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Dorset Apple Cake

I was born and raised in Dorset and have oftened wondered what the link is between the county and its eponymous apple cake. I'm sure plenty of apples are grown here but it's never felt…

Cherry Bakewell Cake

I love a Cherry Bakewell and in days past I could sit down with half a dozen of them along with a cup of tea and run out of cakes before I'd emptied my mug...…

Homemade Christmas Presents

This Christmas I decided to make gifts from my grandmother, rather than buying her overpriced and underwhelming gift sets on the high-street - partly because I wanted them to be a little more personal but…

Spiced Christmas Sandwich Biscuits

  Spiced Christmas Sandwich Biscuits I wanted to make my grandmother something a little more personal for Christmas this year, so instead of buying a tin of biscuits I made them. These spicy and zesty…

Lemon Curd Bundt Cake

A lot of cups of tea get drunk around this time of year - why not make sure you have something on hand to accompany it? This lemon cake is light and delicious making it…

Cinnamon Streusel Mince Pies

  Cinnamon Streusel Mince Pies I have a bit of an obsession with streusel toppings on things - if I see a cake or pastry with that sweet, crumbly topping in a bakery I'm almost…

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Classic Mince Pies

  Classic Mince Pies In all honesty mince pies don't need a sweetcrust pastry, as used here, but I feel that if you're going so far as to make your own little pies then you…

Puff Pastry Mince Pie Swirls

  Puff Pastry Mince Pie Swirls These are inspired by a recipe that was in a Christmas Special of Jamie Oliver's magazine a few years ago - I have no idea how faithful they are…

Cornbread

  Cornbread This crumbly, slightly sweet bread is a great companion for chilli (it makes a wonderful "dunker" into the sauce) but also just as good on its own when spread with a generous serving…

Lavender and Orange Cake

Have new cake tin, will bake! Lavender and Orange Cake I first had a lavender-flavoured cake with an orange glaze at Borough Market in London, which if you don't know it is a food-lovers paradise.…

Lemon and Ginger Drizzle Cake

One of my favourite childhood memories has to be that of baking at the weekend with my either my Mum or my Nan (well, that and making pompoms from a ball of wool and two…

Blondies (a.k.a. White Chocolate Brownies)

I can't remember when I had my first Blondies but I'm pretty sure that, like most people, I was somewhat of a skeptic. I mean, why would you make a brownie without the most important…

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All Butter Shortbread

Christmas is looming, which means it's now time for me to start revisiting a few festive favourites that are always well-received at this time of year. I thought I'd ease myself in gently by baking a…

Ultimate Chocolate Cake

I like chocolate...a lot. For many years I would have happily sat down and inhaled (for there is no more accurate a term) a large bar of Dairy Milk without batting an eyelid. Looking back…

Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake with Gin Frosting

  Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake with Gin Frosting This is a great cake and might be my new favourite sponge... It's really that good! I've made two versions of this cake both as a…