• Scones

    Published On: March 10, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    Mr S has won awards for his scones and kindly let me put his recipe on here.  He does add more dried fruit than the recipe states which is not particularly frugal.  I am not [...]

  • No Bake Tiffin

    Published On: February 24, 2023Categories: Baking, Desserts, Recipes

    It is coming up to Mother's day and we used to make and sell afternoon teas for Mothers Day.  One item that was always requested was our tiffin which is so easy to make.  I [...]

  • Depression Cake

    Published On: February 13, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I have made this recipe a few times.  It's origins date back to the depression and I saw it on an American website some years back. It has no eggs or dairy in it and [...]

  • Cornish type pies

    Published On: February 5, 2023Categories: Baking, Mains, Recipes

    We first made these last year to use up some of the Christmas vegetables that were wilting in the fridge. I usually put this mixture in our Cornish pasties, but decided to put them in [...]

  • Frugal Bakewell Slice

    Published On: February 5, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I love the Bakewell tart flavour but ground almonds are rarely in my budget.  This is a tray bake that is good for packed lunches and tastes just like Bakewell tart but is cheaper to [...]

  • Lemon (or orange, or almond, or vanilla) Extract

    Published On: February 2, 2023Categories: Baking, Preserves

    I am striving all the time to buy less and less from the supermarket.  We use extract to flavour ice cream, icing and sometimes in cakes.  This is an easy recipe to make.  I have [...]

  • Fat Scallies

    Published On: January 31, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    Fat Rascals are a Yorkshire luxury scone type of bake.  When ever I look after my little grandson I almost press my nose to the glass and look at them in the window of Betty's [...]

  • Short crust pastry

    Published On: January 21, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I do buy puff pastry but I never buy short crust pastry as it is easy and is reasonable cheap to make. It also does not have any palm oil in it as a lot [...]

  • A basic sponge and how to batch for variety

    Published On: January 19, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    Every now and again, to save time and money on energy. I batch bake sponge mixtures to make a variety of desserts and fill my freezer.  Some of the sponge mixture I will cook in [...]

  • Orange and Parsnip Cake

    Published On: December 27, 2022Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I am going to make a parsnip and orange cake tomorrow.  I made it for the first time last year and it is a good way to use parsnips up as I do not like [...]

  • Ginger Snaps

    Published On: December 21, 2022Categories: Baking, Recipes

    We have been trying not to spend any money on food leading up to Christmas.  I need to make room for the Christmas baking and my yearly budget is getting low.  Whilst I had the [...]

  • Shortbread

    Published On: December 10, 2022Categories: Baking, Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    Home made shortbread tastes so much better than bought shortbread if it is made with proper butter. I got a gadget a few years ago from Amazon which makes shortbread look fancy for the hampers [...]


    Published On: December 4, 2022Categories: Baking, Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    This fudge is so quick and easy to make, and you can add anything to it.  At Easter I will add the little crushed eggs and for Christmas I add pistachio nuts or dried cranberries [...]

  • Quick, cheap bread

    Published On: October 16, 2022Categories: Baking, Recipes

    We are eating things up and so I have hardly done any cooking or baking yet this week. A few people have asked me about my bread recipe and so I thought that I would [...]

  • Home made wraps

    Published On: October 8, 2022Categories: Baking, Snacks

    We use wraps more than we do bread, and if I was going to buy them each week, I would be spending £3. Instead, I spend about 30p for 6, and I could make them [...]


    Published On: September 29, 2022Categories: Baking, Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    A good Christmas cake is so expensive to buy. We make our own from a frugally adapted recipe. Prices have risen in 2022 but with the icing and the marzipan it was under £10 last [...]

  • Pasties – a frugal filling meal

    Published On: August 11, 2022Categories: Baking, Mains, Recipes

    Making pasties is such a good way of feeding a family when you have very little money or food. I  fill them with anything that I have in the cupboards and fridge as they are [...]