Rhubarb & lemon curd cake

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Summer is most definitely here but unfortunately that means the thought of spending lots of time in the kitchen loses its appeal. I haven’t done a lot of baking recently. I did make these honeycomb crunchies last week using the left over honeycomb from my last post. They didn’t last long! A couple of weeks ago I spotted some reduced rhubarb whilst shopping so bought it and promptly left it in the fridge. After a long day yesterday I decided some baking was in need. I had spotted this rhubarb and lemon curd cake and decided that as I had some left over lemon curd from the meringue roulade I made a little while ago this was obviously the recipe to try. It was easy to make as the rhubarb doesn’t require cooking beforehand. Lemon and rhubarb is not a combination I’ve tried before but it definitely works and this makes a summery cake with a nice texture. The recipe calls for forced rhubarb but I just used normal – it won’t taste any different – it just won’t be pink in colour.
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Christmas Is Coming Part 3 – Lemon and Cranberry Cookies

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These were a BIG hit at work today. I have made them once before this time last year when they were very popular so I decided it was time to try them again. Although they are called cookies they are a cross between a cookie, a cake, a scone and a rock cake. They taste fresh , melt in your mouth and are perfect for this time of year. This is an American recipe from one of my favourite blogs ‘What’s Megan Making’. You can find the recipe here. As it’s an American recipe you will need some cups (or use a conversion website – I used one from the Delia Online website that you can find here). I made 15 cookies although I could have made them slightly smaller.
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Pav-tastic – Mary Berry’s Lemon Pavlova

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We were invited to Sunday lunch today at our friend’s house (thanks Simon and Louisa!) and I offered to make dessert. I’m normally a cheesecake kinda girl but decided to opt for something a little bit different. I’d seen a Mary Berry recipe for a lemon pavlova that featured on the Easter Great British Bake Off Masterclass special. Now I will admit that despite my love of baking I have:
a) Never made a Mary Berry recipe (shocking I know)
b) Never made a pavlova or anything remotely meringue based
so I have to say I was a little worried yesterday afternoon that it would all go a little bit pear-shaped but I’m happy to say it was all OK in the end.

You can find the recipe here. It’s meant to be an Easter pavlova but I decided to leave out the chocolate mini eggs as we’re now past the Easter weekend.

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Disaster time… Lemon Viennese Whirls

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If Craig Revel Horwood (the nasty man from Strictly Come Dancing if you’re reading this Dad!) had been in my kitchen this afternoon he would have declared it a ‘di-sah-ster dahling’!

I decided that I wanted to make something biscuity this weekend. After trawling through some of my old Olive magazines I found this recipe for marshmallow Viennese fingers. However, Rob wasn’t too keen on the idea of marshmallow and suggested something lemony instead. After a little research on the internet I found a recipe here, which is loosely based on a Hairy Bikers recipe on the BBC website which you can find here.
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