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Banana and nutella mixed with melted chocolate (the kids don't like Nutella too rich so adding chocolate I can get the perfect balamce) on crisp, warm baguette bites (using up leftovers from Christmas again)
Gluten free people out there, if like me you don't like gluten free bread then use some gluten free cake as a base instead.
Nut issuse? Just use melted chocolate instead. Once you add the banana these bites need eating up straight away before the banana starts to discolour so you don't need to worry about the chocolate being too hard as it will still be melted or at least only semi set at that point.

Nutella and banana combo inspired by my crepes


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Shortbread cookies sandwiched and decorated with white chocolate ganache for my eldest daughters lunchbox tomorrow.
Using up leftovers again! Today using up some butter and cream as i want it all out of the house and replaced with dairy free items. You can probably tell i got my inspiration from yesterdays star cake.

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Jam on toast is just so, well boring sometimes, especially for my kids so today for breakfast I decided to liven it up a little by turning it into something a bit different.

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Chunky banana slices wrapped in pancake on skewers served with a chocolate ganache dip. I also had a maple syrup dip and some lemons so the family had a choice of toppings for breakfast on this day, Pancake Day here in the UK.

I was wondering all yesterday what pancakes to make today but then I remembered the crepes I made and how much the family loved those so thought I would go for a similar flavour combo but served in more of a fun and interesting way.


That's it from me this week, no more baking, or food photography as my eldest has chickenpox. Also tomorrow is my Birthday and I don't fancy baking, not even a cake for myself, funny as I am always making other people birthday cakes, I just don;t have the same enthusiasm for baking for myself.

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Rich chocolate sponge filled with vanilla whipped cream covered with milk and white chocolate ganache, finished off with Lindt Lindors and chocolate coated oreos.

Chocolate cake recipe [link] chocolate ganache recipe is in the topping ideas for my basic cake recipe [link]

I have been baking with Oreo's long enough to know that once you start adding them on top of cakes and things they go soft very quickly so I decided to cover them in chocolate to try and slow that process down as it needs to stay good until tomorrow afternoon at least. It was fun but very time consuming, it took as long to decorate to oreos and Lindors as it did bake the cake and make the ganache! It still makes me laugh making such beautfil and cute things while listening to such bands as Marilyn Manson and Metallica!

It's been a very long time since i have got to make my rich chocolate sponge, the last time must have been my youngest daughters 1st birthday 1 and a half years ago so i felt a little rusty making this so I ended up making two, a trial cake for the family to try and approve (which they loved by the way!) The other for the girlfriend of an old friend i went to college with 10 years ago whose birthday it is tomorrow. I felt very honoured being asked to make this cake as i haven't really seen George since we all left college all those years ago, just the odd time we see each other in town and chat on facebook so i was very pleased he trusted me enough to make this for him after him saying he has seen all my food creations on facebook and thought it about time he try some of my creations himself.

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Vanilla sponge with strawberry jam, butter cream and a sprinkling of icing sugar.

It's been a while since I last made a Victoria sponge so this was a nice change. It's my go to recipe when making cakes for people I don't know or know well enough to know their tastes as none of the flavours are too offensive or over powering, it is a simple all round cake and gets the job done. I even read yesterday it was the most bought cake here in the UK for 2012.

This cake I made with my kids, I am finally learning a way of baking to make everyone happy. I measured the ingredients, my eldest poured it all in the mixing bowl while my youngest mixed, then they both took turns mixing until ready.

My eldest Sarah especially wanted to help with this cake as it is a thank you cake for her teacher for doing an amazing job of taking care if her in school on Friday after a health scare, those who have read my recent journal will know why. Sarah even made him a lovely thank you card.

Back to the cake, it being so simple makes it very hard to find interesting ways of photographing it but I just loved that part of the cake with the jam oozing out ready for someone to come along with their finger to scoop it all up for a taste.

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Using up the last of the marshmallows to make this a variation on the typical rice krispie treats.
Again didn't have much time for the photography today so not happy with the photo whatsoever but I really wanted to share the idea with you that you can play with what cereal you can use instead of rice krispies.

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Sneaky cookies you ask? Well these were going to be chocolate chunk cookies but my youngest decided to open a bag of raisins and throw them into the cookie dough when i wasn't looking so sneaky cookies they became.
I had a busy weekend so wasn't even going to take photos for this but I just had to have a bit of sneakiness in my gallery.

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Today i was very excited to be baking as it was my first time making dairy free cakes, I already bake gluten free but last week decided to try out a dairy free diet too. To be honest I was not sure what to expect but in the end they just tasted pretty much like regular cupcakes which is great and to those unaware of what they are made of would unlikely taste the difference.

I used my basic cake recipe [link] but used ASDA gluten free flour and Pure which is a sunflower based dairy free butter/spread. As a topping I heated up some lemon juice with sugar then poured on the cupcakes while still warm.

That's it, that's all my Christmas practice baking done, no more photos until after Christmas. Sorry for the rush job on this photo, I haven't got the time at the moment to be taking lots of pictures.

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Vanilla sugar cookies with Nesquik Strawberry Milkshake icing and various sprinkles. For Valentines Day to show my love for my family, friends and all of you on DA :)

I always use the recipe from the BBC for making cookies that I will be cutting out shapes with at it keeps the shape perfectly while baking [link] it makes a lot of cookie dough, so what I don't use I just freeze for another day.

The icing is icing sugar (powdered/confectioners sugar) milkshake powder and just enough water to make a paste that can be cut out with cutters.

These were so much fun to make. Of the dough I used I split in two, half for me to cut out and decorate and half for my youngest daughter Sasha to do the same with. I got to say I was very impressed with how well she did for her age, she is a natural.


The photo itself I thought just had to match our chaotic baking session with all the added accessories of table cloths, napkins, sprinkles and spare cookies (my kitchen was a complete mess!)

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