Apple & Walnut Traybake

Irish apples are the all year round “fruit” hero! Delicious to eat as they are and fantastic to bake with too. We are all familiar with the apple tart but believe me when I tell you this traybake is much easier and quicker to make and equally delicious!

The walnuts not only compliment the tasty sweet organic apples they also add texture and nutty goodness.

We really hope you try this one soon, remember to serve large slices with giant mugs of tea and chats.

Lou 🙂


  • 225g self raising flour (or 215g plain flour + 2 teaspoons baking powder)
  • 175g soft butter
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 large apples, peeled and grated
  • 100g chopped walnuts, plus 30g extra to decorate
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar to decorate, optional


  1. Preheat the oven 170c and line a rectangle baking tray (12 x 8 inc) with parchment paper.
  2. Peel and grate the apples. (eat the apple peels with peanut butter as a snack)
  3. Measure the sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and beat together using an electric beater or a hand held whisk.
  4. Next beat in the eggs.
  5. Sieve in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, mix until combined.
  6. Fold in the grated apple and chopped walnuts.
  7. Add the mixture to the prepared baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes. Check that the cake if cooked by inserting a cocktail stick when it comes out clean its ready.
  8. Set aside to cool.
  9. To decorate add the icing sugar to a small bowl, add a teaspoon boiling water and mix to a paste, it should be thick like glue. Drizzle over the cake and top with the extra chopped walnuts.

Celebration Pancakes with Toffee Apple & Coconut Granola

Pancakes are the best any time of year but make them extra special for new years day brunch! Make them large with sticky toffee apples, coconut granola and add your favourite ice cream plus a few sparklers if you wish!

Happy New Year to you, may 2023 be a healthy and happy one.

Lou x


  • For the toffee apples
  • 3 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 knob of butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • For the coconut granola
  • 100g oats
  • 100g desiccated coconut 
  • 50g butter
  • 50g honey
  • For the pancakes
  • 2 tablespoons of butter – melted 
  • 250g self raising flour 
  • 1 flat teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 280ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence/extract
  • 1 egg – at room temperature 
  • 1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • oil to fry 
  • vanilla ice cream to serve


For the toffee apples.

  1. Warm a frying pan on a medium heat. Add the knob of butter, and warm through to melt. Tip in the diced apples and cook to soften for a couple of minutes. Add the cinnamon and maple syrup. Cook for a further few minutes until you get a toffee consistency, then pour into a bowl.

For the coconut granola

  1. Preheat the oven to 170c.
  2. Add the coconut, oats, honey and melted butter to a bowl, mix well. Transfer to a lined baking tray.
  3. Toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until nice and golden. Keep a close eye so it does not burn. When its cooled pour into a serving bowl.

For the pancakes

  1. Add the flour, sugar, bicarb of soda to a mixing bowl, give it a good stir.
  2. Measure the milk into a jug, crack in the egg, add the vinegar and vanilla and whisk well. Pour into the mixing bowl withe the flour and mix the batter with a fork.
  3. Add the melted butter and gently fold in.
  4. Warm a frying pan on a medium heat, add a drizzle of oil.
  5. To make big pancakes add 4 tablespoons of batter to the pan. Cook until you see bubbles, then flip. Repeat with all the batter.
  6. To serve, stack the pancakes on a plate, add the toffee apples, a few scoops of ice cream, top with coconut granola and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Apple & Oat Crumble

It’s November the clocks have gone back the dark nights are drawing in quickly it’s time for warming comforting sweet puddings. Theres none more satisfying that a warm bowl of apple crumble and custard.

I remember making apple crumble in home economics, a long time ago. It’s a lovely pudding to make because you can make mostly by using your hands, to clean and cut the apples and to rub the butter into the flour and oat topping. There is something very nostalgic and timeless about it. I made it with my daughter this week its a lovely one to teach your kids.

We had a surplus of ruby red Irish eating apples so thats what we used and it turned out perfectly. Serve it with fresh cream, ice cream or our favourite, warm custard. Homemade is best but shop bought custard will also do the trick.

Lou 🙂


  • 1kg apples – we used eating apples –
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar to sweeten
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 60g porridge oats
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 75g butter at room temp
  • 100g brown sugar


  1. Preheat your oven 200C.
  2. Have a shallow roasting dish at hand.
  3. Wash and dry the apples.
  4. Cut them into quarters and cut out the core.
  5. Cut the quarters in half.
  6. Add the apple pieces to a pot with the 2 tablespoons of water, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  7. Cook on a low heat with the lid on to soften the fruit. This can cake from 15-30 mins, gently stir a couple of times.
  8. Meanwhile make the oat topping.
  9. Add the butter, flour, oats and cinnamon to a mixing bowl and rub the butter in using your finger tips.
  10. When the fruit has softened tip it into the dish and sprinkle on the oat topping.
  11. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. The top should be golden brown and crunchy.
  12. Serve warm with cream, ice cream or custard.