it.


What they DO have in common is that both are leavening agents and once combined with wet ingredients, it is important to get cake mixtures into the oven as soon as possible. It is worth noting, Baking Soda is 4x stronger than Baking Powder, so where one recipe may call for 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder, the other recipe may need just ¼ teaspoon of the Soda stuff. Some recipes may even ask for both, to produce a more perfecting balance, like my Peanut Butter Cookies and White Chocolate Lime Cookies.