cakes and biscuits

german cinnamon stars recipe

Zimtsterne – aka German Cinnamon Stars

Zimtsterne are also known as Erstesternen (first stars) – the emerging stars indicate the end of a day of fasting. These days they are eaten as part of a tradit...
recipe for the best mince pies

Mince pies par excellence

“Q: Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?A: A Mince Spy!” Christmas cracker joke  Mince pies are another Christmas commodity that is, like brandy...
chocolate cookie recipe

Recipe for bountiful, broken-leg cookies

I am sure I am not alone in playing the magpie when faced with a pile of ancient magazines and mentally cloaked in anticipatory anxiety in the waiting room of a...
recipe for glace cherry cookies

Indian Gold and Ruby Cookies

When we reached the Serai hotel in Chikmagalur we were hot and dusty; and starving having not been able to cobble together enough cash to buy ourselves lunch (w...
dark chocolate tiffin recipe

Special Sultan-dark, Sultana-sweet Tiffin

A colleague brought in some very excellent tiffin.... but I thought I could make it even more excellent by swapping the milk chocolate for deep dark chocolate. ...