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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.

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Just stir everything together, bake and enjoy!

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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.

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Great for a picnic or taking on a long walk!

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~ Chocolate and red wine cake ~

This is a recipe slightly adapted from ”Décors et recettes de Noêl – traditions d’Alsace” which I recently got my hands on!

Also called Gateau au vin rouge or Roewin un Mûesbollekûeche, it’s a deliciously easy and moist chocolate cake perfect for freezing and defrosting later when needed.

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It’s another of my favourite – “mix everything together and bake” recipes and is really simple and tasty.

The red wine doesn’t give a strong taste, it’s very subtle and the chocolate vermicelli means that the chocolate is evenly dispersed and doesn’t sink to the bottom!

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Ingredients:

110g Sugar

200g soft butter

200g plain flour

1Tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 sachet of baking powder

100ml red wine

4 eggs

100g chocolate vermicelli

How to:  Put everything into the processor and whiz until you have a smooth cake mixture.

Pour the mixture into a grease proof paper lined cake tin, I used a circular 20cm tin but it’s also often made in loaf tins.  Bake at 180°c for 1 hour then test with a skewer to check if it is fully baked. When the skewer pulls out clean, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

As with all chocolate cakes this one can be decorated with any kind of icing. It’s not a very sweet cake so the touch of icing on the top is a little extra. It’s also delicious served with cream or custard.

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Wrap well and freeze when cool (un-iced) if there is too much or it’s been made in advance.

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~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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~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”

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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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~jan’s chocolate cake~

One very easy and very quick butter-free chocolate cake!

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I’ve been using this recipe for nearly 20 years and it makes a great everyday cake – not rich and sugary, but with enough chocolate taste to satisfy!

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Ingredients:

4tbsp cocoa powder

1 cup (160g) plain flour

3/4 cup (150g) sugar

1 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1 egg

3/4 cup natural yoghurt (that’s 1 and 1/2 pots)

drop of vanilla essence

How to:  Mix dry ingredients together, stir in lightly beaten egg and yoghurt until well blended. Pour into tin (dia approx 21cm) and bake at 160°c for 25 – 30 minutes

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Enjoy with spoonful of crème fraîche or simply on its own.

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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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~tiffin chocolate crunchies~

This delicious speedy no-bake chocolate treat is great when you don’t want to turn the oven on!

Tiffin is a lovely chocolate mouthful and goes well with tea, coffee, cold milk etc.

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