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“Close your eyes and think of your favourite childhood treat. Maybe it’s a bowl of crumble, a slab of chocolate cake, a chewy fruit pastille or a melting ice cream. Imagine how it looks and smells, the taste and texture, then let those senses transport you – to Sunday dinners with family and birthday parties with friends or days at the seaside, the air hot and sticky and the sand between your toes.
Homemade Memories is a collection of my favourite childhood recipes, packed with enough sugar-dusted memories to savour long after the last crumb has been cleared away.”

In this, her debut cookbook, Kate Doran brings to life the recipes and stories that have made her blog thelittleloaf.com so popular. From Peanut Butter Jammie Dodgers and Peach Melba Baked Alaska to Peppermint Marshmallows, Triple Chocolate Caterpillar Cake and Pear and Pecan Treacle Tart, this is the ultimate collection of 100 classic childhood treats reinvented with an irresistible homemade twist.

Reviews

In her debut cookbook, author of The Little Loaf blog Kate Doran puts a grown-up twist on her favourite childhood treats. Chocolate hazelnut caterpillar cake, anyone?
Reenat Sinay, Evening Standard
Kate Doran makes the yummiest, loveliest stuff imaginable.
Jenny Colgan, author of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
Loved this book. It took me right back to school holidays spent cooking with my nana in her kitchen.
Carole Matthews, author of The Cake Shop in the Garden
We all look back so fondly on the sweet treats of our childhood. What fun Kate must have had in recreating each recipe from hers. From that dreamy soft marshmallow texture in a Milky Way, to the familiar crack of the chocolate shell on a caterpillar cake, she has thought of it all and all the recipes look so wholesome and delicious.
Milli Taylor, author of Party Perfect Bites
I thoroughly enjoy Kate Doran's delightful approach to the sweet life, the way she deftly brings a modern touch to classic treats. Homemade Memories induces nostalgia for beloved childhood flavors, introduces new goodies to the kitchen, and feels like the perfect excuse for the playful indulgence we all crave.
Erin Scott, author of Yummy Supper
Kate's recipes are the kind that you'll want to make for sharing with friends and loved ones - utterly comforting and delicious! The key to making those nostalgic treats we've all grown up eating lies within the pages of this book, jazzed up with classy twists. Homemade Memories is approachable, delectable and perfect for anyone who loves to bake.
Izy Hossack, author of Top With Cinnamon
There's something for everyone in this book! It's going to be tough to keep your fingers clean as you bake your way through the pages.
Richard Bertinet, author of Dough
This is the book of my childhood. It's beautifully written and the photography is simply gorgeous so put the kettle on and get baking.
Daniel Doherty, author of Duck & Waffle
Homemade Memories is an absolute delight and one my family will turn to often for life-enhancing treats.
Genevieve Taylor, author of A Good Egg
A fabulous assortment of recipes that unlock the comforting memories of home and childhood.
Lynn Hill, author of Clandestine Cake Club
Food blogger Kate Doran is leading the latest wave of sweetie DIY. Her new cookbook, Homemade Memories, is a nostalgia fest of caterpillar cake, bourbon biscuits and marshmallow teacakes.
Katy Salter, The Guardian
From caramelised rice pudding to upside down cake and treacle tart, Kate Doran reinvents a range of nursery favourites.
Tony Turnbull, The Times
I'd always thought that Kate's posts on childhood treats were her best, so I was absolutely thrilled to hear that she was writing a book about them. It's everything I could have hoped: fun, clever and already festooned with sticky to-make notes.'
Emma Gardner, Poires au Chocolat
A book to coax out the inner child . . it will make you smile, reminisce and want to relive and share it all, with love.
Psychologies
This beautiful cookbook was brought out in the summer and we haven't stopped thinking about it since. With delicious recipes of childhood sweets, you won't be able to put it down! From millionaire's shortbread to homemade Jaffa cakes, you're in for a real treat with this book.
Good to Know
I love the book as much as the blog . . . it's gorgeous.
Frances Quinn, Author