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Cakes & Cupcakes, Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 07.09.2016

You may remember the Cake Pop craze which dominated the baking world a few years ago. I'm not ashamed to admit I jumped on that bandwagon with great enthusiasm. Bakerella, the inventor of the Cake Pop, remains one of my food heroes to this day. A Cake Pop is a mixture of cake crumbs and icing, rolled into balls, placed on a stick like a lollipop and dipped in chocolate. They are moist, delicious and a real delight to look at. I will say this though, they are rather a lot of work to make. For this reason, they are great for a...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 31.08.2016

I first tasted Banoffee Pie many years ago. My sister's friend was visiting from England and she offered to make us a British dessert one evening. Her Banoffee Pie was an absolute hit and her recipe has been used by my family many (hundred) times since then. The name "Banoffee" comes from the combination of the words "banana" and "toffee" although the filling is really more of a caramel than a toffee. Before Caramel Treat was invented we would boil a tin of condensed milk  for several hours to make the caramel, but happily now it's as simple as opening up a tin! Banoffee Pie...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 26.08.2016

My husband and I have recently relocated, and are temporarily staying at an Airbnb until we can move into our new home.  As soon as we arrived at the Airbnb I scouted out the kitchen. Sadly it was not very well equipped - no mixer, no scale, no baking trays, not even a mixing bowl to be found! My fingers were twitching to get baking though, so I racked my brain for a simple recipe that requires next to no equipment to make. I came up with this old favourite of mine, a super quick and easy recipe that delivers extremely...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 17.08.2016

A crunchy shortbread crust, a zesty lemon layer topped with a light, fluffy 'meringue'. Nope it's not Lemon Meringue Pie. It's Fudge. A beautiful combination of all the delicious flavours you would expect from a Lemon Meringue Pie, concentrated into an adorably cute slice of fudge. This is what is known as a dessert mash-up. Two classic desserts merged into one! I'll be honest with you, this is not TRUE fudge. True fudge is made with butter, sugar and cream - all boiled together and then beaten to a thick mixture. This is kind of a cheat's version, using condensed milk and white chocolate. The...