Christmas Yule Log

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This recipe was inspired by my dad who spotted a photo of a rather impressive yule log on Twitter and sent me the link to it. I’ve never made a yule log before so decided this was the year to give it a go. There are a whole host of recipes on the Internet but I decided to go for this Nigella recipe as it had good reviews.
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Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

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I was given a Nordicware Bundt tin back in August for my birthday by my Dad and have only just got round to using it for the first tin – shocking I know! Whilst in Tesco late one night last week, they had some reduced unwaxed lemons for 8p and when life gives you cheap unwaxed lemons there’s only one thing for it – lemon drizzle cake! (I also used them yesterday to make these lemon and cranberry cookies which are one of my favourite Christmas bakes.)
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Apple cinnamon bundt

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So yesterday was National Bundt Day and I decided to get in on the Bundt action. After perusing my Pinterest board ‘All about that bundt…’ and considering a carrot cake Bundt or John Whaite’s fig, pecan and orange Bundt I opted for this apple and cinnamon Bundt as I had some Bramley apples that needed using up. The recipe is by Martha Stewart and is really meant to use Granny Smith apples but I had read a couple of people on Pinterest saying that they had used Bramley apples which had worked just as well.
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Squidgy pear & hazelnut chocolate spread cake

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I first saw this recipe two years ago and have wanted to try making it ever since. Every time I’ve had some pears I’ve considered it but the thought of using a whole jar of chocolate spread (yes – a whole jar) has always put me off a little bit. Anyway, last weekend I decided to get over this and just give it a go. I’ve made something similar before when I made Jo Wheatley’s chocolate and pear torte.
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Blackberry and apple loaf cake

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I had a bit of a baking spurt towards the end of last week starting with this blackberry and apple loaf cake. Mr Birdie’s mum and dad came to stay a couple of weeks ago and we ventured out for a walk through our local countryside to the beach (stopping for coffee and cake of course). I managed to probably double the length of time we took by stopping to pick blackberries. I was surprised to find so many that were still pickable (is that even a word? If not it should be!) I did consider this Bramley and blackberry traybake but we are still (yes still!) without a hob so instead I opted for this Jo Wheatley recipe which is in her ‘A Passion for Baking’ book.
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Lemon & elderflower loaf cake

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This is a recipe I spotted a couple of days ago as I was having a recipe sort-out. I am a terrible hoarder (as Mr Birdie will confirm) and hold on to all sorts of magazines thinking I might make a recipe from them one day. Periodically I go through them all cutting out the recipes I want to keep. This recipe was from a Waitrose Weekend newspaper back in March and is by Martha Collison (one of last year’s GBBO contestants). As we were off on a picnic with my university friends I thought this would be a good bake to take along as it would be easy to cut and would hopefully survive the journey intact. It would also make good use of the elderflower cordial that I made.
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Pistachio and elderflower cordial cake

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Having made three litres of elderflower cordial which Mr Birdie refuses to drink (apparently it’s too flowery!) I was on the hunt for some cake recipes which use it. I have found a whole host of recipes, a couple of which I have already tried. I decided to start with this Anna Jones recipe as it used pistachios which I was already using in my strawberry and pistachio cake. This cake is gluten free as it uses polenta. I’ve never made a cake using polenta before so this was a first for me!
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Deep rhubarb streusel cake

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I love rhubarb and have made quite a few rhubarb recipes before ranging from this very successful rhubarb and custard cake to this not so successful rhubarb cheesecake. As I’d picked up some in cheap in Tesco it was time to put it to use. I’d seen this recipe on the Sainsbury’s magazine website and decided to give it a go (especially as I also had some apples that needed using).
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Lemon Bundt cake

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Well hellooooooooo bank holiday weekend! It has felt like a very long week at work this week so by Friday I thought we were all in need of cake. I have a quite a large collection of baking cookbooks but will readily accept I’m not very good at using them. I tend to see recipes on Pinterest and websites and ignore my cookbooks. Whilst looking for some recipes last weekend, I was flicking through Jo Wheatley’s ‘Home Baking’ when I spotted this recipe for her lemon Bundt cake. I’ve made a couple of Bundt’s since getting my tin as a Christmas present and decided it was time to give another one a go. It looked like a fairly simple recipe and as I had some lemon curd in the fridge that needed using up I was all set.
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