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Raspberry and Lemon Princessa Cake

Posted by me on January 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (101)

I am fascinated by other cultures, their traditions, celebrations and what they choose as festive food, Sweden is no exception.

This recipe first appeared in the 1930’s and was invented by Jenny Akerstrom who was a teacher to the daughters of Prince Carl, Duke of Vastergotland. His three daughters Margaretha, Martha and Astrid were said to be pa...

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Gingerbread cookies

Posted by me on November 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (96)

When I was a child I lived in Hannover, in Germany (my father was a soldier in the British army) and as a family we would visit the beautiful Harz mountain region. My overriding memories are watching colourful skaters gliding about on ice covered lakes and eating beautifully decorated soft gingerbread cookies, and to this day I cannot walk past the soft, warming s...

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Chocolate Cookie flip flops

Posted by me on November 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (106)

Summer… golden sunshine, blue skies and pretty little girly flip flops, or thongs as they call them in Australia ( would not want to put what I call thongs on my feet but hey ho!!!)

I made these cute little cookies on a whim one day as I had seen little china ornament slippers and other shoes in a small local craft shop and thought how wonderful...

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Bonfire night Cupcakes

Posted by me on November 1, 2013 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (94)




Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot....Bonfire night happens in the United Kingdom on the 5th November as a celebration to mark the anniversary of Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 with the gunpowder plot. I made these cupcakes for BBC radio Lancashire as I was ...

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Cream of tomato soup cupcakes

Posted by me on November 1, 2013 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (94)

This recipe has always intrigued me, as I saw it being made on the children’s TV program Blue Peter (many hundreds of years ago) and although I have made cakes with parsnips, beetroot, carrots and courgettes I have never made one with tomato soup. I have held off from sampling this cake mixture for a long time as I honestly thought it would be decided...

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'Small Geezer' Malteaser bar

Posted by me on October 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (101)


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 h...

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Spook-tac-ular Haloween cupcakes

Posted by me on October 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (101)

Well my little ghouls and gals, Halloween is upon us once again and it’s time to do some spooky baking, Last year it was Bat Bogie muffins with coconut ice spiders and this year’s Ghoulish treat is a cleverly fiendish cupcake with a marshmallow ghostie on the top… Bake them if you dare….Mwah ha ha…..

What you need...

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London Cheesecakes

Posted by me on October 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (100)

Although I live in Chorley, Lancashire I originally hailed from Croydon in Surrey so I consider myself a bit of a 'dirty Southerner'! There are few things I miss about the South of England, Sunshine, my family and friends and the lovely seaside town of Brighton in Sussex are a few that I care to mention but I also miss a couple of foods that are just not av...

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Eton mess cupcakes

Posted by me on September 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (95)

Down by the river Thames where the handsome people gather you might venture across a delightful scene of straw boatered young men, dapper in there striped school finery escorted by pretty young ladies partaking of Eton’s finest champagne, English strawberries and cream…. Blimey! Fast forward a hundred years and into this century and those dapper...

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Chocolate and beetroot cake

Posted by me on September 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (93)

Ahhh Norfolk, home of Bernard and his turkeys, fiery English mustard and in 60AD the queen of the Iceni tribe Boudicca herself. Nowadays people from Norfolk are sometimes known by the name of Norfolk dumplings (a rather uncomplimentary comparison to the flour dumplings that were traditionally a significant part of the local diet) but I think that if some hairy leg...

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Fat free Hawaiian wedding cake

Posted by me on August 28, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (88)

Aloha… I have been asked many times for fat free cakes and I found this a few years ago, it’s a lovely light sponge that’s incredibly easy to make with delicate coconut and pineapple flavours. Unfortunately the topping isn’t fat free but you can always make up an icing with icing sugar and Malibu (or pineapple juice) and sprinkle gen...

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Decadent chocolate Mint biscuit bites

Posted by me on August 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

These gorgeous little chocolate and cream cheese bites are probably the quickest, easiest and definitely tastiest chocolate covered morsels you will ever make, they knock up in a flash and disappear twice as fast but they also make wonderful gifts and will keep for up to a week in the fridge

What you will need

350g cream filled ...

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Hazelnut finger biscuits

Posted by me on October 23, 2011 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (99)

I used to work at a hotel in Hampshire many hundreds of years ago and I would bake these crisp little finger biscuits as petit fours, served with afternoon tea or at the end of a meal with a nice little cup of espresso, they are like a grown up version of Ferrero Rocher and absolutely delicious. I have even boxed them up in the past and given them as edible...

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Orange and Raisin Pave aux chocolate

Posted by me on October 23, 2011 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (92)

This recipe is not hard although it will take you a few hours to prepare but it is SOOOOOooo worth it with a light as a feather flourless sponge on the base topped with plump juicy raisins and two layers of rich orange infused plain and white chocolate mousse. Definately something very special and it would be wonderful as an alternative dessert after lunch ...

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Apple and Dimebar shortcake

Posted by bakinglady on September 26, 2010 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (101)

Tis the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.... Well actually tis' the season of cold, damp and rain so what better reason to get baking in the kitchen and use up a few  windfall apples....

I came up with this recipe after recieving a big bag of apples from a fellow lecturer to make into Chorley Chutney for my Farmers market stall and wa...

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Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake with white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies

Posted by bakinglady on June 14, 2010 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (94)


I have been wanting to do something special ever since we got back from  Las Vegas in March, but as hard as I tried I couldn't think of anything that would sum up in one ( or two...or three)  tantalising mouthful this fantastic city.... Until now, and boy has it been worth the wait!

Vegas is such a city of contrasts that this dessert h...

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Raspberry, apricot and almond tart

Posted by bakinglady on September 3, 2009 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (191)


A lovely tart brimming with luscious fruit and topped with flaked almonds, gorgeous served warm with a dollop of chantilly cream and some fresh raspberries...



For the pastry


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