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4) Caramel Week: Fudged-Up Caramel Shortbread

In the spirit of last week’s Bake Off caramel disasters, I somehow managed to screw up one of the simplest recipes. The humble caramel shortbread - something I can usually make into a sweet success - soon turned into a sticky and ‘rustic-looking’ mess. I’m not sure if it was because I could barely tear… Continue reading 4) Caramel Week: Fudged-Up Caramel Shortbread

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3) Bread Week: Traditional Teacakes

As soon as the dreaded words ‘bread week’ registered in my ears, I knew I was in for a challenge in the #BakeAlongWithGBBO. Like so many other people, bread-making seems to be a near-impossible battle for me. Whether it’s soggy dough, dense loaves or bread that refuses to rise, I just can’t catch a break… Continue reading 3) Bread Week: Traditional Teacakes

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1) Cake Week: Home-Grown Courgette & Banana Cake

As I'm sure you're all well aware, last week saw the eagerly anticipated return of the Great British Bake Off to our tellies. I think it's fair to say we all breathed a sigh of relief when, despite losing our beloved Mary Berry and Mel & Sue, Channel 4 committed to keeping the Bake Off… Continue reading 1) Cake Week: Home-Grown Courgette & Banana Cake

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On-The-Go Granola Bars

10:30am and the hunger pangs strike. By this time I've been awake for over 4 hours and I'm desperately trying to stop myself from demolishing my lunch before I'm even close to hitting the halfway point of the day. The alternative is usually a sad-looking piece of fruit that's been on the desk for a… Continue reading On-The-Go Granola Bars

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Pumpkin Spice Brownie Pops

Autumn is the season for all things nice, and for me it just isn't complete without pumpkin and spice! Warming and wonderfully comforting, pumpkin isn't just great for making hearty soups and carving up jack-o'-lanterns, it also makes a mean brownie mixture! Combine this with chocolate in a bite-sized cake pop and you have a… Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Brownie Pops

baking · cherries · chocolate · fruit · Recipes · Reviews · summer

A Moment with James Martin & Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Working for a large supermarket retailer certainly has its perks, and last week one of these said perks was meeting James Martin! 'Meeting' is a bit of a loose term and in fact, I had to queue for an hour to secure 1 of 100 free signed copies of More Home Comforts and a few seconds… Continue reading A Moment with James Martin & Cherry Chocolate Brownies

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I have always adored florentines and, although I usually associate them with winter, the drizzly summer weather this week called for a batch. When browsing through the beautiful pastries, biscuits and cakes in Ilkley's famous Bettys Tea Room, I spotted a small box of florentines for a hefty £11.75. Reluctant to spend that much on… Continue reading Florentines