Chocolate Fudge Cake

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A perfect little chocolate cake for any celebration or afternoon tea. I brushed warm apricot jam over the cooled cake before icing it and this helps to keep it moist and also to prevent lots of crumbs as you spread the chocolate fudge icing. When you’re making the icing (very easy) just don’t let it get too hot or it will lose it’s shine and you can make it ahead of time and then just gently reheat it until it’s runny. The decoration is totally up to you. If it’s for something special, you can add edible flowers and chocolate curls or top with chopped pieces of your favourite chocolate bars. Let your imagination go wit this one!

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No Sugar Banana Muffins

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These muffins are light and fluffy and because I’ve changed the recipe to have no added sugar, they are a perfect breakfast choice, a snack on the run or an afternoon time out with a cuppa. They are great to give to the kids too!

I topped them with just 3 little chocolate chips and a walnut just for a little bit of yumminess but you can leave them out if you prefer. Eat them hot or cold.

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Rocky Road Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

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I made these very cute cupcakes to bring with me to a dinner party where there were going to be children so they wouldn’t feel left out while the adults had their “grown up” dessert . They went down a treat and the adults had to try them and loved them too! They are not made in the traditional cupcake method so end up having a lovely fudgy texture. The marshmallow frosting is simply gorgeous, very sweet and delicious and you can make the rocky road bark whatever way you like using what you have on hand. I adapted this recipe from Jo Wheatley who won the Great British Bake Off.

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There are 3 stages to making these so my advice is to have the ingredients at the ready so you can smoothly move from one to stage to the next

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Easy Brown Bread Recipe

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This Brown Bread recipe was a change from the one I usually make and it has me converted. It slices so beautifully, holds it shape and tastes totally delicious! The recipe makes a 2lb loaf tin and sliced so well, it was a total pleasure to serve and not an ounce of waste. It got rave reviews from the brown bread lovers too!

It makes quite a sloppy mixture but the wonderful thing is there is very little work, no kneading or proving and no machinery needed. Just a wooden spoon 🙂  I’m told on good authority this is the recipe used at Ariel House for their breakfast bread!

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Maltesers Squares

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Such a real treat and no baking involved with this recipe, just some melting and mixing. You can be as creative as you like with the topping. Using Maltesers along with rice krispies gives these delicious bites that something extra plus if you have young people at yours, they can get right in and be delighted with their results. Quick, easy and very, very delicious!

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