Quick apricot, apple and pecan loaf cake

Delia walks you through this simple tea bread recipe for delicious results – perfect for beginners and for baking with kids. Equipment and preparation: You will need one pleated bread loaf tin 900g/2lb with a base measurement of 9x16cm/3½x6½in lightly buttered. Ingredients For the loaf cake 175g/6oz ready-to-eat apricots, each chopped in half 175g/6oz cooking apple (1 medium apple), […]Read More

Cardamom and white chocolate sponge

Cardamom with white chocolate is a surprisingly good combination in a sponge cake. Equipment: You will need two 20cm/8in loose-bottomed sandwich tins, and a dove-shaped stencil to decorate. Ingredients 225g/8oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 4 free-range eggs 225g/8oz caster sugar 225g/8oz self-raising flour 2 level tsp baking powder 12 cardamom pods For the icing 100g/3½oz white chocolate, broken into pieces […]Read More

Vegan potato cake with chickpea curry

Vegan potato cakes made from leftover jacket potatoes get made over into delicious potato cakes with a side order of curried chickpeas. Ingredients For the spiced chickpeas 500g/1lb 2oz cooked chickpeas, cooking liquor reserved, or 2 x 400g tins of chickpeas, drained 50ml/2fl oz vegetable oil 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds pinch salt 1 tsp chilli powder 75g/2½oz piece root ginger, peeled […]Read More

Chocolate and hazelnut torte

One should have an elegant chocolate cake in one’s arsenal. This one is spiked with orange and hazelnuts – a glorious combination. Equipment and preparation: You’ll need a 23cm/9in cake tin. Ingredients 200g/7oz dark chocolate, chopped 3 large free-range eggs 110g/4oz unsalted butter, diced 150g/5oz caster sugar 90g/3oz ground hazelnuts 60g/2oz self-raising flour 3 tbsp orange pinch salt freshly whipped cream, to serve […]Read More

How to make butterfly cakes

These butterfly buns are super easy and incredibly delicious! They are perfect for children, bake sales, and family gatherings. Ingredients For the cakes 100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened 100g/3½oz caster sugar 2 free-range eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten 100g/3½oz self-raising flour 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp fine salt 1 tbsp milk For the buttercream 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, softened 200g/7oz icing sugar sifted 1 […]Read More

Getting Active in Bern, Switzerland

Bern’s old town is UNESCO protected and the layout of its wide streets goes back to medieval times. It was founded in the 12th century on high ground, circled by a tight U-bend of the River Aare, making it easy to defend. The story goes that Berthold V, Duke of Zähringen declared that he would […]Read More

Travel Guide: 24 hours in Edinburgh

It might be the capital of Scotland, the home of vibrant festivals and the seat of Scottish power, but there’s something about the cold cobbles, the wind-battered stones, and the towering castle that make the hilly city of Edinburgh still feel like a haunted fortress atop an enchanted mountain. Tourists duck and dive under towering bridges, they […]Read More

Walking the Capital Ring, London

While the London Loop is the M25 of London walking, the Capital Ring is more like the North and South Circulars, passing through the inner boroughs, utilizing their green spaces. It’s easy to access by public transport and you can do it in sections, catching a bus or a tube if you feel tired. There’s […]Read More

Hiking Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

The big surprise of Gran Canaria is how unspoiled it actually is but you’ll need to hire car to explore properly. Most tourist development is concentrated in the south and the interior is almost empty, populated by extinct volcanoes, rugged peaks rising almost 2000m, deep ravines, and indigenous pine and laurel forests. It’s been designated […]Read More

Alternative ways to enjoy Mallorca

In 2021 Sarah Drane described her favorite places to go to in Mallorca and offered some excellent recommendations. With travel due to open up later this and Mallorca being a long-established favorite of British travelers, Simon Maurice suggests some alternative goodies that UK visitors’ best-loved Balearic Island has to offer: Railway to Soller: Take the scenic route […]Read More