RECIPE: Easter Biscuits by Sue Stoneman

If you’re not a fan of Hot Cross Buns, you might like these Easter Biscuits. They are easy to make – great to involve the little people as they are fairly easy and quick to make.  Use any shaped cutters but they look great if you have any Easter cutters in your baking cupboard.  They make great gifts – put some into clear bags and … Continue reading RECIPE: Easter Biscuits by Sue Stoneman

News: One Mile Bakery Exeter Launches Family-Friendly Taster Baking Classes

NEW IN TIME FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAYS, a range of half-day baking classes launches at One Mile Bakery Exeter. Aimed at super busy people wanting to dip their toe into the world of baking their own bread, these introductory sessions are also ideal for anyone looking for a fun, relaxed and rewarding activity to do with children aged 8 and above. Teaching in her micro … Continue reading News: One Mile Bakery Exeter Launches Family-Friendly Taster Baking Classes

Recipe: Chicken Ham & Leek Pie by Sue Stoneman

Note from the editor: Sue wrote this excellent recipe for British Pie Week but due to things and other things, I didn’t publish it.  This is a really simple recipe for a basic pie that you can use for a tasty filling or even left-overs – anything really, and given it’s getting to the end of the month, what a great idea for making the … Continue reading Recipe: Chicken Ham & Leek Pie by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: Pancakes for Pancake Day by Sue Stoneman

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is a day in February or March preceding the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, celebrated in many countries by the eating of pancakes. Also known as ‘Mardi Gras’ meaning Fat Tuesday. It was traditionally the day for eating up rich foods, such as milk, eggs and sugar before fasting for Lent began. Different countries … Continue reading RECIPE: Pancakes for Pancake Day by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: White Bread Loaf for #RealBreadWeek by Sue Stoneman

I really enjoy making bread. It only needs a few ingredients: strong (bread) flour, yeast, olive oil, salt and warm water. There is something about the satisfaction when the finished loaf comes out of the oven smelling delicious and looking lovely, you know you’ve put a lot of love into making it. I do sometimes knead by hand, but quite often as I am short … Continue reading RECIPE: White Bread Loaf for #RealBreadWeek by Sue Stoneman

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RECIPE: Vegan Chocolate & Avocado Cake by Sue Stoneman

For my 2nd Veganuary challenge, I decided to go with a dessert. So when it comes to making vegan desserts and cakes, a little research was needed as all the usual ingredients like eggs, butter and milk can’t be used; however you can get butter substitutes and replacement dried egg mixture when it comes to making cakes.  I’ve read that you can use the liquid … Continue reading RECIPE: Vegan Chocolate & Avocado Cake by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: Mincemeat Cakes by Sue Stoneman

Did you know that over the festive season, 10,000 mince pies are consumed every minute! If Mince pies or tarts aren’t your ‘thing’, you don’t fancy making your own pastry or you don’t have a packet of frozen puff or short pastry in the freezer, then you might wish to try these Mincemeat Cakes. In a nutshell, or even a pastry case, they are little … Continue reading RECIPE: Mincemeat Cakes by Sue Stoneman

Recipe: Festive Chelsea Buns – by Sue Stoneman

Christmas is just around the corner and to get you into the festive spirit, I’ve made some Chelsea Buns and instead of putting them into a rectangular baking tin, it’s quite fun to arrange the buns into the shape of a Christmas Tree for their second prove before going in the oven and then decorating them with glace cherries and glace icing. Still a ‘Share … Continue reading Recipe: Festive Chelsea Buns – by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: Devon Apple & Cider Cake by Sue Stoneman

If you are stuck with what to do with your glut of apples, and fancy a change from pie or crumble, then try making this tasty moist apple and cider cake which is fairly quick and easy to put together. It also looks lovely both before and after cooking.  The sugary topping gives it a lovely crunch. Ingredients: 2-3 apples 125g unsalted butter, softened 140g … Continue reading RECIPE: Devon Apple & Cider Cake by Sue Stoneman

One Mile Bakery launches in Exeter with delivery by bike and exciting bakery classes!

All photos are courtesy of One Mile Bakery In 2012, Guardian journalist turned baker Elisabeth Mahoney launched the first One Mile Bakery in Cardiff. Inspired by her mother’s home cooking and baking, the concept was a hyper-local delivery service within a mile of her Cardiff townhouse, delivering homemade bread, soup and jam to subscribers by bike. She ran inspirational baking classes in her micro-bakery kitchen, … Continue reading One Mile Bakery launches in Exeter with delivery by bike and exciting bakery classes!

10 Questions with Vicki Montague aka The Free From Fairy

We met Vicki a couple of years ago at an event, and after tasting her wares, found out she had made the world’s first wholegrain gluten free flour blend. I found this very impressive to say the least, and I guess we are surprised by such achievements sometimes in our little county of Devon (assuming you need a London base and budget to do such … Continue reading 10 Questions with Vicki Montague aka The Free From Fairy

Honey and Peanut Butter Cake Recipe using Princesshay Honey

Ever hear the buzz of our city? Well it’s not just down to busy bee humans going about their business; there are bees on the rooftop of Princesshay! Thanks to the good weather earlier this year, there has been a bumper harvest (you can read more about that here) with delicious honey on sale exclusively in the wonderful Chandos Deli. Princesshay were kind enough to … Continue reading Honey and Peanut Butter Cake Recipe using Princesshay Honey

Recipe: Hanlons Port Stout Chocolate Cake

Our second recipe from Hanlons Brewery, using their Port Stout. Hanlons Port Stout Chocolate Cake Recipe Cake 250 ml Hanlons Port Stout 250 g Unsalted Butter 80 g Cocoa Powder – Green & Blacks is best 400 g Caster Sugar – Golden best for flavour 2 large eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Extract – not Essence! 140 ml buttermilk – use the rest to make scones … Continue reading Recipe: Hanlons Port Stout Chocolate Cake

Recipe: Hanlons Steak and Port Stout Family Pie

Our next couple of recipes are from the lovely Hanlons Brewery who are based in Newton St Cyres, Exeter. A family brewery producing some fab ales and also having pop up foodie nights – if you want to know more you can read Chris’ review here. Even though Summer is just about upon us, what more could you want than a hearty meal with family or … Continue reading Recipe: Hanlons Steak and Port Stout Family Pie

Get Spun with Easter Sugar Fun – Exeter Cookery School Recipe

Jim Fisher, head chef tutor and co-owner of Exeter Cookery School, shares his fail-safe method for creating show-stopping desserts adorned with spun sugar cages, baskets and springs – or for Easter, why not make an edible nest for mini chocolate eggs! Spun Sugar Cages, Baskets and Springs This is something I love teaching on our cooking courses: spinning sweet gossamer threads over the back of … Continue reading Get Spun with Easter Sugar Fun – Exeter Cookery School Recipe

An evening of fire and meat with Dean Forge at Pipers Farm

The perfect duo, Dean Forge and Pipers Farm recently hosted an evening full of meat and fire in the rustic event space at Pipers Farm, in the heart if the Devon countryside. Local bloggers and journalists came together to experience the full capabilities of some of stove manufacturers, Dean Forge’s most popular products, the Dartmoor Baker and their large fire pit. Guests gathered around the … Continue reading An evening of fire and meat with Dean Forge at Pipers Farm

Te Cakes, Exeter Farmer’s Market

Exeter’s Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 10am – 2pm, they attract some of the finest producers from across Devon.  Along with the University Farmer’s Market, it gives producers who might not have the luxury of a permanent premises the chance to showcase themselves to shoppers and commuters.  The latest addition to the Exeter Farmer’s Market is Te Cakes, a patisserie that sells delicate … Continue reading Te Cakes, Exeter Farmer’s Market