Almond Ring Cake

Using a bundt or ring tin can transform a lovely cake into something special. It’s one of my favourite tins to use as everything seems to look just that bit special out of it. The one trick for success is to grease and flour well. Once you do that, there won’t be any tears or tantrums with large pieces of cake stuck to the inside of the tin. I’m a massive fan of anything with almond flavour and this very pretty Almond Cake is surprisingly easy but with great results. I used yellow and white daisies to decorate but you could use multi coloured fondant flowers for a really pretty spring or summer display. I added Almond Extract to the icing too just to complete the whole experience. The smell in the kitchen was ah may zing!

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Crème Egg Rocky Road Chunks

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This is my absolute favourite Rocky Road recipe and each time I make it, I change it a little depending on what’s happening around me. The ingredients are adapted for the appropriate season or event and as Easter approached, I picked up a few packs of Cadbury’s Mini Crème Eggs and decided they had to be included!  How could you have Rocky Road at Easter without Crème Eggs and Mini Chocolate Eggs?? It’s almost a sin! 😉

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Quick and Easy Brownies

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Can you imagine, you just need 3 ingredients to make these quick and delicious brownies?! That’s it, just 3 main ingredients and you will have gorgeous, squidgy brownies in about 30 minutes. It’s great to make rich, decadent brownies but sometimes, you just want a quick brownie fix without any hassle and this, I promise, will become your “go to” recipe exactly for that reason. They have Nutella in them so if you have a nut allergy, sadly these can’t be for you 😦

So if you’re ready, just get your 3 ingredients, bowl and 8″ x 8″ tray out and let the magic begin …. it will be ready to bake before the oven has heated up fully!

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Wholemeal Banana Oat Muffins – Dairy Free

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A lovely healthy and nutritious version of a firm favourite using wholemeal instead of plain flour and healthy oats. The spices give a lovely flavour but you can leave them out if you want a plain muffin. For those on a dairy free eating plan, these are perfect as vegetable oil is used instead of butter. They are lovely and moist and not too sweet so perfect for on the go, a quick breakfast or great snack.

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Madeleines

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These little beauties are also known as French Madeleines and are usually made in a madeleine tin which you can buy in most shops. They are pretty shell shaped cakes which can be served plain, dipped in white chocolate, drizzled with lemon icing … lots of ideas. I added lemon rind to mine as there’s no such thing as too much lemon; you could use orange rind if you prefer or add a few drops of almond essence. They are perfect bakes for an Afternoon Tea piled delicately on a pretty cake stand. They also make the most lovely gift in a bag tied with a pretty ribbon.

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Chocolate Fudge Cookies

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Sometimes in our house, chocolate is the only answer and the request came for “something chocolatey please”. First of all, I thought, I’ll make my chocolate brownies but then I wanted to try something new. I also had a bowl of marshmallow buttercream frosting left from a previous bake and thought it would make the perfect filling for the cookies. These cookies are a true chocolate lovers delight.

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