Autumn Spice Madeira Loaf

Autumn Spice Madeira Loaf C

Autumn is the season of spice, especially in the baking world. As the nights draw in spices add warmth to cold evenings, and bakes take on a very comforting role (for me at least!). Here’s a twist on a classic madeira loaf, sure to bring comfort on an autumn night in.
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Maple & Pecan Bars

Maple & Pecan Bars C

I can’t enough of the flavour of maple syrup, sweet and rich and just plain tasty. I can’t do maple and bacon though – no, no, no. Maple and pecan however, now we’re talking. These bars are great for packed lunches, picnic lunches and ‘snacks-before-lunch’es because they are easy to make, not very fragile and keep well too. Try adding 30g chopped pecans to the shortbread topping (at the stage before pressing into a ball) for even more nuttiness!
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Orange & Rosemary Cake

Orange & Rosemary Cake A

The thing I love most about this cake is the texture. Not quite a frangipane, not quite a sponge, the balance of ground almonds and self-raising flour gives this cake a magical quality. Indulgent yet light and bursting with fresh flavour. This cake is lovely as a little afternoon treat and also a great way to round off a meal. I recommend serving it with a segment of orange and a small sprig of rosemary to garnish a dollop mascarpone.
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Burnt Honey Crème Caramel

Burnt Honey Crème Caramel A

It took me a while to like custard. As a child I shied away from the yellow stuff without ever tasting it, and then one day I took the plunge and never looked back! From traditional pouring custard (not too runny please), to thick and rich crème pâtissière and let’s not forget ice cream, there are so many ways to love custard. And now here’s another! Burning the honey turns it into caramel with a delightfully floral taste, to adorn the delicately flavoured set custard.
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Roasted Strawberry Pavlovas

Roasted Strawberry Pavlovas AStrawberries and balsamic is a flavour combo I wish I tried sooner! The mix may not be to everyone’s taste but when the balance is right it will please all sweet-sour lovers. Making meringue nests is no difficult task but it sure does take time and you can’t rush the mixing or the baking – so trust me, this recipe is well worth it!
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Carrot Cake Roulade

Carrot Cake Roulade A

As I’ve said before, people love carrot cake and, being one of those people, I decided to put a spin on it. Not that it needed it, mind. This is super good though, and the orange-infused cream cheese filling really sets it off so I beseech you to try it. Make one for yourself and make one for a friend because it makes a really good gift!
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Lemon Bars with Mint

Lemon Bars with Mint A

I remember lemon bars vividly as they were something I made many years ago from a cookbook and I was very unsure what to expect. What emerged from the oven was indeed something I couldn’t have foretold. This is a recipe that makes lemons sing; oven baked curd atop a shortbread base and I’ve spruced it up with some fresh mint thrown into the mix. A little tip is not to dust with icing sugar too far ahead as the bars will soak it in and you won’t be very impressed with the look!
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