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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…

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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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    Your Own Individual Cake in Cup

    Do you ever get those moments when you NEED a cake? I do! At these times, mass produced, shop bought cakes just wont do. I’m talking about a NEED for fresh, out of the oven, home-baked cake!!! But, mixing up a batch of cupcakes or a Victoria sponge would be too much, and once the NEED for cake has been satisfied you’re left with too much cake which you’re either forced to eat or give away. Making too much isn’t such a bad thing, excess cake is never a bad thing, but with this small recipe you’ll have just the right amount of cake AND as a bonus it doesn’t…

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    Let’s get over it and move on……….with Pizza Pinwheels

    Right, Christmas is over…..deal with it! This is a message to myself…….I’m not being a bully, just trying to shake myself out of the holiday mode. I’ve read a lot of blogs over the last week (because I have a new reader on my new iPad and it’s great!), some have celebrated the passing of Christmas, and some have mourned it. I love Christmas. Really love it…….the family, the cooking, the eating, the time off work to go walking with the hubster and the dogs…….however, I also love getting the house and fridge back to normal, but I find it’s something I try to delay, mainly because it means I…

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    Bread Baking – Pure Genius?

    The best thing since sliced bread is home baked bread, baked in your own oven!!! But who was it that discovered that the combination of crushed grain, yeast, salt and water, mixed, kneaded and left for a few hours would expand to make the most amazing food? Seriously, the simple act of baking bread never ceases to amaze me. The simplest of ingredients, put together and dealt with in the correct order produces the yummiest of treats – but who was it that found that correct order?? Whether it happened by accident or design I consider them a genius! Bread offers simplicity and therapy for a baker – no fancy…