Jammy Dodgers


I recently received a lot of baking bits and pieces. One specific bit, is my Peyton and Byrne, “British Baking” cookbook. For those who don’t know, Peyton and Byrne is a popular cafe branched throughout London. They do lovely cakes, pastries, sandwiches and more! When I worked in Covent Garden I was a regular customer and therefore chose their cookbook over the Hummingbird Bakery book (plus it’s way prettier for your kitchen counter!)

British Baking

Upon receiving the book I decided I would work my way through it – no turning back, no skipping forward. Alas, we start at page one…

The Jammy Dodger

We love them, but can we really replicate them?!

I’m going to say yes on appearance but nope on taste. Buttttttttt… before you leave!! These are right tasty biccies so get on them if you like shortbread and you like jam!


250g unsalted butter, softened

120g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

250g plain flour, plus extra for rolling

120g fine semolina flour

12 tsps strawberry jam


– Line a baking tray with baking paper

– Beat butter and sugar until creamy

– Add both flours and beat until combined into a dough

Make sure to flour your work surface!!! Then roll out your dough to 5mm thickness

– Use a biscuit cutter to cut out roughly 16 biscuits

– Cut a 2cm heart (ish) out of half of the biscuits

– Sprinkle with sugar

– Place on the baking tray and put into the fridge for 15-20 minutes

– Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/gas 4

– Bake for 12-15 minutes until a pale golden colour

– When cool, spread the jam generously on half of the biscuits and sandwich with the non-jammy biscuits!


Now you have some tasty jammy dodgers for you and your friends to share! Enjoy!

Coming soon: Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies


Can’t have your cake…

cant have your cake



This month I give up cake. That beautiful, fluffy, sweet, sensational sponge; the creamy, seductive buttercream. I can’t have my cake or eat it this month! It will be missed. Luckily I have no big birthdays to attend so the cakes surrounding me should be few and far between. Most missed will be sticky toffee pudding, carrot cake, french fancies, lemon drizzle – GOSH, just all of them!!!!

Fingers crossed I’ll survive this month…


Cold sweats have started…




It’s Monday 17th February 2014. I am still, astonishingly, cocoa bean free. I have survived various chocolate cakes (including red velvet), a single Valentines Day and plenty of unsupportive friends telling me you’re inflicting this on yourself – just eat the chocolate! 

I can’t decide if this is harder than giving up alcohol or not. I definitely crave chocolate, which I don’t alcohol. Roughly around 4 o’clock, you’ll hear whines from the corner of the office, not dissimilar to that of a strangled cat; I reallllllly want chocolate, I might go to Greggs. No I can’t, willpower. But I realllllly want chocolate. 

Only two weeks to go and I can stop dreaming and indulge. I never realised I loved the cocoa bean so much. When I’m down, I crave it. When I’m tired, I crave it. When I’ve had a savoury snack, I crave it. I just crave it all the god damn time!

Come 1st March, you’ll probably find me huddled in a corner gorging on a giant chocolate cake with the look of Bruce Bogtrotter in my face.

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I can’t wait.

I’m thinking a salted caramel and pecan chocolate tart?!!! Recipe to come – watch this space!