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What you need:

450g caster sugar
225g powdered glucose
2 egg whites
8 sheets rice paper, measuring 6 x 15cm
150g hazelnuts & pistachio nuts mix, roughly chopped and toasted

What you do:

Place the sugar, powdered glucose and 150ml water in a large, heavy-based saucepan on a medium heat and bring slowly to the boil, stirring all the time until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10–15 minutes, without stirring, until a sugar thermometer dipped into the mixture reads 121°C.

Place the egg whites in a large bowl and once the sugar syrup temperature reaches about 110°C begin whisking them to stiff peaks in an electric food mixer on a low setting. Once the syrup reaches its final temperature, pour about a quarter of it, in a slow, steady stream, into the egg whites, continuing to whisk.

Immediately return the remaining syrup to the heat and continue to cook, without stirring, for about 5 minutes or until the thermometer reads 149°C all the while continuing to whisk the egg whites on a slow speed.

Again once the syrup reaches the right temperature; pour it carefully and in a slow, steady stream into the whisking egg whites. Continue to whisk the egg whites for about 30 minutes until stiff and halved in volume. Scrape down the sides of the bowl every so often with a palette knife or spatula dipped in boiling water.

Cover the bottom of a 25 x 15cm cake tin with half the rice paper. Stir the nuts into the fully whisked nougat mixture, mix well and pour into the prepared tin. Working quickly, spread evenly using a palette knife or spatula dipped in boiling water. Place the remaining sheets of rice paper on top to cover, pressing down to stick.

Allow to cool and then place in the fridge for 4–6 hours or overnight until set. Remove the slab of nougat from the baking tin and cut into about 36 fingers.

Store in the fridge, wrapped individually in parchment paper or cling film

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What you need:

Chocolate cake
115g slightly salted butter, softened
115g  Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Golden Syrup
2 medium Eggs
115g self- raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Frosting
75g full-fat cream cheese
2 tbsp Golden Syrup
125g  Icing Sugar
Cake pop sticks
Decoration
200g plain chocolate, melted
200g white chocolate, melted
Sprinkles of your choice

What you do:

For the cake pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F /gas 4.

Grease and base line a 20cm round cake tin.
Put all of the ingredients for the cake in to a large bowl and beat until smooth. Transfer to the cake tin and level, then bake for 20-25 minutes until springy to touch and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.

Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turn our and cool completely. Best left for a day before making the cake pops.

Mix the frosting ingredients together until smooth. Crumble the cake into fine crumbs into a bowl, add the frosting and mix together to make a moist textured mixture that sticks together. Cover with cling film and refrigerate until firm about 1 hour. (you can leave this mixture in the fridge for up to 3 days at this stage).

Take rounded tsps of mixture, and roll into a firm balls with your hands. Place on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a flat plate or tray. Makes about 20 balls. Put into the freezer for about half an hour to firm.

Have ready a polystyrene block or a florist block (oasis). Take a pop stick and dip into one of the cooled melted chocolates, about 2cm deep. Insert immediately into a cake ball, about halfway through. Now dip into the chocolate, making sure the cake ball is coated all over then gently tap the cake pop over the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place in the block and scatter sprinkles before the chocolate sets, which will be quite quick as the cake is cold from the freezer.

Repeat with the rest of the cake balls using both of the melted chocolates. The pops will keep for a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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What you need:

8 oz / 200g light soft brown sugar.
6 floz / 175ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
4 oz / 100g wholemeal flour
1 tsp / 5 ml ground cinnamon
1tsp / 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
5 oz / 125g coarsely grated carrots
2 oz / 50g chopped walnuts
Topping
2 tbsp / 30ml apricot jam
1 tbsp / 15 ml lemon juice
2 oz / 50 g chopped walnuts
2 oz / 25 g cream cheese

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4.
Line a 7 inch / 18cm round tin. Its best to use a fixed base tin as the mixture will almost a pouring consistency.

In a mixing bowl, pour the sugar then gradually whisk in the oil, then whisk in the eggs 1 at a time.
Mix together the flour, cinnamon & bicarbonate of soda, then stir into the egg mixture, then add the carrots & walnuts.
Mix altogether using a wooden spoon, then pour into the prepared cake tin.
Bake for 1 hour & 10 mins until the cake is risen & firm to touch.
Remove from the oven & leave to stand for 5 mins, then turn out onto a wired rack.
Peel off the paper & leave to cool.

To make the topping:


Boil the jam & lemon juice together in a small saucepan for 2 to3 mins.
Brush the mixture thickly over the top of the cooled cake.
Beat together the cream cheese with a little icing sugar (to taste), and spread over the top of the cake.
Then sprinkle on the rest of the crushed walnuts to decorate.

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What you need:

1 1/ 2 oz / 40 g butter
2 oz / 50g soft brown sugar
1 x 14oz tin of peach slices ( drained)

4oz / 100g butter or margarine
4oz /100g castor sugar
2 eggs
4oz / 100g self raising flour.

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4.

Grease a 8 inch / 23 cm sandwich / cake tin.

in a saucepan melt the butter, then stir in the brown sugar. Pour into the greased tin.
Arrange the peach slices into the mixture ( butterscotch).
Cream together the butter & sugar until light & fluffy, then slowly beat in the eggs (1 at a time), adding a little flour each time.
Fold in the rest of the flour.
Pour the mixture on top of the peaches,spreading evenly.
Bake for around 30 mins.
Leave to cool for around 10mins before turning it out onto a plate.
Serve warm.

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you will need:

5 oz /140g rolled oats
4oz / 115g demerara sugar
3oz / 85g raisins
4oz /115g margarine or butter (melted)

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 190C / 450F / gas mark 5
Lightly brush a retangular, shallow cake tin with oil.
In a bowl, mix together the oats, sugar & raisins with the margarine, mixing well.
Pour the mixture into the shallow tin & press down firmly with the back of a spoon.
Bake in the oven for about 15 / 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Using a sharp knife, mark out up to 14 slices, then leave to cool in tin for 10 /15 mins.
carefully cut & transfer the slices to a cooling rack until completely cool.

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