Vagabond Baker

I left a bit of my heart in Grenoble

Living our vagabond life takes us to some amazing places. I found myself housesitting in Grenoble, France, looking after a wonderful old cat named Wallace whilst his owners took a three week trip to Vietnam. What a marvellous treat to spend a few weeks immersed...

Blueberry Macarons, how I mastered it!

Blueberry and Lime Macarons

Blueberry and Lime Macarons I took up the reigns again this week to try to master this most bothersome of bakes. Over the past couple of years I have tried, mostly rather unsuccessfully to make French macarons. Every so often I become inspired, bake a...

Triple Chocolate Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

Triple Chocolate Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies, ok so the name is a bit of a mouthful but then so are these unbelievable cookies. The cookies alone are perfection itself, cocoa-y and chewy with hunks of milk and white chocolate. I just couldn’t leave it there though....

Easy Peanut Butter Cups

A soft peanut butter base topped with thick chocolate, bite-sized bliss. These are just so easy yet so moorish and satisfying. The more elaborate peanut butter cups have the filling completely encased in chocolate. I took the quick and easy route, just two layers, they’re...

Simnel Cupcakes make a Happy Easter!

Easter is so early this year, it’s going to be a white one! I don’t think I ever remember a snowy easter. Oh well, here are some tasty Simnel Cupcakes to cheer us up on the inside. Having watched Mary Berry bake an awesome Simnel...

Banana and Chocolate Muffins

I’m still using up those cheap bananas, this time I made these tasty muffins. Just a quick bake that’s super easy and sure to please. They are lovely and soft with big hunks of milk chocolate, in this case Cadbury’s Dairy Milk {-childhood in a...

Sticky Toffee Banana Loaf

This week’s baking seems to all be brought on by the need to use up fruit! This time it was bananas, they were going cheap at the supermarket and we’d bought a bundle. I also had an open packet of broken walnuts to use up....

Glazed Blueberry Madeleines

I wish these photographs truly showed off these divine little morsels better. Alas, very overcast, snow filled skies and a lack of lovely quirky props means the pictures aren’t exactly glamorous. These tasty madeleines are really something special, soft almond sponges filled with home-made blueberry...

Snowdrops and Soup in Fife

Spring decided it wasn’t quite ready this week and winter muscled itself back into our lives. We woke up to snow on Sunday morning and it’s been on and off ever since, and oh boy it’s cold. We decided to sit out this unfriendly weather...

cookies, sultanas, oats, raisins, food, baking

Oat and Sultana Cookies

Oat and Sultana Cookies I have to start this post by declaring that these are the most delicious cookies I have ever baked. Phew, that’s it out there! No, seriously, it has taken rather a few batches to perfect but I’m so happy with this...

Vanilla Cupcakes and Sugarcraft Flowers

Another drizzly day was passed creatively this weekend, making sugarcraft flowers. I haven’t used my sugar crafting bits and bobs since the wedding cake I made last August. I had an idea of making flowery cakes for Mother’s Day so dug out my sugarcraft box...

Hot Cross Buns

*I’ve revised this recipe to make it even easier, I’ve tested it a couple of times and it is absolutely just as good. Thank you Paul Hollywood, the hero of bread making, you have dispelled those yeasty myths!* I love this time of year, Easter...

Scotland, UK, Cairngorms

Hiding Away Up A Scottish Glen

Scotland has many hidden gems, beautiful views and magnificent walks that are less well-known than some of the more celebrated places. We took our little van up into north Angus this week. Just 35 miles from Dundee yet it felt a million miles separated us...

Treasure-Filled Birthday Cake

Imagine the surprise on the children’s faces as you cut into this cake! Chocolate sponge, covered with white chocolate cream cheese frosting with a hidden centre of candy treasure. It’s enough to put a smile on anyone’s face! This particular cake wasn’t made for a...

Blueberry Pull-Apart Buns

These delicious buns are made with a soft dough, lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg which has been layered with spiced sugar and fresh juicy blueberries. The buns will fill your kitchen with an incredible smell while they bake, and they’re impossible to resist as...

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