Easter Simnel Cake with Crystallized Flowers

It’s Easter! A time for toasty hot cross buns and fruity cakes…

Oh yes, Easter is definitely one of my favourite times of the year, and not just because it’s right after my Birthday! There are some amazing recipes out there associated with this holiday, and today I am going to share my favourite with you…

Easter Simnel Cake with Crystallized Flowers

Easter SImnel Cake with Crystallised Flowers

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Easter? Chocolate? The Easter Bunny? Having to come up with an even more inventive place to hide the secret hoard of Easter Eggs you have saved for the children? It seems like nowadays Easter fare revolves more around chocolate and sweets than the more traditional recipes, such as Hot Cross Buns and of course, Simnel Cake. Continue reading


Kings Cupcakes: 12th Day of Christmas

         On the Twelfth Day of Christmas,                                               The Country Kitchen baked for me…                                                …Kings Cupcakes

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Well here we are, the last day of Christmas. Today we will take down our trees and decorations, packing them back up in their boxes to go into the attic for another year. Sad times, right? On a brighter note though, I think some of the fairy lights I have hanging around the house will stay, as they are so lovely in the evening when you just want a little low light and they have made the house look so pretty. Yes, I think they will have to stay. Continue reading

Spiced Shortbread Stars: 11th Day of Christmas

  On the Eleventh day of Christmas, The Country                        Kitchen baked for me…                                                                                                  …Spiced Shortbread Stars

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I often think of a particular nursery rhyme about a certain shape when I am preparing my house for Christmas with my family, can you guess which one it might be? I shall give you a clue… We decorate out trees with them, we watch them in the night sky, and even make our cards in the shape of them (or at least I do, so much more fun than a regular square don’t you think?)

Have you guessed it yet? Okay here is another clue… Continue reading

Chocolate Coated Marshmallow Drops: 10th Day of Christmas

         On the Tenth Day of Christmas, The Country Kitchen         baked for me…Chocolate Coated Marshmallow Drops

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Following on from my last post for Chocolate Coins, I thought I would take it one step further and make something even the most grown-up of grown-ups can’t resist…Chocolate Coated Marshmallow Drops. It is now the third day of the New Year and the 10th Day of Christmas, and if, like me, you are still feeling the effects of New Year’s Eve but your baking hands are a-twitching, these gorgeous and super quick treats are the perfect solution. Continue reading

Grown-up Chocolate Coins: 9th Day of Chirstmas

On the Ninth Day of Christmas,                                                 The Country Kitchen baked for me…                                                   …Grown-Up Chocolate Coins

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Do you remember when you were a kid and your parents Santa would hide a bag of chocolate coins in the bottom of your stocking, which you would find after you had poured out all the little presents and gushed over them as if Christmas was only going to happen once in your lifetime? I certainly do, and I adored these delicious little circles of gold. Pure chocolate hidden underneath a golden covering, Continue reading