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After missing out when Edd Kimber signed his latest book “Patisserie Made Simple” at the Cake and Bake show earlier this month, I advance ordered it on Amazon and received it in the post a few days before it hit the shops! It such a beautiful book, and for a patisserie lover like myself a real gem for the bookshelf.

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These spicy gingerbreads thins are fantastic. Cut thinly and baked to the perfect snap, with lots of warming spices, almonds and citrus peel they are incredibly moreish and perfect for autumn. I don’t think there is any reason to hold gingerbread back until Christmas!

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This Neapolitan cake with piped chocolate names was made for my oldest daughter and 5 of her friends who all celebrate their birthday within a month of each other. A little gathering was had and this four layer cake with the classic Neapolitan flavours of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla was devoured. 

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This was a test of Ikea’s Multigrain Rye Breadmix that I tried recently.  I love really dark rye bread and keep threatening to start making it regularly myself. However, the cracked rye is still sitting in the cupboard unopened and that sourdough starter, well, it hasn’t got started. Yet.

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Congratulations to Nancy Birthwistle – this year’s winner of the Great British Bake Off! A well deserved winner with her cool determination, great baking knowledge and skills and hilariously dry witty comments throughout – I was really pleased to see her win! 

As always the show spawned some great TV moments, baking innuendos, fantastic creations and inspiring bakes. Catch up with missed episodes (or just relive them if you so wish), get the recipes from the show and of course, download the application for the 2015 GBBO here!

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This is the second year I have visited the Cake and Bake Show at Earl’s Court. I really like this show as it is about all aspects of baking, not just sugar paste and decorated cakes, but breads, meringues, cakes, baking equipment and more. It’s also a great place to do a bit of baking celebrity spotting!

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This cake was one of two I made for a 40th birthday last weekend. The birthday girl wanted a child friendly cake for her afternoon party but something that wasn’t too sweet or had too much cream. We agreed on my go-to cake: a light fat-free sponge filled with creme patisserie, fresh raspberries and raspberry mousse, topped with a vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream and fresh fruit.

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I’m sure it hasn’t escaped anyone’s attention that the Great British Bake off is back on our screens which is a sure sign that autumn is almost here! Seeing the bakers’ great cakes and their baking enthusiasm has woken me up from my summer baking slumber and I’m ready to get going again.

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This tart was initially supposed to be made to share at an end of year meeting but time (always time) ran out and I had to leave the pastry wrapped up in the fridge. A week later, I decided it had to be used. With nectarines and blueberries in the house I made this tart based on the same recipe as these Mazarines.