Bookmarked Recipes #14 - The July Roundup

Bookmarked Recipes: a monthly event to encourage food bloggers to revisit the recipes they have bookmarked from magazines, newspapers, cookbooks. websites, blogs, to try them out and post about them.

I swear these roundups get better every month!

Read on to see all the entries. If you recreate any bookmarked recipes in August, you can join in by adding them to the linky at the end of the post for the next roundup.


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 

pin it for later

An old-fashioned moist, treacley gingerbread loaf. Just how grandma made it . Everyone loves this retro bake for a teatime treat, with coffee or for dessert. #gingerbread #retrocakes #loafcake #gingerbreadcake #easygingerbread #oldfashioncakes #oldfashionedbakes #ginger #cake

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


My Cookbook Shelf for Random Recipes

Each month Dom comes up with a new idea for Random Recipes and sometimes they can be quite challenging. He is never satisfied with us randomly opening up a page each month and following the recipe, on no!


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 Cooper 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 Cooper always has his.  I cannot face eating so early in the morning.

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)

Moo Winner - Business Cards

Time to announce the winner of 100 business cards from Moo.

There were 149 entries and I used a random number generator to draw the winning entry.

Congratulations to Jamie over at Life's a Feast., who takes the most beautiful photographs. Can't wait to see your business cards Jamie!

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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