Cranberry, Orange and Poppy Seed Cookies


I love baking in stages. It means less hassle, a controlled pile of dishes and more time to watch 30 Rock, the latter I am currently obsessed with. Yesterday morning I dragged myself out of bed, heated up the oven and began slicing and baking cookies alongside several cups of coffee and watching Tina Fey… 

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Cocoa and Toasted Walnut Meringues


Confession time: I have a love/hate relationship with meringue. I love Lemon Meringue Pie, with its tart curd base and fluffy marshmallowy meringue piled high on top, the epitome (in my eyes) of foodie poetry. I hate polystyrene meringue shells, packed in pink boxes in supermarkets that turn to a pile of dust with one… 

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Pink Peppercorn, White Chocolate and Rose Shortbread


I am starting to discover that I quite like breaking the rules every now and then with baking. Only using plain flour instead of self raising in a cake – how wrong! Swapping Maldon sea salt flakes for rock salt – sacrilege! Adding pepper and an egg to a basic shortbread mix – just get… 

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Coffee Chocolate Christmas Cake


I have a confession to make: I am not an overt fan of traditional fruit cake. Chastise me all you will but give me a sponge cake with a swath of frosting any day. Of course, stick a slab in front of me and I probably will eat it, but given the option, my Christmas… 

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