Val Stones

Val Stones

Baker, Recipe Developer

I am originally from Conisbrough, near Doncaster but now live with my husband Ian in Somerton, Somerset. At 15 I took over the family baking and have been staying at the helm of the kitchen for over 50 years.

In my  spare time I love to exercise and have even been caught doing aerobics in my kitchen whilst waiting for jam to boil or my bread to proove.

Recent articles

Recipe: Gluten-free hot cross buns

Recipe: Gluten-free hot cross buns Feature

I have a sister-in-law and two nieces who are coeliac and I make these buns for them as an Easter treat. They love them warmed up with a spread of butter or jam. …

Recipe: Heart-healthy hot cross buns

Recipe: Heart-healthy hot cross buns Feature

I love these buns and they're perfect as an Easter treat. To make them heart-healthy, top with some fresh berries or a dollop of low-fat spread. They are also ideal …

Recipe: Diabetes-friendly hot cross buns

Recipe: Diabetes-friendly hot cross buns Feature

I have friends who have type 2 diabetes and they say they can eat these and not feel guilty, which makes them a perfect Easter treat. Best eaten warm and spread with …