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Orange Macadamia Nut and Cranberry Chocolate Bark

Orange Macadamia Nut and Cranberry Chocolate Bark

Fruity, crunchy, chocolatey and delicious - this chocolate bark is, for me, truly represents Christmas.

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Luxury Marzipan Chocolates

Luxury Marzipan Chocolates

These are sweet, almondy delectable luxury chocolates – a perfect Christmas treat. I remember, back when I was at university, going Christmas shopping with a friend.

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Shortcrust Mince Pies

Shortcrust Mince Pies

Christmas is not Christmas in my house without mince pies. Apart from the years when we went against the grain and had ice cream for dessert (ooooooo mince pies and salted caramel ice cream – yum – storing that away) on Christmas day, mince pies have always been the pudding of choice.

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Homemade Christmas Mincemeat

Homemade Christmas Mincemeat

Plump and fruity with a hint of spices – mincemeat is a quintessential necessity at Christmas. What I love most about this recipe is you really can use whatever dried fruit you happen to have at hand.

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Caramel Coconut Ice

Caramel Coconut Ice

It’s caramel, it’s coconut ice, no it’s caramel – actually it’s caramel coconut ice!!! Super sweet, delicious and totally moreish!

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Orange Chocolate and Raisin Slice

Orange Chocolate and Raisin Slice

As we race into December we are well and truly into the run up to Christmas! (You know this for sure when you can’t get a parking space in town on a Saturday after 9 am!!!!) Christmas has always been a time when a lot of baking has taken place in our house.

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Healthy 'Nutella' Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

Healthy 'Nutella' Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

Now I have always LOVED hazelnut chocolate spread (or Nutella) for as far back as I can remember! When we were children, because my sister was allergic to dairy, we didn’t have Nutella. My mother bought us this amazing dairy-free version.

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Hazelnut and Zucchini Loaf

Hazelnut and Zucchini Loaf

Sweet, nutty with just that balance between a cake and a loaf that makes it perfect for the purpose for which it was first baked – as a base for spreading my healthy chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella) on!

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Christmas Double Chocolate Cookies in a Jar

Christmas Double Chocolate Cookies in a Jar

Christmas music has been playing in the shops for over a month, Movies24 has become Christmas24 since the beginning of November, Christmas lights are starting to be turned on.

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Chocolate Advent Calendar

Chocolate Advent Calendar

I love this as a replacement for a more traditional advent calendar - especially when it’s filled with my favourite chocolates!!!

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Cattern (St Catherine) Cakes

Cattern (St Catherine) Cakes

Until a couple of days back I had never heard of Cattern Cakes (or St Catherine Cakes) - St Katherine’s Dock London mentioned them on their Facebook page with a link to original recipe.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Pecan Pie

Healthy Thanksgiving Pecan Pie

I wish I could convey to you with words just how scrumptious this Pecan Pie is but I am at a loss!!! Pecan nuts and caramel have always been perfect together and this Pecan Pie is no exception

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Alternative Dairy Free ‘Milk’ Chocolate Bar

Alternative Dairy Free ‘Milk’ Chocolate Bar

So a few weeks back I did a dairy free milk chocolate made with cashew nut butter and powdered coconut sugar - it's sooooooo good but in some way is dependent on the coconut sugar being powdered for the smoothness and I know that this can be a bit tricky - but have no fear here I have alternative recipe..........

 
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Coffee and Walnut Cookies

Coffee and Walnut Cookies

I’m not kidding when I say these are just insanely delicious. Coffee and walnut has always been one of those perfect combinations and this is no exception.

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Rich Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Brownie

Rich Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Brownie

Unbelievably moist, chocolaty and impossible to resist these are more than just a great way to use up your remaining pumpkin puree (yes, that was my excuse for making them) you’ll be dying to make these all year round.

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Pumpkin Pie Peanut Butter Cups

Pumpkin Pie Peanut Butter Cups

A sweet, spicy but smooth peanut butter pumpkin pie centre hidden within a melt in the mouth divine peanut chocolate casing. This isn’t just Halloween candy – this is Halloween candy for grown-ups.

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Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft, moist and perfectly delicious these scrumptious little cookies are the perfect accompaniment for all my favourite winter beverages!

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Moist Orange Carrot Cake

Moist Orange Carrot Cake

Moist, delectable and dense with flavour each mouthful is jammed with the goodness of walnuts, raisins, sultanas and of course – carrots!

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‘Milk’ Chocolate Bar

‘Milk’ Chocolate Bar

Smooth creamy deliciousness – ‘milk’ chocolate at its best. For some reason whenever I think of milk chocolate Galaxy’s advert come to mind – ‘why have satin when you can have silk’

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Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes

Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes

Light and delicious with that sweet tangy lemoness that is truly scrumptious (I endeavour not to break into a number from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.)

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