Christmas Buns

These are rather like sticky Chelsea buns, but with a spicy, fruity Christmassy twist. They make a delicious change from shop-bought panettone or even mince pies.

Oatmeal Drop Scones

I love cooking drop scones on a griddle. Try these for breakfast, as a change from porridge.


This light, airy baguette has a wonderful crisp golden crust.

Soda Bread

Ireland’s most famous bread is made with two of the oldest foods, wheat and buttermilk.


This straightforward ciabatta recipe is relatively easy and satisfying to make.

Sourdough Starter

It is important to use an organic apple, or this starter may not ferment.

Cranberry and Stilton Bread

If you want a change from cheese and biscuits at Christmas, give this flavoursome bread a try.


These large, soft, sweet and fruity teacakes are quite different from their shop-bought counterparts.

Corn Tortillas

Tortillas that you buy in a supermarket are made from wheat flour, but these traditional corn tortillas are made with masa harina.