Easiest-ever Danish pastries

Super easy yet professional looking Danish pastries with Nutella filling – it takes a bit longer if you’re making your own pastry, but why would you for such a casual treat? I baked these to take to my office for tea to celebrate a month of having worked there. 🙂 Ingredients: 2 puff pastry sheets,…

Blueberry & almond croissant cake

Very easy, delicious and trendy take on the traditional bread-and-butter pudding; this is essentially the latter but with croissants instead of sliced white bread, and blueberries instead of raisins. You can make any number of easy variations including pain au chocolat instead of croissants, and dark chocolate pieces instead of/  along with fruit. Ingredients: 5…

Easy apple pie

I baked this easy, low sugar dessert in a 4″ cake tin, but the recipe makes enough pastry to roll out thinly and fit into a 23 cm tart tin (it won’t make the hearts on top too though). If you make the latter then double the amount of pastry to make the cookies on top,…

Earl grey & blueberry cheesecake

A very basic, shortcut, no-bake cheesecake recipe adapted to incorporate the delicate citrusy flavour of Earl Grey, and topped with a scrummy blueberry sauce. Easy hit at a casual dinner party. Ingredients: 250g digestive biscuits 100g butter, melted 600g soft cheese 100g caster sugar (I used xylitol to make it sugar-free) 280ml double cream 2…

Doi begun (aubergine in spiced yogurt)

I was trying to use up the half an aubergine I had left over from making those yummy begunis, and decided to try a doi begun (in Bangla, doi = yogurt, begun = aubergine). It came out quite tasty, and works well as a main or starter with either rice or naan. Ingredients: 1/2 aubergine,…

Beguni (fried battered aubergine)

I took a walk down Brick Lane recently so my partner could taste some of the Bengali street food that he’d never had before; I hadn’t tried any of these in London before, and was a bit disappointed with the beguni. They seemed to all have overdone the batter and added a large number of…

Khichuri (Bengali rice + lentil one pot)

The humble khichuri at its simplest is rice and lentils boiled together to make a warming, stodgy, gooey and super-easy comfort main. I’ve added peas and spinach, but it also works very well with butternut squash/ sweet potato and spinach. Topped with fried aubergine, it’s a match made in (vegan) heaven. Ingredients: 1 cup rice…

Vegan chocolate

Ok, I’m particularly proud of these guys 🙂 they turned out super lovely. The basic recipe is only 3 ingredients, and you can add whatever extras you fancy. Added bonus: they’re sugar free! Ingredients: 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup coconut oil (I used Biona mild) 1/2 cup xylitol 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch of sea…

Salted caramel, walnut & apple pancakes

Big fluffy American pancakes, served with walnuts, apples, and a beautiful, thick salted caramel sauce. A truly indulgent breakfast/ brunch! Makes 9-12. Materials: For the salted caramel sauce: 175 g light soft brown sugar 300 ml double cream 50 g butter 1/2 tsp fine sea salt For the pancakes: 175 g plain flour 1.5 tsp…

Baked egg muffins

Easy no-fuss protein breakfast with your choice of veggies. Freezes well and great for lunchboxes, too. Materials: 4 medium eggs 6 cherry tomatoes, diced Pinch of dried chilli flakes Sea salt, to taste Parsley, chopped Method: 1. Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 7. 2. Lightly beat the eggs and add all the other ingredients. Stir…

Elderflower and lemon hidden heart cake

I baked this as an anniversary surprise and it went over a storm. 🙂 It’s delicious and looks brilliant, since it’s so ordinary from the outside but when you cut it there’s a hidden “I love you” on the inside, and the cake isn’t hard work at all! Materials: For the pink sponge: 75g unsalted…

Gâteau au yaourt

Easiest-ever classic French yogurt cake – deliciously moist and very low fat too, and great as a naughty brunch because it’s basically yogurt and berries (and eggs) 🙂 ! Materials: 3 eggs 250g 0% fat Greek yogurt 100ml light vegetable oil (I used XV olive) 200g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 180g plain flour…