I like the idea of these puddings as you could prepare them up to the baking stage and then put them in the oven just before you’re ready for dessert.  If you don’t like using tinned pears you could poach some fresh pears. I think might actually be really nicer.



These are a slight twist on ordinary rock cakes.  The addition of peanut butter gives them a lovely nutty flavour.  It’s another treat that would be good in the lunch box.



All I’ve ever known about Eccles cakes is that they are English.  So when I found this recipe I thought I’d better find out a bit more about them.  Good old Wikipedia tells me that ‘Eccles cakes are named after the English town of Eccles. It is not known who invented the recipe, but James Birch is credited with being the first person to sell Eccles cakes commercially, from his shop in the town centre in 1793″.  Any fans of the 1950s Goon Show will also know that Eccles was a character played by Spike Milligan – an amiable, well-meaning man with no wits or understanding, in other words a bit of an idiot.  So the humble Eccles Cake has quite a history.