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  1. Banana and Butterscotch Loaf Recipe

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    Butterscotch & Banana Loaf Recipe

     

    If you know me, you know I like a bit of a cake. Home baked cake is miles better than any shop bought one, but it's still a cake! (Translation: sugar, flour and all things not particularly healthy...)

    So, if you are looking for some good cake with a bit of a healthy undertone, I can offer Banana and Butterscotch Loaf.  I made it this afternoon and my husband was perfectly content with having it after dinner for pudding. So, you see, it is a very versatile cake...

    The loaf is also perfect for an afternoon snack and will still be a better option than a Twix for your packed lunch. The loaf has a really nice texture, does not crumble too much and it is not too sweet to taste. And if you are still feeling guilty after Easter you can even omit the chocolate, but you will be missing out!

  2. Blackberry Muffins Recipe

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    Blackberry Muffins Recipe

    Author: Magdalena Marsden

    This blackberry muffins recipe is one of my favourite muffin recipe - especially in late summer and early autumn, when we can collect wild blackberries on our long countryside walks.

    But, the best wild blackberries, that I've tasted so far were either in Isle of Wight or from my father-in-law back garden. The latter is slightly more accessible, although it does require a 270 miles round trip. I guess a visit to one's parents in law is always overdue, so it's good to have some extra excuse...

    By the way, my father in law is a very good baker, so I'm sure he will appreciate this muffin recipe.

  3. Marmalade Fruit Cake Recipe

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    Marmalade Fruit Cake Recipe

    The best thing about 'all in one' recipes is that they are fault - prove. You would really need to try hard to get this type of cake wrong! It's handy that you only need just one bowl for mixing, and there is no need to faff around with mixer or other specialist baking equipment. All you need to do is to gradually add all the ingredients, mix it well as you go, stick it in a tin and bake!

    My marmalade fruit cake is precisely this kind of simple recipe. It's also delicious and moist cake with just the right amount of fruit in it. 

  4. Blueberry & Vanilla Macaroons

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    Blueberry & Vanilla Macarons Recipe

    Although I like winter, I can't wait now for the spring to arrive. The other day, I suddenly realised, that it is colder now, then it was around Christmas! And, that is really not fair! Christmas is the real winter for me, so once we move over to February I'm expecting spring to arrive. It's England after all, not a Czech Republic...

    So, I thought that regardless to what the thermometer outside says, I can bring spring to my home.

    To continue with the 'Spring theme' I decided to bake some Blueberry & Vanilla Macarons to take to friends house for dinner.

  5. Marmalade Brownies Recipe

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    Marmalade Brownies Recipe

    The best thing about making your own marmalade is that you can use it for other baking recipes and the flavour is going to be so much better than a basic supermarket marmalade.

    This simple brownie recipe is delicious with very chunky bitter seville orange marmalade, but you can easily use any other type. And you know what? I'm not going to judge you if you use a shop bought one either!

    Marmalade Brownie Recipe

    200g dark chocolate 

    175g unsalted butter

    325g caster sugar

    130g plain flour

    3 eggs

    3 table spoons of seville orange marmalade

    icing sugar to decorate

    33x23x5cm baking tray lined with greaseproof paper

    Makes about 12 portions

    Here is what to do:

    1. Preheat your oven to 170C (325F) Gas 3. 

    2. Break your chocolate into small pieces and place it with butter in a heatproof bowl melt it slowly in microwave, 20 seconds at a time and stiring until completely melted.

    3. Add the sugar stirring well until incorporated.

    4. Add the flour and stir well.

    5. Stir in the eggs and mix until thick and smooth.   

    6. Add the marmalade and stir the mixture carefully.

    7.Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until flaky on the top but still soft in the centre. 

    8. Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack, before dusting with icing sugar to decorate.

    Hope you enjoy this recipe 

    Happy Baking

    Magdalena

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  6. 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.