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Orange and hazelnut biscotti

Posted by me on October 31, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Biscotti- are Italian cookies which literally translates into ‘twice baked’ and are one of the tastiest and simplest biscuits to bake as well as making a wonderful gift when placed into a pretty glass jar or cellophane bag tied with ribbon or raffia.

A ‘good’ biscotti should be crunchy but not teeth breaking or jaw crunchingly hard and the secret is to bake them for the second ti...

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Ohrid Cake (pronounced Ochrid)

Posted by me on October 25, 2016 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Anyone that knows me, knows that I’m always up for a bit of a challenge, whether its jumping 855ft off the top of a very tall building or skydiving from 15,000 feet, if it grabs my attention then I will have a go…

A few days ago one of my lovely friends asked me for a recipe for a chocolate cake that her and her partner ate recently in the town of Ohrid in Macedonia. Unfortunately there were no online recipes...

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Banoffi cheesecake brownie with crispy bacon and caramel drizzle

Posted by me on June 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (1)


( serves 12 ) free from gluten

225g plain 70% chocolate, broken into small pieces

225g butter

200g soft light dark brown sugar

3 medium eggs

150g ground almonds

For the cheesecake swirl

180g full fat cream cheese

1 small very ripe banana (the browner and squidgier, the better the flavour)

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

20g...

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White chocolate and clementine cupcakes

Posted by me on November 5, 2015 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)


As my favourite time of the year rapidly approaches ( where has this year gone again!!!)  I start to plan and prepare my Christmas feast for family and friends and I  always create a special cake or cookie ready for guests dropping by. This year I decided on a luscious, creamy white chocolate frosting, atop a bright red, clementine infused cake and a zingy fresh strawberry perched jauntily on the top..... ...

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Swedish inspired Chocolate and oat cookies

Posted by me on October 28, 2015 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Every now and then I manage to persuade my poor other half that we really need to spend a spare Sunday traipsing around a very large Swedish furniture store with hundreds of other like minded couples buying lots of stuff that ( actually in truth) we really dont need and then trying to ram it all in our car like a giant Tetris puzzle.

As a peace offering I buy a box of scrummy oat cookies that are san...

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Cinnamon and honey cracker S'Mores

Posted by me on August 10, 2015 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)


I am off on my holidays tomorrow to our favourite city on the planet, Las Vegas, Nevada in the good old USA (11,8,2015) and thought I would share the baking I indulged in yesterday in honour of our little excursion across the Atlantic... These bad boys are a cross between an English Digestive biscuit        ( boring!) a Rich tea biscuit (even more boring) and a child hood favourite a Wagon Wheel ( so much b...

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An ode to a Barton slice (12 bars)

Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)


Deep in the Lancashire countryside on the A6 between bustling Preston and the pretty old market town of Garstang is a fabulous garden centre (complete with cool, giant flower head urinals in the gents for the fella’s to wee elegantly into) that makes the most delicious cakes, cookies and scones. It’s one of our favourite places to visit when the Husband gets his ‘Alan Titchmarsh hat’...

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Chocolate concrete

Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)


As a child growing up in the seventies I ate school dinners on a very regular basis, unless I went on a school trip then mushy white bread pilchard and vinegar sandwiches in a plastic Tupperware box were mandatory.

Although I loved the savoury main meals my favourite course had to be the puddings and I was one of the rare students that loved the thick, rubbery skin from the top of the custard and was always pushed to t...

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Charamallo biscuits

Posted by me on March 22, 2015 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Makes 30

There is something quite comforting about the humble marshmallow, little pillows of billowing squidgeyness in soft pastel shades that entice you with the silent promise of biting into a cloud of vanilla and sugary goodness. Wagon Wheel biscuits were a favourite childhood treat and seemed to fill my chubby little hands like a giant toy Frisbee taking an age to eat. I have created these delicious caramel bis...

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Luscious lemon cake with white choclate frosting

Posted by me on January 18, 2015 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

What you need

200g caster sugar

200g baking margarine

200g self raising flour

4 medium eggs

2 lemons, finely grated zest

150g good quality lemon curd

Frosting

200g white chocolate, chopped into small pieces

125g butter

200g icing sugar

1 level teaspoon Vanilla essence

2 -3 tablespoons double cream

100g chocolate ...

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Caramelised hazelnut and mocha cupcakes

Posted by me on November 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Makes 12 large cupcakes

What you need

50g cocoa

6 tablespoons hot strong coffee

3 medium eggs

50mls milk

175g self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

100g vegetable oil

300g soft light brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 level teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

75g butter

100g icing sugar

1...

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Cheesecake topped Banoffi brownie

Posted by me on October 21, 2014 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

You can never have enough brownie recipes, and this one is particularly good with soft nuggets of golden caramel under a luscious cheesecake and banana chip topping. serve warm with creamy vanilla ice-cream and some hot caramel sauce.....

 

makes 12 pieces

What you need

125g butter

125g plain chocolate

2 medium eggs

160g light soft brown sugar

110g plain flour

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Cherry cola and Oreo cupcakes.... Free from lactose

Posted by me on May 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I adore this recipe, its the easiest cupcake recipe I make, and is THE moistest, lightest and fluffiest cake ever...... topped with a crushed Oreo biscuit frosting its just heaven in every bite and everyone from children to adults just loves it x

What you need

200g oil

250g self raising flour

250g soft light brown sugar

40g cocoa powde...

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Bourbon biscuits

Posted by me on April 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I cannot imagine anything more British than sitting with your feet up on the sofa, watching slushy soap operas with a steaming mug of tea and a biscuit or three and these traditional Bourbon biscuits fit the bill perfectly, the only decision that has to be made is whether to dunk or not to dunk…..

Bourbon biscuits (or Bourbon creams) originated in Bermondsey, London in 1910 and were called Creola biscuits by their manu...

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Snow topped mallow fudge bars..... Free from flour and gluten

Posted by me on March 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

There are times when you just HAVE TO HAVE a chocolate fix... This no bake bar is simplicity itself, takes minutes to make and you can eat it within the hour (you have to put it in the fridge first, you cant just eat the melted chocolate mix straight out of the bowl :D) Change the fruit and chocolate chunk/chip combination as the whim takes you......

What you need

250g plain chocola...

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Toblerone and orange brownie... Free from Flour

Posted by me on March 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

A brownie should be squidgy, not firm like a cake but have an unctuous soft, fudge like texture and this little baby delivers it by the bucket load.... with hidden nuggets  of  Toblerone and white chocolate  and a cheeky little hint of zesty orange its the perfect treat with a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce......

 

What you ne...

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Flying monkey pudding with Kentucky Bourbon and maple sauce?.

Posted by me on February 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Its amazing where you get inspiration from... This decadent little number came to me one evening whilst watching a documentary about rescued baby orangutans in an orphanage in Borneo and got me thinking about bananas. Bananas led onto chocolate which then went wildly off tack and took me in the direction of the deep south and Kentucky Bourbon. After a bit of messing about with quantities and ingredients Flying monke...

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Bitter cherry and chocolate Chunky monkeys....sugar free

Posted by me on February 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Makes 16

I love a challenge, it gets my little grey cells ticking over and a whoosh of adrenaline to my heart especially if it’s anything to do with baking.

My magazine editor requested recipes that were not only sugar free but also delicious as well, a tall order as far as I was concerned as cakes, biscuits and baked goodies all need the sweet nomm-i-ness of sugar to give us that feel good factor. B...

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Chocolate mayonaise cake.... Free from gluten

Posted by me on February 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Gluten...Schmooten... who needs that old chestnut in their cakes and bakes???

This totally gorgeous chocolate fudge cake was bought about by the need to create gluten free recipes that could fool someone not suffering from IBS or a gluten intolerance. As far as I am concerned I would never make or bake anything that I wouldn't want to eat myself, if it passes my tick list it comes on the websit...

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Baileys and caramelised hazelnut choux hearts

Posted by me on February 12, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Ooh la la, its nearly that time again when grown men scour the florists (in the case of my husband…. the nearest supermarket) for a bunch of red roses that doesn’t cost the national deficit of a small country and will remain alive for longer than a few hours hidden in the back of the car…

Yes my friends it’s the month of L’amour, of hearts and flowers and all things slushy as Valentine’s Day ...

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