Recipes

100th Anniversary of the WI and 1940s Wrawby WI Recipe for Grantham Gingerbreads

This months column looks at the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Institute and features a 1940's Wrawby WI Recipe for Grantham Gingerbreads.Happy Centenary Birthday to the Women’s Institute.2015 marks the 100th Birthday of the Women’s Institute and rather aptly the...

100th Anniversary of the WI and 1940s Wrawby WI Recipe for Grantham Gingerbreads


Aunt Sue's Seed Cake

My Great Aunt Sues' Seed Cake. A traditional English Bake for Harvest time.Well the nights are drawing in and the 8th September officially marked the end of summer and the start of autumn. This time of year we have an abundance of seasonal food to choose from,...

Aunt Sue's Seed Cake


Banoffee Pie

As featured in Spring Edition of Wolds Scene - A retro taste of the 70s.Some puddings stand the test of time, not because they are overly elaborate, but simply because the combination of a handful of ingredients just work. This retro pudding is not a fancy “masterchef” ...

Banoffee Pie


BeRo Milk Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing for St Valentines Day

Bake a good old fashioned 1920's Recipe for a classic Chocolate Cake with some history of BeRo and St Valentine's Day, as featured in The Target on 5th February 2014.St Valentine’s Day, Celebrated on the 14th FebruarySt Valentine’s Day as we know it now, is synonym...

BeRo Milk Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Icing for St Valentines Day


Blackberry Frangipane Tart and Seedless Blackberry Jam

Two delicious Autumn recipes, featured in my Target Food and Drink column September 2015.The nation is once again gripped by Bake Off fever, with millions of people tuning in each week to see the remaining contestants baking triumphs and disasters, who will be going hom...

Blackberry Frangipane Tart and Seedless Blackberry Jam


Blackcurrant Bombe

These little berries are outstandingly high in Vitamin C, boasting more in 6 berries than a large lemon! Long before the discovery of vitamins, their medicinal properties were widely known and harnessed. In particular blackcurrants were used as an effective treatment fo...

Blackcurrant Bombe


Cheese Scones as featured in Wolds Scene Magazine Summer 2016

For this latest edition of Wolds Scene, I thought we would go “savoury” with a good old fashioned Cheese Scone. I use a recipe from my “All about Buns and Scones” leaflet, dated 1953, produced by the Stork Margarine Cookery Service.The Stork brand launched in 1920 and w...

Cheese Scones as featured in Wolds Scene Magazine Summer 2016


Choccy Jaffa Tray Bake

My take on the classic Jaffa Cake, as featured on Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge and GBBOTwitterBakeAlong.There may be the meteorological and astronomical definitions for autumn, but there’s also a host of seasonal TV signposts too - X Factor, Strictly Come ...

Choccy Jaffa Tray Bake


Chocolate Orange Bonfire Buns

Perfect for your bonfire party!Chocolate Orange Bonfire MuffinsWith November 5th looming only a couple of weeks away, this month’s recipe is a bit of fun and perfect fodder for a Bonfire party. Like most people these days, we go to a safe organised event, we are lucky e...

Chocolate Orange Bonfire Buns


Classic American Blueberry Muffins

This delicious and simple American recipe is ideal for kids lunchboxes and picnics. As featured in Wolds Scene Spring Edition.By Sadie Hirst, multi award-winning artisan baker.In this latest edition of Wolds Scene my recipe for you is the Classic American Blueberry...

Classic American Blueberry Muffins


Classic American Dr Pepper Ribs Recipe and BBQ Tips

Classic American Dr Pepper Ribs One of our favourites in the Hirst household, delicious! BBQ tips as featured in Bon Appetit Summer 17 and The Lincolnshire Echo, The Target and Wolds SceneWarm days and balmy evening signal it’s time to be  firing up the Barbecue fo...

Classic American Dr Pepper Ribs Recipe and BBQ Tips


Cottage Museum Good Friday Buns featured in The Target 19th March 14

An understated but delicious local historic recipe for Easter from The Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa.Good Friday Buns, an Authentic Taste of Local History from the Cottage Museum, Woodhall Spa.This month’s recipe is from the archive of The Cottage Museum in Woodha...


Dot's Quaker Oat Scones

Copy Lincolnshire Echo September 2018 This month’s recipe is for Quaker Oat Scones, featured in a charming little book called “Aunt Margaret’s Pudding”, published earlier this year. The recipe is thought to date back to mid Victorian times, the addition of oats ma...

Dot's Quaker Oat Scones


Eliza Acton Inspired Mincemeat and Mincepies

Celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Woodhall Spa’s Cottage Museum and a Mince Pie Recipe Inspired by the Era.Now we are into December many of us are getting ready and planning for the imminent festivities. One event that will be featuring on the Hirst advent calendar aga...

Eliza Acton Inspired Mincemeat and Mincepies


Elizabeth Raffalds Chocolate Puffs

An authentic recipe from the 18th Century.Apart from the Mid-Summer Solstice, of which there doesn’t appear to be any special foods attached, there is a bit of a lull in traditional festivals. So I thought we would have a bit of a change on the recipe front this month. ...


Grandma Yeates Toffee and Hetties Raspberry Buns

My maternal Grandmas recipes from the 1940's, a bit of family history and Mothering Sunday tradition and history as featured in The Target 05/03/14.Mothering Sunday this year falls on the 15th March 2015.The date varies each year, as does Easter, as it always falls in t...

Grandma Yeates Toffee and Hetties Raspberry Buns


Grans Boiled Cake Recipe

This is a lovely old recipe for a Boiled Cake that my Gran used to make.Recipe for Boiled Cake (As featured in the Food and Drink section of the Target 04/09/13)This is a very precious family recipe that was handed down to me from my Gran Carter and I believe it dates b...


Half Term Treats

American Blueberry and Banana Muffins and Mini Tuna Pasties. Ideal childrens baking for half term, for making and eating!February Half Term can always be a bit tricky keeping the kids occupied, especially when the weather can still be a bit challenging. So this mon...

Half Term Treats


Howsams Bramble Vinegar and Bramble Crumble Cake

A precious family recipe for Bramble Vinegar and a 1970's Bramble Crumble Cake.A delicious way to use your Blackberries!Well last month I wrote about afternoon tea in the sun and since then the clouds have gathered and there is an autumn nip in the air. I do love this t...

Howsams Bramble Vinegar and Bramble Crumble Cake


Lemon and Mandarin Jam Jar Cheesecakes and Earl Grey Tea Loaf

Two delicious recipes ideal for Picnics. A bit of history thrown into the recipes on Gunby Hall and Earl Grey too.With the holiday and daytrip season upon us, I thought that a couple of my delicious picnic recipes would be useful to have up your sleeve.  The first ...

Lemon and Mandarin Jam Jar Cheesecakes and Earl Grey Tea Loaf


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