Jammy Dodgers

Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t usually go for Valentine’s, as long as I get a card I’m happy! My Nan bought me the official Great British Bake Off 2014 calendar for Christmas and every month features a new recipe (January was an olive loaf that went surprisingly well). February of course featured Love Heart biscuits which are almost exactly like homemade jammy dodgers.

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I look forward to making a new recipe every month, there are some great ones coming up – like madeleines in March, florentines in September and pecan pie in November. Anyway, this is my February attempt.

Click here to see how it went, comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

It’s my (almost!) mother-in-law’s birthday and she loves chocolate and red wine so what do I make for her? Red wine chocolate cake of course! I came across this recipe in the same way I seem to come across most of them these days – by browsing various baking blogs.

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I was looking forward to making this very much as I don’t really bake with alcohol at all and I was curious to see whether or not the wine would bake out, as it does in stews etc… or whether it would keep that rich wine-y taste.

Click here to see how it went and to give it a go yourselves ­čÖé┬áComments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Lemon and Blueberry Cake with Greek Yoghurt Icing

I love blueberries. A beautifully coloured fruit and such a lovely flavour too, it’s a double threat! I also adore lemons and more specifically, lemon zest. The most gorgeous smell fills my kitchen whenever I bake with lemons and it’s an incredibly comforting and welcoming scent.

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So what do I do when it’s my Dad and Nan’s birthday? Well make a lemon and blueberry cake of course!

Click here to see how it went and to give it a go yourselves (if you are so inclined, I have to say you should definitely be!) Comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Peanut Butter Cookies

These were made in conjunction with the fudgy brownies for Alex to take with him to the Super Bowl viewing party. He wanted some American themed goodies and peanut butter was figuring highly so I made these.

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I’ve never really had a taste for peanut butter but this stuff is honestly amazing! Incredibly sticky but the overwhelming taste of pure peanuts is just heavenly. I definitely couldn’t wait to cook these and see (taste!) the results.

Click here to see how it went and your comments are always appreciated.

Jen x

PS – two posts in one day, aren’t you lucky!

Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

I made these as a special treat for Alex to take round to his friend’s place for his annual Super Bowl viewing party. This is a completely new one on me as it featured ingredients I’ve never used before (in a cake anyway) and because there were no eggs or butter/fat in it.

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This is from the healthy eating dessert blog that Alex found and I was definitely looking forward to how they turned out.

Click here to see how it went, I know you are just as curious as I was! Comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Almond and Cranberry Biscotti

I am the first to admit that my baking range and repertoire are fairly limited to cakes and cupcakes. That’s why when Alex suggested I make these biscotti for him, I was more than happy to oblige. Especially as it gave me an excuse to use these, which I’ve been saving but were nearing their expiration date.

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Orange infused cranberries from the Sainsburys Christmas range. I thought they’d be good, but they were GOOD.

Click here to see how it went. Comments are appreciated as always, particularly as I’ve never made these before and had no idea how they would turn out!

Jen x

Mince Pies

So now Christmas is almost upon us and of course I now need to make some mince pies to use up the immense supply of mincemeat I made a little while back in preparation.

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I got this book back at Cake International when it was on offer as a 2 for ┬ú10 deal (I bought James Martin’s Dessert book with it). I’ve been dying to use it for a while to make some bread but needs must when I was making the pies and needed a recipe for sweetcrust pastry as I still haven’t found my ‘go-to’ recipe just yet.

Click here to see how it went ­čÖé Comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x