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Salted Caramel Cheesecake

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Who doesn’t like cheesecake! Cheesecake is indulgent on so many layers (pardon the pun) – the crunchy base, the creamy filling, the sweet/fruity/other topping – and this a perfect example. I’ve always been more of a fan of chilled cheesecake, as you can’t beat the smooth creaminess, but baked cheesecakes are winning over my heart. And here’s one to win over yours. The ever popular salted caramel adorning a vanilla filling and shortbread base – yum yum yum!
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Apple Crumble Cake

Apple Crumble Cake ASome call it coffee cake (hate coffee!), some call it streusel cake (yeah, I like that…), I’ll call it crumble cake (spot on!). Crumble is undoubtedly one of my favourite puddings, and you can make it with whatever fruit you like, although I’ll say classic apple is best. Call me classic, I don’t mind. So of course, this take is straightforward and simple, combining a vanilla and cinnamon sponge with sweet caramelised apple and crunchy golden crumble. It’s like a hug in bowl, well… with plenty of custard it almost is!
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Macaron Éclairs

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It seems a bit odd that I was inspired by écalirs when I have a strong dislike for choux pastry. But this works as the perfect replacement, in fact it’s more than perfect – what’s the word for that please? Crisp macaron shells, encasing fresh vanilla cream, dipped in chocolate on one side; no choux needed, that’s what I’m talking about!

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Blackcurrant & Vanilla Swirl Cake

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This is a recipe I shall never cease using: it’s simple to do and highly interchangeable. I first did it using strawberry jam and star anise to flavour, and I’ll be sure to do it again using different flavours, perhaps blueberry conserve and lemon zest or damson plum conserve and ginger. Just pick a preserve you like and a flavour to pair it with and you can make up your own wonderful combinations!
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Red Velvet Cookies

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I sure do love red velvet. So when I recently tried red velvet cookies, I couldn’t resist making my own! For those who don’t know, red velvet cake has a light cocoa and vanilla taste made famous by the deep red colour. But be ye not deceived for true red velvet should not be electric red but warm, rich, deep red. Enjoy!

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Toasted Coconut & Vanilla Blondies

Toasted Coconut & Vanilla Blondies A

I really wanted to make blondies, but of course couldn’t bring myself to do plain old blondies so here’s my take. Toasted coconut mixed in and on top as well a boost of vanilla flavour on top of the creamy white chocolate – what could be more indulgent?

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Pineapple Upside-down Rock Cakes

Pineapple Upside-down Rock Cakes B

Ok so these aren’t upside-down, but they are pineapple rock cakes with a cherry on top! Rock cakes are a truly British bake, but despite the decline in their popularity, I still believe they are incredibly tasty and impossibly simple to make. Why not make these and have them with a cuppa!

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