Author Archives: Sarah

T is for ….. “Thankyou”

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This week brought an end of an era – the last time my 4yo son would have swimming lessons with Little Otters, a local swim school for children up to the age where they start school.  His lesson also happened … Continue reading

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Cappuccino Cupcakes

Well, I’m cutting it fine again this month with this, my entry for We Should Cocoa, which is hosted this month by Lucy over at The Kitchen Maid.  I will update this post to include the recipe, but I will … Continue reading

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V is for …….. Chocolate Vimto Cake

The challenge for Alphabakes this month has been a tough one – without using the usual V for Vanilla!  I was stumped for a while, but saw a bottle of Fizzy Vimto when I was in town last week picking up a few bits and pieces.  I thought, “Fantastic – I know just the recipe I can use that in!”.

So here it is – not an original recipe of mine, but a variant of a James Martin recipe from the BBC Website for Chocolate Cola Cake from the Housecall TV Programme.  I simply replaced the Cola in the recipe for Fizzy Vimto – and you can definitely taste the Vimto!  It isn’t too powerful a flavour and complements the chocolate perfectly – much better than the original cola version in my opinion.

Alphabakes is hosted by Ros from The More than Occasional Baker this month. Alphabakes is hosted next month by Caroline at Caroline Makes.

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H is for…. Hersheys Almond Kiss Cookies

Back in November, my parents went via the US for my cousins wedding on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately I couldn’t go as it was during term time and couldn’t take my son out of school nursery, but … Continue reading

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B is for ….. Birthday Cake

The month of April brings with it my sons birthday.  This year he changed his mind several times about what he wanted his birthday cake to be, before eventually deciding that he wanted a dinosaur cake. I set about constructing … Continue reading

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Mascarpone, Ricotta and Cream Cheese Baked Cheesecake

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I love a good cheesecake, and this one comes very close to the best one I have ever eaten, at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City.  It is creamy and smooth, the ricotta gives it a bit of lightness, … Continue reading

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Banana Choc Chip Muffins

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Bananas are my sons favourite snack to take to nursery at the moment (complete with a face drawn on them!), which usually means that there are a few very ripe bananas lurking in the fruit bowl towards the end of … Continue reading

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Jaffa Cake Squares

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Jaffa Cakes are a much loved treat in households across the country, and have been for many years, but they have been the cause of controversy in the past, primarily because they are not in fact a biscuit as supermarkets would have … Continue reading

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Millionaires Shortbread

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Recently, Millionaires Shortbread was seen not once, but twice in one episode of the Great Sport Relief Bake Off on BBC, baked by both Anita Rani (the eventual winner) and Angela Griffin. This is my take on the classic teatime … Continue reading

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Mini Cupcake Lamingtons

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Today, the 26th January, Australia Day is celebrated here in the UK (in Australia it is on the 25th January), so what better an excuse to make my version of the traditional Aussie favourite, the Lamington, which was created in … Continue reading

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