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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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    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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    Life is never too short to home bake….lesson learnt!

    I’ve always preached that “life is too short to make pastry”. Since fresh pastry in a packet has been widely available in the supermarket, I haven’t bothered making my own. How silly I’ve been!!! This evening, for the first time in years I made pastry – real shortcrust pastry! OK, so I used the food processor, but just because I use my own form of power tools, doesn’t make me any less a domestic goddess. And anyway, Delia said it was ok to use an electric appliance, so if she says its ok, then its ok!!! The pastry was used for Mum’s old fave, mince beef and onion pies. They…