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  1. Sweet Crust Pie with Cherry Conserve Recipe

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    This cherry pie recipe is one of my favourite sweets to make for Sunday lunch. It's so easy to make and delicious to eat all of which means it’s my ideal comfort food, especially if you serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

    This version of cherry pie is made with a cherry conserve, instead of fresh cherries. This makes it quicker to bake and straightforward to prepare. You can have the whole recipe done at the same time as you are preparing your main meal.

    Pie with Cherry Conserve

    What I love about this recipe, is that every time you buy cherry conserve, you can choose a different flavour, which changes the final taste of the pie.  

  2. Vegan Sourdough Pancakes Recipe

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    Vegan Sourdough Pancake Recipe

    This vegan sourdough pancakes recipe is very easy to make and delicious to eat. The best thing is that you can play around with the recipe depending on what you currently have in your kitchen cupboard. I remember when we didn't have a lot of money, we used to make pancakes with just water, baking soda, sugar and flour - a perfect vegan & cheap version of the traditional pancake recipe.

    With this recipe, you can use a leftover sourdough starter (unfed sourdough starter) or an active one, if you want. The only difference is going to be the lightness and fluffiness of your pancakes - the more your sourdough starter is active, the more your pancakes rise. But, since this recipe is intended for your leftover sourdough starter (the bit that you normally discard), I always use an unfed sourdough starter with this recipe.

  3. Chocolate Crunch Recipe

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    This is probably one of the easiest chocolate recipes I've ever tried. Quick to make and it taste delicious. If you ever forget a pudding or the children want something sweet, this is the recipe!

    Like with many recipes, there are many versions, so I've decided to try few to see which one is the best one (the life of a food blogger is truly hard...). The main difference is whether the recipe includes eggs or not. Both are equally good, but in a different way. The one with egg is richer and slightly softer (it's very close to brownies, but not as gooey).

    I have also included one version with a plain flour and one with self-raising flour. I tend to just use whatever I have in the cupboard as I don't want to go shopping every time I run out of one particular type of flour.

    To make your own self-raising flour (if you don't have it), use plain flour with with baking powder. To make 225g of self-raising flour (for the second recipe), just add about 1 1/4 of baking powder to 225g of plain flour. 

    As you can see the first recipe doesn't have any baking powder, but if you want to give the chocolate crunch a bit of a rise, feel free to add some (about 1 1/4 teaspoon should do it).

    Chocolate crunch recipe (without eggs)

    170g unsalted butter

    170g caster sugar

    225g plain flour

    tiny pinch of salt

    30g cocoa powder

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.