Vegan, wheat-free, nut-free cheesecakes
Vegan, wheat-free, nut-free cheesecakes

I wanted to make vegan cheesecake for a party, and then realised I also wanted to be able to offer it to my friends with nut and wheat allergies. I cobbled this together from a few existing vegan cheesecake recipes to see if I could do it. They were good, and reasonably easy. Next time […]

Wheat-free Waffles

A friend asked me to make wheat-free waffles this morning.  I have mixed success with wheat-free stuff, but thought I’d give it a go.  These came out awesome!  They are at least as good as normal waffles, so everyone might want to try them — not just those who can’t tolerate wheat. Ingredients: 1 egg yolk […]

Wedding (cup)cake

So, this past weekend I was honoured to be asked to bake a wedding cake for the wedding of two lovely friends. Photos of the cake and making process are on facebook:, and I used this recipe: A few tips: I baked a test cake using natural food colour.  It was tasty, but sort […]

Date Cake
Date Cake

Also an overdue Christmas post, here is my great Aunt Esther’s date and pecan cake, with a confession.  I hated this cake until I was about 30.  Now I can’t get enough of it.  I would make it all year, except the dates and nuts make it quite expensive.  But it’s awesome. Date Cake (nb: this […]

It was Stollen
It was Stollen

So a very long overdue post for Christmas — part one: Stollen This is my great Aunt Esther’s Stollen recipe.  She was from the German part of the family, so this comes from Germany, by way of America.  I know most Europeans like marzipan in their stollen, but we never used it, so this is the […]

Lemon Syrup Love Cake Recipe
Lemon Syrup Love Cake Recipe

This is based on Nigella Lawson’s cake of the same name, with a few modifications.  I made it recently for a special birthday. It works best in a silicone cake tin — preferably bundt-shaped (the silicone does not absorb the syrup so it all goes in the cake). Ingredients 1/4 cup soft unsalted butter 3/4 cup + […]

Vegan Banana Cakebread muffin recipe
Vegan Banana Cakebread muffin recipe

I don’t know what to call these — I made them to have a vegan alternative for the banana bread I was making for one of our meetings.  They have turned out great, so I thought I’d write the recipe down before I forget.  It’s based on our treasurer’s vegan blueberry muffin recipe. Ingredients 275g flour […]

Heavenly Pie
Heavenly Pie

For my birthday, I decided to try my grandmother’s Heavenly Pie recipe.  I’ve never made it before, but have watched first grandmother and then mother make it so thought I’d give it a try. It turned out well — not quite perfect, but I can live with that and will definitely try it again. It […]

Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns

It’s Easter, so there must be hot cross buns. Hint: don’t use unbleached icing sugar unless you want these to look like you’ve glazed them with dulce de leche. Still, they are very tasty.

Rivet Cake
Rivet Cake

For a birthday at an industrial club, Holly made Rivet Cake. Actually, she made a trio of silver cakes. We love edible silver spray paint.

Irish Soda Bread

Matt requested the Irish Soda Bread recipe, so here it is: Irish soda bread 4 cups flour 1 tsp salt 1Tbsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarb (baking soda) 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter (cold) 1 egg 1 3/4 cups buttermilk* 2 cups of raisins** *Don’t have buttermilk? You can substitute 1 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup […]


We have made all the waffles in Gothic Valley, and the tasty vegan variety have inspired one of our number to buy a waffle iron. For her and other vegan and vegan-friendly types, here is our recipe (adapted from this, but quite different). Gothic Vegan Waffles 1 cup flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt (scant) 1/2 […]

Cinnamon Roll War I

Today Elin and Holly started the first Cinnamon Roll War.  This pitted the Cinnabon ™ recipe (actually, Elin’s improved version) against Holly’s gran’s recipe. We fought it out in Elin’s lounge. Actually, what the day entailed was eating a lot of amazing cinnamon roles, drinking gallons of coffee and tea, and having what the Swedish would […]

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