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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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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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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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PEAR, PECAN & MAPLE SYRUP BANANA BREAD

This is yet another recipe from this month’s Delicious Magazine. Yes, I know it sounds like I work for them but I don’t. I just love it, and this month’s issue is fantastic as always. This recipe for Pear & Maple Syrup Banana Bread by Rosie Ramsden jumped out at me and I…

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MAPLE MERINGUE CRUNCH CAKES

At the beginning of every month, I look forward to my copy of Delicious Magazine arriving on my doorstep. Its always packed with fantastic, easy to follow recipes and this month was no exception. As I read it on the tube the other day, I earmarked loads of pages containing…

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CRANACHAN CHEESECAKES

Last night was Burns Night, and Scots all over the world will have celebrated the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns with a Burns Supper.  Traditionally a Burns Supper consists of haggis, neeps and tatties and usually ends with Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert made from a mixture of whipped…

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MINI GINGERBREAD CUPCAKES

Its almost Christmas, my favourite time of the year. Its the only time you are actively encouraged to eat as much as you possibly can, all rules go out the window. Not that I abide by many for the rest of the year, its just nice that everyone else joins…

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MARY BERRY’S CHOCOLATE ROULADE

Every Christmas I made a chocolate log. Last year I made Gemma Gannon‘s Salted Caramel Yule Log which was incredible, but takes a bit of time. This year I didn’t have time on my side so I went for an old favourite…Mary Berry’s Chocolate Roulade. It is made without flour or…

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PANDORO SANTA HATS

This is just a quick idea of something cute and Christmassy to make for Christmas parties or get-togethers.  I had some friends coming round to mine last weekend and as always at Christmas, I had a pandoro in my kitchen. If you don’t know what a pandoro is, its an…

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STRAWBERRY SWIRL CHEESECAKE

My lovely friend Sal’s even lovelier mum recently asked me to help cater for a party she was having. One of the desserts she asked for was a strawberry cheesecake so I adapted a Donna Hay recipe featured in her wonderful book Modern Classics Book 2. The original recipe is…

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