Tasty Chicken Garlic & Tomato Pie

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Pies have to pack a punch!  You need a big whack of loveliness to go inside that pastry case.  This pie does just that and it’s a favourite Clemens’ family teatime pie!

But why pie this week?  It seems fitting as the Autumn gets underway and teatimes in our house take on a much more comfort food feel. Higgidy, the makers of pie loveliness, sent me some pie goodies and are holding a Recipe Hunt – they want your pie recipes to find the next Special Guest Pie in their range, and I know you’ll have some great recipes up your sleeves.  Have a look here  www.higgidy.co.uk/recipehunt and share your favourite recipes with them if you get chance.

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So inspiration courtesy of Higgidy, here’s my super tasty chicken pie topped with a flaky gorgeous pastry! Continue reading

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Vanilla Layer Celebration Cake

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A big thank you from me goes to the lovely Sam at Sams Kitchen for the inspiration for this cake, when I was at a complete loss for what to make for my Dad’s 60th birthday Sam came to the rescue.  You can visit Sam’s blog here and catch her on facebook too – you’ll love her baking, she won’t disappoint!

Now Dad doesn’t eat cake but we all do!  I can honestly say I have never ever seen a cake of mine disappear so quickly!  I was dishing up, misjudged numbers and there was none left for me.  Fortunately Mr Clemens stepped up and shared his – there’d have been trouble if not ;)

 So if you’re looking for a cake to impress that doesn’t need a ton of decorating then this Vanilla Layer Celebration cake is just the recipe you need.



375g butter, softened

375g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract/vanilla bean paste or the seeds from 1 vanilla pod

6 eggs, large

375g self raising flour

Approx 1/2 jar of strawberry or raspberry jam


200g butter, softened

400g icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or the seeds scraped from 1 vanilla pod

1-2 tbsps hot water


200ml double cream

125g dark chocolate

To Decorate

A selection of chocolate e.g. Crunchie bars, Mistrels, Chocolate Buttons and chocolate curls.

You will also need 2 x 8″ cake cards

Makes 1 x 8″ layer cake. Continue reading

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Inspired to Bake? #GBBO

Wow what a final on #GBBO last night!  Congratulations Nancy!!

All the finalists did so brilliantly well they would all have made worthy winners.

I’m going to give a special mention to Luis, as we both live in Poynton – it must be a hive of baking ability – hopefully third time lucky Poynton will conquer with a winner ;)  Luis’ blog is here www.luistroyano.com and is definitely one you want to visit!

So to celebrate the crowning of the 2015 winner of The Great British Bake Off and to inspire you to get baking there’s 4 #StorkTwist recipes from me this week.

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Cream Filled Choux Puffs with a Mocha Sauce

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A very moreish Chocolate Raspberry Tart

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Slice it up and share it with a cup of tea Coconut Lime Drizzle Cake

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and lovely little bites of Autumn – Blackberry Puff Pies Continue reading

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Chocolate Amaretto Schichttorte & Cashew Baklava

It’s not often I get to bake something a little bit different from the norm but these two #StorkTwist recipes delivered it in bucket loads.

First up a Chocolate Amaretto Schichttorte – the method looks a little daunting, baked in layers under the grill but I have to say I loved baking it and loved eating it too! (only 12 layers for me though – tsk!)

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And a Honey Roast Cashew and Sesame Baklava – with the option of your own homemade Filo pastry – if you’re in the for the quick option then shopbought is far easier (and I promise I won’t tell Paul & Mary)

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Lemon Meringue Pie

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Let’s bake a lemon meringue pie – is there anything better?

Makes: 1 x Deep dish 8″ Pie



225g plain flour

100g butter, cold diced Continue reading

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Cranberry Apple Loaf & Choc Nut Roll

Two more lovely #GBBO inspired recipes for you this week – all the fun without any of the pressure from the judges ;)

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Cranberry & Apple Loaf spiked with ginger


and a much easier Chocolate Nut Roll recipe!

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Roasted Tomato & Olive Palmiers & Kouign Amann

This weeks #GBBO inspired recipes

My favourite #StorkTwist recipe of this years Bake Off – Roasted Tomato & Olive Palmiers

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And, the pastry none of the bakers had heard of – a Kouign Amann my version with Salted Caramel and Pecans.  A perfect combination!

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It seems I have recipes all over the place at the moment, but I know this is one you’re going to enjoy.  I’ve joined Bosch in their #lovemyfridge campaign and shared with them my favourite leftover recipes.

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Sunday roasts are a regular occurrence for my family, a trait I’ve inherited from my Mum (I still can’t do them as well as Mum can!)  Time being short during the week for hearty family meals I always try and plan to stretch that roast out into a meal for the week.  My recipe for Honey-Mustard Chicken Pie is a great weekend extender – using up leftovers, kept tasty and fresh in a great fridge!

Browse the recipe and add it to your collection – we all need a little bit of #lovemyfridge action!  There’s plenty of other weekend expander recipes from other international bloggers to peruse through. Continue reading

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Princess Tortelettes & Choc Orange Pandoro

Another pair of delectable #GBBO inspired recipes with a #StorkTwist for you today from me to you.   It’s been a sweet week in our house but the boys aren’t complaining!  Here are the recipes if you fancy giving them a go.

Raspberry & Rose Princess Tortelettes


Chocolate Orange Pandoro

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Pastry Wrapped Pears & Earl Grey Custard Tart

Halfway through a hectic week getting my boys back to school, Bake Off last night was a very welcome chance for a sit down, feet up and enjoy the baking!

The programme is hugely inspiring everyone to get in the kitchen and bake so if you fancy a custard tart with a twist or fancy a shot at tangling pastry and pears then these recipes with a #StorkTwist might just help you out!

Earl Grey Custard Tart

Pastry wrapped Blackberry Poached Pears Continue reading

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