Jelly “Pumpkins”

Every blog I see is full of fantastic Halloween recipes and treats these past weeks and I had lots planned in my head too, but a busy couple of weeks and a sick toddler meant that something had to give, so the recipes got parked. Jelly’s always a quick fix…

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No- Bake Marshmallow and Crunchie Cookies

Recently, I’ve become firstly aware and then intrigued by the Northern Irish traybake known as “Fifteens”. I have learned that they are called after their ingredients, 15 of each of digestive biscuits, marshmallows and glace cherries and 15g of dessicated coconut.  The pedant in me has previously voiced my discomfort…

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Gingerbread Cookies and Chaos in the Kitchen

Gingerbread Cookies and Chaos in the Kitchen I love baking, but while I am not a natural or instictive baker by any stretch of the imagination we do bake most weeks. Usually it’s flapjacks or maybe oatmeal cookies or fruity muffins, good healthy lunchbox treats. Recently I’ve become a fan…

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Banana Buns

Another instalment in the “baked goods containing fruit” series features a special request from four year old Ciarán. He often makes requests, fully believing that they are possible.  Happily, “banana buns but with icing and bananas on top” was both doable and delicious. I had promised to make them for…

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A Knight’s Castle Birthday Cake

  Birthdays are a big deal in our house, I love them, love the parties and most of all love making the cakes.  Cakes for kids are fun, they don’t need to be perfect, but have to have a wow factor.  Ciarán turned 4 last week, but we have been…

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Malteser Slices (previously called Malteser Traybake)

The title lies and the lawyer and perfectionist in me feels bound to come clean.  Despite being called a traybake there is absolutely no baking involved in this recipe,  it’s a melt and mix job.  Better still it’s a “melt it all together recipe” with no precariously positioned bowls on…

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Easy Key Lime Pie with a Chocolate Twist

Easy Key Lime and Chocolate Pie The first time I made this dessert was when I invited my American friend and her family over for a 4th July barbecue and was looking for a very American but also very easy dessert to eat after our meat fest.  I found Nigella’s…

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Saucepan Oatmeal Cookies

I love cookies but sometimes I get lazy about taking the mixer out of the press and lugging it the whole way to the counter, and then having to wrestle the bowl from the boys before they lick the coating off it. My laziness is really getting a lot of…

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade Have lemons, make lemonade.  I had bought a lot of lemons, and they needed to be used, but I had no inclination to do anything complicated, which in this case meant turning on the oven.  My sidekick suggested lemonade and counted out five lemons, as he remembered that’s…

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Brown Sugar Macaroons

Brown Sugar Macaroons – A treat with tea, and both dairy and gluten free I hate waste and another carbonara dinner meant another egg white seeking a purpose in life.  While my meringue recipe is delicious, I just wasn’t in the humour for meringues tonight. My nightly flick through my cookbooks paid off and…

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