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    Orange and Cranberry Caramel Shortbread

    Lots of you will have seen the latest craze of Chocolate Orange Caramel Shortbread, but after trying Terry’s Chocolate Orange with Cranberry I thought lets go one step further. I used a food processor to make the shortbread; just blitz up the flour and butter, then added the cornflour, sugar, orange zest and cranberries. If you are making it by…

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    The Image of ‘Perfection’

    Well where do we start with that… Social media is an amazing tool, but it also has its well publicised downfalls. How many of us are guilty of only posting the perfect picture? Whether on a personal profile or a business page the image of perfection is never the full or true story. You could say when running a business…

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    About me

    I love baking and feeding people… my lovely partner Gav can sometimes be heard to complain that he has a caked up colon, but he does also complain if there is no cake in the house. I loved baking growing up, but it never crossed my mind that at some point it would turn into more than a hobby. I…

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    Bakewell Shortbread Slices

    Bakewell Shortbread Slices really are deliciousness in a bar and with no pastry the chances of a soggy bottom are slim! Useful tips before you start: If you have a food processor this is the quickest and easiest method but it can be made by hand too. I use foil trays for bakes like this – you can buy them…

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    Easy Peasy Pizza Sauce

      Every so often a small group of us get together for a pizza night, someone makes dessert, someone buys the toppings and I make the dough and the pizza sauce.​I confess I totally cheat for the dough and Mr Morphy Richards Bread Maker makes it for me. But the pizza sauce is all my own work and although super…

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    Baking the Perfect Sponge

    Learn to bake the perfect sponge cake. I often get asked how my sponge cakes as so light and fluffy – so I thought I would share my very simple recipe which actually I was given by my lovely ex housemate. Butter V Margarine?First up I generally use stork or supermarket own brand baking margarine… if Mary Berry says cakes…

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    Lemon and Blueberry Loaf with Gluten and Dairy free options

    I first made this Lemon and Blueberry Loaf for the ladies on an Equiteam Confidence Camp. This particular camp had a range of dietary requirements including dairy and gluten intolerances. So in true Loubird fashion I decided to wing it and just make a recipe up and see what happened.. It turned out ok, in fact more than ok, it…

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    Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

    This is a delicious hearty warming soup, perfect for Autumn evenings. Its fairly healthy too, you can use low calorie cooking spray to roast the peppers and a sugar substitute if you wish although remember you will need about half the quantity of artificial sweeteners. Ingredients5/6 Peppers de-seeded(Red works best, but a mixture is fine)1 large onion or 2 smallVegetable…