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Chelsea buns

Some of you may have noticed Big Hungry Gnomes has had somewhat of a layout makeover in recent weeks and that my little blog has now moved. I hope that you will come follow me over at bighungrygnomes.co.uk My most recent post were these Chelsea Buns, inspired by a now lost childhood favourite which I … Continue reading

Golden Banana Bread

My first cook book was a children’s ‘around the world cookbook’ that I inherited from my older brother, when I was about six. I can remember flicking through it, looking at the cartoon illustrations and being allowed to pick out what me and my mom would bake together. Banana bread featured on the Caribbean double … Continue reading

Billionaire’s Shortbread

Makes 25 squares The shortbread for this recipe comes from my mum’s hand written recipe book, where she has only listed the ingredients and a gas oven temperature. The recipe goes back three generations to my Grandma and, for as long as I can remember, my mom and I have spent Christmas eve baking it. … Continue reading

Carrot Cupcakes

I feel like the baking world is slightly saturated with cupcakes at the minute, but I suddenly came up with the idea for these cupcakes and felt that I had to try them out. After learning about making edible sugar vegetables at my sugar craft class, I wanted to try making some little carrots and … Continue reading

Cheese Savouries

Makes 28 These biscuits are wonderfully crisp, with a slight chewiness given by the pieces of parmesan and sharp chedder running through the dough. These are great as they are but you can also add any additional flavours you fancy. Something with a gentle, smokey heat like garlic or parika works well, or something savoury … Continue reading

Perfect Meringues and Eton Mess

Eton Mess is a really classic British dessert, which with the traditional combination of softly whipped cream, fragments of crisp and light meringue and soft fruit at it’s absolute peak, giving a wonderfully summery feel. I’ve included a really simple recipe for meringues which are pretty much guaranteed to give you a wonderful light and … Continue reading

Orange and Cardamom Runout Biscuits

These orange and cardamom biscuits are similar to classic gingerbread and are perfect for icing onto as they retain their shape and don’t spread too much when baked. The combination of cardamom and orange in these works really well. The cardamom gives a subtle warm heat and compliments the freshness of the orange zest, and … Continue reading

Wild Garlic Pesto and Roast Potatoes

The punchy smell of wild garlic on a slightly wet and miserable day cannot fail to make you think of British Spring time. The weather here can always be relied on to be unreliable. One day will be grey and the rain will pour down, whereas the next will be beautiful and sunny. Huge swaths … Continue reading

Making Flower paste Hydrangeas

You may have seen my Spring Fling entry on Movita Beaucoup’s Bake My Cake competition, and after receiving wonderful compliments for the cake I entered and placing a very respectable second in my heat, I thought I had to post something sugar craft related this week. I’ve been having some fruitful experimenting with making sugar … Continue reading

Kreative Blogger Award

Despite the fact that I have had Big Hungry Gnomes since the start of this year, I am still hugely surprised every time I get complimented on one of my posts and I am even more amazed and massively grateful when someone nominates me for an award. The amazement this time around is courtesy of … Continue reading