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Banana Maple Cake with Salted Caramel Swirl

Posted by on 19:30 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes, Slices/Bars/Tray Bakes | 10 comments

Banana Maple Cake with Salted Caramel Swirl

I had it in my head that I wanted banana, maple syrup and salted caramel all wrapped up in a cake. To make sure the cake wasn’t tooth achingly sweet I took out a lot of the refined sugars because maple syrup is a liquid sugar, banana’s bring their own sweetness to the party and salted caramel is pure sugary goodness 😀 Too up the salted caramel even more I made a smooth rich salted caramel buttercream and drizzled even more caramel over the top! Indulgent enough for you? The cake The base of this cake is not too far away from your basic banana...

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Dark Chocolate Star Anise and Pear Spring Rolls

Posted by on 08:00 in Blog, Dessert | 4 comments

Dark Chocolate Star Anise and Pear Spring Rolls

I wanted to try another ingredient from my 2014 Food Trends article. This time I wanted to use Asian influence in my baking. My spice cupboard is overflowing but they are usually used is savoury dishes, not sweet ones. To change that I came up with this lovely dish of Dark Chocolate Star Anise and Pear Spring Rolls I have an abundance of Star Anise at the moment due to the fact on my last visit out to Dubai I spent a lot of time in the Spice Souk. If you love spices this is a must visit destination! I picked up loads of star anise, cinnamon...

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First Year Blogaversary

Posted by on 08:00 in Blog, Non Recipe Posts | 10 comments

First Year Blogaversary

1 year ago today I posted my first blog post, malted chocolate cupcakes and I started a journey that at times has been difficult and a little bit stressful but also hugely rewarding and lots and lots of fun. I have made some really wonderful Internet friends who run their own amazing blogs and some who just love food. It can at times be really hard work running a blog, especially when you have a job that takes you away from home and you also enjoy a life outside of blogging. But all that aside, I feel I have achieved something. My photography...

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Delicious Giant Very Berry Muffins

Posted by on 08:00 in Blog, Breakfast, Muffins | 14 comments

Delicious Giant Very Berry Muffins

As previously stated in my Strawberry and Vanilla Coffee Shop Muffins post I love giant muffins. These Delicious Giant Very Berry Muffins have huge domes and are bursting with flavour. To me are the perfect breakfast treat or mid morning pick-me-up. Packed full of fruit these babies definitely hit the spot.   Jump to Recipe:   I had a bag of frozen mixed berries in the freezer, which were screaming out to be used in a muffin batter, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. You could use any fresh or frozen fruit in this batter it’s that...

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Rose Meringue Kisses

Posted by on 08:00 in Blog, Candy/Sweets, Dessert | 4 comments

Rose Meringue Kisses

With Valentines Day around the corner I wanted to share another lovely meringue recipe, which was specifically designed as a dessert for the day of lovers! This recipe is the same as my pink chocolate eton mess meringue recipe but with the addition of rose water to give them that lovely rose scented flavour. Rose as a flavour? Middle Eastern flavours are apparently going to be very in vogue this year according to my 2014 food trends article, and roses always conjure up images of romance but they are expensive to buy especially this time of...

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White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Krispie Treats

Posted by on 08:00 in Blog, Candy/Sweets, Slices/Bars/Tray Bakes | 6 comments

White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Krispie Treats

I’ve been using a lot of fruit recently in my recipes and while fruit will always remain my number one treat (next to peanut butter but then again I eat it in sandwiches with a banana!) I was really craving a treat that was just that little bit naughtier 😉 But I didn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove not when I have a Valentines menu to think about 🙂 Childhood favourites As a kid I remember enjoying rice krispie treats, very simple just rice krispies and melted marshmallow and if it was a special occasion chocolate...

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Pink Chocolate Eton Mess

Posted by on 08:00 in Blog, Candy/Sweets, Dessert | 8 comments

Pink Chocolate Eton Mess

With Valentines Day fast approaching I wanted to take a traditional dessert and put a modern twist on it. Eton mess is traditionally made with strawberries and is lovely but I wanted to make it with chocolate, and hey why not it is Valentines Day after all and we all know it’s a free licence to eat chocolate! From Scratch Meringues Because this is a romantic dessert I wanted to make everything from scratch. If you are feeling the meringues are too much for you then use shop bought ones. But this meringue recipe is foolproof. I tried a bunch...

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Winter Exotic Fruit Pie

Posted by on 08:00 in Blog, Dessert | 12 comments

Winter Exotic Fruit Pie

After researching and writing my 2014 food trends article, I wanted to try as many things off the list as possible and when I first found out exotic fruit was going to be on the list I knew I had to do something with that. I love all fruit especially mangos and passion fruit but I didn’t want to forget what lovely fruits winter has to offer.   Fruit I have used a lot of these fruits in recent recipes but they are so tasty and unfortunately very seasonal so can only be used this time of year. Persimmons, kumquats, physalis, cranberries and I...

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Honey Baked Apples

Posted by on 12:40 in Blog, Dessert | 12 comments

Honey Baked Apples

This is a very old fashioned British dessert. Some serve it with ice cream but more traditionally you will see it served with custard, while I am a fan of both of these things I wanted to tweak mine a little so I would have enough juices without having to add anything to it in the end. By doing this I have made this a far more healthier option for you and me 😀 and a healthy dessert is always a good thing. The beauty of this dessert is its simplicity it’s quick and easy to make and only needs a little attention once it is in the oven. The...

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Honey Preserved Fruit

Posted by on 20:34 in Blog, Foodie Gifts & Kitchen Tips, Jams/Sauces/Drinks | 8 comments

Honey Preserved Fruit

I wanted to have a chance to enjoy some of the currant seasonal fruits during the spring and even into summer. I love cranberries, kumquats and physalis in particular and they are only fresh at this time of year. So I decided to preserve some, but I didn’t want to use alcohol. I don’t have a problem with alcohol preserved fruits I just didn’t want to do it this time. After doing some research I discovered that long ago, families would use honey to preserve fruits for longevity. A few years ago I gave this a go to see if it would work and it...

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