Desserts and Bakes Worth Making

Saturday 27 July 2019

I never got anything new baked to share with you this weekend. The weather has been uber hot here and I just can't bring myself to do much in the way of cooking.  I thought it would be another opportunity to share some of the recipes from my old Oak Cottage Blog that I used to have years ago.  Although the photography is not the best, the recipes are all sound and delicious.  There's a little something here for everyone!

You can't beat a delicious Sticky Marmalade Loaf.  It has a beautiful flavour and texture.  Filled with toasted pecan nuts, with more adorning the top and a final glaze of marmalade, this is one you will want to enjoy with a nice hot cuppa!  We like to spread slices of it with butter when we eat it!

*Sticky Marmalade Tea Loaf*
Makes 1 2-lb loaf (serves approx. 12)
Printable Recipe

I like to use extra chunky marmalade in this delicious tea bread. It helps to give extra texture to the baked loaf and prettifies the top! Yorkshire Tea company does make a lovely marmalade loaf of their own, which is quite good, but you just can't beat homemade! It's always infinitely better! (Besides my own is twice the size and half the price, not to mention just that bit tastier!)

140g of marmalade (reserve 1 TBS for later) (2/3 cup)
170g of butter, softened (3/4 cup)
170g ounces light soft brown sugar (3/4 cup)
3 large free range eggs, beaten
280g self rising flour (2 cups)
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
100g pecan halves, divided (scant cup)

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark 4. Lightly butter a 2 pound loaf tin and then line it with greaseproof paper. Set aside, along with 1 TBS of the marmalade (in a small sauce pan.)

Put the butter, remaining marmalade, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and spices into a large bowl. Blend with an electric beater for two minutes or so until smooth and light. Stir in 2/3 of the pecan nuts.

Tip the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the remaining pecan nuts over top evenly. Bake in the heated oven for about 1 - 1 1/4 hours until a skewer inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly touched. (If it is browning too much you can cover it with foil after 45 minutes) Once cooked remove it from the tin and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack.

Gently heat the reserved marmalade and then brush it evenly over top of the warm loaf. Allow to cool and serve cut into slices.

This is a lovely refreshing pie in the summer months. You do need to bake it briefly in the oven, but not long enough to really heat up the kitchen!

*Lemon Ice Box Pie*
Serves 8
Printable Recipe

This pie is not only easy and quick to make, but oh so very tasty. With it's wonderfully scrumptious lemon filling and it's spicy gingersnap crust it is moreishly delicious! A real pleaser on all levels! Another one from my big blue binder.

the grated zest and juice of 3 lemons (I always use unwaxed)
3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten (freeze the whites to make a pavlova or meringues at a later date)
1 14-ounce tin of sweetened condensed milk (400g)
1 TBS sugar
a pre-baked gingersnap crust (see below)
1 cup heavy cream, chilled (240ml)
1/4 cup sugar (45g)

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark 4. Stir the lemon juice, lemon zest and the egg yolks together in a bowl. Whisk in the condensed milk and sugar and combine thoroughly.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust and then place on a baking tray. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Cover with cling film and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.

When ready to serve, beat the cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and beat just to combine. Cut the pie into slices and garnish each slice with a nice dollop of the sweetened cream to serve.

*Gingersnap Pie Crust*
makes one 9 inch pie crust

4 ounces of gingersnap cookies, crushed into fine crumbs (about 1 cup of crumbs)
(Over here I use gingernuts and crush them in my blender)
1/2 cup finely ground almonds or pecans (50g)
5 TBS unsalted butter, melted

Pre-heat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3. Stir the gingersnap crumbs and almonds together in a bowl. Add the melted butter and stir to mix evenly together. Turn into a 9 inch pie plate and press the crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the sides to form a crust.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until it feels dry and firm. Let cool to room temperature before filling.

 What was your favourite flavour of pudding (North American Pudding) when you were a child. Mine was chocolate pudding. It was actually rather strange because I hated really did not like chocolate milk, but chocolate pudding, I was in love with! 

*Chocolate Pudding*
Serves 4
Dark, rich and delicious.  How can something so simple taste so good. You will never want to open a boxed mix again.
60g dark unsweetened chocolate (2 ounces)
(broken into bits)
480ml whole milk (2 cups)
95g white sugar (1/2 cup)
2 TBS corn flour (cornstarch)
1/4 tsp salt
1 large free range egg
1 tsp vanilla
120ml heavy cream (1/2 cup)
Drop the chocolate bits into a saucepan with a heavy base. Add the milk.  Cook, whisking, over low heat, heating it gradually and allowing the chocolate to melt slowly.  It may appear somewhat grainy, but don't worry, it will smooth out in the finished pudding.
Combine the sugar, cornflour, salt and egg in  a large bowl.  Gradually whisk in the chocolate milk mixture, whisking constantly. Return  to the pan and continue to cook over low heat, whisking constantly until the mixture is smooth and has thickened, and has begun to boil.  Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from the heat and let stand for several minutes to cool slightly then whisk in the vanilla.  Pour into pudding dishes and cover with a thin layer of heavy cream. (This helps to prevent a skin from forming and tastes delicious.) Refrigerate until well chilled before serving.
Alternately, don't cover it with the cream and instead serve it with whipped cream. Its also very nice with some crumbled cinder toffee sprinkled on top of the whipped cream.  Just saying!

*Cinder Toffee*

Every child's delight this is a wonderful concoction that magically turns from a thick syrup into a heavenly light sponge of delicious sweet confection once you add the magic ingredient . . . baking soda. One feels a bit like a mad scientist when they are making this. It's soooo sweet and soooo good!

3 1/2 TBS salted butter, plus extra for greasing
300ml water (1 1/4 cups)
4 teaspoons malt vinegar
3 tablespoons golden syrup
450g granulated sugar (2 1/3 cups)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 bar of good quality chocolate, *optional (I use green and blacks organic milk chocolate)

Grease a large baking tin well with butter and set it aside. (mine was an 11 by 7 inch tin)

Place the butter, water, and vinegar into a large saucepan. Heat until the butter has melted. Add the golden syrup and sugar. Heat and stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Once it has dissolved and it is all mixed well together, STOP stirring. Clip your candy thermometer onto the side of the pan if you have one. Bring the mixture to the boil and allow to boil without stirring it until the mass reaches the hard crack stage on your candy thermometer. (if you don't have a candy thermometer a teaspoon of the molten toffee dropped into a saucer of cold water at hard crack stage will form brittle strands and crack when you try to shape it)

Be very careful as this mixture is very hot and can be dangerous. This is not a recipe for children to be making.

Remove the mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the baking soda. It will immediately froth up. Keep stirring gently until the bubbles begin to subside. Working very quickly, pour it into the prepared pan. Wait for between ten and twenty minutes until the mixture is set up but still warm, and then knock it out of the pan and break the toffee into pieces. Lay these pieces out on a wire rack until completely cooled, then transfer to an air-tight container (or your mouth).

*If you wish to coat yours in chocolate, break up your chocolate into small bits and melt it in a bowl set over simmering water. Dip each piece of cooled cinder toffee into the melted chocolate to coat, and then place the coated pieces on a rack to dry completely before storing in an air tight container.  
You have heard of Lemon Drizzle Loaf, this is a Jaffa Drizzle Loaf.  Flavoured with orange and drizzled with chocolate!
Jaffa Drizzle Loaf

*Jaffa Drizzle Loaf*
Cuts into 8 - 1 slices
Printable Recipe

Chocolate and orange are an unbeatable combination. This light and zesty cake makes the best of those two lovely flavours.

140g of butter, softened (2/3 cup)
280g self raising flour (2 cups)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
225g sugar (1 cup + 3 TBS)
3 large  free range eggs
6 TBS milk
the finely grated zest of 1 large orange

3 TBS fresh orange juice
5 TBS sugar
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Butter a medium loaf tin and line the bottom with some baking parchment. Butter the parchment.

Put all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat with your electric mixer until light and fluffy. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf tin and level the top. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch when lightly touched with a fingertip. Alternately you can stick a toothpick into the centre. If it comes out clean . . . the cake is done!

In the meantime, heat the orange juice and sugar gently in small pan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Remove the finished cake from the oven and set aside on a rack. Do not remove from the pan. Take a toothpick or a fork and punch holes into it all over the top. Spoon the orange/sugar mixture all over the top, waiting for it to soak in before adding more. Leave to cool completely in the pan. Once cool, remove from the tin and place on the rack again.

Melt the chocolate bits in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave on medium for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave. (I microwave it at 30 second intervals until it is meltingly soft) Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cake with a fork and then leave to set before slicing.

Our Blueberries are ripening at the moment.  Time to make this lucious Blueberry Sour Cream Cake.

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

*Blueberry Soured Cream Cake*Serves 10
Printable Recipe
Moist yellow cake studded with luscious blueberries . . . all topped with a delicious cream cheese icing and more fresh blueberries. This is a winning cake on all counts!

180g butter, softened (3/4 cup)
170g caster sugar (14 TBS)
3 large free range eggs
280g self raising flour (2 cups)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
75g carton of sour cream, divided (9 1/2 TBS)
375g punnets of blueberries Scant 4 cups)

2 TBS butter
2 TBS cream cheese
195g sugar (1 1/2 cup)
drop of vanilla 
Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark 4. Butter a 9 inch round deep cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment. Butter the parchment.

Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and vanilla into a bowl. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes with an electric beater until it is pale and well mixed. Beat in 4 Tablespoons of sour cream, then carefully fold in half of the blueberries.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan and level it off. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 50 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly pressed or a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Cool in the tin for 1o minutes, then take out of the tin and peel of the parchment paper. Leave to finish cooling on a wire rack.

Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla with the icing sugar until you have a smooth and creamy mixture. Spread over the top of the completely cooled cake. Scatter the remaining half of the blueberries on top.

This cake will keep well in the refrigerator for several days. (If it lasts that long!) Deliciously moreish!  

I scream. You scream.  We all scream for Ice Cream!  Especially if it boasts a lovely Maple Walnut topping!

*Maple Walnut Ice Cream Sundaes*Serves 1
Printable Recipe

This hardly seems a recipe, it is so simple. You can multiply the amounts according to however many people you are wanting to serve it to. Once you taste how delicious it is, and see how easy it is to do, you will wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself!

¼ cup of pure maple syrup (60ml)
¼ cup chopped walnuts of pecans (35g)
1 large scoop of vanilla ice cream

Heat a non stick skillet over medium heat for a few minutes and then toss in the nuts. Toast them in the heated skillet for about two to three minutes. Once they are toasted and begin to smell all fragrantly nutty, pour in the Maple syrup and let it bubble up. Remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes, until it is just warm. (Not hot, unless you want soup, instead of ice cream!)

Scoop vanilla ice cream into a dish andthen pour the maple nut sauce over top and enjoy!
I love it with walnuts myself, but that is probably because it reminds me of the maple walnut ice cream from home. That was always my father’s favourite flavour and every mouthful always reminds me of him. 
Our Strawberries are all but done now, but you can still load up on fresh Scottish strawberries at the shops! 

Fresh Strawberry Torte

*Fresh Strawberry Torte*Serves 12
Printable Recipe

Easy to make and a beauty to behold. This lovely tortecombines a wonderfully crisp and buttery shortbread crust with all the decadence of a luscious cream filling, topped with gorgeously sweet strawberries. A final dusting of powdered sugar is it’s crowning glory. It’s hard to believe that something so easy can be so impressive, but it’s true!

½ cup of pecans or walnuts, toasted (45g)
1 ½ cups plain flour (210g)
2 TBS caster sugar
¾ cup cold butter (180g)

8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature (230g)
½ cup caster sugar 45g)
1 cup whipping cream (240ml)
3 cups fresh strawberries, halved
Icing sugar to dust over the top and a few whole berries for a garnish

Pre-heat the oven to 165*C/325*F/ gas mark 3. Place the nuts in a food processor and pulse them until they are finely chopped, taking care not to turn them into a paste. It should only take 4 or 5 pulses. Add the sugar and the flour and pulse to mix. When well blended, add the butter, 2 TBS at a time through the hopper, pulsing until the mixture forms a crumbly consistency, and the butter is worked well throughout.

Remove the crumbs from the processor and spread into a 10 inch spring form pan. Press evenly on the bottom and pushing one inch up the sides of the pan to form a shallow crust with one inch sides. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack and let cool completely in the pan.

Once the crust is cooled, place the cream cheese and sugar in a small bowl and beat together until fluffy and well blended. Place the whipping cream in another bowl and whip until soft peaks form, taking care not to over beat it. You don’t want it to be granular. Slowly fold the cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream, until well blended. Spread evenly in the cooled crust and then refrigerate for an hour or so to firm up.

When ready to serve, arrange the sliced berries on the top of the chilled cream mixture in a decorative manner, placing a few berries in the centre to garnish. Remove the sides of the spring form pan and place on a serving plate. Dust lightly with icing sugar.

*Note - Don’t ever wash strawberries. They become soggy and waterlogged. Just lightly wipe them with some damp paper towelling if they are dusty and dirty. Also, don’t refrigerate them. The flavour is so much better at room temperature, and if you can leave them out in the sun for a bit until they are lovely and warm and juicy, so much the better!

I reckon that's enough for you to be getting on with this weekend!  Hope you are having a good one!  Its Grace's first birthday party today and we are looking forward to going to that.  I hope the sun shines for it!


  1. As always..thank you.
    For your time..the recipes..and the devotion to your blogs.Kudos!

    1. You are welcome Monique. Although these are recipes I had already posted on another page, it does take longer to put them on here, as none of them have both sets of measurements, and none of them had printable options, but I do think they are worth keeping. Happy Saturday! xoxo

  2. Thank you Marie! These recipes are Definitely Worth Keeping! I'm so glad you took the time to post them here because I've never seen your old blog. I'm pinning and printing these and while I do and make this comment, I am trying to decide if I want to try the Blueberry Sour Cream Cake first or the Lemon Ice Box Pie!! I have all the ingredients for the cake so that will probably be where I begin. I do have a question on the cake, can I make it in my Bundt Pan? Sadly, I don't own a deep cake tin. The other idea I Love is the Gingersnap Pie Crust as I am very partial to Gingersnaps! Also I wanted to tell you I love your little painting with the pies cooling in the window!! I have admired all the artwork I have seen you post and wish you'd include even more! Thanks again and let me know about the Bundt Pan. Thank you, Mary Houle

    1. Hi there Mary. thanks very much for your lovely comment. One thing you can do if you don't have a deep round cake tin is to use some baking paper and line it, having the lining stick up above the top of the pan by several inches. I have never used a Bundt tin for this cake so I wouldn't like to say that it would work for sure. You could also use a deep spring form pan, like the kind you would use for a cheesecake! Let me know how you get on! xoxo

  3. This post is DEFINITELY a keeper! I'll be printing out some of these as soon as I get back to a printer. (I think I went through my paper copying lemon recipes!) So many good ones! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Jeanie! You are welcome! xoxo PS - I am like you with lemon anything! oxox


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