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1 Year Birthday!

Wow… I just can’t believe it’s been a year already! It has just gone by so fast! But to move on from dwelling over how quickly time is going, it has been an amazing year. I can’t believe looking back at my first few posts how far my blog has come. How many more people are reading. How much better my photographs are! How many more baking skills I have. How many more dairy free success we’ve had.

Without blubbering on too long, THANK YOU to all of you who read this. Thank you for coming back and following. Thank you for your amazing comments and support. It’s been a blast!

To celebrate, I thought I’d recap my journey a bit – with a countdown of 5 of my personal favourite recipes posted so far.

Thank you again, and here goes!!!

5. My very first post! Coffee and Walnut cupcakes. Genuinely one of my favourite cakes – ever. It’s just so hard to beat. I love it so much, this is the cake I ask my boyfriend to make me for my birthday almost every year! Also love the photos – my iPhone did me well!

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4. My most-viewed recipe (which still surprises me!) – Lemon & Blueberry Loaf Cake! What I like about this cake is how easy it is. Like a jazzed up lemon drizzle, it is low effort, quite quick and really delivers on taste. Love that when I baked it almost ALL the blueberries sank to the bottom because I forgot to roll them in flour… duh!

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3. Christmas Chelsea buns – these are a personal favourite because they are just so deliciously festive. I loved making these to take into work before Christmas last year. They disappeared so quickly and everyone love them, so I was happy! I’d really like to work on making more sweet, enriched bread doughs next year. Perhaps a new New Years resolution?!

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2.5. Because I just couldn’t pick 5!!!! This delicious Apple & Blueberry Frangipane Tart is another personal favourite. I’ve made it several times since, and it’s always just as delicious. I’m particularly proud of it because it was part of my New Year’s resolution for this year to learn how to make pastry. And this one just nails it, every time.

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2. In almost the top spot – My Healthy Granola! I love this recipe partly because it is different to the other many sweet bakes on here, and also because it’s a life staple in our house. I make it regularly, and often take it into work as a healthy snack. I also really love this photo. I think I can say it was this photo that made me want to learn more about photography and food styling.

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And 1………Pavlova! I knew before I started this post that this would be number 1. Pavlova is something I have really, really missed, and so gave me such personal satisfaction to know that I’d cracked it. And really, without the blog, I don’t know if I would have spent as much time researching and looking for alternatives to cream. I think it just would have been one of those things which I accepted I would never eat again, and so I really have to thank this blog and all of you for making sure that didn’t happen!

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How to… line a tin with pastry!

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So as I mentioned quite a while ago, my New Year’s resolution for this year was to crack making perfect pastry.  I wouldn’t say I’m quite there yet, but I definitely think I’ve learnt a lot along the way and so I wanted to share some tips and tricks with you.

You can use these tips for any pastry recipe; it would work perfectly for my Lemon Meringue or Apple Pie, or this delicious Apple and Blueberry Frangipane Tart.

One thing that used to fill me with dread was lining a tin with pastry – especially homemade pastry, which tends to be lovely and short (read: a nightmare to transfer from your work surface to the tin!!!). So, where to start…

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Easter Springtime Table Setting

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I love the seasons; few things bring me as much excitement as spotting the first blossoms and daffodils of the year or catching sight of the first red leaves in autumn. I will be cooking Easter lunch for my family this year for the first time, and to celebrate I thought I would make some pretty table settings to show off the Easter and Spring Colours.

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These were incredibly simple to make – using plates, napkins and ribbons in a combination of Easter pastel colours, slot a trimmed, single spring flower (yellow or white daffodils, crocuses, tulips, or a short twig with pink or white blossoms) between your cutlery on a napkin, and use a ribbon to tie it together.

These simple, beautiful decorations make the table ready for a special occasion – once everyone is ready to eat just pop the flowers into a tall glass filled with water for a quick centre piece. These would be perfect for either an Easter lunch or for breakfast with my Hot Cross Bun Recipe.

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