Monday, November 23, 2015


For raw fans, here's a new one: Raw Luxury Christmas Cake. It's €11.99 and you can buy it here from Natasha's.

Monday, October 5, 2015


I managed to miss this when it was posted, but how lovely is the illustration that goes with it? It's by Ariella Elovic. My piece on Emily Dickinson and baking here at Tastebook.

(Cross-posted with my writing blog, Women Rule Writer).

Monday, September 14, 2015

Blended Apple Cake

'Cookers Not Eaters' sign is to warn the kids :)

My friend John brought cooking apples from his sister's house in Clare; I immediately wanted an apple cake. I was planning one with apple pieces but then saw this recipe for a blended one at All Recipes and changed my mind.

I added cinnamon and put in spelt flour because I love its dense texture. This resulted in a fairly flat cake (despite my adding baking powder). But it made a very sweet and tasty cake, perfect for the time of year. Really delicious warm!

117 calories per slice (I cut mine into nine pieces)
Blended Apple Cake


50g margarine

50g caster sugar
2 eggs
60g self-raising flour
50g wholemeal spelt flour
140g cooking apples (2 medium apples)
2 tablespoons water

1tsp baking powder
1tsp ground cinnamon


Grease a square 8" tin. Line the bottom.

Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Core and peel the apples, chop finely.
Cream the marg and sugar.
Add both eggs to the mixture.
Fold half the sieved flour, cinnamon and baking powder into the mixture.
Put the apples and water in a blender and blend for a few minutes.
Add the apple mixture to the cake mixture, and fold in the remaining flour.
Pour into the greased tin.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes.
Leave to cool for 30 minutes.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Jess Murphy's choc cake - recipe at link below

My poor neglected blog!!! I am so busy with Miss Emily promo that I haven't had time to blog here. The guilt!

Anyway, I came across this cool collaboration between two of my favourite Galway spots: Meadows and Byrne and Kai Restaurant and thought it was worth sharing.

Go here for more.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Choc chips in the mix
Oh, bananas (especially Tesco ones) why do you go rotten in jig time?? Anyway, soft, blackening bananas mean only one thing: cake! And as it's our wedding anniversary today, I thought a choc banana cake would be perfect. I found this post with a great recipe at the Friday is Cake Night blog and it is fab-U-lous. We ate big wodges of it today with soya custard, after a lunch in Kariba's, while fondly remembering our lovely wedding in New York: City Hall, sunshine, Gobo Restaurant (now, sadly, no more), carrot cake and roses.

Decorated with a stencil bought in Euro2 - one of four designs
This cake is relatively healthy as it's made with no oil or butter. Again, I have kept the American measurements, in case of disaster in the change-over to metric.

At 10 slices, it makes each slice 210 kcalories. 3g of fat per slice.

With Alpro soya custard - mmm

3 medium ripe bananas
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup self-raising flour
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
icing sugar to decorate (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C
  • Grease an 8 inch round tin and line the bottom
  • Combine the mashed bananas and sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir until liquidy
  • Add the apple sauce, vanilla essence and egg. Stir to combine.
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix through
  • Add the chocolate chips, mix and pour into the prepared baking tin
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes
  • Cool in the tin before turning out
This day five years ago in NYC

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Cooked brownie 'slab' cooling in the garden
I saw a recipe on Facebook for 37 calorie brownies. Sceptical? So was I. I have adapted the recipe (I don’t have Stevia, a sugar substitute, which is what the original called for) so I used brown sugar. I managed to get apple sauce in Tesco. Also I left the American measurements - having messed with them before with poor results, I thought I'd better not meddle.

Anyway, my brownies work out at 120 calories per brownie, and only have 2g of fat – not exactly 37 kcals but still not bad! And they are moist and tasty!


half cup porridge oats
1 medium free range egg
3/4 cup no-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup Bournville cocoa powder
1/2 cup light brown sugar (or a sugar substitute)
1/3 cup apple sauce
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF
  • Grease a square 8” x 8” pan
  • Combine all the ingredients in a food mixer (I used a hand blender) for one minute
  • Bake for 22 minutes or so
  • Cool in the pan
  • Cut into 9 squares

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


 It's Temple Street Bake time again!

Low calorie banana bread
I'm a sucker for banana bread. I'd love a soda bread type one (I think I will have to invent it) but, in the absence of that, I made a low calorie one today based on this recipe. How she got 24 pieces out of this is beyond me - maybe her guests were mice. My loaf yields about 10 slices.

Apple sauce is not a staple here in Ireland, so I made my own (ahem!) out of a peeled, finely diced apple. I cooked it on a medium heat with a little water until softened and then blended it, which didn't make it very sauce-like. But, in it went anyway.

This makes a moist, very sweet, low-sized loaf so the slices are more like bars. 106 kcals per bar. Yum!


2 mashed bananas
1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce/or one apple made into poor applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 dash salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
2 tablespoons nonfat milk (I used soya milk)
3/4 cup spelt flour


  • Preheat oven to 180°/350°F and lightly grease a 2lb loaf tin
  • Place all ingredients but flour & baking powder in a large bowl and mix
  • Sieve in flour and baking powder to wet ingredients
  • Pour into loaf tin
  • Cook for about 35 minutes - or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool before slicing