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    Tasty Chicken Garlic & Tomato Pie

    October 17th, 2014

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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 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! Read the rest of this entry “

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    Vanilla Layer Celebration Cake

    October 10th, 2014

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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. Read the rest of this entry “


    Inspired to Bake? #GBBO

    October 9th, 2014

    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 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 Read the rest of this entry “

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    Chocolate Amaretto Schichttorte & Cashew Baklava

    October 3rd, 2014

    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

    September 30th, 2014

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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 Read the rest of this entry “


    Cranberry Apple Loaf & Choc Nut Roll

    September 25th, 2014

    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

    September 18th, 2014

    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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    September 15th, 2014



    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. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Princess Tortelettes & Choc Orange Pandoro

    September 11th, 2014

    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

    September 4th, 2014

    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 Read the rest of this entry “

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