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    Grandma’s Almond Shortbread – A Simple Recipe

    This year I’ve decided to get back to exploring some more of my Grandma’s recipe book. Now I’ve already had to hit google numerous times to try and work out what some ingredients are as the recipes are 60 years old, so I thought I’d start with a simple one. The humble shortbread (with an almond twist). Shortbread is an oldie but a goodie and one that takes a little time (to rest) but is super easy for all levels of home bakers (and newbie bakers). I’ve popped an easy print recipe below and if you want to try any of my Grandma’s other bakes after baking the Almond Shortbread,…

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    Mum’s Apple Crumble

    If I could name one thing that I loved eating as a child, it would be my Mum’s Apple Crumble. She used to make this every now and again as a treat following Sunday Dinner. Until making this myself, I hadn’t had any sort of crumble for over 10 years and my son had never even tried one! It’s safe to say that after making (and eating) this, it certainly won’t be the last crumble made in our house now. My mum kindly sent over the recipe and also mentioned some variations for future bakes. Why not try the recipe with one of these variations to the Bramley apples? Pear…

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    Mint Chocolate Marble Cake

    This cake looks fabulous as a centre piece on any table and tastes just as good as it looks! The recipe makes one 6 inch sandwiched cake but could be doubled for a larger cake or for 2 tiers. Ingredients – Cake 100g butter 100g caster sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp peppermint extract 1tsp baking powder 100g self-raising flour 30g cocoa powder 50g dark chocolate chips Ingredients – Buttercream and Fondant 125g butter 300g icing sugar 2 tsp peppermint extract 350g white fondant icing 150g blue fondant icing 90g black fondant icing Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees (fan). Cream the butter and sugar together. Step 2 Add…

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    Creme Egg Brownies

    These are an absolute must try for any creme egg fan. A super easy and delicious treat to make before, during and after Easter!….Pretty much any time creme eggs are available to buy in the shops. Ingredients 180g butter 200g dark chocolate 280g caster sugar 120g plain flour 3 eggs 2 x 85g bags of mini creme eggs Step 1 Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees (fan). Fill a pan with boiling water and place a heatproof bowl over the top (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Gently melt the chocolate and butter in the bowl. Step 2 Allow the butter and chocolate to cool for 5…

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    Triple Layer Chocolate Cake

    If you have a few hours available (this doesn’t need to be all in one go) and some patience when it comes to decorating, then this cake might be the one for you. It tastes delicious and looks fantastic as a centre piece for parties. Admittedly, I did not have a party to take said cake to but had been wanting to try the design out for a while so thought, why not! Ingredients – Cake 300g butter 300g caster sugar 6 eggs 300g self-raising flour 3 tsp baking powder 70g cocoa powder Ingredients – Buttercream (you will need 2 batches of this) 300g butter 800g icing sugar 2 tsp…

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    Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise

    With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to create a fun and playful cupcake recipe that was simple to follow and a perfect addition to the celebrations. The recipe creates a fluffy vanilla cupcake with a vanilla buttercream topping, sprinkles and a hidden golden surprise! Ingredients – Cake 200g butter 200g caster sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 250g self-raising flour 2 tsp baking powder Green gel food colouring Ingredients – Buttercream and Decoration 150g butter 400g icing sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp. milk Colourful sprinkles Golden crunch sprinkles Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees (fan). Cream the butter and sugar. Step…

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    Mint Choc Chip Cupcakes

    Looking at holiday brochures recently really got me thinking about summer. Warm weather, bright clothes and of course, ice cream. Ever since I first tried ice cream as a child, my favourite has always been mint choc chip. I don’t know what it is but I just find the mint and dark chocolate flavour combination absolutely perfect! As it’s still a little cold to be walking round with an ice cream cone (I’m currently still wearing gloves most days), I thought I’d put the flavour combo in one of my cupcake creations. Give it a try! Ingredients – Cake 200g butter 200g caster sugar 4 eggs 1 1/2 tsp peppermint…