‘Healthy’ Orange, Date and Walnut Biscuits

As a continuation of my ‘less refined sugar health kick’, this week I have some ‘healthy’ orange, date and walnut biscuits to offer you. And yes, I did mainly use this recipe as a way of using up the massive pot of Stevia I now have in my larder after making my rhubarb, spelt and pecan crumble for my last post.

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Orange, Ginger and Pumpkin Seed Flapjack

First of all I apologise for the tardiness of this post; even though the hard part (i.e. the baking) was done in time, I ran out of time to find an opportunity to bore you with my thoughts as I usually do on a Sunday night so you will have to find it in your hearts to forgive me. I promise to get back on track now my schedule is returning to normal.

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Orange, Rose and Pistachio Vasilopita

Although you could argue I have already done one new years post with my hazelnut and salted caramel pavlova, I am arguing that two cannot hurt, especially since this is technically my first bake of the new year. However, for me the decision to make a Vasilopita is somewhat contradictory: although it is traditional in certain cultures at this time of year, I couldn’t even say the ruddy name of the thing until I googled it!

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Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Christmas Mountain

So now Christmas is almost officially upon us, I thought I had better go out of my Christmas themes posts with a bang. This, of course, leads to something that involves far too much thought, concentration, effort etc. in the week before Christmas. It is safe to say that my brain is already completely with anything festive, so I will apologise in advance for any Christmas dong related ‘puns’ that slip in. Fortunately for you I have already dodged the Leona Lewis ‘One More Sleep’ reference and I am not feeling creative or humorous enough to come up with many more. So you are relatively safe. But, you know, ‘All I want for Christmas’ is a chocolate orange gingerbread mountain (yes that’s the best I’ve got). Continue reading “Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Christmas Mountain”

Apricot, Almond and Orange Stollen Slices

Now I have posted my chocolate and cherry semi-naked cake I, as promised, will return to Christmas bakes; since it is now only 1 week away from the actual day (explaining why I am slightly nervous that I still haven’t finished my shopping) I think it is probably a fairly acceptable thing to do. Since I have already done my take on mince pies, I thought I would have a bash at another of my favourite ways to gain weight at Christmas, stollen. Continue reading “Apricot, Almond and Orange Stollen Slices”

Mince Pie Swirls

So in case you haven’t noticed (although you probably did months ago when every shop decided it was acceptable to bring Buble back) it’s getting pretty close to Christmas. However I have decided to stand out from the crowd and (drum roll please) post Christmas recipes for the whole of December! I’m not normally a huge Christmas person as I only tend to start thinking about it a week or so before and while this is true in most cases this year, I must admit it is hard not to get excited about the food! Although nothing can really beat Christmas dinner, you can never underestimate a good Christmas cake or, in this case, mince pie.

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Orange and Blueberry Madeira Cake

Since a few of my previous posts have not gone exactly to plan, I decided to go for something a lot more simple this week. I think my parents were thankful for something a bit more familiar; although they have enjoyed some of my bakes, they are sticklers for a more traditional Victoria sponge and haven’t exactly relished in the amount of cardamom etc. flying around. So I’m hoping orange and blueberry is a safer bet. Continue reading “Orange and Blueberry Madeira Cake”