Carrot & apple Easter cake ?>

Carrot & apple Easter cake

I’ve posted this recipe before as a cupcake recipe but thought it would make the perfect Easter cake with cream cheese and maple syrup frosting and decorated with some of my favourite little Schleich animals.  I always include some of the Schleich animals in my Christmas decor so thought it would be super cute to get some of the little lambs & bunnies for my Easter cake this year. I doubled the following quantities to make this Easter cake as…

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Sticky toffee pudding ?>

Sticky toffee pudding

Sticky toffee pudding has always been a big favourite in our family especially at this time of year and this recipe is very easy to make. This is my Mum’s recipe but I’ve given it a little festive twist by adding black treacle and swapping the caster sugar for soft brown sugar to make it slightly stickier and darker and it tasted delicious. It’s best served with vanilla custard or ice cream and extra toffee sauce.  Anytime I order sticky…

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Caramel chocolate crispie ?>

Caramel chocolate crispie

I came up with this recipe years ago as an alternative to millionaire shortbread as I don’t personally like the shortbread base on it but love the toffee/caramel part. I’ve used Cadbury’s dairy milk here but I sometimes make it with milky bar or you can have a milk choc base with a white choc topping, it’s lovely however you choose to make it. Ingredients and recipe as follows – Ingredients- 4 large cakes Cadbury’s choc Rice Krispies 8oz butter…

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Pear Friands ?>

Pear Friands

I first had these delicious little cakes as part of a lovely afternoon tea at Galgorm Resort & Spa and have wanted to try making them ever since. I ordered a silicone mould from eBay as I wanted them to be the same little oval shape as those ones. They can be made either with pears or raspberries and for my first go at making them I used tinned pears cut into little slices. Recipe as follows – Ingredients One…

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Argentinean Blueberry shot glass desserts ?>

Argentinean Blueberry shot glass desserts

I have always loved creating new recipes since I was a child and remember winning a Scotbloc cooking chocolate competition to create a traybake using their orange flavoured chocolate when I was around 12 years old so the challenge of creating a recipe with delicious Argentinean Blueberries was right up my street and I couldn’t wait to get started.  Argentinean blueberries are sweeter than other types making them the perfect ingredient for this recipe. I started off by making blueberry…

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Apple & toffee crumble ?>

Apple & toffee crumble

  This is one of my favourite desserts especially at this time of year and it’s really just a basic crumble recipe with toffee added. When I originally made this dessert I always made it in a flan dish with a shortcrust pastry base baked blind before adding cooked apples and then a layer of crumble before adding homemade toffee but I’ve simplified it over the years and it tastes just as good like this! I always use Granny Smith…

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Paris is always a good idea ?>

Paris is always a good idea

I’m not really a holiday person as I’m a real home bird and although I have enjoyed holidays in other places, Paris is the only place that has captured my heart enough to return to again and again.  This latest trip was my 15th visit to this beautiful city and I still haven’t quite ticked off everything on my list that I want to see but I’m going to share some of my favourites with you. We have mainly stayed…

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Paris trip after losing my Mum ?>

Paris trip after losing my Mum

I’ve been going to Paris regularly for the last 20 years but with my mum being so ill over the last 3 years I was afraid to book any holidays where I couldn’t just jump into the car and get back home quickly so holidays had been put on the back burner during that time of caring for my Mum.  Due to the complications of long term chemo my Mum’s kidneys failed 3 years ago and she became critically ill…

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Lemon cheesecake with raspberries & strawberries 🍓 ?>

Lemon cheesecake with raspberries & strawberries 🍓

 Strictly speaking this isn’t a cheesecake but it’s a super easy light dessert which is perfect for hot summer days and takes literally minutes to whip up. You can either just make it a lemon cheesecake with the recipe below – Base- 100g butter 250g crushed biscuits (I use lotus biscuits or ginger nuts as they go well with the lemon) Method- Melt butter and mix in the crushed biscuits then press mixture into base of round baking tin. Put…

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Summer baby shower ?>

Summer baby shower

Styling a baby shower is always a big favourite of mine as it’s such a happy occasion with lots of pretty pastel decorations.  There’s a few of my friends expecting babies this summer so I decided to host a little celebration for them in my garden during the lovely sunny weather we enjoyed recently. Party Pieces is always fabulous for pretty decorations & accessories for all those special occasions and I love everything in their ‘Oh Baby’ range! I keep…

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