~citrus poppy seed cake and chocolate topping~

This is a lovely soft moist mildly lemony cake made with very little effort!

Just mix everything together and bake!

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The poppy seeds look nice but are barely tasted.

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~salmon dip and melba toast~

This 10 minute recipe was called salmon pâté, but I think it’s more a paste or a dip!

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It’s creamy and perfect for dipping raw carrots or slices of cucumber into!

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~easy chocolate fudge~

This is a very easy and quick chocolate fudge recipe!

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It makes delicious firm fudge in next to no time with very little effort required!

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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!

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

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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).

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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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~soft butter mints~

OOh these tiny soft mints are just perfect after a rich meal – these tiny minty pebbles just melt in your mouth!

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I found this recipe on Sweet 16’s country kitchen and made just one quarter of their recipe. I have recently discovered Sweet 16’s country kitchen blog and I have the feeling I’ll be visiting over and over again. Take a look for yourself, there are plenty of do-able recipes with lovely photos. Thanks Cookin’ Cow girl (wanna’be)!

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No baking, just mixing and resting!

Ingredients: makes about 40 mints, each about 1cm in diameter

20g soft butter

1/2 tbsp heavy cream or crème fraîche

1/4 tsp peppermint essence

tiny pinch of salt

110g icing sugar

How to : Beat the butter until pale then add the cream, peppermint and salt and beat again until everything is well mixed. Add the icing sugar bit by bit and continue beating until everything holds together – maybe several minutes in the processor. If the flavour isn’t strong enough add a bit more and beat until well incorporated.  Using your hands, take tiny amounts of the paste and roll into balls, place on grease proof paper and leave 12 hours to dry. Store the mints in an air-tight container in the fridge and try not to eat too many at once!

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This recipe is easily doubled or quadrupled.

They are very moreish and I think I’ll keep the larger quantities until I have guests for dinner!

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~chocolate drops~

These are delightful chocolaty cakey bites!

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This is a fantastic one bowl, mix everything together type of recipe.

I found this easy fast recipe on Warm Toasty Muffins and when I realised I had half a jar of hazelnut spread in the cupboard I couldn’t resist trying them. Warm Toasty Muffins is a  blog filled with great recipes and lovely photos that inspire you to get into the kitchen. You won’t be disappointed if you check out her blog – Thank you Mely!

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~super sweet blogging award twice~

Woo hoo, ~lovely buns~ has recently been nominated for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! Thanks to Flora’s Table and Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy!

My first nomination came from Francesca at Flora’s Table, Flora’s table is a gorgeous blog promoting all things Italian – “authentic Italian cuisine dishes” and wine hints along with “traditional American dishes”, it really is a super sweet blog!

Super Sweet Blogging Award

My second nomination came from Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy, this is a blog specialising in Indonesian food, mouth-watering recipes are added almost daily and include breads, desserts, jams as well as main course recipes – another blog worth checking out!

Super Sweet Bloggers

The rules of the award are: 1 Visit and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. 2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back. 3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions. 4 Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (13) blogs for the award, add a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs. 5 Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

So, the Super Sweet Questions (and answers) are:

1. Cookies or Cake? Cake

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

3. What is your favorite sweet treat? choc mint ice cream

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? In the evening

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? My family used to call me Candy pie 🙂

My nominees are (in no particular order):

victoria sponge pease pudding

butter, sugar, flowers

pizzarossa

fleur de sel

Fika and more

all about the bake

honeybee creates

njbrown

cardio for cakes

sweet 16’s country kitchen

foodie Joanie

petite gourmande anglaise

bake affairs

Read and enjoy xx

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