• Loubird's Blog

    About me

      I love baking and feeding people… my lovely partner Gav can sometimes be heard to complain that he has a caked up colon, but he does also complain if there is no cake in the house. I loved baking growing up, but it never crossed my mind that at some point it would turn into more than a hobby. I have spent most of my life working with or around horses in one way or another with very little time for baking. But fast forward a few (several) years and baking has again found its way into my life…

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    Bakewell Shortbread Slices

    Deliciousness in a bar and with no pastry the chances of a soggy bottom are slim! Useful tips before you start: If you have a food processor this is the quickest and easiest method but it can be made by hand too. I use foil trays for bakes like this – you can buy them from Lakeland, Wilco, Tesco and various online stores, they measure about 7 x 12 inches, but you could uses a 9 inch square tray or any other dimension roughly the same size. If you are using foil trays you can just grease them as they’re…

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    Easy Peasy Pizza Sauce

      Every so often a small group of us get together for a pizza night, someone makes dessert, someone buys the toppings and I make the dough and the pizza sauce.​I confess I totally cheat for the dough and Mr Morphy Richards Bread Maker makes it for me. But the pizza sauce is all my own work and although super easy is far better than spreading a bit of tomato puree on a bought pizza base. Ingredients:1, 400g tin of chopped tomatoes1 medium onion chopped1 clove of garlic crushed1 tbsp tomato puree1 tsp sugarSquirt of ketchupDash of Worcestershire sauceSprinkle of…

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    Baking the Perfect Sponge

    I often get asked how my sponge cakes as so light and fluffy – so I thought I would share my very simple recipe which actually I was given by my lovely ex housemate. Butter V Margarine? First up I generally use stork or supermarket own brand baking margarine… if Mary Berry says cakes are better with margarine than butter then it must be true! Take the stork out of the fridge half an hour before you’d like to use it to allow it to get to room temperature, this makes it easier to cream with the sugar. Prepare your…

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    Lemon and Blueberry Loaf with Gluten and Dairy free options

      I first made this cake for the ladies on an Equiteam Confidence Camp.  This particular camp had a range of dietary requirements including dairy and gluten intolerances. So in true Loubird fashion I decided to wing it and just make a recipe up and see what happened.. It turned out ok, in fact more than ok, it went down so well that I had to make it again for the following camp.I’m not one for rabbiting on throughout a recipe so we will just go for it​Ingredients (Free from Gluten and Dairy):3 Eggs175g Dairy free baking margarine (I used…

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    Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

    This is a delicious hearty warming soup, perfect for Autumn evenings. Its fairly healthy too, you can use low calorie cooking spray to roast the peppers and a sugar substitute if you wish although remember you will need about half the quantity of artificial sweeteners. Ingredients5/6 Peppers de-seeded(Red works best, but a mixture is fine)1 large onion or 2 smallVegetable stock pot500ml PassataSquirt of ketchupDash of Worcestershire Sauce1/2 tsp sugar1/2 tsp mixed herbs1/2 tsp smoked paprika1/2 tsp chipotle paste (optional)Drizzle of olive oil MethodPreheat the oven to 190⁰C. Roughly chop the onions and peppers.  Drizzle a roasting tin with the oil,…