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An irresistible malted cinder toffee recipe…

The other week, I told you guys all about my trip to The School of Artisan Food. Basically, I spent the day in their fancy kitchens, learning how to make a selection of incredible confectionary, from fruit jellies to salted caramel. It was ace! Well… I’m really excited to now share of those recipes exclusively with you guys! This recipe is for malted cinder toffee, which is a really brittle and crunchy form of toffee, similar to honeycomb. The addition…

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Hot cross buns recipe with a twist: chocolate cinnamon swirl, fudge and raisins
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Hot cross buns recipes… with a twist

It’s finally happening! The endless darkness of winter is coming to a close, and people across the land are peeking out from their chunky knits to blink upwards at that weird yellow thing in the sky… Spring has sprung! To celebrate this momentous shift in the seasons, I’ve whipped up a batch of delicious hot cross buns. But, before you dismiss this amongst the flood of other hot cross buns recipes you’ve seen, let me point out that these ones…

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Beer ale flavoured roasted nuts recipe
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Try this beer flavoured roasted nuts recipe

Oh man, these beer flavoured roasted nuts are GOOD. It’s no surprise I love them; I’m a sucker for a good ale. I especially love a nice smooth bitter or a good pale ale – although a decent lager is pretty good every once in a while too! Over the past 18 months, I’ve taken tours around both the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam and the Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen (check out some pictures, here) – I’ve also got my eyes…

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Gingerbread lebkuchen recipe: the ultimate Christmas treat!

Who doesn’t love gingerbread at Christmas time? It’s the perfect sweet treat to go with a mug of chai tea or cocoa (which is what Christmas is all about, right?!). As well as gingerbread, I’ve also been pretty addicted to lebkuchen this winter. Lebkuchen is basically a softer, slightly more cakey version of classic gingerbread. Traditionally, it’s finished with a thin glaze of icing and flavoured with ground nuts and spices. So yeah, it’s pretty damn good. I thought I’d have…

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Spiced red wine chutney recipe
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Spiced red wine chutney recipe (with Woodwork wine)

Whoa, am I the only one that thinks it’s getting pretty darn cold lately?! The scarf and gloves are definitely out of hibernation! With all this chilliness, I thought I’d make up a batch of spiced red wine chutney to add a bit of warmth to my meals. I’ve packed it with apple, onion, raisins, dates and spices galore… but the real star of the show is the wine. Woodwork wine, to be precise. Woodwork is the latest release from…

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Damson Jam recipe
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Damson jam recipe

One of the best things about autumn is the food! Pumpkins, blackberries, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, warm cider, apple pies, butternut squash… it’s surely the best time of year for food?! Except Christmas, I guess. But it’s close! One of the many fruits that’s perfectly in season at this time of year, are damsons. They’re similar to plums, just a little smaller, with a really intense purple skin and tart, sour flavour. The greengrocers are full of them right now…

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Pumpkin spice smoothie recipe
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Recipe: pumpkin spice… smoothie!

I’ve gotta confess: I don’t like lattes. Sorry latte lovers! I just find them too sweet, especially if they’re flavoured, and I’m not a fan of the frothed milk that’s poured on top either. So I often feel like I’m missing out at this time of year, when everyone’s flocking to their nearest Starbucks to get the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte. I’ve tried it, and it’s not for me I’m afraid. Instead, I thought I’d take inspiration from the flavours of the…

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Tea milkshake recipe
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Tea milkshake recipe

I’m really excited to be working with one of my all-time favourite tea makers, Teapigs, for this post! I’ve been a big fan of theirs for ages, their tea is genuinely some of the best I’ve ever tasted. With this in mind, I was eager to try out one of their “teashake” recipes – that’s a tea milkshake, by the way – to see if they really are as tasty as they look. Spoiler: they absolutely are! Get the recipe below. Rooibos tea milkshake…

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