Blueberry, almond and cardamom cake

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This is a good spring or summertime cake. The kind you whip up for an afternoon tea or to enjoy after a barbecue, eaten al fresco with cups of tea. It’s the kind of cake I’ll always order if I see it at a tearoom or cafe – lots of fruit, crisp almonds and a little spice to make it interesting. (more…)

Rhubarb crumble muffins

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Some of the best cakes are those that bridge the gap between dessert and cake – chocolate cakes are often best at this (served warm with a scoop of ice cream) or ginger cake with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Crumble cakes are absolutely excellent with a pool of vanilla custard, and none more so than a rhubarb cake.  (more…)

Self-saucing sticky toffee pudding

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What a beautiful set of words.

Sticky toffee pudding is my favourite pudding over anything else, and I’ll always order it if I see it on a menu in a restaurant. I’ve even made sticky toffee brownies before. I love sticky toffee sauce. It’s just so great.

This fabulously easy recipe is in today’s Domestic Sluttery newsletter and I urge you to subscribe. (more…)

Cookbook confessional + a resolution

yogurt drop scones mamushkaHow many of you actually use your cookbooks? I don’t think I’m alone in having a cookbook buying addiction yet hardly using them once I’ve put them on the shelf, relying on Google for recipes instead. Or, if we’re being honest, just making it up as I go along.

I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions because they’re so hard to keep (especially the ones about giving up cake) but I quite like the one I’ve made this year – to use my cookbooks. (more…)

Rye chocolate brownies

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Something needs to be done about the amount of brownie recipes I’ve published and the amount of brownies I bake. It is out of control. But this one is worth writing about, promise.

There’s something about brownies that makes me want to keep finding newer, better recipes and different ways of flavouring them. They’re one of the most satisfying baked goods – they’re easy to make and fancy enough to be a wonderful dessert but down to earth enough for a little something in the afternoon with a cup of tea. (more…)

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