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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Spiced chocolate and orange hot cross buns

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Happy Easter one and all. I hope you are enjoying the extended weekend by spending it with friends and family, eating many chocolate eggs and indulging in one or two hot cross buns whilst managing to avoid the hideous weather that seems to have descended on us. I’d never made hot cross buns before making these. In my eyes no-one can beat my Dad’s so I was a little nervous giving these a go. I’d seen this Delicious Magazine recipe last year and saved it to my Easter Pinterest board. Last weekend, I decided I fancied doing a little Easter inspired baking and decided to give them a go.
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Triple chocolate cookies

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So last night I felt the need to bake. I considered something pear-based as I seem to have accumulated rather a lot of them over the last couple of weeks but sadly the ingredient Gods were against me and a pear-based bake will just have to wait until this weekend (or maybe not as I’m considering making something hot cross bun based). So instead it was to be these triple chocolate cookies. I felt we needed something to get us through the last Friday of this term and thought these might do the job. The fact I had all the ingredients in the cupboard also helped. This is a BBC Good Food recipe that you can find here.
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Oreo Brownies

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These were originally going to be Holly Bell’s Oreo peanut butter brownies but because I am terrible at reading recipes I hadn’t realised they needed Oreos with peanut butter (I had already bought Aldi’s equivalent of normal Oreos because I am cheapskate!) When I had a look a Peanut butter Oreos in our local Tescos I had to do a double take as they were ¬£6! So then I was on the hunt for a recipe that used normal Oreos. I found this one by Lorraine Pascale that needed 5 eggs (which I thought was a bit extravagant) so decided against it. Then a couple of weeks ago whilst scrolling through my Instagram feed I spotted that Little Miranda Piggy had made some and posted the recipe on her website.
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Chocolate chip, oat and raisin cookies

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It is officially half term – hurray! I made these last week to keep us going through the last week of term. My thinking was that if they have oats and raisins in them that surely makes them healthy?!? This is a Donal Skehan recipe that you can find here. These cookies are chewy and crumbly in texture. If you don’t have any dark chocolate or raisins you can easily swap them for whatever else you have. I think cranberries and white chocolate would make a great combination.
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Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

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First of all apologies for the photos in this post. They were taken with my mobile phone as I was at home in North Devon without Mr Birdie’s DSLR and they’ve not turned out the best. Anyway, on with the recipe! To me a Terry’s chocolate orange says Christmas. The smell, the taste, the packaging make me think of this time of year. I made this as a dessert for Christmas day lunch. It’s a recipe from a blog called What Jessica Baked Next that I follow that you can find here. I saw it back it in November and mentally filed it away as a possible Christmas day dessert.
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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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Triple chocolate cookies

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I’m a bit behind on blog posts at the moment. Life seems to have been a bit manic but I’m looking forward to the next week which is the lull before the storm of Christmas. It’s apt that I’m posting them today as it is National Cookie Day! I made these a couple of weeks ago as I kept on wanting to make some cookies and these were easy and I had all the ingredients in the cupboard and fridge. This is a Jo Wheatley recipe from her second Home Baking book.
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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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Nigel’s chocolate muscovado banana cake

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If I was to count up all the cakes I have ever made, banana loaf cakes would definitely be at the top of the list. I have made a fair few such as wholewheat banana nut loaf; Paul Hollywood’s banana, walnut and chocolate chip loaf; Nutella swirled banana bread and banana and pecan fudge loaf. I think it mostly comes from my hate of overripe bananas. The smell and texture seems to take me back to childhood memories of squished bananas in the bottom of school rucksacks. There are only two things they are good for: smoothies and any form of banana cake.
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