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It’s always fun to try new recipes of traditional things that people have reinvented. So when I was looking through my Christmas Olive magazine and came across a gluten free baking section I was very excited to see a recipe for Stollen bars. My husband’s family love Stollen – they spent several years living in Germany where Stollen originated. This recipe is amazing and well worth baking this Christmas. Click  here to try this recipe.

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Caramel Slice

Most people know this as milllionaires shortbread. However, I’ve always called it caramel slice. It reminds me of when we were younger – when we went shopping with mum in Cambridge, sometimes she would treat us to a slice of cake at a cafe called Carringtons. I would always go for their caramel slice – for me it was the perfect combination of crunchy biscuit, smooth caramel and rich chocolate. When I found out that Sunday Baking Club were having a caramel theme last weekend this is the first thing that came to mind. Having made it, I decided to have a look on Cafe Carrington’s website to see if they still do caramel slice but discovered that it went into liquidation just over a week ago. So this caramel slice is in memory of Cafe Carrington’s and all the yummy caramel slices I had over the years. Click here to get the recipe!

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20130715-215317.jpgFor Father’s Day this year, I decided to bake my dad a present – Amaretto brownies. Since I wasn’t going to see him on the Sunday, I gave them to him, freshly baked, on the Saturday. The plan was that he wouldn’t eat them until Father’s Day, but the temptation was too great and he couldn’t wait. He said he’d just have one, but after he’d eaten it, he decided one just wasn’t enough so had a second… after that my mum decided to ration them!

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photo (85)Later this year I’ll be making my sister’s wedding cake. She wants one of the layers to be a chocolate biscuit cake, so, as a trial run, I decided to make a couple of the layers of her 30th birthday cake as chocolate biscuit cake. I wanted to try two very different recipes to see how they tasted and how easy they were to marzipan and ice. My mum made the top layer – it was a very rich, fruity, and slightly alcoholic chocolate biscuit cake. I made the middle layer – a biscuit cake which was more similar to rocky road. Click here to keep reading.

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I love trying new things and I have loads Christmassy things which I want to try to make. I have made these every year for the last few years so I nearly didn’t make them. But then I remembered how much everybody loved them and how easy they were to make so I decided I would. They are just chocolate brownies, rolled into balls and then decorated to look like mini Christmas puddings! If you want to have a go a making them click here.

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Toffee Bars

These are possibly my favourite bar cookies – they are so simple to make and they are really moreish! They are essentially a simplified version of millionaires shortbread/caramel slice: the caramel and shortbread is combined in one layer. If you like millionaires shortbread you’ll love these.

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