Category Archives: Sweet

Date Cake

This  is a recipe that brings many of my childhood memories.  Helping my Mom to make this cake, the first task I was allowed to do was to take the stones out of the dates and then onto chopping with my Mom overseeing.  It is such a simple recipe, that was then and still is now, a great one for […]

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Dorset Apple Cake

Looking for a good recipe for apple cake and found this one, I have made it quite a few times now and it’s always successful. It’s simple to make and quick too. The apple and lemon taste lovely and it makes a really good ‘cut and come again’ cake. When I make this cake I double the quantities in the […]

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Medlar Cheese

Medlars are a very old fashioned fruit that is not often used nowadays.  It has been used in English kitchens since the 16th century but now is hardly known.  Its origins are in eurasia but even there,  it is now rare. The fruit of the medlar has to be ‘bletted‘ (or left to soften) and the art is to catch […]

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Pear and Ginger Jam

I have been experimenting with this for a couple of seasons now and found it works best with Conference pears here in England, it might be different in other parts of the world. It has to be said that I have had mixed results with this recipe due to the differences in the volume of juice.   I prefer to use […]

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Lemon and Elderflower Marmalade

To make this marmalade you first need to make the elderflower cordial, I have invented this recipe to use up the lemons that are so wonderfully flavoured with the elder flowers, it seems such a waste to bin them when they can be made into this delicious marmalade. I make it by covering the lemons in a half water and […]

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