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Time for another plum recipe! I made this some time ago and was thinking about the recipe the other day, it was really delicious and I am not sure why I haven’t made it again since – probably because there is always something new to try out! Keep reading to see the recipe and how easy it is to make.

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The recipe was from a Waitrose recipe card and could easily be adapted for different fruits like peaches, apricots or even blackberries. It’s delicious on its own as a cake or warm with ice cream as a pudding, enjoy!

200g full fat cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

3 tbsp caster sugar

4 medium eggs

175g butter softened

175g dark muscovado sugar

200g self raising flour

400g ripe plums stoned and roughly chopped

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 28 x 18cm baking tin with baking parchment making sure that the paper come up high enough around the sides.

2. In a bowl beat the cream cheese till soft. Add the vanilla bean paste, caster sugar and one of the eggs, beat using a hand held electric whisk till smooth.

3. Place the remaining eggs, butter, muscovado sugar and flour in a separate bowl. Beat for 2 mins till pale and creamy.

4. Spread half the creamed flour mixture onto the base of the tin, then dollop over half of the cream cheese mixture, spreading an uneven swirl through the base mixture. Scatter with half the plums. Spoon the remaining creamed flour mixture on top and dot with the rest of the cream cheese.

5. Scatter with the remaining plums then bake for about 45 mins until risen and just firm to touch. Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into pieces. Serve warm or cold with ice cream.

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Em and Mark finally got married in June this year after several postponements due to Covid, but it was worth the wait! It was such an amazing day and we all have some very special memories of it. As Em made my wedding cake, it was my turn to return the favour and make her cake. Keep reading to find out more about her cake and one of the recipes.

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We were really looking forward to dessert week on the Bake Off, especially having seen the clip the week before showing the very limited instructions for making a lemon meringue pie. I honestly don’t think I have ever made a lemon meringue pie before, but I’ve made plenty of pastry, curd and meringue, so I was hoping it was going to be fairly straightforward. Click here to keep reading.

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I was very excited to hear that they were doing a Mexican Week this year in GBBO, I love Mexican food! I have made tacos before and actually still had some of the yellow corn flour left. So I planned to make these for our dinner on Saturday night, perfect weekend food. Click here to see how we got on.

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It’s suddenly started feeling very autumnal! My favourite time of year, I’m definitely looking forward to making more comfort food dinners and bakes. I made these with Chloe a couple of weeks ago, she absolutely loves plums, so these went down a treat for breakfast at the weekend. Click here to see the recipe.

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This week was biscuit week on the GBBO and we really enjoyed the episode. I loved the idea of making a biscuit mask and might try it one day with the girls, I think they would really enjoy decorating their own masks. I have never made garibaldi biscuit so we were looking forward to trying them out. Click here to see how we got on.

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Yey, GBBO is back! We all enjoyed watching the first episode and getting to know this years bakers. I hadn’t made a red velvet cake for ages, so I was really looking forward to making this and sharing it over the weekend with friends and family. The girls were also very enthusiastic to have a go at the technical challenges again. Click here to see how we got on.

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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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I saw this recipe in the Waitrose magazine last Christmas but didn’t get round to making it. It’s a recipe from John Whaite (who won GBBO in 2012) and it’s a perfect Christmas flavour combination of gingerbread and mincemeat, yummy! Click here to see the recipe.

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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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