Cream cheese pound cake

“A Classic – a book everyone praises but no one reads. ” – Mark Twain. Sometimes you want swirls of cream in rainbow colours , sometimes you want sky-high piped buttery frosting , sometimes you want layers and more deliciousness in between, sometimes you wants syrups and glazes, sometimes you want chips and nuts and fruits …

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Red velvet shortbread #2 A week of christmas cookies

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”- Hamilton Wright Mabie. Yup. A whole week of cookies for Christmas. For seven days, I will be sharing my favourite recipes for my favourite cookies for my favourite time of the year. There’s a good mix -traditional and not so traditional , …

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Bars and brownies Chocolate Christmas baking

Rum and raisin brownies

“Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest ……Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest …..Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”- Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island.  Trying and testing christmas fruit cakes means that there is plenty of rum lying around! I know that excess of liquor is never a …

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Cakes Christmas baking

Quick fruit cake (boiled fruit cake)!

“Oh, these people’s minds work in strange ways, Petunia, they’re not like you and me,” said Uncle Vernon, trying to knock in a nail with the piece of fruitcake Aunt Petunia had just brought him.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  I haven’t really made fruit cakes until now. And not because I was worried my …

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