About Helen Bakes

Have you ever watched a television programme about baking that made it look easy, bought the book, read the introduction and closed the book with a snap? You sigh. It all looks unbelievably… Continue reading

Chewy Meringue

I’m a huge fan of meringues.This is a fabulous recipe that creates billowy, chewy, moreish meringues (and I know they’re moreish as I’m having to restrain myself from having another). I’ve just served… Continue reading

Simple Chocolate Cake

This is the cake from my childhood, although we would have it plain rather than chocolate. But the whipped cream filling and the dusting with icing sugar take me back to my childhood… Continue reading

Lemon Drizzle Cake

My Nana used to make this cake. She always, always used to make it when we were coming to visit.  I believe, however, that my other grandmother gave her the recipe. So this… Continue reading

Smartie Cookies

These cookies are another one of my standbys. They are perfect for when children come round. Or easy for a party. I use them a lot and sometimes make double the amount of… Continue reading

Gingerbread Loaf

This is my standby. My emergency cake, my school fete cake. A cake to sell your house because the smell is just, well…comforting, homely. Welcoming. And delicious. You can eat it warm from… Continue reading

Ginger & All-Bran Cookies

This has become a firm family favourite after copying it down from the back of a All-bran box years (and years) ago. (Based on my writing I must have been in my early teens).… Continue reading

Chocolate Cornflake Cakes

Let’s start with something easy. No oven. Just a mixing bowl, spoon and either a microwave or a saucepan on a hob (to melt the chocolate). I say these are easy, and they… Continue reading