Italian pear almond cake

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It’s nearly three weeks since I made this cake. Since going back to work weekends have been a bit manic with mock SATs tests to mark and Moonwalk training walks to squeeze in. After the Easter holidays (which feels like a lifetime ago now) I decided we needed some cake to ease us back into the new term. I had accumulated quite a few pears and thought I better try using some of them up. I found this recipe via Pinterest. It suggests that it is more pear than cake so if you’re not keen on pears it’s probably not the recipe for you! I made this and a white chocolate and pear muffin loaf. I thought the muffin loaf would be more popular but this was the first to go. It was definitely a hit in the staffroom. Due to the ground almonds this sponge is lovely and moist and perfect for anytime of the day.
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A cake fit for a Queen – Eton Mess Sponge Cake

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Thursday 21st April was a special occasion in British history. The 90th birthday of our longest reigning monarch, the Queen, Elizabeth II. We celebrated at the primary school I work at by having a tea party for the children and their parents. Obviously I knew I wanted to bake something and also wanted it to be something ‘British’. I did consider a classic Victoria sandwich but felt something a bit more extravagant would be more fitting for the occasion. After thinking a bit more I had the brainwave that Eton Mess is a typically British dessert so I could combine both a cake and dessert in one! After having a quick search on Pinterest I found a couple of recipes and opted for this one by Daisy and the Fox.
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Chocolate chunk cookies

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I made these during the Easter holidays and completely forgot about posting this – oops! It was lovely to be able to enjoy 2 weeks of no work rather than trying to cram everything into a week when it’s half term. I whipped these up during an afternoon when the weather was very changeable with sunshine one minute and heavy showers the next. I fancied a spot of cookie baking and after a quick flick through some cookery books and my Pinterest boards I found this recipe in my Great British Bake Off ‘How To Bake’ book.
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North Coast 500 – Culinary highlights

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So just after the Easter weekend, myself and my husband headed to Bristol airport ready to catch a flight to Inverness. Our aim – to complete the North Coast 500 route in Scotland, a circular route around the Highland coast with stunning scenery. We opted to travel anti-clockwise as we had read that the most stunning scenery was to be enjoyed on the West coast so wanted to save the best for last. Whilst there is a lot written about the route there isn’t much written about where to eat along the way.
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