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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 / 225 g Plain  flour
Pinch of salt
1tsp Baking Powder
6 oz / 150 g Caster Sugar
100ml Milk
2 eggs
6 oz / 150 g  Butter
6 oz / 150 g Blueberries

What you do:

Pre-heat oven to 200C / 400F/ Gas Mark 6

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a mixing bowl, stir in the sugar and mix together. Make a well in the centre
Put the milk, eggs and butter in a jug and whisk until combined

Add blueberries to the bowl and fold them in
Place 10 muffin cases (roughly, your mixture may make more or less) in a deep muffin baking tin and spoon the mixture in
Bake for 20 mins  or until well risen
Cool on cooling rack

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What you need:

3/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tsp caster sugar
60 ml boiling water
125 ml white wine vinegar

What you do:

Mix together the mint and caster sugar in a small heat proof mixing bowl.

Add the boiling water and stir gently until the sugar dissolves.

Add the vinegar and mix well.

Leave to cool completely before using.

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What you need:

1 oz /30 g Butter  + extra to grease
6  slices of day-old bread (crusts removed)
2 oz / 60g Raisins
3 Eggs
300ml Full-Fat Milk
200ml Single Cream
3 oz / 60g Caster Sugar
1/2 tsp  Vanilla Extract
4 tbsp Apricot Jam
3 tsp Lemon, juice

What to do :

Preheat the oven to 180°C /350°F/Gas mark 4

Lightly grease an ovenproof dish with a little butter. Spread the remaining butter on the slices of bread. Cut each slice in half diagonally then in half again to form  triangles.

Place the raisins in the bottom of the dish and arrange the slices of bread on the top overlapping each other. Beat together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Carefully pour the mixture over the bread and leave to soak for at least 30 minutes.

Place the dish in a deep roasting tin and pour boiling water into the tin to a depth of 2.5cm (1in). Bake in the oven for 30–40 minutes, until still slightly moist in the centre, but not runny.

Meanwhile, put the jam in a small pan with the lemon juice and 1 tbsp water. Bring to the boil, then push through a sieve. Carefully brush or spoon the sieved jam over the surface of the hot pudding.

Serve hot.

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