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What you need:

pancake ingredients:
2 eggs
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
4 tbsp melted butter
5 tbsp canned pumpkin
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
few drops of orange  food coloring

black cinnamon syrup ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 brown sugar
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup water
black food coloring gel

What you do:

pancake instructions
Preheat a small frying pan over medium heat. Coat pan with no stick spray.
Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, butter, pumpkin, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend with mixer until smooth. Add just a few drops of gel food coloring until you get a nice orange (it doesn’t take much).
Pour or scoop the batter into the heated frying pan, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
When the batter stops bubbling and edges begin to harden, flip the pancakes. They should be golden brown. This will take from 1 to 2 minutes.
Flip the pancakes and cook other side for the same amount of time, until golden brown.

black cinnamon syrup directions
In a saucepan combine all ingredients except for the food coloring gel. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
As it starts to heat, add in a little of the black food coloring and mix in, add more until it’s as dark as can be (it doesn’t take much). Allow it to boil for a few moments until the mixture has thickened.
Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to put into a Squeeze Bottle.

Make your design on each of the pancakes.

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What you need:

1 cup plain flour,
1/3 cup rice flour,
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar,
1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter softened,
a pinch of salt,
some sugar to sprinkle on top of the cookies.

What you do:

Preheat oven to 160 C / 325 F/ gas mark 3

Mix together the flours and sift them.

Mix together butter and sugar. Cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add the flours, salt to the creamed butter and sugar mixture in batches, mixing alternately.

Form a smooth dough with hands, tightly cover it with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Remove and place it on a baking sheet, press the mixture into a circle of 8 inch diameter and 1/2 cm thickness.

With a sharp knife, score marks from the centre to the edge of the circle to form 9 triangles. Punch with a fork at several places (as shown in the picture).

Sprinkle with sugar and if you like, flute the edge by making impressions along the edge with your thumb.

Transfer the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until light golden. While still hot, cut along the marks to get 9 triangles. The cookies will appear soft initially but become crisp once cool.

Store them in an airtight container.

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What you need:

4 oz / 113 g crumbled feta cheese  (at room temperature)
4 oz /113 g cream cheese  (at room temperature)
8 oz / 227 g Swiss cheese  ( grated )
2 tsp honey
4 oz /113 g finely chopped pecans
4 oz / 113 g finely chopped dried cranberries
Assorted crackers for serving

What you do:

Mix the cream cheese, feta, Swiss and honey until combined using an electric mixer or food processor.

Transfer the cheese onto a sheet grease proof paper and roll into a 1.5″ x 10″ log. Close the grease proof paper and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

Mix pecans and cranberries, and spread into a rectangle on a clean sheet grease proof paper. Roll the cheese log over the mixture to coat all sides evenly.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. (Log may be refrigerated up to 3 days.) Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

Serve with crackers.

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What you need:

For the shortcake
230 g / 8oz  plain flour
60 g / 2  1/2 oz caster sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
Pinch salt
80 g / 3 oz  butter, cut into  cubes
160 ml/ 5  1/2 thickened cream

For the filling

1 punnet of  medium-sized strawberries, hulled and halved lengthways
250 ml / 8 oz  whipping cream
2 tbsp caster sugar
125 g /5 oz ricotta
1 tsp vanilla essence
Icing sugar for dusting.

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4
To make the shortcakes  mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add the butter and mix until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
Add the cream and beat until the mixture comes together.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 15 cm square about 3cm thick. Refrigerate for an hour.
Using a 5 cm biscuit ring, cut out 9 cakes.
Place on a baking tray and bake for around 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire  rack.

Make the ricotta cream by whipping the thickened cream with the sugar.
Fold in the ricotta and vanilla.
Slice each shortcake in half and fill with the strawberries and ricotta cream.
Dust with icing sugar.

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What you need:

250 g each of raisins, sultanas and currants
100 g candied orange, finely chopped
200 ml of brandy or rum
250 g butter, plus extra for greasing
275 g (1¼ cups) firmly packed brown sugar
1 orange and 1 lemon, finely grated rind only
4 eggs, lightly whisked
150 g (1 cup) plain flour
½ tsp each salt, mixed spice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda
60 g (½ cup) almond meal
140 g (2 cups) fresh breadcrumbs

What you do:

Combine dried fruit and candied orange in a bowl, scatter with rum or brandy, cover and stand overnight.
Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and rinds until pale and fluffy, then slowly beat in egg. Sieve together flour, salt, spices and bi-carb soda. Add to mixture in batches, alternating with soaked fruit mixture and almond meal. Stir through breadcrumbs.
Brush a 1.8 litre-capacity pudding bowl with butter, line the base with a circle of baking paper and dust with flour. Pour pudding mixture into bowl and top with another circle of baking paper. Cover with two layers of foil and tie with string.
Place pudding into a large saucepan with a wire rack or tea towel lining the base. Fill with enough water to come halfway up the side of the bowl. Cover and simmer for 6 hours, topping up water when necessary. Pudding may be made ahead and cooled in bowl. Reheat in a large saucepan of simmering water for 2½ hours. Serve with brown sugar custard.

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