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Hopefully this will be the first of many Christmas baking blogs this year and as usual there are so many scrummy looking recipes to try out it’s going to be hard to narrow it down. As it’s the last Met League before Christmas I couldn’t resist making some red and gold Christmas cupcakes for the Serpie runners. We haven’t been to any xc races yet this season as we now live quite far away and Rich injured his knee recently which has meant he can’t run at the moment. But after 4 years of not being able to run because of a back injury, I am now able to run 6km so I am very excited to be able to take part! Click  here to try out our first Christmas recipe.

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PB044320.JPGI can’t believe that this years bake off has now finished! I really enjoyed watching it and thought the new presenters were great and I was really pleased with the result, Sophie throughly deserved to win! I’m actually feeling quite relieved that all the technical challenges are now done and I can start to think about Christmas baking. So  here is my attempt at the iced ginger biscuits.

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Last week on the Great British Bake Off was patisserie week. I rarely make any patisserie stuff as it just takes so long to do (and that’s coming from someone who makes novelty cakes and loves spending hours making sugar paste flowers!). But having got this far with all the challenges, I couldn’t resist attempting another one! Click here to see how I got on.

Old MacDonald’s Farm Cake

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It was Emily’s 2nd Birthday last Friday  and to celebrate we had a small family party at the weekend. She absolutely loves Old MacDonald at the moment and we seem to spend every car journey singing it, along with all sorts of animals as well as some vehicles (usually fire engines and boats) and other random things like peas and macaroni cheese! So I decided to do a farm themed party and an Old MacDonald cake. Click  here to visit Old MacDonalds Farm.

This week Becky and I got to make the technical challenge together! I went down to Kent for the weekend for Emily’s second birthday so we decided to make the Rum Nicky for pudding on Saturday night. Mum also helped out by weighing out some of the ingredients and bringing a pie dish for us to use! Click here to keep reading.

Last week I invited over Zahrah from work for a long overdue baking session on Friday, without knowing what the technical challenge would be. So when I discovered it was pizza I was really pleased – it meant we could make it for our dinner! Click here to keep reading.

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Last week was pastry week on the bake off and I really don’t make much pastry as it’s very hard to make gluten free for Rich to eat so I just tend to avoid it. So I was looking forward to the challenge and eating 12 custard tarts all to myself! Click  here to see how I got on.