Old School Apple Crumble Recipe

We’re all agreed the crumble topping is the best part of this pudding, yeah?


For The Filling

– 3 Medium Bramley Apples

– 2 tbsp Caster Sugar

For The Topping

– 180g Plain Flour

– 120g Caster Sugar

– 120g Butter


1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5.

2. Peel, core and chop the apples in to chunks.

3. Place the apples in to a shallow dish and sprinkle with the 2tbsp of caster sugar.

4. Bake the apples for 10mins to soften slightly.

5. While the apples cook, make the topping by rubbing the butter in to the flour and sugar.

6. Evenly sprinkle the topping on to the apples and bake for 30mins.

7. Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes before serving with custard, ice cream or cream.

Old School Flapjack Recipe

Turns out flapjack and custard is very area dependent, it was a staple at our school. Was it served at yours?


– 80g Caster Sugar

– 150g Butter

– 2-3 tbsp Golden Syrup

– 250g Porridge Oats


1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4 or equivalent.

2. Heat the caster sugar, butter and golden syrup in a pan until completely melted.

3. When the sugar, butter and golden syrup mixture is smooth, remove the pan from the heat.

4. Add in the oats and mix until all the oats are coated.

5. Pour the coated oats out in to a lined baking tin and press down.

6. Bake for 25-30 mins or until golden around the edges (the mixture will be soft but it will firm as it cools).

7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

8. Once cooled, cut the flapjacks in to portions and serve.

Old School Cornflake Tart Recipe

Definitely one of the most popular Old School Puddings, a lot of my friends still LOVE Cornflake Tart.


– 1 Roll of Ready Rolled Shortcrust Pastry

– 50g Butter

– 125g Golden Syrup

– 30g Caster Sugar

– 100g Corn Flakes

– 100g Raspberry Jam


1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4 or equivalent.

2. Unroll the pastry and carefully line a greased tart tin with it.

3. Blind bake the pastry case for 15 mins.

4. While the pastry case is baking, heat the butter, syrup and sugar in a pan until completely melted and smooth.

5. Fold the cornflakes in to the sugar/syrup mixture until they are all coated.

6. Spoon the jam in to the baked pastry case and spread it evenly around the base.

7. Tip the cornflakes over the jam and gently press them down in to an even layer.

8. Return the tart to the oven for 5-10 mins until the cornflakes are toasted.

9. Allow the tart to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Old School Jam & Coconut Sponge Recipe

I thought this was really exotic at school, I mean, coconut?!


– Margarine

– Caster Sugar

– 4 Eggs

– Self Raising Flour

– Jam

– Desiccated Coconut

The amount of margarine, caster sugar and SR flour you need will depend on the weight of the eggs. Weigh the eggs (in their shell) and use this amount of margarine, caster sugar and SR flour in the mix.


1. Preheat the oven to Gas 4 or equivalent.

2. Weigh your eggs (in their shell) then measure out the margarine, caster sugar and SR flour.

3. Cream the margarine and caster sugar together. The longer you do this step, the lighter your sponge. I leave it mixing for about 5 mins. It’ll go almost white and really airy.

4. Add the eggs and flour.

5. Fold together until completely combined but don’t over mix.

6. Empty the mixture in to a lined baking tin.

7. Bake for 25-30 mins or until the sponge is pulling away from the edge.

8. Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

9. Once cooled, cover the top of the sponge with a good layer of jam. Sprinkle with lots of desiccated coconut.

10. Cut in to portions and serve.

Old School Chocolate Sponge With Chocolate Custard

Chocolate with chocolate – what’s not to love?


– Margarine

– Caster Sugar

– 4 Eggs

– Self Raising Flour

– Cocoa

– Ready Made Custard

The amount of margarine, caster sugar and SR flour/cocoa you need will depend on the weight of the eggs. Weigh the eggs (in their shell) and use this amount of margarine, caster sugar and SR flour (substitute 50g of SR flour for cocoa) in the mix.


1. Preheat the oven to Gas 4 or equivalent.

2. Weigh your eggs (in their shell) then measure out the margarine, caster sugar and SR flour (substitute 50g of flour for cocoa).

3. Cream the margarine and caster sugar together. The longer you do this step, the lighter your sponge. I leave it mixing for about 5 mins. It’ll go almost white and really airy.

4. Add the eggs, flour and cocoa.

5. Fold together until completely combined but don’t over mix.

6. Empty the mixture in to a lined baking tin.

7. Bake for 25-30 mins or until the sponge is pulling away from the edge.

8. While that’s baking, make the chocolate custard by adding cocoa to the custard and mixing thoroughly.

9. Remove from the tin and serve warm with the chocolate custard.

Perfect Yorkshire Puddings

A Sunday Roast staple in our house, this is my foolproof recipe for perfect puds.


– 200ml Milk

– 4 Eggs

– 150g Plain Flour


1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 8 or equivalent.

2. Pour a little oil in to each hole in your tin (I use a 12 cavity muffin tin) and pop the tin in to the oven so the oil can heat thoroughly.

3. Make the batter by combining all of the ingredients and mixing until smooth.

4. When the batter is completely lump-free, season with a little salt and pepper.

5. Pour the batter in to a jug then carefully and evenly pour it in to the hot oiled tin.

6. Place the tin back in to the oven and cook for 20-25 mins or until the puddings are golden brown.

7. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


The hotter the oil the better.

When the puddings are cooking, do not open the oven door.

Don’t attempt this recipe with Self Raising Flour, only Plain Flour will work.

The cooked Yorkshire puddings can be frozen for up to 6 weeks.

Want a Yorkshire Pudding recipe that doesn’t use milk? Check out https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/01/02/dairy-free-yorkshire-pudding-recipe/

Cooking a roast dinner? For perfect roast potatoes follow my method posted here https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/02/12/how-to-cook-the-best-roast-potatoes/

Old School Chocolate Concrete Recipe

One of the easiest and cheapest school puddings to recreate.


– 200g Caster Sugar

– 200g Plain Flour

– 50g Cocoa Powder

– 100g Butter


1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4 or equivalent.

2. In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

3. Melt the butter and add it to the dry ingredients.

4. Using your fingers, combine the dry ingredients with the melted butter until it’s like crumble topping.

5. Pour the mixture in to a lined tin and press down firmly.

6. Bake for 15-20 mins.

7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a little caster sugar. Slice and serve with custard.

8. The Chocolate Concrete will become harder as it cools. I like it cold with piping hot custard. How do you like it?

Old School Pudding Recipes

Join me in getting all nostalgic as we take a trip down memory lane with these old school pudding recipes. These desserts are all absolute classics and are simply irresistible.

Apple Crumble

You can keep the apple, give me a bowl of that topping with custard.

To view the recipe, click https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/02/07/old-school-apple-crumble-recipe/

Australian Slice

Slice or crunch – what did your school call it?

Recipe posted here https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/02/09/old-school-australian-crunch-recipe/

Chocolate Concrete

Made using only 4 ingredients, chocolate concrete is cheap and easy to make. I know, to be totally authentic, the custard should be green but I just wanted to get stuck in.

Recipe at https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/02/07/old-school-chocolate-concrete-recipe/

Chocolate Sponge With Chocolate Custard

It was always a good day in the canteen when the jug of chocolate custard was out.

Fancy trying it? https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/02/07/old-school-chocolate-sponge-with-chocolate-custard/

Cornflake Tart

The marmite of school puddings. You either LOVE it or hate it.

Want to try making this? https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/02/07/old-school-cornflake-tart-recipe/


Flapjack and custard is very area dependent – if you grew up in the West End of Newcastle, this was always on the menu.

The recipe is here https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/02/07/old-school-flapjack-recipe/

Jam & Coconut Sponge

Maybe the oldest of the old school puddings.

Recipe posted here https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/02/07/old-school-jam-coconut-sponge-recipe/

Jam Roly Poly

The ultimate comfort pudding.

Recipe available at https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/02/07/old-school-jam-roly-poly-recipe/

Sprinkle Cake

Everyone’s favourite!

Recipe can be found here https://northeasteats.home.blog/2019/11/12/old-school-sprinkle-cake-recipe/

So, which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

Child Friendly Cook At Home Kits

Raising your own little Master Chef? Develop your child’s love for cooking with these family friendly kits which help budding culinary masters learn kitchen skills and tricks.

Luigi Basso Pizza Pie Making Kits

Luigi Basso was born and breed in Napoli (although he now lives in Swalwell, Newcastle) and we loved his step by step guide on how to make a simple pizza, Luigi style.

The kits come in two sizes; either enough for 2 or enough for 4 pizzas. They are extremely good value for money priced at £6 and £12 respectively. The kits include fresh dough balls, house tomato sauce, pepperoni, chorizo, mozzarella cheese, onions and peppers.

The instructions are really clear and there’s very little prep work needed. The finished pizzas were delicious!

If you’d like to try Luigi Basso Pizza Pie Making Kits they can be ordered through http://www.pedallingsquares.cc/store/p206/Luigi_Basso_PIZZA_PIE_MAKING_KIT_for_4.html

Meat:Stack At Home

If you’re a Meat:Stack fan, you can now recreate their banging burgers at home with #StackAtHome a concept which was born through lockdown. Now restrictions are easing, it will no longer be available weekly but will be making a reappearance every so often.

The kits come with everything you’ll need for 4 burgers. We ordered the West Coast Classic which contained 8 patties, bacon, cheese, stack sauce, seasoning, tomato sauce, mustard and buns. It even included Meat:Stack paper bags for added authenticity which the kids really enjoyed.

I was on burger cooking duties (because that part can get hot and smoky) but Evie, 10, and Harry, 9, managed to grill the bacon and assemble the burgers while following the instruction card. It’s a brilliant way to get everyone involved in the meal making.

The #StackAtHome kits have proved to be hugely popular so you have to be quick to grab one. Keep an eye on their socials for details about the next drop and order at https://www.meat-stack.com

My Delhi – Cook At Home Spice Kits

Cook authentic Indian curries at home with these DIY Recipe Kits from My Delhi, Newcastle.

These are a little more challenging and are definitely suited for older children. The spice mixes, which are hand picked, roasted and freshly ground by My Delhi’s chef, are available in Butter Masala and Chettinad Madras. The Butter Masala is the milder of the two and is our favourite. The kits do take time but the finished dish is amazing!

If you’d like to give these a go, they can be ordered through https://www.mydelhistreetfood.com/cook-at-home-kits

Nudo Sushi Making Kits

Umai Mi Cook-At-Home Baos

If you’re a family of Bao Bun fans, then this is the kit for.

The kits are priced at £10 and you get everything you need to make 3 Baos. You choose from chicken cutlet, fried fish, prawns, pulled beef, char Sui pork or fried tofu. Sauce wise, you can have sweet chilli, Japanese mayo, sweet & sour, tangy BBQ, teriyaki or sriracha mayo.

Super easy to follow instructions that even tell you how to make a steamer if you don’t have one. We had great fun making these and the finished Baos were amazing!

The kits are available through At Home With Umai Mi and can be delivered or collected from their Eldon Square store https://www.umaimi-delivery.co.uk/order-online

Sarah Lou’s Kitchen

Now, these aren’t kits but cook-a-long lessons over Zoom.

You get the ingredients list prior to the session then the kids join Sarah Lou on the scheduled Zoom call. The recipes require very little input from adults so the children pretty much make the meal completely independently.

If you’d like to try the cook-a-longs, visit https://www.sarahlouskitchen.com/shop and we might even see you online.

Evie and Harry both really enjoy spending time in the kitchen so I’m always on the look out for Cook-At-Home kits, if you see any around, let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

Foodie Valentines Gift Ideas (North East Based)

The way to the heart is through the stomach, right? Well, that’s certainly true for me! Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day as part of a loved up couple or embracing your singledom, below are a list of places offering tasty treats to see you through on February 14th.

I’ve tried to include something for everyone, click the links I’ve added for prices and collection/delivery areas.

Bake For The Soul

I love this piñata heart from Bake For The Soul! Smash open the chocolate to reveal the goodies inside. Fancy one? https://m.facebook.com/Bakeforthesoul/

Beth Bakes

Beth Bakes have put together a few different options for Valentines Day but this giant brownie caught my eye. Full details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/bethbakes16/

Cake Bod

Cake Bod are offering these super pretty treat boxes which include cakesicles and biscuits. For more details check out https://instagram.com/cakebodx

Catling Bakery

I think these are ideal for sharing with the kids, there’s a little bit of everything in Catling Bakery’s Valentine Boxes. Details on how to order can be found at https://www.facebook.com/CBltddesserts/

Crackers 4 Cheese

These cheese and charcuterie grazing boxes from Crackers 4 Cheese are amazing! Have a look at https://www.facebook.com/Crackers_4_cheese-105952364470072/ for the full Valentine’s Day range.

Cullercoats Fish Lass

The perfect platter for any seafood fan. Check out https://www.facebook.com/thecullercoatsfishlass/ for details.

DeliverBrew NE

Let DeliverBrew NE bring the pub to your door. Cocktails and hampers available at https://instagram.com/deliverbrewne

Graze On The Tyne

Start your Valentine’s Day with this Breakfast In Bed Box from Graze On The Tyne. These can be ordered through https://m.facebook.com/itsmevivb/

Keel Row

Super cute idea for celebrating with children. The Keel Row are also offering an adults version Afternoon Tea. Full details about both can be found at https://www.facebook.com/keelrow.seatondelaval/

La Chocolatrice

La Chocolatrice have a few bars available for Valentines Day. I’m loving the sound of “I’m Nuts About You!” and “Bee My Valentine?”. To order, click https://www.lachocolatrice.co.uk

Nibbles & Graze

How cute is this chocolate dipping box from Nibbles & Graze? To see what else Nibbles & Graze are offering for Valentine’s Day, have a look at https://m.facebook.com/nibblesandgraze/

North East Cake Supplies

When it comes to hot chocolate bombs, do you prefer milk or white? North East Cake Supplies are offering both. Their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/northeastcakesupplies/


Lush looking chocolate covered strawberries from StrawbsAdorbs. Their range is available to view at https://instagram.com/strawbsadorbs

Taylormade Treats

My absolute guilty pleasure is cheesecake and Taylormade Treats have perfected these individual ones. Have a look at https://www.facebook.com/Taylormadetreatsnortheast/ if you love a good cheesecake.

The Blind Pig

This Geordie Pie Tea includes gammon & peas pudding, pie & mash with peas, sticky toffee pudding, fruit scone and apple pie. To view the full menu, check out https://www.blindpigtynemouth.co.uk

Truffles Galore

Truffles, truffle slice trays and truffle hearts in loads of flavours, Truffles Galore have really upped the truffle game! https://instagram.com/truffles_galore

The Rib Room At Home

The ultimate indulgence! This 4 course menu, from Ramside Hall’s Rib Room, sounds fabulous. It includes canapés, starters, mains, desserts and wine! You can even add on a cheese board. Place your order using this link http://bit.ly/RibRoomatHome

Thanks for reading, I hope I’ve given you some ideas. Let me know if you’ve spotted anything you like the look of and if you’ll be ordering for someone or keeping it for yourself.