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~ chocolate chip and oat slice ~

This is a great quick cereal bar type of biscuit. Full of oats, dried coconut, and fruity bits.


Just stir everything together, bake and enjoy!


Ingredients (makes about 30 squares)

75g (1/2 cup) self-raising flour

75g (1/2 cup) plain flour

90g (1 cup) oats

100g (2/3 cup) chopped apricots

70g (2/3 cup) coconut

100g (1/2 cup) chocolate chips

120g (2/3 cup) brown sugar

125g melted butter, cooled

1 lightly beaten egg

3 tsbp milk

How to:  Put the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well mixed. Mix the butter with the egg and milk, then add this mixture to the bowl. Stir until everything is well combined. Spoon the final mixture into a lined tin (about 17 x 27cm) and flatten with a fork. Bake at 180°c for about 25 mins until golden. Leave to cool in the tin then slice into squares or bars. I prefer squares as these hold together better than bars.

The apricots could be replaced with cranberries, sultanas etc.


Great for a picnic or taking on a long walk!


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~scottish trifle~

After the traditional Burn’s Night meal of Haggis, neeps and tatties, this Scottish trifle always goes down well!


There are many different trifle recipes but this is the easiest and one of my favourites. It uses freshly made custard and if possible, homemade raspberry jam. It doesn’t include jelly or chocolate as others do.


Ingredients – serves 6-8

8 egg yolks

110g caster sugar

35g plain flour

450ml milk

1 vanilla pod, split lengthways and seeds scraped.

about 9 sponge fingers (depending on the size of your bowl)

about 3tbsp raspberry jam

4tbsps liquid – orange juice or sherry

285ml thick cream

toasted almonds to decorate

optional – 1 or 2 bananas or some apricots

How to: For a simpler recipe use ready prepared custard and skip this first step! Otherwise first make the custard – whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and pale. Stir in the flour. Boil the milk, remove from the heat and add the vanilla seeds. Leave for about 15 mins. Remove the seeds and add the milk to the egg mixture stirring as you pour. Return the egg/milk mixture to a clean pan and whisk over a gentle heat until boiling. Keep whisking to get rid of any lumps. Once smooth, keep whisking for a minute or 2 until the custard thickens. Remove from the heat, cover with cling film (to stop a skin forming) and leave to cool.

Cut the sponge fingers in half and spread one side of each half with jam – be generous! Place the sponges on the base and round the outside of your serving bowl. Pour over the liquid and tilt the bowl so all the sponges get thoroughly soaked. If using banana, slice as much banana as you like into small rounds, then place on top of the sponges. (Likewise if using apricots, place the apricot halves on the sponges). Pour the cooled custard on top. Then whip the cream (and sweeten if necessary) until thick. Spoon the cream onto the custard in a thick layer. Finally decorate with a sprinkling of almonds which have been toasted in a frying pan until golden brown. Chill until ready to eat.


Trifle is great the following day too when the sponge is deliciously soft and juicy!



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~strawberry tart~

This really is an easy one!


Perfect for a hot day when you want more than bare strawberries.


Roll out about 250g of short crust pastry and prick all over with a fork. Either lay the pastry on a baking tray or put in a fluted flan tin. Bake at 200°c for 10 – 15 mins until golden. Warm  3Tbsp of redcurrent or strawberry jam then paste it over the hot pastry. Finally cut 500g of fresh strawberries into halves or slices and arrange over the pastry, drizzle with any remaining jam and hey presto dessert!

Delicious eaten on it’s own or with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream.


It’s best eaten straight away otherwise the juicy strawberries can make the pastry soft and soggy 🙂


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~baked apple with mincemeat~

It’s not quite Spring weather yet so a hot baked apple was warming and perfect for lunch!


I was very happy to find a jar of mincemeat left over from Christmas and so my apple was ready in no time!


There really aren’t any ingredients, but this is nicer than a plain apple on cold days.

I cored 1 apple, then split the skin about a third of the way down and all the way round. I spooned the mincemeat into the hole where the core once was and also added a spoonful or 2 round the base so that I’d have extra if I wanted. I spooned over a tablespoon of water so that it wouldn’t be too dry and so I’d have some hot juice. Then I put it in the microwave and cooked on high for 3 minutes. This was perfect for a fluffy piping hot apple and the mincemeat was sweet and juicy.

When making more than 1 apple, I check after 3 minutes in the microwave and then increase minute-by-minute the cooking time (4 or 5 is good for 2 apples).


I enjoyed this plain but it’s also great with vanilla ice-cream, pouring cream or crème fraîche and topped with a sprinkling of crushed almonds.

If you don’t have any mincemeat, it can be replaced with a mixture of glacé cherries, raisins, a knob of butter and a sprinkling of brown sugar.


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~gâteau de pommes et fruits secs~

The original recipe in English can be found here “apple and sultana cake”

La recette originale de ce gâteau simple et rapide se trouve ici sous le nom de “apple and sultana cake”


Il est un de mes favoris et je tente d’écrire la recette en français afin que Lucienne pouvez profiter de faire elle-même!


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~chocolate pear 85~

This is a deliciously light chocolate and pear dessert.


There is no flour in it – only ground hazelnuts!


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~high fiber fruit medley loaf~

This moist fruity loaf is lovely served on its own or spread with butter.


Packed with bran and fruit – but no butter or oil – it’s great at breakfast or coffee time!

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~apple crumble cake~

I love cooking with apples and this recipe is for a quick apple cake with a crumble topping. It’s a good way to use up windfall apples and makes a change from the usual crumble.

It can also be frozen which is a real benefit and defrosts so nicely, you’d never know it’d been frozen!

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~apple compote~

This quick apple compote, or apple sauce, is great for using up apples!

It’s extremely easy to make and it can be sweetened just as you like it!

The above photo makes it look like there are chunks of apple in the compote, but there aren’t – it’s deliciously smooth and thick!

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~orange and almond tort (no flour, no butter)~

This simple, quick, flour-free orange and almond tort is deliciously orangey, it has an orange marmalade tang to it!

It contains a whole orange, well everything except the pips, which gives it the strong orange flavour.

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~peaches with vanilla and orange cream~

This is a lovely light summer dessert.

Peaches and cream.

Fruity and made in double-quick time!

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~baked raspberry cheesecake~

This is a lovely fresh fruity cheesecake dessert – gelatine free! The recipe make a pretty big cake and will easily serve 8.

It’s not difficult, but looks pretty impressive – another mix everything together and bake recipe!

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~mousse aux kiwis~

This is a nice simple refreshing mousse made with nothing more than kiwi, eggs and sugar.

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~lemony lemon bars~

These are lovely summery lemon bars – a bit like a thick layer of lemon curd on top of shortbread!

Made with the juice of 4 lemons and the zest of 3 they are really lemony!

Topped with a sprinkling of caster sugar, delicious!

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Light and summery strawberry Pavlova!

This lovely dessert is crunchy on the outside and slightly gooey on the inside. The juicy strawberries off-set the sweet meringue.

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~almond cake with fresh raspberry center~

This is a really fresh moist cake made with almonds and raspberries.

It’s juicy and the slight tartness of the raspberries sets off the almonds brilliantly.

It’s a wonderful one-bowl recipe and after making it more than a dozen times, has always given great results!

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~strawberry fluff~

This no-bake soft fluffy mousse has a great strawberry taste and smells gorgeous!

There are only a few ingredients,  it is a really really easy dessert to make and looks pretty chic too!

Look at it, all lovely and light and airy!

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~pineapple streusel cake~

This delicious big cake is lovely and juicy with a pineapple and coconut layer baked between layers of sponge cake.

It’s very easy to make using melted butter and a wooden spoon to stir the ingredients together. No need for any beating or fancy equipment!

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~simple apple crumble~

Simple apple crumble – is there any other sort?

Just right for when its cold and rainy outsidefor dessert or just a late afternoon piece of yumminess!

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~carrot, apple and sultana cake~

This cake is another “fast and fabulous” one!

It’s also egg free if you find you have none in the fridge and feel like making a cake.

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