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Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

It feels a bit – odd; insensitive, maybe – to write about light-hearted, essentially fluffy things at the moment, with the news so full of the horrors of war and man’s inhumanity. It’s part of the reason why I’m late today, with my talk of easy, lazy chocolate fudge cake. But sometimes, when all is… Continue reading Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

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Christmas Cake for the Disorganised

Sometimes I manage to bake a Christmas cake well ahead of time, in October, and then feed it regularly with more brandy. Other years, I fail entirely and then get to mid-December and wonder about quick recipes which don’t need months to mature or regular feeds. Or hours in the oven. But even Delia’s Quick… Continue reading Christmas Cake for the Disorganised

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The Simplest of Simple Cheese Puffs

This follows in the grand tradition of Delia Smith’s How to Cheat at Cooking. It’s one of my favourite recipe-books, partly because there’s no shame in being lazy and using ready-made ingredients like pastry. This recipe does not, specifically, come from it, but I doubt I'm the first to have made cheese puffs in this… Continue reading The Simplest of Simple Cheese Puffs

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Adapting Marvellous Creations

When it comes to chocolate, I’m normally fussy. I don’t much care for the overly sweet mass-produced stuff, though sometimes desperate times call for quantity over quality. Except for one: I am quite fond of the Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations bar. If you haven’t come across it, Marvellous Creations is Dairy Milk with extras: jelly beans,… Continue reading Adapting Marvellous Creations

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Cooking with Mrs Crocombe: Queen Drop Biscuits

Of all the things to bake, biscuits are often the quickest and easiest. Simple to put together, maybe ten minutes in the oven. The best thing to bake when in need of a sweet treat. Fresh from the oven Mrs Crocombe’s Queen Drop Biscuits are no different. Perhaps a bit cakey for modern biscuit tastes… Continue reading Cooking with Mrs Crocombe: Queen Drop Biscuits

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Cooking with Mrs Crocombe: Saffron Buns

My favourite meal of the year is Good Friday Tea. Homemade, fresh from the oven, hot cross buns. Dripping with butter, or layered with homemade jam (usually damson). There is nothing tastier. I don’t often make hot cross buns because of M and not liking curranty things (also because they’re a once-a-year sort of thing… Continue reading Cooking with Mrs Crocombe: Saffron Buns

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Cooking with Mrs Crocombe: Victoria Sandwich

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s this: Always Start Simple. With this in mind, the first recipe I thought to try from Mrs Crocombe’s recipe book was for her Victoria sponge. It’s the sort of cake for which I’ve several recipes, and I have all the ingredients already in the cupboard… Continue reading Cooking with Mrs Crocombe: Victoria Sandwich