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Festive Cheesecake Experiments: Spiced Orange and Cranberry

The thing with Christmas, for me and M, is that traditional Christmas cakes and puddings are out, because M doesn’t like them. Fair enough, not everyone does. I do, the Christmas cake anyway, so I stick to a little one, but I like the chocolate chip panettones that we get as an alternative as well.… Continue reading Festive Cheesecake Experiments: Spiced Orange and Cranberry

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(Almost) According to Delia: Dark Jamaican Gingerbread

Gingerbread is a very wintry sort of cake. There will probably be several more ginger recipes in the coming weeks. Also, I really like gingerbread. This one is very suited to an afternoon tea. It’s a very dense sort of loaf, best served with butter. Or maybe chocolate spread or a jam, if that takes… Continue reading (Almost) According to Delia: Dark Jamaican Gingerbread

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Christmas Baking: Pepparkakor

Now that we’re over half-way through November, I feel like I can step up my Christmas preparations. Not the Christmas crafting – that’s all long been underway – but the other preparations. The choosing of festive foods that don’t require ordering. Getting a Christmas tree (although that probably won’t be for another week or so).… Continue reading Christmas Baking: Pepparkakor

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Life in Isolation: Thinking About Christmas and Raspberry Cakes

I had planned, this weekend, to make a Christmas cake. They’re best made early, to mature. But, given the current Covid-situation, I’ve decided to work on the basis that we probably won’t go home for Christmas. It seems safest to plan for that since we’re in a Tier 2 area. That way Christmas plans won’t… Continue reading Life in Isolation: Thinking About Christmas and Raspberry Cakes

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(Almost) According to Mary Berry: Mincemeat

With all the thoughts of Christmas crafting, I’m also beginning to think about Christmas baking. Cakes and mincemeat can be made well in advance, and can use fruits currently in abundance, if you have an orchard. If you don’t, dried varieties are fine. The problem I have every year is that M doesn’t like dried… Continue reading (Almost) According to Mary Berry: Mincemeat

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(Almost) According to Delia: Baked Mango Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis

Delia’s recipe was actually a Vanilla Cheesecake with a Caramel Sauce, but by the time I was done, it wasn’t. It was a Mango Cheesecake. With raspberry coulis, because mango and raspberry go well together. After the deliciousness and success of the Hummingbird New York Cheesecake, M expressed a wish for mango cheesecake. He talked… Continue reading (Almost) According to Delia: Baked Mango Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis

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(Almost) According to Hummingbird: New York Cheesecake

Normally, when I make a cheesecake, I use a no-bake recipe which involves very little weighing. A tub of cream cheese, a pot of double cream, icing sugar to taste, beat it together. It’s simple, effective, and lends itself to whatever you’ve got in the kitchen-cupboard by way of flavourings. Lemon, chocolate, alcohol. This time,… Continue reading (Almost) According to Hummingbird: New York Cheesecake

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(Almost) According to Delia: Oat and Raisin Cookies

I don’t do all the baking. Sometimes, M gets it into his head that he wants to make something, usually cookies, occasionally a Victoria sponge. In a vague attempt at healthiness (I know), he’s been using Delia’s Oat and Raisin Cookie recipe. Only, he doesn’t like raisins, so they were switched for white chocolate chips… Continue reading (Almost) According to Delia: Oat and Raisin Cookies