Christmas brownies | Hello! Hooray!
Christmas brownies

Hello friends! Sorry for being a bit quiet here lately – the weeks are just going by so fast! Not long until I go back to the day job so I’m enjoying every moment with Little One. Have you made any Christmassy plans? I’ve been working on a few handmade bits that I can’t share with you yet…and also doing a bit of baking. I love trying out new recipes for Christmas each year, and this one is so good. These Christmas brownies are the perfect treat – the fruit, nuts, hint of spice and brandy all work so well with the chocolate. They really are a taste of Christmas! Even Tom enjoyed them and he’s not usually a fan of fruit and nuts, so that’s saying something!  Read More

Yorkshire Day parkin | Hello! Hooray!
Yorkshire Day parkin

1st August is Yorkshire Day, so we are celebrating by making some special Yorkshire Day parkin! It isn’t really called that, but Tom is taking a batch into work as it’s his first day back after taking shared parental leave (see my previous post for more on that). Going back to work is definitely a little bit easier if you have cake! Parkin is usually eaten in the autumn, but overtime I have it I think that I should make it more often. So it was nice to actually do that this year!  Read More

Pecan cake with raspberry ripple ice cream | Hello! Hooray!
Pecan cake with raspberry ripple ice cream

I really love getting back into baking again, and when I saw this recipe for pecan cake with raspberry ripple ice cream on Facebook I knew I had to give it a go! My Mum and Dad came to stay with us and that seemed like the perfect opportunity – it’s good to have someone to share it with. If you’ve got a sweet tooth you’ll love the toffee sauce! I think I’ll be making that to go with some other recipes in future as it was so good.  Read More

Orange and almond Victoria sponge cake | Hello! Hooray!
Orange and almond Victoria sponge cake

It has been a little while since I managed to do any baking – I did do a bit in the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy as I had a thing about flapjack (recipe here) and wanted to have cake in the freezer (so I made this honey, banana and almond cake). My parents came up for the day on Saturday and I wanted to bake something, and I had seen this recipe for orange and almond Victoria sponge cake online a couple of weeks ago. I do love a twist on the classic Victoria sponge and as it was relatively easy to make, I thought it would be doable with Little One around!  Read More