During one of my occasional back sweeps through the blog, I realised this recipe had vanished into the sinkhole that opened up when I moved the site from its original home to this shiny new palace. So I’ve rescued it in time for Stir Up Sunday.

This is a Christmas cake […]

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I know what you’re thinking: Bonfire Night is over. You don’t need Bonfire Night recipes any more. What you need are recipes for aspirational homemade gifts, chutney and festive spirits. Then you can file them away till a week before Christmas, when you’ll remember your good intentions, panic and sweep round the shops buying novelty socks, […]

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Great British Bake Off is over, but with my usual tremendous sense of timing, I still have some baking to go if I am going to bake along with the show. Or with the memory of the show, which is what is happening now.

I’m not doing two of the signature bakes. Firstly, […]

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After last week’s rant and no recipe, this week you get a recipe and no rant. Probably the best way round. Episode 6 of Great British Bake Off was all about pastry. Shortcrust, puff and a cheese filled pastry snack from Cyprus because what would be the point of the technical challenge […]

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Too busy eating to take a proper picture

This week was dessert week on #GBBO. This time last year no one could have a conversation without first clarifying their position on Bingate. Had Diana sabotaged Iain’s Baked Alaska, and was it right that he was sent […]

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Morning loaf

I’m running very late with my #GBBO Bake Along this week. Mostly due to going on holiday, which meant I spent last week frantically working and packing and wondering what I’d forgotten to pack, meaning there was no time for baking at all.

Plus, I’ve already […]

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Mine, all mine

Matilda, by Roald Dahl, is the story of a book loving, maths whizzing little girl, who is nearly 5 and might very well grow up to be a criminal mastermind. She goes to school and then to war with Agatha Trunchball, a head teacher of […]

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Last week was biscuit week on GBBO and I went to my first ever GBBO party. It was tremendous, mainly because it was a party that involved sitting on a sofa, eating biscuits, drinking cocktails and shouting: “THAT IS NOT A BISCUIT!” at the TV. I wish more […]

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You can insert your own joke about a nice crack here

Great British Bake Off is back and kitchens across the country resound with the rattle of wooden spoons against mixing bowls. As I watched episode one along with the rest of Twitter, misswhiplash […]

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Nothing is happier than sprinkles

It’s Great British Bake Off time and I am eating cake. I’d be a fool not to. Watching GBBO without a slice of sponge is torture. Cruel and inhumane. Last year I started the series with a square of Carrot Cake […]

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