I really need a new kitchen. The cupboard doors are falling off, the worktops slope down so that water runs into the corner and pools there behind the tea and coffee canisters. The tiles are so retro, they’re almost fashionable again. But mostly, I need a new kitchen so that I can take instaworthy pictures of my baking. For now, you’ll have to do with pictures taken in the fridge/on top of a biscuit tin/disguised with tea towels. But trust me, this fridge cake tastes better than the photos can do justice!
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There’s something so delightfully British about a Sunday high tea. Imagine the scene: you’ve had a huge dinner at Grandma’s house, with roast lamb and overcooked vegetables. Then you’ve had a bit of a snooze, followed by a lazy game of cricket in the garden. Before you know it, half-past 4 has rolled around, and it’s time to tuck into the spread of sweet food laid out for Sunday Tea. Scones, bread and butter, teacakes, crumpets, muffins, and a slice of light fruit cake! Nobody does excess better!
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I wonder if you’re in the same position as us? Every autumn, the cookingfanatic household receives a large number of apples. Mr Cookingfanatic would happily eat apple crumble for three meals a day, but I incline more to variety. So I’ve put together some of our favourite apple recipes. Hope it gives you some ideas. Feel free to share your favourites in the comments. Continue reading “A Collection of Apple Recipes”
I have a craft book which confidently asserts, “Easter is all about the eggs.” It’s not. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Easter as big as it is this year in the supermarkets. There’s Easter bonnets to decorate, Easter cards (honestly, who sends these?), Easter trees, Easter bunny headbands, Easter bunny bubble wands and more! The goodfood magazine is full of “Easter weekend traditions.” The message seems to be that Easter was a good old pagan tradition before those pesky Christians tried to appropriate it for themselves. Continue reading “Easter – all about the eggs?”
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From low point to high point – a fantastic retro upside down cake! The unfashionable glace cherries have been replaced with raspberries, but its still the same nostalgic masterpiece. It just needs some cheese and pineapple cubes on cocktail sticks on a nearby plate to complete the image.
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For those of you with a nervous disposition, don’t worry. I may only be up to recipe 61 on the blog, but in real life, I’m actually a bit further on, and still hoping to reach 100 by the end of December. There are a number of recipes I’ve been putting off thinking, I’ll make that for Mr Cookingfanatic’s birthday. But honestly, how many birthday meals can one person have? II’d better crack on.
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After mocking Lorraine and her “baking is always easy” motto, it’s good to see her take on the whisked sponge. Needless to say, she doesn’t list all the potential pitfalls, as that would rather detract from the “easy cooking” image. Continue reading “26. Shameless, flourless, moist & sticky chocolate cake”
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You’re in for a bumper crop of Lorraine recipes with this being the first of three things cooked this weekend. First up these muffins, which I baked primarily as a dessert, but also some for snacks.
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Some days, you just don’t feel like going out and, according to Lorraine, you need chicken soup for edible relief. Well I don’t know about you, but chicken soup is not the kind of thing I ever crave, but chocolate cookies …. well! Continue reading “16. Chewy white chocolate fudge cookies”
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Remember the mantra: baking is not always quick, but it is always easy (see fatless sponge for the exception). It’s certainly true for this recipe which takes about 15 minutes to assemble and then 20 minutes in the oven. Continue reading “13. “Oat couture” granola bars”