Toffee Apple Dump Cake

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If you’re looking for an easy autumn bake that would be perfect for Bonfire Night look no further than this toffee apple dump cake. Don’t be put off by the name. This style of cake comes from the US and refers to the stir-and-dump-it-in-a-tin method. It makes a moist cake with pockets of apple and toffee topped with a toffee frosting. It only needs one bowl for the cake and is actually very easy to make. Mr Birdie took some into work and came home telling me that his colleagues had been raving about it which was lovely to hear (he also said I needed to put it on Twitter which is usually his way of saying he likes something!).
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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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Cream cheese marble brownies

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Yesterday gave me the opportunity to get my half term bake on. I’d spotted this Delicious Magazine via Twitter, pinned it to one of my Pinterest boards and decided today was the day to give it a go. At first, Mr Birdie was skeptical about the inclusion of cream cheese in a brownie (it would be sour according to him) but luckily after tasting them he decided it was indeed acceptable. These are quick and easy to whip up. We had them for dessert yesterday when we had some friends round for dinner – they make a tasty dessert especially when served with some strawberries to contrast with the richness.
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Custard Cream Blondies

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Following on from my last post of Oreo brownies I decided to give another biscuit-based bake a go. I’d seen this recipe on the Olive magazine website for custard cream blondies and thought it looked interesting. I am currently in training for the 2016 London Moonwalk and thought these would make a good post-5 mile training walk reward.
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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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Dorset apple traybake

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Autumn is well and truly here. The weather this week has literally thrown everything at us. Rain, wind, sunshine and the temperature has most definitely dropped. This recipe is definitely inspired by autumn and makes a good Sunday roast dessert. Last weekend gave me my first real opportunity to get back to baking following the work to our kitchen (which you can read about in my last post). Our fruit bowl has been bursting at the seems so I decided it was time to use some of it up. I had bought some Bramley apples at our local greengrocers and decided to give this BBC Good Food Dorset apple traybake a go. I made a similar Mary Berry one last year but decided to give this recipe a go instead.
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Chocolate damson cake

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I am typing this to the sound of rather loud drilling, for as I type our kitchen is currently being dismantled – well more than dismantled it’s pretty much non-existant at the moment. No sink, no oven, nothing. We’re knocking through to make a kitchen/diner and having very lovely, sleek grey units put in along with new flooring. Blogging over the next couple of weeks could be interesting…time to investigate some no bake, microwave and slow cooker recipes I think!
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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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Strawberry and pistachio cake

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This week marks the start of Wimbledon. Strawberries and cream, Pimms and champagne are the first things that spring to mind when you think of this quintessentially English tennis competition. If you’re planning on celebrating the competition with a tea party or barbecue, this cake would make a great addition. The fresh strawberry icing and the green pistachio crumb fit nicely with a tennis theme. As it’s also strawberry season, the cake also makes the most of strawberries which are currently at their ripest and juiciest.
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