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  1. Easy Chocolate Brownie Recipe

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    Easy Brownie Recipe

    This easy chocolate brownie recipe is perfect for when you have spare 20 minutes or so and want to make a desert really quickly.

    The recipe is also great to make with children - you can't over mix it and you don't even need electric whisk to mix everything together. I often bake this recipe to serve at my bread baking workshops and since a lot of people asked me for the recipe, I've decided to share it here.

  2. Christmas mince pies with marzipan topping recipe

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    Christmas mince pies with a marzipan topping recipe

    There are so many wonderful mince pies recipes, but this one with a marzipan topping is one of my favourite. It's probably because most of the shop bought variety is little too sweet for me and this one doesn't have that much pastry or sugar in. The best thing is that you can choose your own mincemeat and even mix it with some freshly chopped up apples to give if bit more lightness.

    If you want to you can easily buy the brandy marzipan, but I prefer to make my own. So, here is what you do:

  3. Czech Christmas Bread - Vanocka

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    Czech Christmas Bread - Vanocka

    Recently I've been asked to come up with a traditional sweet bread recipe for Christmas. The challenge was to come up with a recipe for a special friend staying with my student's family over Christmas. Their friend is originally from Slovak Republic, which send me on search to find out the really traditional bakes from this particular country.

  4. Sourdough Blueberry Muffin Recipe

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    Sourdough Blueberry Muffins Recipe

    This recipe is perfect when you have some sourdough starter leftover and if you don't want to throw away your old starter when you feed it. The sourdough starter doesn't have to be very active, but if it is it helps to make these blueberry muffins extra light and fluffy. I use wholemeal (or whole wheat) flour with this recipe to make the muffins a little bit healthier, but you can easily use just white flour or even bread flours with low gluten, such as spelt flour.

  5. Battenberg Cake Recipe

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    Battenberg Cake Recipe


    I've always been slightly puzzled by the battenberg cake - the structure, the colour, marzipan - to me this cake always felt like something that was invented in 70s. So, I was quite surprised to find out that this cake was actually invented in the 80s, ehm...the 1880s!

    Battenberg Cake was originally created to celebrate the marriage of Queen Victoria's granddaughter, princes Victoria, to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884.

    The four squares in the cake represented the four Battenberg princes - Louis, Alexander, Henry and Francis Joseph. I like it as an idea, but I'm not quite sure what princes Victoria felt like on her wedding day, surely she was marrying just one brother?

    This cake can be a challenge to make, but hopefully my step by step guide will help you to achieve a perfect result, worth any royal wedding.

  6. Honey Cake Recipe

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    Simple Honey Cake Recipe

     

    This honey cake recipe is one of the nicest recipes I've recently tried. We have just been on walking holiday in Wales and I found this local version of this easy honey cake recipe. Apparently honey cake goes as far as the time of the Crusades and it's very commonly found accross the whole UK. The Welsh version includes cinnamon, which goes particularly well with the taste of honey.

  7. Chocolate Buttermilk Cake Recipe

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    Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

    The most delicious, moist and easy to bake chocolate cake with buttermilk. This is my favourite recipe I bake often for my family and friends - it's always a big hit!

    Here is what you need:

    For the buttermilk chocolate cake

    175g unsalted butter

    1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 

    350g caster sugar

    4 medium eggs separated into egg whites (one bowl) and egg yolks (second bowl)

    100g self-raising flour

    40g cocoa powder

    175g buttermilk