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Strawberry Meringue Cake

Strawberry Meringue Cake

Meringue to me is the absolute crème de la crème of dessert ingredients. When you throw in fresh strawberries as this recipe does, well let's just say I'm extraordinarily happy. When I first came to the UK, I didn't understand the immediate need to check a dessert menu that so many Brits seemed to feel. I often met people who may not have removed their jackets or sat down in a restaurant, but they already knew what they were ordering for pud. I haven't fully joined this sweet obsessed group,…

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Chocolate and Banana Cake

Chocolate and Banana Cake

Now those of you out there that are a bit switched on, may have already noticed that I have posted a chocolate and banana mini loaf cake recipe previously, but I just couldn't resist getting this one to you as it differs quite a bit. I found it on the BBC Good Food recipe site and loved the idea of using sunflower oil as well as the addition of the beaten egg whites. A moist,…

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American Pancakes

Raspberry & maple syrup American style pancakes

When I was 17 years of age - oh, so long ago now - I had a weekend job at a department store and every Saturday when I had finished my 4 hour shift I had to pass both a café that specialised in pancakes, as well as a doughnut shop, on my way home. The café may have been called the Pancake House, but I'm not sure and I believe there is still a doughnut shop in the same place. The mixed aromas played havoc with my self-control and I would inevitably end up stopping for either a pancake or a doughnut.…

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

A Pile of Christmas Biscuits

It's Christmas time! Well, it was last week. The time to eat, drink and be merry, or ... get excited about cooking and cram in as many complicated recipes into the days surrounding Christmas that you are so far from merry it's painful. On Christmas Eve I had planned to make these lovely gingerbread cookies, decorate them and make a Yule log with various household chores squeezed in between. I went to bed that night more exhausted than I think I have done on any Christmas Eve for the past 10 years.…

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Riverford Plum Upside Down Cake

Plum Upside Down Cake in all it's glory

For the past 5 years we have been buying a fruit and veg box from Riverford Organic and every week with the delivery they enclose a lovely newsletter with recipe ideas. Most of the time I just read over these, making approving noises, but rarely do I find time to actually make anything. Not so last week. I read over a recipe for Apple Upside Down Cake which looked easy and yummy. At the bottom of the recipe the line that clinched…

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Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie has been on my 'must do' list for some time and I finally got my act together to make it a couple of weeks ago. I see ready made versions pop up in various supermarkets every once in a while, but it isn't a staple dessert in the UK like cheesecake, lemon tart, apple pie et al so you can't really cheat and buy one easily. In trawling the internet - well, searching on Google and hitting 'go' - the usual 3 million results came back, but it was Delia that grabbed my attention. Whenever…

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Raspberry & White Chocolate Cookies

Fresh raspberries

What can be better than a lovely, chewy cookie for morning or afternoon tea? American style of course. I've discovered about myself in recent years, that I don't really like very crunchy food. That may make me sound like an overgrown child, but so be it. For me the soft centre of freshly baked bread is the best bit; not the hard, crunchy exterior. I'm not a fan of hard granola bars or seeds - it seems like a lot of effort for not much reward. So, whilst I like a biscuit every now and again, I've…

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Chocolate Chip Jaffa Muffins

Chocolate chip jaffa muffins

I love the combination of chocolate and orange. OK, it's not ground breaking, but it's a classic. I've always found too much chocolate on it's own to be very cloying so the addition of a tart, fruity element is always appealing. Think raspberry and chocolate or lemon and cream. Perfect. This is yet another yummy recipe from The Australian Women's Weekly cookbook Easy Baking. This is the third I have published and I'm starting to think that the publishers will stop me doing it soon! So far they…

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Lemon Curd Friands

Coffee & friands - a perfect match

Australia has a fabulous food culture. I lived in Sydney for 5 years before I came to the UK and would go out to dinner roughly 2-3 times a week during that time. Whenever I visit friends and family in Sydney now I try to take advantage of the amazing array of restaurants that are all over the city. I read Sydney based food blogs and try to keep up to date with what new restaurants are opening up, but it's hard to stay on top of this, when you are on the other side of the world. I've realised…

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Banana & Chocolate Mini Loaf Cakes

Banana & Dark Choc Mini Loaf Cakes

Whilst I was in Australia I searched high and low for some friand pans that didn't weigh a tonne; silicone would have been ideal. Friand pans were few and far between even in a country where friands are readily available in coffee shops and cafes, so I returned to the UK disappointed, but with a new cookbook containing several friand recipes. Friands, in case you haven't had the pleasure of coming across them, are small, moist oval cakes (almost bite sized) loosely based on French financiers and…

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Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts

These cute little numbers are all over the web if you search for them and I've wanted to try making them for a long time, so here they are. This recipe was taken from Not Quite Nigella & slightly adapted, but NQN's original recipe was taken from somebody else so I'm hoping she won't mind me poaching it! They are quite easy to make and taste fantastic. I could even close my eyes and kid myself that I was sitting…

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Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

Chocolate & Raspberry Brownies

Having just got back from Australia I am full of the joys of food. Whilst away I bought my BFF (Best Food Friend) a fabulous cookbook from the Women's Weekly range called Easy Baking. Women's Weekly cookbooks have been around forever and a day so I'm very familiar with them, but they have given their books a design overhaul in the last few years and they now look great. More Nigella, then Mrs Beeton shall we say. This one is full of slightly different recipes to those you might find in UK baking…

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Blueberry Trifle

Back in August 2005, I picked this recipe up in Waitrose. Primarily I was drawn to the preparation time which is 15 minutes - this will always turn my head. It is a bit of a cheat, but I think this is a huge positive. Don't think because it is simple it won't be delicious. This is a great Christmas alternative to traditional pud as it doesn't take long and relieves a little bit of the panic on the day.

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Cranachan with Raspberries

Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert, which I discovered for myself back in 2002. Obviously millions of Scots will be chuckling at my late introduction, but in case you haven't come across it yourself as yet, it's simple, special and definitely worth having a go at. I have made this whilst on holiday in a castle outside of Campbelltown for a party of about 15 as well as for a large wedding party and both times it went down a treat. It's an easy one for large groups. This recipe serves a…

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Cantuccini Biscotti

Cantuccini Biscotti

My partner JC had got his hands on a brand new Gaggia Classic coffee machine and was seriously perfecting his Americanos and lattes, so I felt it only right that I find a decent biscotti recipe to complement said brew. This one is from chef Jim Fisher who runs cooking classes in the Dordogne. It worked well the first time and hasn't let me down since. I get very positive comments every time I dish them out.

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