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Mini Cherry Pies with Almond Crumble Topping

The first time I made these mini cherry pies it was the height of summer. Cherry season in the UK is short but sweet, spanning only a few weeks during July and August. So, armed with a fresh punnet of succulent, juicy berries, I could think of no better way to enjoy them than baked in a buttery pastry and topped with an almond crumble. How disappointed I was. Sweet, dark cherries are divine eaten fresh, but it turns out that once cooked with sugar, practically all of the cherry flavour was lost. Never one to be defeated by a

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Dark Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Bites

Dark chocolate bourbon pecan pie. What a mouthful (both to say and to taste!) These little mini pecan pie bites are absolutely packed full of flavour, chocolate chips and pecans. You might think that adding chocolate to this little gem of a dessert is a bit extreme. Think again! It’s the holidays, you probably only have this treat once a year so why not go all out? Plus, did I mention that these taste A-MAZ-ing? The dark chocolate and bourbon cut through the sweetness and the choc chips break up all the sugary goo. This post contains affiliate links. For

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Peach & Pecan Pancakes

Some of my greatest memories are of holidays – there’s just something about wistfully looking back on sunny times. No worries of work and the whole morning just for lying in. Not always, but often, my memories revolve around food: Zebra Domes at Walt Disney World, passion fruit flavoured everything in Madiera and these… The state of Georgia in the great U S of A is famed for its peaches, so it was a no brainer whilst in Atlanta to order Peach & Pecan Pancakes! There may have been a few too many and slightly too sweet for my taste but they inspired

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Punchy Pimms Poptails

I think we can officially call it…. It’s summertime! With temperatures in London soaring, it’s hotter here some days than in the Bahamas or Los Angeles. Yikes! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking for rain or snow – there’s nothing like a hit of vitamin D to boost our milky-white-skinned spirits. But there is something just so delightful about the breezy, British summer. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here. There are so many highlights to the season; Royal Week at Ascot has just concluded (one year I will get there!), as has Glastonbury festival

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Strawberry & Cream Éclairs

There is nothing that speaks summer like strawberries and cream. I have very early memories of sitting on old stone steps, in my little sundress, at my mum and uncle’s annual school alumni day, eating a bowl of sugary strawberries.  I’m not sure if that’s a ‘thing’ but my family always used to cover our red, juicy berries with a sprinkling of caster sugar! The sugar may be a long-lost tradition for me now, but the strawberries remain a firm summer favourite. There is nothing worse than eating them out of season, flown in from Spain, so as soon as

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Louisiana Blueberry Lemonade

They say when life gives you lemons, to make lemonade. But what if life gives you blueberries too? Then what?!? Sweet blueberries paired with zesty lemon is such a fantastic flavour combination, yet it’s so underrated. Pinterest seems to be swamped with strawberry lemonade recipes, all the while casting it’s berry good friend into the shadows. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here. I first had a speckled blueberry lemonade at Bubba Gumps in Orlando and I fell in love. I fell even more in love a few years later (older and wiser) when I had

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The Complete Guide to Making Zebra Domes

If you’ve been to Walt Disney World, and more specifically to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner at Boma, you might have an idea what Zebra Domes are. If not, well your mind is about to be blown. These little domes of scrumptious joy have gotten themselves quite a little cult following and for good reason. They really are divine! This recipe is one that is frequently asked for by diners visiting the resort, resulting in it becoming widely available online. But in all my searches, I’ve never come across anything more in depth than the original, simple and outright

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Very Berry Granola

If there’s a recipe I’ve made more than any, it’s this one. It all started with a Royal Wedding celebration brunch; I couldn’t tell you any other dish we had that day but this granola has lived on, cycling through a whole host of incarnations making it almost unrecognisable from the initial recipe I found in Jamie magazine. I’ve lost count of the number of family members who’ve been gifted a cellophane bag full of granola at Christmas… but when they start requesting it in November you know you’re onto a winner 😉 It’s the recipe I use for birthday brunches

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Irish Brown Soda Bread

There is nothing quite like a slice of freshly baked soda bread, still slightly warm and slathered in Irish butter topped with a fruity homemade preserve. I may have only visited the land of leprechauns a handful of times but already some of my strongest memories revolve around the food. Mary, Darren’s mum, is phenomenal in the kitchen and before we’ve even woken up, the smell of fresh bread is already wafting down the long corridor. It’s something that is so synonymous with an Irish childhood…fresh brown bread baked every morning, served at almost every meal. Soda bread in Ireland dates

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