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    Halloween Cupcakes

    Oooooooooo…aaaaaaahhhhhh….arrrrghhhhhhh Are you ready for Halloween?!!! With these incredibly easy Cupcake Decorations you will more than thrill any Trick-or-Treaters that come to your door. Ingredients For each cupcake, you will of course need cupcakes – homebaked from scratch, baked out of a box or shop bought, any will do. Frost each cupcake with buttercream or frosting coloured with orange food colouring Also, prepare some melted chocolate in a piping bag or zip-loc bag with the corner cut off. Spidersweb Cupcakes These need no extra ingredients than those listed above. First, on a piece of greaseproof paper, using the melted chocolate, pipe spiders webs, and spiders. This may take a few…

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    Little Apple Cakes

    Autumn is on its way which in our house means having masses of apples, so with that in mind I have set about hunting out some great apple recipes – first up are Little Apple Cakes. When I say we have masses of apples, I mean it. We have 2 apple trees, which could be very very old – our cottage is over 500 years old, and although the trees aren’t the same age as the cottage, we’re fairly certain they are older than me – so that’s pretty old! Every year our trees are full. This year has been very dry and hot, so the apples are small, some…

  • Rocky Road
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    Scrummy Rocky Road

    Rocky Road…..Chocolate, Biscuits, Marshmallows, and ANY other sweets and candies that YOU want to add. There are no hard and fast rules about Rocky Road, as long as it has the basic chocolatey base, you really can throw any sweet treat you like at it and it won’t ruin it. I often make Rocky Road for Fairs and Markets, and they are always, without doubt, THE most popular thing on the table. I always make twice as much as anything else, I make them with both Dark and White chocolate, and they always, always sell. The question I get asked a lot is “what’s in them?”, and my standard answer…

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    150 Muesli Flapjacks

    This recipe is not actually for 150 Muesli Flapjack bars, but it is for some of the easiest flapjack bars ever. Everything is just 150 grams and its baked at 150c. If you remember the name, you’re pretty certain to remember the recipe. My husband has a breakfast problem. 4 years ago he never ate breakfast, now we have so many packets of porridge, muesli, granola, cereals and bars that our cupboard is literally bulging…..seriously, the door won’t actually close. The biggest issue is that our small, kitchen has built in units that the average cereal box won’t fit in, so we have to take all the bags out of…

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    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes? Are you sure they are Vegan? Really? But they look so ‘normal’!  For various reason, we often get asked to make Eggless and/or Dairy Free cakes. This recipe is a fail safe, easy to make, yummy scummy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes recipe, which means Dairy Free AND Eggless!  To be honest, if no-one told you these were Vegan, you’d never know it, or believe it, because these Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes are light, fluffy, moist, rich, chocolatey and easy to make – everything a Cupcake should be, with nothing missing in taste and texture.   They do use a spread to add the fat content. My choice of spread is…

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    Trout’n’About. Stockbridge’s Vibrant Food Festival

    Here in the UK we do love good food. Diversity is key, which shows in the variety of food you can now find on and in our high streets. In Hampshire there is a real passion, amongst some, for good, local produce. Hampshire has 2 organisations that look after local producers, Hampshire Fair, and Hampshire Farmers Markets, and both are pretty strict about the level of local produce that can be sold under their names – that’s how serious they are about it. So any food festival held in the county will guarantee a wealth of delicious options to try and buy.   For the last 11 years, Stockbridge, a small…

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    Leftovers Smoothy

    This week, in 32 degree heat, I delivered a 3 tier wedding cake covered in white chocolate ganache. It was a scary moment. Chocolate, especially white chocolate, isn’t happy in any kind of heat, and when it’s wrapped around a wedding cake it kind of turns your heart to fear. However, the lovely staff at the London Wetland and Wildfowl Trust, let me drive my car as close to the wedding room as possible and I hurriedly carried 3 tiers of cake into the cool room with all the windows open. This weeks Wedding couple had designed their cake to not have the usual fondant covering, but wanted something a…

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    Sweet Red Pepper and Cheddar Scones

    SCONE……how do you say it? Do you pronounce the ‘o’ as in Tom, Tone or Toon? No other small baked item causes such debate, so I thought I’d have a look on the interweb to find out where all this confusion came from….and you know what? I’m now even more confused. I had assumed that a scone was Scottish, from Scone, where the Scottish King’s were crowned, so was originally pronounced Scoon. However, I found an article that claims that it came from Holland….I know!  So, here are the 2 stories: Scone is from the Dutch Schoonbrot, which means beautiful bread. Or. It’s a Scottish unleavened bread made from Oats and…

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    A Very British Tea Cake

    Tea Cakes mean different things to different people, depending on where you come from. In Britain it’s even more confusing, because there are 2 different types; one with a shortbread base, topped with a marshmallow dome and covered in a thin layer of chocolate, which are more than an ickle bit scrummy. But they are quite tricky to make, and are best left to the amazing people at Tunnocks to do them justice (other Tea Cake manufacturers are available, but Tunnocks Teacakes are just awesome!). So, that leaves the Tea Cakes that are made from a yeast based dough, are best sliced in half, toasted and slathered with butter. Some…

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    Tottenham Cake….

    ….just like Percy Ingles makes. To many people, well actually most people, Tottenham Cake and Percy Ingles means nothing, but work or live in the Eastend of London and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I worked in Hackney, in London’s East end for over 10 years, and was lucky to regularly enjoy delights from Percy Ingles Bakery, from ‘down the Roman Road’….and wow did they have some yummy delights. Percy Ingles is a household name in Hackney, but step away from the Capital and few people will know what you’re talking about. It is a family bakery with over 50 shops in London and makes a great classic…

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    Strawberry Blondes

    Summer appears to have arrived in Surrey…..not sure for how long, but we’re being positive and saying it is NOW summer!   I’m ignoring the small blip of the torrential rain and thundestorm earlier, which I’m calling a ‘summer shower’, as the sun is again shining, the dogs are panting and we’re slowly melting (but not complaining….honest!!) So, with the arrival of summer the supermarkets are now full of bright and colourful soft fruits. Punnets of strawberries, raspberries, peaches and nectarines, blueberries and cherries greet you as you walk into the fruit and veg aisle and invite you to eat healthily.   Of course, after filling the trolly with fruit,…