If there was ever a brilliant excuse to do something a little special in lockdown, it has to be Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re baking for your sweetheart at home or want to deliver a lovely treat to your nearest and dearest, I’ve rounded up some ideas to brighten up your weekend.
This cake is a firm favourite from East by West (page 95). This is a lighter take on a classic lemon drizzle, with a beautiful freshness from the basil. It’s made using a base of ground almonds and tapioca.
The ultimate Valentine’s Day recipe, these muffin volcanoes are ooey-gooey and oh so delicious. They are not too sweet but just sweet enough thanks to sticky jam and dark chocolate. I make these using a gluten-free flour mix.
A mouthwatering cake that’s vegan and gluten-free — what more could you ask for? Delicious for a special breakfast hot out the oven or an afternoon tea, I love the tangy fruit paired with fresh ginger, and your loved ones will too.
If you haven’t tried carob yet, this is your chance. Not only is it delicious in its own right, but it’s also a wonderful alternative to chocolate, which can be quite high in caffeine. This is a grown-up cake that’s complex thanks to the molasses and sesame oil, and just sweet enough.
Ladoos are a traditional Indian snack that’s perfect for packing up in a nice box and gifting. These no-bake rose and cardamom ones, made with toasted gram flour (chickpea), are super fragrant and absolutely delicious — think melt-in-the-mouth shortbread with a twist.