baking, cooking, gifts for someone you love, Handmade chocolates, Handmade gifts, Mother's Day, Mother's Day Gifts -

I spent an afternoon in Covent Garden recently, and was completely taken with the beautiful displays of handmade chocolates in the shops. It set me to thinking, would it be possible to make my own? How hard could that be? I've read Chocolat, seen the film too - truthfully, it looked a little mysterious and complicated but as my plan this year is to make extra special gifts for our extra special Mum, I thought I would give it a whirl. Here is the end result ... ... actually very easy and I'm very pleased with the lovely results. As...

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cooking, cooking pumpkin pie recipe, pumpkin pie recipe, pumpkin recipe -

What to do with our glut of pumpkins? My sister gave me this lovely recipe which is like a delicious pudding with it's moist stuffing and pastry crust.  For the pastry shell: 1 pack of shop bought short crust pastry.  Optional: 25g of toasted ground pecans and 25g of crushed ginger biscuits For the filling: 425g of pureed pumpkin flesh, 3 large eggs, 120 ml of double cream, 110 g of light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, half a teaspoon of ground ginger,a pinch of ground cloves and half a teaspoon of salt. To serve: Double cream and maple...

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