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Day 12 – Snowmen Macarons

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Just a little delicious Christmas idea from me today!

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Day 3 – Marshmallow Snowflakes

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These seem to be all over the place in the shops at Christmas time so I thought it was time I figured out how we do them at home – and it’s easier than I thought.  You will need a sugar thermometer and a silicone snowflake mould (or any other kind of Christmassy silicone mould if you prefer)

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They are easier to make in a stand mixer if you have one, it makes the hands juggling a lot easier but it can be done with an electric hand mixer too.

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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.  

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Raspberry Ripple Cake

Fancy a slice of Raspberry Ripple Cake filled with raspberry ripple cheesecake filling?

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Oh yes indeed, especially now you know about my Flora Buttery experiment.  Don’t worry though if you can’t get hold of Flora Buttery where you are the recipe will work with regular butter instead.  

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Baking with Flora Buttery

Lets talk margarine and spreads – are you in the butter camp or do you swear by a spread or margarine?

Hands up, I’m not a huge fan of the latter.  Depending on the brand I can taste it in baking.  

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Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe

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Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe!

Ingredients:

375g butter, softened

375g caster sugar

6 eggs, large

2 tsp vanilla extract

375g self-raising flour

3 tbsps milk

Prep your tin – a really good grease  in all the folds and shapes and a circle of baking paper in the bottom of the base section.

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Biscuits for Decorating – Non Spreading, No Chilling Required!

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This is a great biscuit recipe, one that doesn’t need chilling and barely spreads.

Perfect to make biscuits for decorating!

 Ingredients:

220g butter, softened

200g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 egg, large

425g plain flour

 

Makes approx 30 biscuits.

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Valentines Parfait


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 You know what everyone loves?  Parfait!  Seeing as hidden hearts are all over the place at the moment I thought I’d hide them in this lovely dessert too.

(And yes, I know its not baking but it is larking around in the kitchen so that’s good enough for me!)

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Posted in Pudding, Raspberry, Treats, Vanilla | 9 Comments

Homemade Granola

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If you think of Granola do you think dry crunchy boring stuff?  How wrong you’d be – I’m eating this stuff by the handful and really have to stop myself for going back for more .  Try making your own, you won’t be disappointed!

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Posted in Apple, Breakfast, Egg-free, In the Pantry, Nut, Nuts, Treats, Vanilla | 11 Comments

Arctic Roll

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Remember these?  Memories of childhood tea times, if Arctic Roll was served up in our house it was a great day – I was obviously easily pleased!  A chance twitter conversation with Jenni Baden Howard from nonstopmama.com set me off thinking about making my own.  

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