Raspberry Ripple & White Chocolate Ice Cream (no churn)

I first heard about this no-churn ice cream on twitter. Ren from Fabulicious Food was talking about it. She had made a lipsmacking batch of White Chocolate & Blackcurrant no-churn ice cream for this month's Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream challenge.

Now, I do have an ice cream maker and I take it for a spin from time to time, but I just couldn't resist trying this recipe. Scotty Brand had sent me some of their glorious Scottish raspberries and as raspberry ripple is one of my all time favourite ice creams, I decided to give it a go.

It is so easy. It's just a combination of condensed milk (yes, you heard me right), cream and vanilla. That's it. As simple as that. You just make your base, then add whatever flavour or bits and pieces you like. You can really go crazy with this simple recipe and no churning, so you can just pop it in the freezer and forget about it.

Treacle Gingerbread Loaf

An old-fashioned moist, treacley gingerbread loaf. Just how grandma made it.

A loaf of rich Treacle Gingerbread Loaf, sliced on a white plate

Grandma's Quick & Thrifty Cookbook

Grandma's Quick & Thrifty Cookbook Cover
This moist, treacley gingerbread comes from Grandma's Quick & Thrifty Cookbook.

A great title for this day and age, especially with the state of the economy and all our purse strings pulling tighter.

I was excited to have a good read of this cookbook. I was expecting great things from it.

It starts off with some great tips on preserving fruit, vegetables and herbs.

There are also energy saving tips, ways to use leftovers and ideas to make meals go further. And ...... then come the recipes.

Oh the recipes. Readers beware ........

Close up of Treacle Gingerbread Loaf with a fork pronged into the cake

Keep reading!

I have to tell you I felt deflated and disappointed when I got to the recipes.

I don't know what I was expecting, as these are billed as Grandma's recipes, so there wasn't going to be any ground-breaking, stylish dishes, but still I was disappointed.

There might be some great family dishes if you're a meat eater, but none of the veggie or vegetable dishes inspired me at all.

Don't give up yet!

I might have given up at this point, but I carried on reading until I got to the jewel in the crown. First a chapter called Desserts and then on to Bread, Cakes, Biscuits and other Treats.

You just can't beat traditional cakes and biscuits. Especially if you need a spot of comfort food. You won't find anything nicer than one of Grandma's puddings.

Desserts, Bread, Biscuits & Other Treats

I would recommend buying this book for these chapters alone.

I still wasn't convinced after my first read, but I find myself picking it up again and again.

I've also had requests for the recipe from my mum and her friend Margaret. So I'm going to end on a high note and say this book is worth buying for the Tips, Desserts, Baking and the Basics at the end of the book.

And of course this gingerbread loaf.

My vegan readers may like to try my Red Apple & Treacle Fruitcake 

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Grandma's Quick & Thrifty Cookbook

Here are a few of the traditional sweet and baked recipes in this cookbook:

    Front cover of Grandma's Quick & Thrifty Cookbook
  • Chocolate Pudding in Teacups 
  • Jam Roly Poly
  • Plum Cobbler
  • Baked Custard
  • Apple Strudel
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Big Fruity Tea Bun
  • Date & Walnut Loaf
  • Devil's Food Cake
  • Grandma's Never-Fail Sponge
  • Jam Drop Biscuits
  • Gingersnap Biscuits
  • Melting Moments
  • Gingerbread Men
  • Coconut Macaroons

Vegetarian Recipe Count: 113 out of 200 recipes (with a change of stock in a couple of recipes)
Vegan Recipe Count: 
22 out of 200 recipes

Grandma's Quick & Thrifty Cookbook

Format:  Paperback
Pages:  384
Publisher:  Reader's Digest
ISBN:  978-1780200019
Published:  4 Oct 2011
Size:  25.4 x 19.6 x 2.8 cm

A slice of Treacle Gingerbread Loaf, spread with butter on a white plate with silver knife

Treacle Gingerbread Loaf

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Yield: 8-10

Treacle Gingerbread Loaf

An old-fashioned moist, treacley gingerbread loaf. Just how grandma made it.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 55 M


  • 185g plain flour
  • 110g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 140g soft brown sugar
  • 250g black treacle
  • 185ml milk
  • 80ml olive oil
  • 2 large eggs


How to cook Treacle Gingerbread Loaf

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4.
  2. Grease a 10cm x 20cm x7cm (1lb) loaf tin and line with baking parchment or greaseproof paper, ensuring that the paper extends 3cm above tin. (I used a loaf tin insert, which didn't rise above the tin and it was fine)
  3. Sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar until well combined.
  4. Whisk the treacle, milk, olive oil and eggs in a jug. Add to the flour and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a cake skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and allow it to cool completely.
  7. Enjoy!


You may use golden syrup instead of treacle in this cake. The result is still spicy with a great flavour but a milder, paler cake.
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Disclosure Statement: I received this book free from the publisher to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  

A Danish Loaf & Breadmaking at Jo Jo's Danish Bakery

Before I jetted off to Cyprus, I went to a breadmaking class at Jo Jo's Danish Bakery in Edinburgh, with my cousin Claire who blogs over at A Kiss of Cookies.

Claire measuring out flour.

slicing the top of our loaves


Scottish Tattie Scones

It was the weekend, so I decided to make some tattie (potato) scones.

I was making them for Sunday morning breakfast, but the boy asked if he could have some. So I warmed up some beans and fried an egg for him too. He loved the tattie scones.

I don't know why I haven't made them for him before, they're so simple to make. Graham and I are not in the habit of having breakfast, although the boy always has his.  I cannot face eating so early in the morning.

What are Tattie Scones ?

In case you haven't heard of tattie scones before, they are part of a traditional Scottish breakfast. They are flat scones made from potatoes and traditionally cooked on a griddle.

In Ireland they are called fadge or potatoes scones, but we just call them tattie scones (tattie is our abbreviation for potato). A full Scottish breakfast for vegetarians can contain some or all of the following:

What is in a full cooked vegan breakfast?

Choose 4 or more of the following:

  1. well cooked veggie sausages (we like Linda McCartney)
  2. baked beans
  3. sauted mushrooms (seasoned well with pepper)
  4. grilled (broiled) tomatoes
  5. wilted spinach 
  6. fried potato slices
  7. toasted potato scones
  8. toast

For a vegetarian cooked breakfast you can also add:

  1. griddled or fried halloumi
  2. fried, poached or scrambled eggs

Instead of shop bought sausages why not try my puy lentil and mushroom sausagescarrot and black bean sausages or my easy recipe for potato scones?

    It's not something to have all the time, but nice for an occasional lazy, late Sunday breakfast.

    I made small, round tattie scones, but they are traditionally rolled into a larger circle and cut into four triangles. You can use any cutter you like really. It might be fun to use some cookie cutters to make star or heart shapes, if you are making them for children. So, remember to cook extra potatoes if you are having them with your evening meal, so you can whip these up quickly next morning.

    What do you like to have for a lazy Sunday breakfast?

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    Scottish Tattie Scones
    These are traditional potato scones, made in Scotland. A simple scone made from mashed potato, flour and butter. Once cooked they can be kept in the fridge and re-heated in a toaster or under a grill.
    • 400g potatoes, peeled
    • 50g butter,(or dairy-free spread)
    • 80g plain flour
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    1. Boil the potatoes until they are tender and mash with the butter.2. Mix up the mashed potato in a bowl with the flour, baking powder and salt, until the form a dough.3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, to about ½ cm deep. Use the cutter of your choice or cut into the traditional triangles.4. Lightly oil and heat a frying pan or griddle. Fry each scone on each side for a few minutes until golden.5. Serve while hot or leave to cool, then pop in the fridge for a quick breakfast. They toast really well.
    Total time:
    Yield: 12 scones (depending on size)

    Here are a few more traditional Scottish recipes you may like to try:


    Turkish Zucchini Fritters

    Following my holiday snaps from Girne in the North of Cyprus, which is Turkish, I thought I stick with the theme and share these Turkish Zucchini (Courgette) Fritters with you.

    These were not gleamed from my visit, but from a cookbook called Turkish Flavours - Recipes from a Seaside Café by Sevtap Yüce.

    I actually requested a review copy of this book as I was interested in learning more about Turkish food and I was delighted with the cookbook when it arrived. It is printed on a paper that is nice to the touch (very important don't you know?) and is chockablock with beautifully shot photos.


    Girne, North Cyprus - Holiday Snaps

    Girne Harbour

    Cooper making cheese scones

    Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake Cake for Clandestine Cake Club

    I cannot tell you the amount of trouble this cake gave me. I don't know what it is, but baking for cake club is always a bit fraught. Normally when I bake, it all goes smoothly and I am usually very pleased with the result, but bring cake club into the mix and I either have a disaster or my cake isn't good enough to make on the day. Maybe I am just expecting too much of myself. (recipe at end of post)

    Pepper and Mushroom Pappardelle Recipe

    a bowl of Pepper and Mushroom Pappardelle

    St Helen's Farm sent me some of their dairy products to try. All of their products come from goats' milk. Now, I have of course tried and enjoyed goats cheese, but goats' milk, yoghurt and butter are all new to me. Since I don't drink milk myself, Cooper has been getting stuck in to the milk and doesn't seem to notice a difference.

    I don't think I would particularly buy the milk again, except as perhaps a bit of a test. It is said that goats milk can be good for those suffering eczema and Cooper had a bit of eczema on his legs as a baby. It did clear up, but occasionally he will get a dry patch behind one of his knees, so it would be interesting to see if it helped at all.

    So, that's the milk. The butter is easy as I love to bake, as you may have noticed and I do love goats cheese added to dishes, but the yoghurt, I wasn't sure what to do with that apart from make a smoothie. Until of course,  I had to make a last minute meal. Something quick using what I had in the fridge and cupboard and voila!


    Morphy Richards Colour Boutique and My Wee Kitchen

    As a Morphy Richards Innovator I will be receiving some rather stylish Morphy Richards products to review from time to time. I will give my honest opinion in my reviews, which is something you can always expect from me, although as it is such a good quality brand, I cannot imagine I will have much to say that is negative.

    For my first review, I was sent a kettle and toaster from the Colour Boutique range. The Colour Boutique is a selection of kettles and toasters in a wide range of colours to match and brighten up your kitchen. I picked the vibrant orange. A rather splendid colour and it matches one of my Le Creuset, that stay on top of my cooker. Let's face it Le Creuset are too darn heavy  to be lugging in and out of the cupboard, that is if I actually had room in the cupboard which I don't. So I matched my new kettle and toaster to my Le Creuset.

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