Afternoon Tea

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Bundt Cake


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See this cake?  I blame you lot….entirely!

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The Ones to Treat Yourself!


Here are the ones that I would be tempted to make and hide – the less people know you’ve made them the better otherwise they’re gone in no time at all!

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Jam Jamboree – Pimp My Jam

This week it’s the JamJamboree, a celebration of all things fruity and jammy that comes in a jar!

Jam is experiencing something of a revival thanks to JamJamboree founder Clippy McKenna,  who is the Queen of pimped up jam. Checkout the recipes for her Tutti Frutti, Raspberry Ripple and Toffee Apple jams, it’s clear that jam-making isn’t just enjoyed by the WI, but is funky and a lot of fun!

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Blueberry & Vanilla Battenberg

Blueberry & Vanilla Battenberg

A Battenberg with a subtle nod to the Jubilee – Battenberg goes red, white and blue!

Ingredients:

200g butter, softened

200g caster sugar

4 eggs

200g self-raising flour

90g blueberries

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

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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

A traditional cake but still one of my favourites, it’s good for feeding the masses too!

Ingredients:

225ml sunflower oil

3 eggs, large

120g golden syrup

150g soft light brown sugar

240g self-raising flour

1½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp allspice (if you don’t have allspice you can just leave it out!)

½tsp ground ginger

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

300g grated carrots

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Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

This is a really unassuming cake, looks like nothing but tastes amazing.

It’s not often my boys ask me to make something in particular but the other half will beg for this cake.   I see some bribery tactics up my sleeve….

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Chocolate Frosted Traybake

Chocolate Frosted Traybake

Super quick, make it faster than you can say Jack Robinson, no mixer required chocolate traybake.  Tastes blooming lovely which is a shame – I promise it will be gone in next to no time too!

I suppose this is a strange one for me to be posting, I’ll hold my hands up, it’s not my recipe, it’s an old American classic that I converted many moons ago.  

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Day 7 – Pastry Spoons

On the seventh day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Pastry Spoons.

Pastry Spoons for Canapes and Nibbles

These make perfect canapes for your dinner parties or posh do’s – well I think they are, if I was a posh girl hosting a score of parties then this is what I’d go for.  

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Day 4 – Parmesan and Poppy Seed Crackers

On the fourth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Parmesan and Poppy Seed Crackers – perfect for your cheeseboard!

Parmesan and Poppy Seed Crackers

Makes 24 thick crackers.

Ingredients:

300g plain flour

2tsp baking powder

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp onion salt

115g butter

2 tbsps vegetable/sunflower oil

2 tbsps poppy seeds

130ml water

30g parmesan cheese

Begin by adding the flour, baking powder, sugar and onion salt to the bowl of a food processor.  

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Toffee Apple Tart

Toffee Apple Tart

So to kick off The Pink Whisk October Challenge here’s my apple recipe for Toffee Apple Tart.

Ingredients:

Pastry

150g plain flour

65g butter, cold

25g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

enough water to combine (2 -3 tablespoons)

Filling

70g fresh breadcrumbs (about 2 slices of fresh bread, blitzed)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2-3 large apples

(unpeeled my apples weigh about 550g, you will need enough apple that when peeled, cored and diced will cover the top of your tart case.  

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