Coffee and Walnut Scones

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I have always used my Great Nanny’s recipe for making scones, she never liked the taste of too much baking powder, which some scone recipes can have, so always used an alternative raising agent – a mixture of cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda.

Once the basic scone mix has been mastered and is to your liking then you can add different flavours and fruits.  I have added coffee and walnut this time. Continue reading “Coffee and Walnut Scones”

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Cornish Fairings

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These are traditional ginger biscuit commonly found in Cornwall. Fairing biscuits were made to be sold at fairs thus became known as fairings.

These biscuits are very similar to gingerbread men. They are a spicy biscuit, I have added crystallized ginger to this recipe. The crystallized ginger adds an extra chewy warmth. Continue reading “Cornish Fairings”

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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Unfortunately Brownies are really too easy to eat, and it is too easy to eat too many of them! Luckily they are really easy to make too….

There is nothing earth shatteringly different with my chocolate brownie recipe, when I looked at others before writing mine up they are all very similar. Again this is a recipe I have used for years and slightly changed it to suit our taste.

Once you have mastered a classic brownie recipe that you like and enjoy the most then you can add all sorts of things to ‘liven’ your brownies up. Continue reading “Chocolate Fudge Brownies”

Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake

IMG_5377 (2)This lemon cake has such a lovely refreshing taste, with the addition of poppy seeds to this cake gives a great crunch to it. I have made a lemon curd to fill this cake which gives an added zing along with the lemon icing.  ‘Total lemon over load’ you may think, however it really works and we all love the texture the poppy seeds give.

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Double Chocolate Mousse Cake

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I wanted to create something a little different for my Grandma’s birthday cake.  Something a little different from what I usually do for birthdays and something that was a bit more challenging.

I had seen something similar in a patisserie shop window without the mirror glaze.  So I found myself taking elements from a few different cake ideas and created on this one.

You do need plenty of time to allow the mousse layers to set and chill overnight and it best eaten on the day the mirror glaze is poured on the cake. Continue reading “Double Chocolate Mousse Cake”

Honey Cake

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My mum used to make this Honey Cake when she was younger, unfortunately she lost the book when my grandparents moved house (years ago)! During a bit of a clearout she was reunited with the recipe book and quickly made a copy. I never understood the obsession with finding the honey cake recipe until I made it and tasted it.  As an added bonus it is so easy to make. Continue reading “Honey Cake”