Wild Blackcurrant Loaf Cake

Wild Blackcurrant Loaf Cake C

Wild blackcurrant conserve is the reason for this recipe. It’s an ingredient I’ve used before and upon using it again I knew just the cake! Loaf cakes speak of generosity and plenty in a homely way compared to, say, a layer cake and with a coat of frosting can be just as elegant. The conserve lends a vibrant pink hue without the need for food colouring – and did I mention the taste?
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Cinnamon Palmiers

Cinnamon Palmiers B

Palmiers are delicious! So sweet and crisp yet delicate enough to melt on the tongue. Believe it or not this recipe took me a while to perfect; the ingredients are simple enough but getting the palmiers to keep a perfect shape was a struggle. The key lies in correctly folding them to allow room for the pastry to puff as it cooks, so make sure you keep to the 7cm rule!
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Black Forest Cheesecake Brownies

Black Forest Cheesecake Brownies F

Yes, these do taste as amazing as they look! (If I say so myself hehe.) Cheesecake brownies are such a dangerous invention, as if cheesecake AND brownies weren’t dangerous enough! The rich, creamy swirl contrasts with the dark, sweet brownie while the whole thing is brought alive with black cherries. These brownies will put a smile on anybody’s face  and what’s more, they’re really easy to make!
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Chocolate, Hazelnut and Pear Friands

Chocolate, Hazelnut and Pear Friands A

I was about to write that friands are one of my favourite kinds of cake, what with their moist, close texture and nutty flavour, and then I thought against this since I write that almost every recipe is one of my favourites. But then I came to my senses and realised that of course I’m going to write about so many recipes being my favourites otherwise I wouldn’t be posting them! So yes, friands, one of my favourite kinds of cake and this, one of my favourite recipes. I hope you like these as much as I do!
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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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