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Category Archive for 'Cakes and tarts'

Double lemon layer cake

I’m currently going through a spate of thirtieth birthdays (it must be my age!). An enjoyable part of all of these birthdays is having an excuse to bake something special for the birthday – I love having the opportunity to make a decadent layer cake (you can check out some of my previous efforts here, [...]

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             Hello lovely readers! It’s been quite the blog hiatus I know – I have lots of good excuses for the lack of posting, but I’ll save those and get to the good part – baking! My dad recently turned 60 (well a couple of months ago, but we needn’t quibble about timeliness). As per [...]

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My friend C isn’t gluten or wheat free, but finds that too much flour generally doesn’t agree with her. It therefore seemed obvious that I would bake her a flourless cake for her birthday. C requested that her birthday cake be chocolatey and naturally, my first thought was to bake an almond meal based cake, [...]

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                     Mince pies. The pinnacle of my Christmas baking this year and also the most controversial (I never realised so many people hated them!). I have never attempted to make mince pies before, but it was time to try as I was sick of seeing them in the stores and being unable to eat them [...]

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July is a time full of family birthdays, with Mr M, my mother then my sister-in-law, C all having birthdays in a row, with a week separating each. When we got together for my mum’s birthday, I naturally offered to do the cake baking, particularly as I was itching to test out my brand new [...]

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The Daring Bakers’ July challenge was a Swiss roll ice cream cake (see here). We made all the essential elements but did not quite manage to put them together. I was in charge of making two ice creams. Emily and I made the Swiss roll together. Here follows our recipes… I’ve tried making ice cream [...]

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  The Daring Bakers’ challenge for June was chocolate pavlova. We decided to go a little off track this month and make a dish using chocolate and meringue, but – let’s be honest – this really isn’t a pavlova at all! This chocolate-coffee-meringue cake was made by my grandma throughout my childhood and it starred [...]

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A few weeks ago, Mr M and I had both sets of our parents over for dinner. I decided that a lemon tart would be a perfect, no-fuss dessert. However I have never actually made one before, so I went through my recipe books and found a great recipe in ‘I know how to cook’ [...]

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So it has been a bit of a theme lately to try to get creative and find ways of using the food we have so it isn’t wasted. I woke up on Sunday to a few carrots that needed to be used, as well as some excess cream cheese (I bought it to use in [...]

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I won’t lie. We are pretty proud of this! Croquembouche seems like the kind of thing that would be inordinately difficult, but it was surprisingly pretty simple. When we found out that this was the Daring Bakers’ May challenge, we felt a little intimidated. But it all turned out well. There are three fairly easy [...]

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