Tag: cake

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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Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe – Simple, Moist and Zingy

This light and moist lemon drizzle loaf cake uses basic ingredients, is easy to put together and most of all is very moreish once you’ve tasted it! This is one of my favourite classic cake slices. It has to be said that sometimes the simple pleasures are the best,  just like this simple but delightful lemon drizzle cake. Baked in a loaf tin and sliced is a wonderful addition to a coffee break or a tea time treat. The problem for me is with temptation,  I slice it thin and savour it but it’s entirely up to you how you handle the taste sensation of all that zingy lemon flavour! Ingredients   225g caster sugar   225g softened butter or olive spread/dairy free spread   4...

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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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All Gone Cake – An Easy, Boozy Fruit Cake

An easy bake last minute fruit cake, with a shot or two of rum or whiskey for good measure and I can guarantee it’s all gone in no time. This full flavored boozy fruit cake is quick to make and uses mincemeat instead of mixed fruit adding extra moistness and taste, finished off with a sticky marmalade glaze. Without the added booze this makes a great addition to a pack up for a hike or can be dressed up a little more for an occasion. The appearance is a little darker than a farmhouse cake due to the brown...

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Apricot and Almond Tray Bake

Our local market is brimming with a range of dried fruit and nuts right now. The almond meal looks so fresh, and the dried apricots are plump and brightly coloured. I’m inspired to create a tray bake, made more decadent with a generous topping of dark chocolate ganache, scattered with toasted flaked almonds.  Ingredients (Makes 8 – 10 squares)  For the apricots:  12 dried apricots, each sliced into several lengths  1 tbs brandy  ½ cup boiling water  Pinch bicarb of soda  For the batter:  2/3 cup plain unsweetened Greek-style yoghurt  2 large free range eggs  ¼ cup soft brown sugar  ½ cup caster sugar  1/8 tsp...

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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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