In recent years, gin has become really popular with more varieties popping up and more choices of tonic water to complement them. Throughout October, Forever Manchester is holding Caketober – a month-long celebration combining fancy dress and cakes. Forever Manchester is a charity which raises money to support community activities in Greater Manchester. As part of the celebrations, they have sent me a secret ingredient to use as part of a bake; 50ml of Hoxton Gin!
I’ve created this cocktail in conjunction with Corky’s Schnapps who have rebranded in November with a gorgeous new sleeve to their bottles. Corky’s Schnapps come in five awesome flavours: Sour Apple, Sour Cherry, Raspberry Glitter, Blueberry Glitter and Mango Glitter; they are the only glitter schnapps on the market! This recipe uses the Raspberry Glitter. *
Hot cross buns are one of my favourite things to eat when I was young. Having grown up with Chinese bread which is quite sweet, I have a special affinity with sweet bread in general. This pear and cardamom hot cross bun recipe combines two of my favourite flavours into one bread, and I hope you give this a go!*
I grew up in Northern Ireland and these no-bake treats were a staple in the cake section of any cafe, alongside British classics like the Millionaire’s shortbread and flapjacks. It was only on leaving to come to England did I realise that they don’t exist across the water. Indeed, it appears they’re not even popular in the Republic of Ireland.
They are called fifteens as are made from three main ingredients of which you need 15 of each: digestive biscuits, marshmallows and glacé cherries. I share with you this easy classic recipe that kids can also help out in. Make these the day before you wish to serve them so they can chill in the fridge. I sometimes make these for St. Patrick’s Day.
I made this Eton Mess cheesecake for a friend’s Halloween party and it went down a treat! If you leave out making the meringues, this is a no-bake recipe! The meringues pictured here are bone shaped for Halloween (I have also had a few say they look like doggy treat, haha!), but you could also pipe out hearts for Valentines or a loved one’s birthday! You can also just make it because it’s damn tasty!
After looking at several different recipes, I created my own according to the size of my springform cake tin. Feel free to make modifications depending on how you like your cheesecakes – if you want more biscuit base, then make more of it!
You will need a springform tin, an electric whisk (it’ll save your arm!) and something to pipe with if you’re making the meringues!