At first glance it might seem that I am just a happy, normal girl who loves to bake and walk her dog. However, I have suffered with an eating disorder since I was 13. It was only in May 2014 when I realised that this Voice in my head was slowly but surely trying to kill me. And so began the long, hard, and painful journey which is recovery...

I want My Cocoa Stained Apron to be a special place...a place for reflection, memories, shared stories...and of course a little bit of cocoa-staining ;) Recovery might be the hardest thing you ever choose to do in this life. But it is also the bravest and best decision you will ever make.:)

The bakery of Ganache-Elf. :)'s become part of who I am. I firmly believe that if I hadn't ever become acquainted with this wonderful, exciting, and truly magical segment of the cookery world...well, Ganache-Elf would never have become the person she is today. Baking occupies a very, very special place in my heart, and has been a source of delight, enjoyment, and comfort to me in my battle against my eating disorder.
 These are my own recipes which I turn to again and again, and which have become known amongst my family and friends as being the signature bakes of the Ganache-Elf. They really have stood the test of time and I can guarantee that you will love them as much as I do. Please don't be intimidated by any of the longer-looking recipes, or feel doubtful of your own capability when it comes to mastering the culinary art that is baking. Trust me, if you follow each recipe carefully and to the point, and weigh and measure your ingredients accurately...then you are well on the way to scrumptious, satisfying baking success which will leave your kitchen smelling like heaven and your friends and family thinking you are a genius of unmatchable talent. ;)
 I've categorised my recipes below in the hope that it will help to make it easier to find what you are looking for, depending on whether you are perhaps planning on making a batch of cookies for a friend, a birthday cake for someone special, or are intent upon recreating Cuisine de France in your very own kitchen, by reproducing your very own baguettes and croissants. Yes, believe me, it IS possible. ;) So dig our your very own apron, whether it be messily stained with cocoa like my own or whether it be spotlessly clean and somewhat unused of late...and embrace the joy and wonder of homebaking.

Biccies and cookies:)

Beautiful breads:)

Spelt bread :)

Have your cake and eat it.:)

Lemon-Scented Cherry Cake :)

Cupcake, bun, brownie...the fascinating world of miniature cakes.:)

flapjack buns :)
Don't worry, there's MORE to come soon... ;)

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