Christmas Recipe ~ Mince Pie Pinwheels

Every Christmas I make mincemeat, lots of it, store it in jars, give some to family and friends and make lots of mince pies. I like to try different things with it and one of the best things is these puff pastry pinwheels. So easy to make and eat. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 x 375g puff…

The Best of 2015 – Gin & Griddle Recipes

The things I loved to cook, bake and serve during 2015… 1. Italian Sausage Pasta – this recipe was a hit with all of you as much as it was for us. It’s a recipe I’ve returning to many times, really easy to make and so tasty.

October & November Favourites on Gin & Griddle

2 months for the price of 1 in this blog post! November has passed in a blur of speediness and general busy-ness, as is evident on Gin & Griddle with a paltry 3 posts only this month. Sometimes life and work have to take precedence over blogging and I’m ok with that… but to the…

Recipe ~ Apple Turnovers

I love all the ingredients here, the cinnamon and apples encased in flaky buttery puff pastry. A pre made shop bought roll of puff pastry (you can make your own if you like) means this is an easy recipe (my favourite kind!). Your kitchen will smell lovely with the stewing apples and baking turnovers and…

Recipe ~ Berry Loaf

Beautiful to look at and to eat! I’ve started to enjoy baking lately. It’s not something I’ve been that good at before, I prefer cooking savoury things. I find baking tedious at times, the smallest thing can make it all go wrong and the time and effort is just wasted. There’s a lot more leeway when…

September Favourites on Gin & Griddle

1st October… already! How did this happen, the Summer (what summer!) disappeared and now September too. Changing the format of this monthly post a little – used to be more about the best of what was on Gin & Griddle and making it more about my favourite things from September instead… 

Recipe ~ Seeded Wholemeal Soda Bread Loaf

The base for this recipe comes from the soda bread recipe in Like Mam Used to Bake cookbook. This is one of my go to books for easy to follow baking recipes. Soda bread is the best – no waiting around while the dough rises or proves or whatever else, I don’t have the patience…

Recipe ~ Almond Squares

These are a perfect mid afternoon treat, with a cup of tea or coffee. They will keep well in an airtight container for a few days too so you can make ahead and have in stock for the week!   Ingredients For Pastry: 100g unsalted butter 200g plain flour (sieved) 1 egg (lightly beaten) 2…

The Art of Baking

I am a baking novice… anything I’ve ever tried to bake in the cake / pie / tart  area has never ever worked (bar fruit crumble and that doesn’t really count as a 5 year old could make a crumble). Pastry – don’t even get me started on that! But I so want to be…