Easter Rocky Road

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I know I’m a little late posting this at the end of the Easter weekend but like me you may have some leftover chocolate currently lurking in your house. Should you wish to share it rather than eat it this is the recipe for you. I made this Easter Rocky Road as an end of term treat for my colleagues for the last day of term. I’ve made Rocky Road before but this is a slightly different recipe. If making it for Easter you can always add an extra Easter touch with some Easter-themed sprinkles or marshmallows but it works just as well without. This is a recipe from Olive Magazine.
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Crunchie bar salted caramel brownies

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Gosh it’s been a long time since I managed to post a recipe on here. In my defence being a twin mummy keeps me busy. I’m also only in work 2 days a week now which means my audience for my bakes has been drastically reduced. Last weekend we were having a gathering of our NCT group to belatedly celebrate our babies’ first birthdays. I had seen this Sainsbury’s Magazine recipe a while ago, thought they looked amazing and promptly bought all the ingredients and then left them in the cupboard gathering dust for a good few months. So I decided our gathering was the perfect opportunity to put that right and give this recipe a go.
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Smartie cookies

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So today marked a momentous occasion. My first official bake sale as a mum. Our Baby Sensory class was holding a bake sale for this year’s Children in Need and we were invited to bring a contribution to help raise some funds for a very worthwhile charity. I thought Smarties cookies would be fun and would also link to the idea of ‘spots’ for Children in Need. I found this Martha Collison recipe on the Waitrose website. These cookies would make a good child friendly bake. Not only are they easy to make but they’ll also be popular to eat too. They are soft and chewy and very similar in texture to the multi packs of cookies you can buy in supermarkets. You could of course swap the Smarties for any other sugar-shelled sweets you have such as M&Ms or Minstrels. The original recipes says it will make 30 however I made 18 medium-sized cookies. They must have been a hit as I only brought 4 home with me!
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Toffee Apple Dump Cake

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If you’re looking for an easy autumn bake that would be perfect for Bonfire Night look no further than this toffee apple dump cake. Don’t be put off by the name. This style of cake comes from the US and refers to the stir-and-dump-it-in-a-tin method. It makes a moist cake with pockets of apple and toffee topped with a toffee frosting. It only needs one bowl for the cake and is actually very easy to make. Mr Birdie took some into work and came home telling me that his colleagues had been raving about it which was lovely to hear (he also said I needed to put it on Twitter which is usually his way of saying he likes something!).
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Chewy chocolate, oat and raisin cookie bars

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Is it a cake? Is it a cookie? Well it’s a chewy cookie bar. The couple who live across the road from us have just had a baby girl so we decided now was time to make friends. We popped over on Thursday afternoon and I decided it would be good to take a baked offering with us. I thought these cookie bars would be good as they have oats for energy and milk production, chocolate because when you’re sleep deprived chocolate is very necessary and raisins to make you feel like you’re having something healthy!
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Sticky plum and custard cake

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Well it seems that if you blinked you will have missed summer. Autumn is well and truly on its way and with that the plum tree in our garden seems to be past its best. I always feel it’s a waste if I don’t manage to use at least some of its fruit. It is a yellow plum tree so can it be tricky to find recipes. In the past I have made jam using the fruit which I then used in a Victoria sponge and an almond and plum slice. I was determined that this year I would use some of the fruit in a bake. I had spotted this Delicious Magazine recipe a while ago and saved it to my Pinterest page as it used yellow plums and decided it was time to give it a go.
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Gooseberry crumble cake

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There’s a war being fought in our garden that happens every summer. Caterpillars. Every summer they decided to invade and decimate my gooseberry bushes. I’m not sure what they love about them so much but they’ve had every single leaf off the three bushes we have and then even came back for more when they tried to grow again. They’ve now decided to attack the redcurrant bush. Despite the odds, we did manage to pick a few gooseberries (although not enough to make anything – luckily I had some in the freezer too). Now it’s not really crumble weather so I decided to look for a cake recipe instead. A couple of years ago I made this Victoria sponge with creme patissiere and gooseberry compote but this time I decided to go for something a bit easier. I found this recipe via Pinterest. It’s a Nigel Slater recipe from Red Magazine.
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Banana and chocolate yogurt cake

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I made this over a month ago but have only just got round to posting it – my computer wouldn’t show me images when I put the SD card from the camera in so it made it tricky to finish it. Luckily my Dad came to visit a few weeks ago and sorted it out for me – thank goodness for dads! At the time I seemed to be eating a lot of cake (although that hasn’t really changed!). I think I was making up for lost time when I couldn’t eat that much when I was pregnant or it’s all the extra calories I was burning running around after two little people (and still am burning!) I had been fancying some banana bread so when we had some very brown bananas (Mr Birdie nearly through them in the bin!) I decided it was time for some more baking. I’ve made many different banana bread recipes before and banana and chocolate is always a winning combination. This recipe would be perfect for baking with children as you use a yogurt pot to measure most of the ingredients so there’s no need for scales. It’s quite good fun measuring everything out and would be ideal for little hands who aren’t used to working with scales. It’s a recipe from Delicious Magazine.
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Mary Berry’s Lemon drizzle traybake

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Back in November and December when I was pregnant with the twins we went to our local NCT ante-natal classes. We were very lucky to be part of a group that get on well and ever since we’ve been having regular meet ups. It’s been a really positive experience as we share our ups and downs and recommend various different baby groups to each other. I offered to host our weekly gathering this week and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get back in the kitchen for a bit more baking. Following on from the lemon meringue cake I made in my last post I had some lemons leftover. I’d seen this Mary Berry recipe ages ago and decided it was the perfect recipe to use up the leftover lemons.
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