New Year-New Recipes

And so ladies and gentlemen for my first trick…I mean RECIPE, sorry always loved magic shows as a kid, don’t know what came over me, here it is in all it’s glory, tah dah!

Ps. It may be not quite a “magic” trick but I assure you these WILL vanish into thin air!

Pps. Click anywhere on the page to see the book at Waterstones 🙂

Cornflour Cakes

These were something of an intriguing find in my Christmas present Great British Bakes by Mary-Anne Boermans. Having never baked a cake with solely cornflour in the carb part of the recipe I was curious to give it a whirl, the promise of being “quite unlike any other cake” swung it! These little cakes are really rather good, and Mary-Anne is right, the texture is unusual and not something we in the 21st century are used to, but in a good way! Also they are GLUTEN free, which is nice 🙂

Don’t be tempted to not put the curd in the middle of these cloud-like morsels, you really DO need it. I’d cheated as I didn’t have enough lemons in the fruit dish, but did have a jar of bought lemon curd and a slightly past it’s best fruit to spritz juice into it(just was not cutting it on the tartness scale).

Here’s what you’ll need:


80g butter

56g sugar

112g cornflour

1/2 tsp baking powder

zest of 1 lemon

pinch of salt

1 egg


mix together icing sugar with fresh lemon juice to make a smooth lemony icing

filling: lemon curd, however you get to have it(bought in the shop, or making your own) is fine, we’re all friends here

preheat the oven to 200c/180f/gas6

line a bun tin with paper cases

cream the butter until very soft add sugar and beat again until light and fluffy

add the egg,  zest and beat until totally mixed

sift together flour salt and baking powder, add to the butter slowly a spoon at a time until combined completely

drop spoonfuls into the paper cases until 3/4 full

bake for 8-10 mins until golden

when baked and cool, slice a little cone out of the cake and plop ina little lemon curd(however you make it) put back the top and glaze with the sharp citrus icing

place on a fancy plate with a doily and impress the vicar, or not, they are equally delicious with a builder’s mug of strong tea on your own in the kitchen, honest!

enjoy! 🙂


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