This weeks offerings come in the form of a Pasty!

An unofficial Cornish, Cornish Pasty!! Although with the amount of Cornish family heritage I have, I think I should get to call our Rattle Gill Pasties, Cornish pasties!! Hopefully I've done my family proud with these little beauties?!! This week we have gone for a tasty filling of Stilton, Mushroom and Leek. They are gooood!!! A thick pastry crust, rammed full and a sprinkling of polenta to crisp up the outside. I'm going to have to lock them away from Alec and Ben, as they keep 'testing them', apparently doing some quality control tests!!


The season for picnicking is very much upon us. We have found a special little place just up the hill that offers awesome views of Amble-City! We picnic with whatever we like and I've even taken to making homemade takeaway!! - tonight will be thai curry on the side of Wansfell! All you need is your favourite blanket, a glass of vino, clear skies and sunglasses! Go to it!

We have welcomed a couple of newbies to the Rattle Gill hall of fame....Peanut butter cake and a fig, prune and apricot cake....both totally yummy, but in different ways completely! I did promise to share the peanut butter cake recipe....


So here is the Peanut Butter cake recipe for you to try!


  • 200g butter, softened,
  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter,
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 150g plain yogurt
  • 200g self-raising flour


  • 2tbsp peanut butter
  • 50g butter
  • 150g icing sugar

Putting it all together:

  1. Butter 2 x 20cm round cake tins and line with baking paper. Heat oven to 175C. Beat the butter, 3 tbsp peanut butter, eggs, sugar and yogurt together until smooth. Fold in the flour, then split between the tins. Bake for 30 mins until golden.

  2. For the icing, combine all the ingredients and mix until smooth. This can then be kept in the fridge for cake assembly.

  3. Once the cakes are fully cooled you can ice them. Put one of the sponges onto a plate, spread with half of the icing. Sandwich the second sponge on top, then spread the rest of the icing. We also made a burnt sugar brittle for a little extra crunch!

  4. Put the kettle on, make yourself a cuppa tea and cut a hearty wedge! Done :-)

Only in June does the Rattle Gill get bathed in the morning Sunshine. Being that we are North facing, we enjoy a spot of time in the mornings with a brew enjoying the Sun on our faces...then of course its into work to make loads of scrummy goodies to feed everyone! Its official though..the summer is here!!!