Coffee and Walnut Cake

Coffee and Walnut Cake Recently I have been thinking about my Grandma a lot and how she was such a massive influence on my life. I found some of her letters recently and that hand writing transported me back 35 years in an instant. I remember with such fondness my Grandma. She taught me to sew, do my times tables … Continue reading

Exceeding good Bakewell Tart

My Daughter asked me what was the best treat I could think of when I was little. I could think of many: Strawberry bon bons bought by the ¼ from Berry’s shop on East Street, South Molton , North  Devon where I grew up. A pomegranate half and a pin to eat it with. The gold top off the milk. … Continue reading

Multi-coloured, multi-layered cake

Multi-Layer, Multi Colour Eyes Bigger Than your Belly Cake!   (Just a little caveat…I wrote this up for a magazine over a year ago and we have now hit 12 and High school….all is as I thought it would be! Gah!) I have a daughter who is just about to wave goodbye to 10 and embrace eleven years old. There … Continue reading

Rice Krispie Goo cakes

July is almost here… That means school holidays. This could mean day trips to the beach, long country rambles with picnics stowed in beautifully co-ordinated picnic hampers (or in my case my daughters beaten up old ruck sack that she is too cool to wear now but is too useful to throw out). OR it could mean the inevitable wet … Continue reading

Sue’s Banana, Date and Cashew Bars

May saw the opening of our new showroom, commonly known amongst the staff as the’ Betty Room’. It is in fact a cookware/homewares showroom/shop (I think I have all bases covered there!) My contribution to these open days and big events in the Twyford’s calendar is as always food. Generally loaded with calories and I like to think tasting delicious. … Continue reading

Luscious Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd Ingredients 100g (4oz) butter 225g (8oz) castor sugar 3 lemons 3 eggs   Method   Place a really clean jam jar in the simmering oven of the AGA. Once it is hot remove from the oven and melt the butter in the jar and return to the simmering oven. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat them. … Continue reading

We are here! May has arrived… …and with it the realisation that our months of planning, shifting, pleading, (bribing builders with bacon sandwiches) sawing and banging will finally stop. The showroom is almost ready! We will soon be able to boast a Rayburn Heat Centre, with fully operational Rayburn in a beautiful kitchen setting so you can see and taste all … Continue reading

Simnel Cake … for Easter!

Simnel Cake   I’m a keen baker of Simnel Cake. Truthfully the kids are not that bothered with fruit cake but for me this signals the start of Spring. I know other people look at the bulbs pushing through, lambs pushing out etc, etc . I do too but my internal calendar is punctuated with recipes. Simnel cake is a … Continue reading

Before March warms up…. get this made!

So… we have battled our way through wind, rain and grey skies for what seems like forever, and we find ourselves unceremoniously tipped into the middle of March. This looks like Spring. Is it feeling like Spring to you?  I’m willing to believe that it is entirely possible that the weather has improved and will stay improved and that we are all going to enjoy … Continue reading

Beetroot and Ginger Delights

Beetroot and Ginger Delights   These are subtle but moreish. I tried them on my youngest and honestly didn’t think she’d go for them (picky eater…irritatingly) but she did! We don’t mention the ‘beetroot’ word at home she calls them the ‘pinky muffins’.   300g/10oz self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 150g/5oz caster sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 bulb … Continue reading