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Cherry Season Cake

It’s cherry season and the lovely ruby red fruits are a beautiful festive reminder that Christmas is not far off. A big bowl of cherries makes a wonderful addition to the Christmas lunch table that is particularly enjoyed by children and anyone not up to tackling the Christmas pudding but cherries can also take centre…

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ricotta cannoli from briscotteria

In Search Of Cannoli – Biscotteria North Carlton

Just over a year old Biscotteria in North Carlton maybe young but there are years of experience at the heart of this Italian pastry shop. Biscotteria is filled with biscotti, as the names suggests, but also lots of small cakes, nougat and pastries.  I went in search of cannoli as I am currently on a…

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Easter mouna buns

Mouna Buns For Easter

Instead of hot cross buns this Easter bake mouna buns, an orange flavoured brioche bun from Oran, Algeria instead. An Easter bun in Algeria might sound a little strange but mouna buns are thought to have been introduced by the Spanish after the establishment of a fort in Oran in the 15th century or sometime…

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sesame chocolate chip biscuit

Chocolate Sesame Biscuits

These chocolate sesame biscuits have a really nice crunch with chocolate sweetness and a slightly savoury, nuttiness from the toasted sesame seeds. You can use white or black sesame seeds or a combination of both.  They take very little time to prepare as everything is mixed in a food processor. The stiff dough is formed…

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English Muffin from Drury Lane
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Do You Know The Muffin Man?

The muffin man, the muffin man.  Do you know the muffin man, who lives on Drury Lane?  He’s a bit of a mystery; no website or Facebook page, just a few very old tweets and Instagram pics of his amazing handmade English muffins. I guess this baker, like many artisan bakers, is just too busy…

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