Whole lemon cake

Looking for a lemon cake that is out of the ordinary? Or even out of this world? Then this whole lemon cake is just what you’re looking for! As the title suggests, the recipe uses whole lemons to give the cake its flavour and, surprising as this may sound, the result is actually far more subtle than, say, a lemon drizzle cake. Not only that, the whole lemons lend the cake an incredibly soft texture and a moistness that is hard to beat. But the best has yet to come … the icing on the cake (quite literally) is a mascarpone/lemon frosting. It is so unbelievably good, you’ll be lucky if there’s any left to put on the cake! Continue reading

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Lemon rosemary shortbread

Ever since living close to a biscuit factory in Edinburgh, I love the smell of shortbread! On certain days, a sweet buttery scent used to fill the air. Sometimes, a gang of us students would go to the factory shop and buy bags of broken biscuits for next to no money, then scoff them over several cups of tea!

One of the things I like about shortbread is that it makes a great gift. The biscuits look so pretty with their fork-prodded holes and their crumbly edges, which hold so much promise of buttery goodness. And packaged nicely, they can look very enticing indeed. Continue reading

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Poppy seed madeleines

Hello and welcome to my first post!

At long last! (I can almost hear the collective sigh of relief from my family and friends, who’ve had to put up with me. I’ve been agonising over this for so long, you see. A big thank you to all of you. Thanks for believing in me, thanks for egging me on.)

And why kick off with madeleines, you may ask? Well, it’s all my mom’s fault, really. From the moment I told my parents I was thinking of starting a blog, they’ve been fully behind me. And one of the ways they’ve shown their support is with junk!  Continue reading

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