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A no-sugar no-nonsense Stollen recipe

Arguably the best thing about the holiday season is the abundance of cake made with booze. A close second is probably Stollen, the traditional German Christmas cake sometimes found in other parts of the world. The above two premises inevitably lead to the logical conclusion that a boozy Stollen is something that needs to be […]

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Healthy muffins recipe with a post-Halloween twist

In the aftermath of Halloween, it makes sense to make something sober. And what could possibly be more sober than the common muffin? We will be using a tried-and-tested healthy muffins recipe, adapted to out post-Halloween purposes. Last time I demonstrated how to turn the insides of a Halloween pumpkin into a well-timed pumpkin pie. […]

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How to make pumpkin pie from your Halloween pumpkin

Unlike cake, pumpkin is something that you can have and eat too. And what better way to eat a pumpkin than the pumpkin pie way? A lot of pumpkins are bound to be carved this week and to me that represents a significant pumpkin pie potential. And, as far as I’m concerned, whenever there is potential […]

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Apple, walnut and cinnamon spelt flour cake, a.k.a. the “Stonehenge” cake

The name of this cake only occurred to me after I’d taken it out of the oven. I never set out to make a cake that resembled Stonehenge. To be honest, I expected this cake to look more elegant – much more elegant. But one has to play with the cards one’s been given and […]

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Baking failure and redemption – a failed walnut cake that was given a second chance as spelt flour bread

Failure – it’s bound to happen every once in a while. When it does happen, it tends to be ugly (see pic), although occasionally it transcends its boundaries and becomes interesting and even inspirational. This is the story of one such failure. I recently set out to make a spelt flour cake and ended up […]

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New and improved New York cheesecake recipe

To be perfectly honest, I have never been to New York. It’s been on my to-do list for the past 25 years or so, but I still haven’t got round to doing it. Therefore this isn’t going to be one of those “a city and a cake” kind of features. We will have to leave […]

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Almond and apricot pie

With this pie, I really wanted to play it safe. Being strangely bereft of any need for risk-taking on this particular day, I needed a foolproof recipe that I could confidently use to achieve my baking objective, without having to worry about potential accidents or deviations. And my objective was simple: pie. An honest, no-nonsense […]

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Easy chocolate cake with raspberries

There is a time for complicated cake and then there is a time for simple, easy cake. I decided that today was the latter. I generally prefer my cake to be complicated, as such cakes lend themselves easily to the exploration of the artistic aspect of baking. I also like the challenge – at least […]

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Almond and apricot cheesecake

Healthy cheesecake recipe with apricots and ground almonds

This was ostensibly a birthday cake for a friend but I had a few ulterior motives of my own: First of all, I wanted to come up with a healthy cheesecake recipe that contained very little or no flour and sugar, but that produced a juicy and sumptuous cake nevertheless. Second, I wanted the rest […]

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Celtic spiral

A walnut cake to end all walnut cakes

This walnut cake is not for the faint of heart – it is made for true walnut lovers only. The recipe is a variation of the one I’ve used for my Boozy honey walnut cake with cinnamon, only stretched to the nth degree in terms of size and walnut content. It comes with more of […]

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