David Simpson

Is a Chef that work’s in Dobbins Inn, who set up a facebook group to help people bake during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

David set up a facebook group to help people with their baking during isolation.

The page now has nearly over 30,000 members in the past few months.

The group is called Home cooking recipes isolating chef

David has shared some of his Recipes with us:

Mini Tarts



  1. Put the flour and butter in a bowl and rub together until you have a mixture like breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar and salt.
  2. Separate the egg and put the yolk into the flour, butter and sugar with the vanilla essence. Stir with a knife.
  3. Add the water a tablespoon at a time and stir with knife until it begins to clump together, then make a ball with it using your hands and knead until smooth.
  4. Put the pastry in the fridge for an hour. Peel and chop the apples and squeeze the orange juice over, then put the sugar and spice and mix in with your hands making sure the apples are all coated evenly.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 180 fan and roll out the pastry to about half a cm thick (5mm). Cut out circles to fit your cupcake or muffin tray and place them in the wells of the tray.
  6. Fill each one to the top or just above with the apples and then re-roll the pastry to make the tops and place them on.
  7. Glaze them with milk and stab the tops once with a knife. Cook for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown.


Read David’s story and his journey coping with Isolation during the Covid-19 Pandemic and 15 of his favourite Recipes.

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