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I can’t resist making more than one Christmas cake and giving one as a Christmas present to our best friends is the perfect excuse to make another one! So here’s this years second cake, another silly design! Click here to read more.

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Having warm muffins for breakfast is always a popular weekend treat in our house and these have a really lovely Christmas flavour. The squidgy warm marzipan pieces inside are very yummy. So why not give these a try, click here to see the recipe.

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Christmas cakes are my favourite type of cake to decorate, it’s how Em and I first got into cake decorating when we were little. We always used to choose a design and have a go at making it. It always makes me feel Christmassy! This year I decided to make a big cake, as you can never have enough fruit cake. Click here to find out more about my Christmas bird house cake.

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As chocolate orange is one of my absolute favourite flavours I couldn’t resist making these as a treat for breakfast in the run up to Christmas. I knew the girls would love them too, the only problem was that one just wasn’t enough! Click here to try this recipe.

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I’m a bit late getting going with the Christmas recipes this year, I’m not really sure where the time has gone! But I have been busy baking, so I have plenty of Christmas recipes to share over the next couple of weeks. Here’s the first recipe, one of my favourite flavours – chocolate orange. Click here to see how to make this chocolate orange and almond biscotti.

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I can’t believe this is the penultimate technical challenge, we’ve had a lot of fun again this year trying them all out. In particular getting to try things I wouldn’t normally choose to make, the recipes always surprise us. This week was no exception, click here to see how I got on.

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Free from week on the bake off always surprises me, they make things that I would never usually attempt or things that really don’t appeal, but when I give them a go they are usually pretty good! This week was no exception, I love making sausage rolls and have tried plenty of different recipes over the years. But a vegan sausage roll didn’t really appeal – if you had told me it was a mushroom, lentil and miso pie I would have thought it sounded delicious. Click here to see how I got on.

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We are all super excited in our house that the GBBO is back on and we couldn’t wait for it to get started! Once again we have done plenty of baking over the last year but struggled to find the time to upload any of it, so thanks to the GBBO I’ll be making a bit more of an effort over the next few months. Emily and Chloe absolutely loved watching the first episode and were very keen to help out, click here to see how we got on.

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Last week was a busy week of baking and here is another delicious Christmassy recipe that we made. I haven’t done a lot of gluten free baking recently as Rich is no longer following a gluten free diet. But these sounded good, especially the pastry made with marzipan in it. Click here to see the recipe.

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I am sure plenty of people will agree with me that this weeks technical wasn’t really the most appealing, but I wanted to give it at go and I could see that the flavours should be pretty tasty. Luckily I had some suet in the cupboard as I was planning on making my mincemeat for Christmas this weekend. I ran out of time to bake with the girls, so this was my first solo challenge, click here to see how I got on.

I decided that we really didn’t want to make the whole recipe, Rich really wasn’t keen and I also didn’t have the right sized pudding bowls, so I used a small metal one instead and made just under half of the recipe. The full recipe can be found here. The recipe was easy enough to make. But I was not paying enough attention and forgot to line my tin, I had greased it though, so hoped that would be enough.

I didn’t time it very well as the 2 hours was up on the steamer while Rich was on a work phone call and we hadn’t even eaten dinner yet, so I left it another 20 mins before getting it out and having a go and turning it out. Unfortunately it wasn’t very easy to remove from the tin and broke, making a big puddley mess on the plate, just like most of the bakers! I think this is my first proper bake off fail! Amazingly it tasted much better than it looked and the lemon inside was soft and it was a bit like eating a sweet marmalade pudding. Emily and Chloe had a small bit to share and they really enjoyed it. It’s not really something I will be making again though!

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