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Parkin

Posted 30 October 2013 by
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Parkin is a traditional gingerbread recipe from the north of England. Yorkshire parkin is probably the most famous, but Lancashire have their own too. It’s a gorgeous, spicy, sticky thing; the black treacle immediately brings Bonfire Night to mind, and the spices add more autumnal yumminess. I’ve adapted this recipe from a few different ones I found. I’m not sure where it falls on the Lancashire/Yorkshire divide, although apparently Lancastrian parkin tends to have more flour and less oatmeal.

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Tres Leches Cake

Posted 27 September 2013 by
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This is a recipe for tres leches cake, a Daring Bakers challenge.

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Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Posted 1 September 2013 by
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This recipe for “Ultimate” chocolate cake comes from the BBC Good Food website. It is indeed very chocolatey. It’s moist, gooey and dark, definitely one for chocaholics. I can see this being a “go to” recipe, although perhaps reserved for those who really like dark chocolate! It is covered and filled with ganache, although I decided to use a chocolate fudge icing for the filling, just to sweeten it slightly as the ganache is quite strong. I think if you’re not so into dark chocolate, you would still like the cake itself, but then a sweeter, less intense icing might be better.

Ultimate Chocolate Cake

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Posted 31 July 2013 by
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Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes are another recipe from the delectable Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. As their name implies, they are the flavours of strawberry cheesecake in cupcake form.

Strawberry cheesecake cupcake

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Lemon Cupcakes

Posted 29 July 2013 by
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This recipe for lemon cupcakes comes from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. Adding a little lemon curd to the centre of each cupcake makes it a little bit more special, and the tang goes nicely with the sweet lemon butter icing.

Hummingbird Bakery recipe lemon cupcakes

Just a word of warning: the recipe for the lemon butter icing makes a large quantity, and I used probably less than half of what I made, so you could easily scale that down unless you are planning to be really generous with the topping!

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Tiger Bread

Posted 27 July 2013 by
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Tiger bread (aka Dutch Crunch bread) is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time. Years ago, I’d see it on the supermarket shelves, and thought it was covered in cheese. Disappointed to discover it was not, I avoided buying it for some time. Cheese-less as it is, it is still delicious. It’s soft and slightly sweet, with a hint of sesame, and of course that famous crunchy top.

Tiger bread loaf

This recipe is for a July’s Daring Baker’s challenge. In a “celebration” of past Daring Baker and Daring Cook challenges, Lisa challenged all of us to search through the Daring Kitchen archives and pick any one we’d like! The REAL challenge was picking which delicious recipe(s) to try!

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Toffee Nut Blondies

Posted 22 July 2013 by
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Apparently there are some people who don’t really like chocolate. Shocking, I know. For those kinds of people (and even the rest of us), these toffee nut blondies are a nice alternative to brownies. You can use whatever nuts you like, I used Brazil nuts here. For the toffee, use any kind of shop bought toffees or caramels that are firm, but still chewy. I used Werther’s Chewy Toffees, and just cut them into quarters. The Caramacs add a definite “something”, but if you can’t get hold of them you could use white chocolate instead. They have a gorgeous salty-sweet toffee taste along with a chewy-nutty texture.

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Barleycorn Bread

Posted 21 July 2013 by
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I came across this barleycorn flour from the Doves Farm range of bread flours. A combination of wheat and barley flours, with added barley flakes and linseeds, it makes a very nice, light, granary-ish loaf of bread.

Loaf of Barleycorn bread

Slice of Barleycorn bread

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Spinach, Goat’s Cheese and Prosciutto Quiche

Posted 17 July 2013 by
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This spinach, goat’s cheese and Prosciutto quiche makes a lovely lunch or light dinner in summer. In what is quite a classic combo, the salty goat’s cheese and ham are matched by the sweetness of the caramelised onions. You could use any savoury shortcrust pastry pastry (or buy it ready-made, of course). I used Michel Roux’s flan pastry recipe. I used skimmed milk, which keeps it quite light. If you want a richer filling for your quiche, you can add cream instead of the milk, or a use a mixture of both.

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Crostata di marmellata: Daring Bakers’ Life of Pie

Posted 27 June 2013 by
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Crostata di marmellata — that’s Italian jam tart to you and me. This was a Daring Bakers challenge, and one of four pie options to choose from. The other pies looked amazing , and I was seriously tempted to bake some of those too, but with only so many people around to help eat them, I stuck to just this one.

Strawberry jam crostata

I haven’t baked with sweet enriched pastry before, and it turned out to be quite a challenge, particularly on a warm day. As a result, I was a little disappointed with the apparance of the finished tart, but it was really tasty, and that’s the main thing.

Crostata di marmellata

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