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Chocolate dipped, salted Cashew and peanut toffee shards

Posted by me on October 27, 2020 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Hard, sucking toffee, rather than the chewy or liquid caramel varieties have always had a soft (if not crunchy) spot in my heart. It evokes memories of my childhood when my Soldier father would go into the kitchen and boil up a big saucepan of brittle, golden, glass like caramel toffee made with nothing more than a ton of sugar and a splash of vinegar.....

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Fab-u-loso Florentines (makes 16)

Posted by me on October 18, 2020 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (192)

There is something utterly decadent about a Florentine, buttery/crisp yet chewy and full to the brim with nuts and juicy fruit. If a cookie could be described as sexy it would surely be this French frivolity with its little chocolate bottom ❤️ Just remember to put them in a safe place ( preferably hard to get to) because once you start mun...

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Chocolate caramel, crispy slice

Posted by me on October 4, 2020 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (102)

This yummy slice is one of the easiest and quickest sweet treats to knock up... perfect for children's birthday party's too, just sprinkle with some bright and colourful sugar sprinkles and cut into small squares ❤️❤️❤️

350g mars bars or any other caramel/nougat/chocolate bar - chopped into small pieces

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Minty Nanaimo bars

Posted by me on June 11, 2020 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (195)

I have no idea on the history behind these yummy, scrummy squares of minty and chocolate gorgeousness but they are one of my absolute favourite traybakes to munch on , especially when the weather gets a little colder and the evenings a little shorter. Snuggle up under the duvet with a good book, a warm mug of Ovaltine and a piece of this.... you can tha...

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Cappuccino hazelnut biscotti

Posted by me on June 7, 2020 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (95)

Today is the sort of day, for curling up on the sofa with a good book, a mug of frothy coffee and something yummy to dunk... the king of dunkers has to be a biscotti ❤️ It's crisp enough to suck up just the right amount of coffee, with just the right balance of chocolatey sweetness to satisfy the tastebuds. Heaven in every crunchy bite ...

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Chocolate avocado cake

Posted by me on May 13, 2020 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (100)

Don't let the addition of the lovable or loathsome avocado dissuade you from this utterly delicious cake. It's completely undetectable and You cannot taste it.... it just adds a richness and moisture that so many plant based (vegan) cakes lack. I made this for the first time during the first few weeks of the Covid outbreak when I couldn't get hold of eg...

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Wartime mashed potato fudge

Posted by me on May 8, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (93)

During the second world war, rationing meant that sugar, butter and chocolate were rare, precious commodities that needed to be savoured. This simple recipe stretched out the meagre weekly ration amounts for an adult with the addition of a surprise ingredient... potato! Potatoes and bread were two of the few foods not rationed and ensured that a good ol...

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Bangin Brandy snaps

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (103)

Brandy snaps

110g butter or block margarine

110g granulated sugar

110g golden syrup

110g plain flour

1 heaped teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch salt

Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup into a small saucepan and put onto a very low heat. Stir constantly, feeling the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. You want...

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Chocolate pop cake

Posted by me on April 20, 2020 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (194)

Chocolate pop cake

250g self raising flour

300g sugar

3 heaped dessertspoons cocoa powder

Really good pinch bicarbonate of soda

250g butter or block margarine

250ml fizzy pop drink - you can use anything from cola to cherryade, orangeade to lemonade... whatever you like!

125ml milk

2 medium eggs, beaten

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Orange and hazelnut biscotti

Posted by me on October 31, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (94)

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 crunchi...

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Ohrid Cake (pronounced Ochrid)

Posted by me on October 25, 2016 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (103)

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...

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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 (93)

( 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)

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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 cak...

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Swedish inspired Chocolate and oat cookies

Posted by me on October 28, 2015 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (99)

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 pu...

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Cinnamon and honey cracker S'Mores

Posted by me on August 10, 2015 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (196)

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 bisc...

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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 (94)

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...

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Chocolate concrete

Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (97)

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 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 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 (105)

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


200g white chocolate, chopped into small pieces

125g butter

200g icing sugar

1 level teaspoon Vanill...

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Caramelised hazelnut and mocha cupcakes

Posted by me on November 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (94)

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


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