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Bay Tree Cottage Gift Vouchers …a perfect present for the Christmas Stocking!

If you get a headache just thinking about what gifts to buy for the friends and family in your life, then a gift voucher from Bay Tree Cottage is an instant remedy!

Jenny takes to the stage in Strictly Northampton

Our very own Jenny Dicks is swapping her apron for dancing shoes to take part in Strictly Northampton on Saturday 18 November.  She is raising funds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, a fantastic local organisation whose support she has experienced first-hand.

Add a fun element to your table with edible flowers

Edible flowers were especially popular in the Victorian era and are now making a resurgence, with cooking and garnishing with flowers now very much in vogue.

How to make the most of the elderflower season

elderflower cookery

They say the best things in life are free, and elderflowers are no exception. We’re in the prime season for these delicate flowers and they certainly seem popular with our guests here at Bay Tree Cottage, judging by the speed with which our Elderflower Champagne and Homemade Chocolate workshop booked up! You can forage for the […]

Baking, Bread Making & Cake Decorating Workshops …feeding you new ideas in 2014!

Baking, Bread Making & Cake Decorating Workshops …feeding you new ideas in 2014!   If you would like to expand your baking repertoire, master a range of bread making techniques or learn to decorate a celebration cake, then join us in the kitchen at Bay Tree Cottage and let us feed you with new ideas, […]

Pumpkin Recipes From Bay Tree Cottage

Having used lots of pumpkins in our workshops and for decorations at Bay Tree Cottage over the past few weeks, we have been busy in the kitchen creating a delicious (…and inventive!) selection of pumkin dishes & delights …all very tasty and not at all spooky or scary!   So if you have been busy making lanterns for Halloween and are […]

Proddy Rugs ….and Sticky Plum & Walnut Flapjack

Today we spent a fun and inspiring morning in the kitchen at Bay Tree Cottage with tutor Nancy Hudson learning the traditional craft of Proddy Rug making! Raised in a family where creative skill was taken for granted, Nancy is a keen self-taught maker with great passion and infectious enthusisam! She has mastered many textile disciplines ranging from costume […]

Parsnip, Orange & Walnut Cake

This weeks Workshops Participants have been guinea pigs for my latest challenge of creating a cake using seasonal ingredients… what kind of cake could I create using some of the produce from my vegetable garden?  At the moment we have leeks, curly kale, brussel sprouts, and parsnips, so the challenge was on to create a cake using one […]

Chocolate Caramel Rolo Cookie

At Bay Tree Cottage we are usually quite fanatical about using seasonal and locally produced ingredients in our cooking. These Chocolate Caramel Rolo Cookies struggle to qualify except by virtue of the fact that we have had a jumbo packet of rolos sitting in the cupboard for a while now and none of my boys […]

“Forgotten Kisses” Meringue Cookies

I stumbled across these wonderful creations as I was searching for a meringues-based cookie or biscuit to make for my Dads birthday…and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought that they would make the perfect homemade gift to make for your loved one this year!  With just a few ingredients they are incredibly […]