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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Nigella’s Lemon Meringue Cake

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Time flies when you’re having fun. Somehow it is 14 years since I finished my maths and music degree at university. I was lucky at university to end up living with, being on the same course as and joining the same choir as some lovely people and I am even luckier that we are still in touch and try to meet up as often as life will allow us. In the last year our group has expanded considerably with the addition of four babies so it was high time we had a gathering to introduce the new additions and catch up on everyone’s news. I had planned on making a raspberry meringue cake but when we got to Aldi yesterday rapsberries were £2.79 and lemons were 49p so the decision was made that lemon meringue cake would be the cheaper option!
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Hot cross bun brownies

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Happy Easter! It’s been quite a while since I last posted due to the fact I was ‘baking’ two very important people in my tummy. Whilst pregnant I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes which meant I had to cut back on sugary treats – not ideal when you write a baking blog! Just over two months ago I became ‘Mummy’ to two (yes – two, I was pregnant with twins) beautiful girls. The last two months have flown by in a haze of nappies, sleepless nights and cuddles but it has all been worth it. We are just about getting into a routine which has meant I have been able to ‘start’ thinking about baking. Last weekend I made these Mini Egg brownies to get myself back into the swing of things. I had seen this recipe for hot cross bun brownies on Pinterest and was keen to give them a go as they combine two of my favourite things. The recipe is by renowned chocolatier Paul A. Young and is from Delicious Magazine.
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Terry’s Chocolate Orange brownies

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Happy Christmas Eve to one and all! The Christmas holidays are now in full swing – hurray! To say ‘Happy Christmas’ and thank you to our neighbours for being what feels like our own parcel receiving service, myself and Mr Birdie decided some brownies would be a thoughtful gift. Mr Birdie suggested making some brownies with Roses or Quality Street however I decided to veto this in favour of these chocolate orange brownies as to me a Terry’s Chocolate Orange is also very Christmassy. They were well received and will hopefully be enjoyed over the next few days. This is a Jane’s Patisserie recipe. I’ve been following her for quite a while on Twitter and Instagram and would highly recommend checking out her recipes as they look delicious!
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Pear and hazelnut muffins

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I do love the combination of pear and chocolate. I’ve made a few pear and chocolate based recipes in the time I’ve been writing this blog including a pear and white chocolate muffin loaf, a squidgy pear and chocolate spread cake and chocolate and pear brownies. I had a couple of pears that needed using and had seen this Martha Collison recipe for Waitrose so decided to give them a go.
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Bramley Apple Cake with Custard Icing

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It seems every day is now some sort of named day. Chocolate Day, Carrot Day and Egg Day are all ones I have seen recently. Well, today is no exception and it is Apple Day. Following a bit of research I discovered Apple Day was launched in 1990 by Common Ground and was intended to be both ‘a celebration and a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too.’ I made this cake a couple of weeks ago and decided that as it featured apples today would be a good day to finally get round to posting it!
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Eton Mess Cheesecake

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If you’re a fan of being British it truly is a weekend to celebrate: the start of the Euro 2016 football championships with England, Wales and Northern Ireland all being represented (let’s not dwell on England’s result too much) and the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations this weekend with Trooping the Colour yesterday and The Patron’s Lunch today. It’s a weekend to feel proud of all that’s good about our country. Yesterday we were off to a barbecue with some of my husband’s friends to watch the England game. Of course I offered to make a dessert and opted for this Eton Mess cheesecake. I first found this recipe when I was looking for recipe for an Eton Mess sponge cake which I made back in April when it was the Queen’s proper birthday for our school tea party.
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