Lemon buttermilk loaf

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So last week when it was Shrove Tuesday Mr Birdie bought lemons. I too bought lemons (a lack of communication on my part – oops!) which meant we had a lot of lemons in the house. Luckily Jo Wheatley posted this recipe on her fabulous website ‘Jo’s Blue Aga’ (if you’ve never checked it out ‘d highly recommend having a look). I’ve said before that I’ve always had great success with Jo’s recipes and I’m happy to say this was the case again. This is a very easy recipe as you simply put all the ingredients in a mixer and mix until combined.
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Oat, pecan and raisin cookies

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Following on from my previous post I have been on a bit of a cookie making mission recently. I made these last weekend as we were off to visit our friends Simon and Louisa who have recently welcomed baby Esme to their family. I thought they might be in need of a sweet treat to keep them going so decided to give these a go. I have made lots of other oat and raisin cookies before and they are a particular favourite of Mr Birdie. My favourite recipe is this Hummingbird Bakery recipe. This recipe is a Jo Wheatley one from her Home Baking book. I have made her oat and raisin cookies before but this recipe is slightly different and does include the addition of pecan nuts.
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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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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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Chilli chocolate cookies

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Ah the summer holidays. The chance to relax, enjoy the sunshine (sometimes!) and catch up with friends you haven’t seen for a long time. We got back this week from a week in Crete (which was lovely), which is why it has been a little quiet on the blog front. But never fear, I have more than made up for it this week with three bakes over the last few days! I caught up with one of my friends Kathryn on Thursday. She doesn’t eat egg so I always keep my eyes open for egg free bakes which I can make. I’ve made double chocolate shortbread and Mary Berry’s cranberry and white chocolate shortbread for our catch ups before.
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Almond and plum slice

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Last year I made this yellow plum and vanilla jam and it has sat in the fridge ever since not being used! We are in the process of having a new kitchen and recently bought an integrated fridge/freezer which is smaller than our old one. In the process of trying to cram everything into the new fridge I decided I really had to use this jam. At the time of making it, I had seen this Jo Wheatley recipe which used plum jam. I decided it was time to give it a go. I love Jo’s recipes – there always simple and taste fantastic.
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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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Sticky toffee pudding

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Well it may be Spring but I’m not sure the weather is quite aware of this. It was a blustery, wild day in Hampshire yesterday – it was definitely not been feeling like Spring at all. We had our friends Simon and Louisa over for dinner so I made this sticky toffee pudding for dessert. With yesterday’s weather a comforting, warm pudding was definitely needed!
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Christmas shortbread

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Last weekend I had a bit of a Christmas baking bonanza making this Christmas shortbread and John Whaite’s Vienesse mince pies. The mince pies were a bit of a disaster as although they looked good before they went in the oven they certainly didn’t afterwards! They did taste good though. This shortbread however was much more of a success both in appearance and taste. It was very popular in the staffroom at work, and combines the Christmas flavours of mincemeat and cranberries as well as shortbread. This is a Jo Wheatley recipe that you can find on her blog Jo’s Blue Aga. I used the mincemeat I made on Stir-up Sunday.
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Mincemeat

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Yesterday was ‘Stir-up Sunday’. The last Sunday before Advent where traditionally, families gather together in the kitchen of their homes to mix and steam Christmas pudding. It’s also the day lots of people choose to make their Christmas cake. I’m not a fan of dark, fruit cakes so don’t make one however I have been investigating the possibility of making a ‘White’ Christmas cake this year although this will be nearer to Christmas. We spend Christmas day with our combined families at Mr Birdie’s family home so I’m lucky not to have to worry too much about catering for Christmas day which also means I don’t need to worry about making Christmas pudding. I didn’t want to miss out on ‘Stir-up’ Sunday so decided to have a go at making my own mincemeat. I decided to use Jo Wheatley’s recipe which you can find on her blog here. I used slightly different quantities which I found on another blog.
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