Recipes from a passionate home cook

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Recipe for homemade French madeleines

Homemade French madeleines

Truth is, there’s actually quite a few good store-bought madeleines on the market, but nevertheless, the homemade version just feels truly special and extra luxurious. These French, shell-shaped sponge cakes are a lot easier to make than you might think. The secret to its light, spongy and slightly sticky texture is whipping the eggs and sugar and adding just the right amount of honey. To achieve this beautiful shape, you’ll of course need a non-stick madeleine pan, though if ...

Recipe for apple and cinnamon puff pastry tart

Rapid apple and cinnamon tart

For me, there is no better sweet treat than an apple pie or tart. I have shared with you my recipe for my traditional Dutch apple and cinnamon pie, and while that is and remains my favourite apple baking recipe, with 30 minutes of prep and 65 minutes of oven time, it isn’t exactly quick to make. This is where my rapid apple and cinnamon puff-pastry tart recipe comes in. The most important thing in this recipe is to ensure the apples are sliced in the correct thickness. You want these ...

Recipe for Cappuccino coffee espresso chocolate brownies

Cappuccino brownies

To say that I am a cappuccino fan would be an understatement. About a year ago, I exchanged my beloved morning strong black coffees and espressos for this deliciously foamy and yummy Italian morning drink and since, my obsession with cappuccino has kind of gotten out of control. As a result, I wanted to create a cappuccino-flavoured recipe, and it made the perfect inspiration for this recipe for cappuccino brownies. Coffee and chocolate has long been a favourite pairing in my baking, and ...

Recipe for courgette cake with cream cheese frosting and pistachios

Courgette cake

I’m not going to lie, I was sceptical when I first saw this recipe for courgette cake with cream cheese in Nigella Lawson’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess cookbook, for a few different reasons. Firstly, I sort of struggled with the idea that with the relatively large amount of courgettes, this recipe was going to deliver a sweet cake (though, as the book explains, nobody questions the amount of carrots in a carrot cake). Secondly, I couldn’t discover any butter in this ...

Recipe for Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate and Pistachio

Coconut macaroons with chocolate and pistachio

Today is my birthday, and while I’ll be more likely to indulge in a traditional Dutch apple and cinnamon pie, it felt appropriate to publish a sweet treat I love today, and my coconut macaroons with chocolate and pistachio recipe makes exactly that! Coconut macaroons are widely available in the biscuit aisle of any grocery store in The Netherlands where I grew up, but I don’t seen them in the UK nearly as often. They really are fantastic and luckily so incredibly easy to bake at ...

Recipe for breakfast waffles with bacon and syrup

Breakfast waffles with bacon and syrup

Weekend mornings in my flat call for warm breakfasts. And bacon, lots of bacon. Although this recipe for breakfast waffles with bacon and syrup is one of my true morning favourites, I don’t serve these often enough as I always forget how easy it is to make them. Don’t make that mistake, as once you’ve practised a few times, you can whip these up in no time! Waffles come in all shapes and textures. Mine are super light, soft and fluffy, as opposed to dense and crispy, ...