Author: Sally Laker

The Best Chocolate and Pear Pudding

There’s nothing better on a cold winter evening, than a warm chocolatey pudding. This one is rich and tasty and absolutely bound to melt away any stresses of the day. It’s soft and moist and so full of flavour. A real decadent treat to warm you through and through. You will need: 1 x glass 8″ round dish – greased Ingredients: Sugar Syrup: 2oz  Butter 2oz  Brown Sugar 1 x Large Tin of pears in juice (or two large Tbsp of Golden Syrup) The Pudding: 100g  Dark Chocolate 3.5oz  Butter 3.5oz  Brown Sugar 2 eggs 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup...

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Fruity or Chocolate Rock Cakes

I have always loved Rock Cakes, there is something so comforting in them and what better accompaniment to a lovely hot cuppa or hot chocolate in cold weather. Rock Cakes were originally a traditional British teatime treat in olden days and their popularity has spread around the world. Due to the fact the old original recipes of Rock Cakes had less sugar and eggs than normal cakes they were promoted heavily at the time of WW2 rationing. Plus at the time you could use oatmeal when flour was not available.  Here is my Rock Cake recipe to go with...

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Cool Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

A great looking cake – a rich chocolate chip cake with minty green icing – it’s cool and fresh and great for birthday treats or a great showstopper pudding. You will need: 1 x 7″ round Cake Tin- greased and lined 2  x Disposable icing bags Ingredients for the cake: 8 oz Self Raising Flour 2 oz Plain Flour 8 oz Caster Sugar 8 oz Marg/Butter 4 Eggs 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 200g Chocolate chips Ingredients for the decoration: 300g Chocolate for melting 250g Icing Sugar 125g Butter 1 Tsp Mint Essence 2 x Tbsp Crushed Chocolate Light Green...

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Scrumptious Apple and Cinnamon Loaf Cake

What could be more perfect for the colder Autumn and Winter evenings than a spicy apple and cinnamon loaf cake. Lovely served warm or cold for a snack or a delicious dessert. Soft, moist and fruity this is sure to impress your guests and great for children too as it contains one of their five a day. You will need a greased and lined 8″ loaf tin Cake Ingredients ; 8 oz Self Raising Flour 6 oz Caster Sugar 2 oz Demerara Sugar 8 oz Butter/Marg 4 Eggs beaten 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon 1 Large...

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How to make a Chocolate Drip Cake

Drip cakes are all the rage these days- they are really easy and great fun to make Perfect for a friend or relatives birthday and you can put any topping that you like on them Here’s how : You will need : Equipment: 1 x 6″ round tin – greased and lined I x hollow dowel or wooden skewers Ingredients : Ingredients for one 6″ round Madeira cake- you will need 2 of these 6 oz Self Raising Flour 2 oz Plain Flour 6 oz Caster Sugar 6 oz Margarine 3 Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Essence Strawberry or Raspberry...

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Moist and Delicious Banana Bread

This is a great idea for fussy children to get them to eat two of their five a day – it’s full of goodness and delicious too. You will need: 1 large loaf tin- lined Ingredients: 4oz Butter 4oz Brown sugar 1 Large Egg 4-5 Large Bananas 3-4 tbsp Vanilla Yoghurt 1 tsp Vanilla Essence 8oz Plain Flour 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 8oz Raisins Method: Blend the butter and sugar together and add the egg and beat in. Mash the bananas and add them to the bowl with the yoghurt and vanilla essence –...

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