Chocolate raspberry brownies

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Summer is well and truly here and with that comes lots of delicious summer fruit. We have recently been visiting our local greengrocers and stocking up on lots of reasonably priced fruit. This week’s bargain were two punnets of raspberries for £1. I’d been thinking of making this recipe this weekend and so after spotting the raspberries my mind was made up! I made these brownies a couple of years ago. This is a BBC Good Food recipe.
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Red berry meringue roulade

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Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there! My Dad came to stay with us this weekend and I was determined to redeem myself after last year’s disastrous rhubarb cheesecake. After the lovely weather this week I decided something summery was needed. I did consider making a pavlova but then decided on a roulade. This was a brave choice as my Dad is a big fan of my mother-in-law, Dot’s roulades that she makes and I was wasn’t sure I could compete. Luckily today was a success and hopefully any memories of last years disaster have been banished (it’s just a shame the weather didn’t match the summery-ness of the roulade!)
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Double baked chocolate meringue brownie

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I saw this recipe on Twitter ages ago and immediately knew I wanted to make it. Brownie and meringue as a cake – what a combination! A little while ago I went through a faze of being obsessed with finding meringue cake recipes. I only got round to making one (this chocolate brownie meringue cake) but I am still keen to investigate some more. Today I needed a dessert as we had some friends round for a barbecue and thought this would make a good option.
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Croissants

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I was going to make these a few weeks ago after seeing the recipe in June’s Good Food magazine and never got round it. Mr Birdie and I celebrate our 11 year anniversary this weekend (not sure where that time has gone – I’m sure it’s only yesterday I was at university) and as I’ve been on half term this week (meaning I had the time to make the dough) I decided it was a good opportunity to make something special for our breakfast. These croissants are a labour of love! You need to allow plenty of time – don’t think you can whip these up in a couple of hours. You will need to chill the dough overnight and then they need 2 hours resting time after they’re made and shaped. Although I’ve made rough puff pastry before this was the first time I’d attempted anything like this.
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