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CHOCOLATE CAKES WITH BAILEYS SALTED CARAMEL

I am a huge lover of Baileys but I do tend to forget it for a large chunk of the year…until the temperature starts to drop. That’s when I get back into my hot chocolate game and the Baileys comes out to play. (If I’m being really indulgent I melt…

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CLASSIC TEAROOM CHOCOLATE VICTORIA SPONGE

One of my favourite baking recipe books is Annie Bell’s Baking Bible. Its a fantastic book filled with straightforward, easy to follow classic recipes for cookies & biscuits, traybakes, sponge cakes, cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, tarts, pies, brownies, breads and meringues. One of my favourite recipes is this classic tearoom chocolate…

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THE THREE CHIMNEYS HOT MARMALADE PUDDING

‘Marmalade. You either love it or loathe it – and I adore it’… begins Shirley Spear in her new book The Three Chimneys Marmalade Bible. Shirley Spear and her husband Eddie opened the internationally acclaimed The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye in 1984. Although they had no previous experience…

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ROASTED GRAPES WITH GOATS CHEESE & HONEY

One of my favourite things to do if I find mysef with any free time over a weekend is watch the utterly marvellous Ina Garten, otherwise known at Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network. I have spoken about my love of her before. Recently, I saw an episode where she…

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LEMON AND ROSEMARY ALMOND CAKE

I recently bought John Whaite’s fab new book Perfect Plates In 5 Ingredients…in which each recipe has just 5 ingredients (plus the essentials of olive oil/butter/salt/pepper). The more baking and cooking I do, the more I love a straighforward recipe with as few ingredients as possible. As soon as I see…

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CHOCOLATE ORANGE HOT CROSS BUNS

Easter is fast approaching and I do love a holiday that is heavily based around food, especially when that food is cake and chocolate. Hot cross buns are synonymous with Easter but I must admit I’m not a fan of the traditional ones. I don’t like dried fruits so a spiced bun full…

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FRENCH TOAST RASPBERRY ROLL-UPS

If you don’t already follow the Tasty videos on Buzzfeed, you really should. Every day they produce quick, easy videos of delicious looking meals. I look forward to their videos popping up all over my Facebook newsfeed each day, and find myself becoming mesmerised by these 50 second videos of recipes that look…

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TOMATO, FETA & BASIL OMELETTE

I feel a bit silly posting a recipe for something as simple as an omelette but this was so tasty, I just wanted to share it. I don’t like diets, I always think its best just to eat tasty, nutritious food that you enjoy and this omelette is so quick and…

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PANDORO FRENCH TOAST

I love French toast and I love pandoro so what could be better than pandoro French toast? I’ll tell you what…nothing! I reserve making French toast for the weekends when I have time to cook and enjoy a leisurely breakfast/brunch. I normally make it using brioche but seeing as its Christmas, I decided to try it…

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WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE

I was watching the Food Network yesterday, (surprise surprise) and Ina was on, as always. I have a deep love for Ina, or the Barefoot Contessa as she is otherwise known.  I have expressed my love for her before and always take great pleasure watching her programmes. Yesterday, in an episode…

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CHOCOLATE BEETROOT BROWNIES

I recently discovered Farmdrop, an online farmers market, and as part of my first order I bought some beautiful beetroot. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it until one Sunday afternoon I was craving chocolate brownies so I started looking out the ingredients I needed…

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GINGERBREAD CAKE WITH ORANGE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Its cold and miserable outside so I thought I would post this seasonal recipe for gingerbread cake. Oddly, even though I’m no fan of ginger, I actually love gingerbread cake and just as I was thinking of making one, Barefoot Contessa came on the Food Network with her gingerbread cupcakes! There were…

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