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Peach & Jasmine Gâteau

Peach & Jasmine Gâteau A

Whenever I make a gâteau I remember just how easy they are. Yes they do take skill, and much precision, but the skills are quickly mastered – with a steady hand. Flavour choice counts for a lot too as the sponge and cream are oh so delicate balance must be maintained. My favourite thing about this gâteau is the added texture (not to mention flavour) the chopped peach adds to the filling, truly delicious!
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Chocolate, Hazelnut and Pear Friands

Chocolate, Hazelnut and Pear Friands A

I was about to write that friands are one of my favourite kinds of cake, what with their moist, close texture and nutty flavour, and then I thought against this since I write that almost every recipe is one of my favourites. But then I came to my senses and realised that of course I’m going to write about so many recipes being my favourites otherwise I wouldn’t be posting them! So yes, friands, one of my favourite kinds of cake and this, one of my favourite recipes. I hope you like these as much as I do!
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Autumn Spice Madeira Loaf

Autumn Spice Madeira Loaf C

Autumn is the season of spice, especially in the baking world. As the nights draw in spices add warmth to cold evenings, and bakes take on a very comforting role (for me at least!). Here’s a twist on a classic madeira loaf, sure to bring comfort on an autumn night in.
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Orange & Rosemary Cake

Orange & Rosemary Cake A

The thing I love most about this cake is the texture. Not quite a frangipane, not quite a sponge, the balance of ground almonds and self-raising flour gives this cake a magical quality. Indulgent yet light and bursting with fresh flavour. This cake is lovely as a little afternoon treat and also a great way to round off a meal. I recommend serving it with a segment of orange and a small sprig of rosemary to garnish a dollop mascarpone.
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Hazelnut Cake with Orange

Hazelnut Cake with Orange A

Nuts are such a beauty to bake with, they enhance cakes with extra moisture and, as in this case, add depth of flavour when toasted. I’ve paired toasted hazelnuts with orange zest for a lovely traybake which is easy to whip up. Once baked and cooled a bit all that’s missing is an accompaniment, vanilla ice cream as I’ve suggested below or a refreshing dollop of yoghurt – yum!
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Apple Crumble Cake

Apple Crumble Cake ASome call it coffee cake (hate coffee!), some call it streusel cake (yeah, I like that…), I’ll call it crumble cake (spot on!). Crumble is undoubtedly one of my favourite puddings, and you can make it with whatever fruit you like, although I’ll say classic apple is best. Call me classic, I don’t mind. So of course, this take is straightforward and simple, combining a vanilla and cinnamon sponge with sweet caramelised apple and crunchy golden crumble. It’s like a hug in bowl, well… with plenty of custard it almost is!
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Pistachio & Almond Bars

Pistachio & Almond Bars AThis was not what I planned to make. I was intending to make a pistachio and almond battenberg but somewhere along the way my mind got warped and I split the mix wrong! Not to worry, as these are cute miniatures with all the looks but much more charm. I absolutely love the green tint of the sponge – all natural from the pistachios of course!
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