I don’t often run competitions on the site but I really wanted to share this with you. I’m very lucky that when I visit my publisher I sometimes leave with a copy of a new release and last week I was given a copy of Annie Riggs fabulous new book, Sweet Things, a book packed full of candies, sweets and chocolates. Its a beautiful and inspiring book, it definitely got me itching to try out the recipes and get in the kitchen.

I like the book so much I asked for another copy so I could give one away. To go with the book I also have a Thermapen to give away too. Thermapens are one of my favourite bits of kitchen kit, useful in baking, cooking, and of course candy making. I have been using them for my macaron classes for two years and they are the best thermometer I have used! So to win the book and the Thermapen leave a comment below or pop onto twitter and retweet my tweet about the competition (To win a copy of @AnnieRigg‘s new book Sweet Things and a @Thermapen_ RT this or leave a comment on this post

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Egg Custard Tart

This recipe is total taste of my childhood. When I was growing up we had a classic, old fashioned British bakery in the village, one of those shops that sold chocolate dipped flapjacks, cream horns and of course custard tarts, and these were my favourites. Making them at home isn’t difficult you are just making a sweet pastry and a very simple custard but to guarantee success and to avoid a soggy bottom my recipe has a few hints and tips and they are definitely worth that little extra work. Along with the recipe I have filmed a video to show you how to make it, so if you have any fear about pastry or custards this video should help you out. Do check out my YouTube channel and subscribe for lots more recipes and how-to’s and if you have any ideas on what you would like to see leave me a comment and I will do my best to film it for you. Continue reading

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Baking With Granola

If I could eat eat one meal all the time it might well be breakfast, so many choices and so many delicious things to eat. I have recently been working with Jordans Cereals to come up with baking recipes that use some of their granolas. It was a really fun project with some great resulting recipes, which im sharing here.

Honey Nut Granola Bars

These bars are the simplest recipe I came up with and are so so easy but packed full of flavour. You could happily eat these plain but for a little extra treat I dip them in chocolate, because everything is better with chocolate!
Full recipe here

Strawberry Cheesecake Tart

Now this is a perfect recipe for a dinner party, it looks impressive and of course delicious! The best bit? Its no-bake and is a total cinch to make.
Full recipe here

Oatmeal and Rasin Muffins

These are my kind of breakfast, especially whilst they are still a little warm almost like eating a fresh oatmeal and raisin cookie.
Full recipe here



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