The Bakinglady 

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Grasmere Gingerbread

Posted by me on October 9, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

An hour’s drive away up the M6 motorway from the Market town of Chorley in Lancashire (where I live) is the beautiful Cumbrian village of Grasmere, nestled amoungst the hills and mountains of some of the most picturesque scenery in the English Lake district. It is Famous for two things, the Poet William Wordsworth who lived in the village for fourteen years and proclaimed that Grasmere was “the loveliest spot tha...

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15s an Irish Institution... Traditional & caramel and toasted coconut

Posted by me on September 20, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If you happen to visit Northern Ireland you will find this lovely fridge cake on every tea time table and on every café menu.

It’s called a fifteen because there is almost no weighing involved, you just count out 15 of each ingredient, which is perfect if you can’t be bothered getting the weighing scales out.

I have made a traditional Fifteen and also tweaked the recipe a little and given it a caramel a...

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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


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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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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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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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Bran and banana breakfast bars.... Free from sugar

Posted by me on March 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Packed full of energising bananas, seeds, oats and nuts these wonderful bars make a brilliant mid morning snack when energy levels are low and you need something satisfying  without hitting excess sugar. They keep brilliantly too and stay moist for a week or two ( if they last that long without being scoffed of course). Make a batch for the kids packed lunch boxes they are so much healthier than a pla...

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'Small Geezer' Malteaser bar

Posted by me on October 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


What you need

300g digestive biscuits crushed to fine crumbs by placing into a bag and bashing with a rolling pin or by blitzing in a food processor if you have one

150g butter

4 tablespoons cocoa powder

4 tablespoons golden syrup (this is really easy to measure if you place the tin into hot water for 10 minutes before hand)


100g dried chopped apricots

100g Malteaser...

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No bake Chewy Louie Bars

Posted by me on August 14, 2013 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


I would like to tell you that these gorgeous no bake.... yes you read me right....NO BAKE....bars are healthy because they contain oats, bran flakes and honey but I would probably be fibbing because once you start munching on them you wont be able to stop and then you will turn into a great big marshmallow fluff sat on the sofa watching endless reruns of Coronation street and Emmerdale.... But IF you can eat them in moderation and c...

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Double Chocolate fudge Brownies

Posted by me on February 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

February is a cold...cold month, just right for a bit of baking and a decadent chocolate treat. 
Chocolate brownies fall into two categories, squidgy or cake like. I prefer a half way balance between the two because I am just greedy like that :D.
So, this easy peasy recipe is a half way house, moist and extremely rich and easy enough for the kids ...
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RECIPE- Sue's Chocolate fridge cake

Posted by bakinglady on October 18, 2009 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

When my Ex husband and I lived in sunny Swindon we were friends with a lovely bubbly lady called Sue who used to produce this scrummy tea time cake at the drop of a hat. I have made a few changes over the years and although I still refer to it as Sue's cake the finished chocolate concocction is now all mine and once you have played with it too you can ...

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Recipe- Apple Streusel Bars

Posted by bakinglady on September 20, 2009 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Ten to two... Sunday afternoon... ringing phone!

"Hi Sharon can we all pop round at five, I bet you have some lovely cake on the go...."

Wahhh.... panic!!!! I didn't, but I need to now!

Oops, not alot of ingredients though, not enough for a cake, no eggs, no dried fruit and only a couple of bits and bobs hanging around that need using up- a solitary apple in the fruit bowl...

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Recipe- Sticky Coconut slice

Posted by bakinglady on September 7, 2009 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (1)

This is a real tried and tested favourite and it's so simple to make that even the 'hubby' could do it, never mind the kids!

A word of warning though, if you want it to last more than an hour you need to hide it in a good spot...

Fantastic cut into fingers for...

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