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Spiced Hazelnut and almond cake with fresh figs, rose syrup and white chocolate stars

Posted by me on October 29, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Serves 8-12

Light, moist and nutty, this is the perfect alternative to Christmas pudding after a heavy dinner. I would describe it as tasting a little like a coconut macaroon and with its mantle of whipped cream, chocolate stars and jewel like pomegranate seeds and it’s just so pretty… best of all tho, its simplicity itself and can be baked a day or two before hand then finished with the w...

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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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Tell em' about the money....Mummy!

Posted by me on October 17, 2016 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Sometimes you just have to let your ‘INNER FREAK’ out, and Halloween seems to me the perfect excuse to have some decidedly creepy and freaky fun with my Mummy cake covered in chocolate bandages and filled with frog spawn and beetle bug frosting….

I had been thinking about this cake for days before I finally managed to get into the kitchen to create it and I wanted to ensure that it was easy enough to b...

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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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Mardi Gras King Cake with cream cheese and pecan nuts

Posted by me on July 28, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)


If you happen to visit the city of New Orleans on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday as it is affectionately known in the USA (Mardi Gras translated from the French means Fat Tuesday….) you will be mesmerised by the vibrancy, loud noise and party atmosphere of the carnival that happens at this time every year

Parades, marching bands, floats and Beautiful girls in the skimpiest of costumes dance to the loud, pulsating...

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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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Lady Baltimore Cake

Posted by me on May 6, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Lady Baltimore cake is a good, old fashioned slice of Southern hospitality on a plate and although it might involve a few different stages it is well worth the extra effort and time involved to make this Dense, white cake with its rich, moist filling of figs, raisins and Bourbon beneath a pure white frosting of Italian meringue... get yourself onto that veranda with a Mint julep and a big fat slice of...

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The ultimate Carrot cake

Posted by me on April 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m incredulised (lol what a fabulous made up but very apt word) that this is the very first time that I have devised a carrot cake recipe for my website. This light, moist and gently spiced fruitcake is a staple on the afternoon tea table and a definite must have when it comes to Easter. My recipe contains toasted caraway seeds which add a gorgeous subtle hint of aniseed flavour which complements the sweetness of the carro...

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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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Cinder Coffee Cupcakes

Posted by me on March 8, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

if ever there was a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of cupcakes, this little beauty would fit the bill... with sophisticated notes of coffee and vanilla, smooth and creamy cream cheese frosting and a gleaming nugget of bubbly champagne coloured toffee perched jauntily on  top this is a cupcake strictly for the grownups....

What you need

For the cinder toffee

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Frangipane and apricot bun and butter pudding

Posted by me on February 3, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

What you need

6-8 hot cross buns or I large brioche loaf

For the Frangipan

75g butter

75g granulated sugar

75g ground almonds

1 level teaspoon almond essence

410g can of apricot halves in natural juice, drained and chopped (reserve the fruit juice to use in the apricot glaze)

2-3 tablespoons of Amaretto or other almond f...

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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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Chapel window cake

Posted by me on January 12, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

In 1884 princess Victoria, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria married Prince Louis of Battenberg in Germany and a myth was born, the Battenberg cake…. It was said that the English bakers tried to emulate the skill of their German counterparts with their skills in modelling with marzipan and decorating cakes and created this tea time classic, shame it is probably just a story, as there is no historical evidence to bac...

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Prosciutto, mozzarella and sun blush tomato tartlets

Posted by me on October 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Serves 6 as a starter

What you need

12 slices of prosciutto or Serrano ham

150g mascarpone

20g green pesto

2 medium eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

125g mozzarella cut into 12 equal pieces

100g sun blush tomatoes, drained (1 tablespoon of oil reserved for the dressing) cut length ways into thin strips

6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, boiled in a s...

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Greek orange, fig and hazelnut cake

Posted by me on October 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

12 slices

What you need

20g butter

1 level tablespoon finely chopped toasted hazelnuts

For the cake

150g caster sugar

150g baking margarine

1 level teaspoon of natural orange extract or the finely grated zest of 2 large oranges

3 medium eggs, beaten,

100g Greek yoghurt

180g self raising flour

2 tablespoons Co...

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Christmas cupcakes

Posted by me on October 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Makes 12

Christmas is such a magical time with sounds, sights and scents evoking all that is wonderful about the season of goodwill.

For me it’s the aroma of zesty oranges the gleam of plump, ruby red cranberries and soft, golden apricots and of course all the beautiful array of totally divine chocolates, candies and nuts.

These Christmas cupcakes with their succulent cranberries and jewel like apr...

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Spooky gingerbread mummies

Posted by me on October 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

These adorable cookie mummies are the perfect treat for Halloween and can easily be made by small hands using very little equipment, so what are you waiting for? Grab a bowl and mix up a batch of gingerbread cookie dough.... Happy Halloween x

Makes approximately 12 (depending on the size of your cutter)

What you need

350g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting

1 level teaspoon bica...

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the BEST Coffee and walnut cake....EVER!!!!!

Posted by me on June 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I don't boast very often but this is definitely the best coffee and walnut cake you will ever try... the combination of rich coffee infused cake, studded with little nuggets of walnuts, the most sumptuous mascarpone cream with a hint of vanilla and coffee and caramelised walnuts make this an absolute winner and I guarantee that even if you are not a fan of coffee this will become a firm favourite...

What you n...

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English Summer garden cupcakes

Posted by me on May 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

These glorious cupcakes were inspired by my parents lovely garden in Surrey with aromas and flavours of lavender, roses and violets. They are so pretty and so evocative of gentle summer days that it would be a shame not to make them all year round x

What you need

150g baking margarine

150g caster sugar

150g self raising flour

3 medium eggs

6-8 drops of lave...

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