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Mini Christmas cakes

If you prefer a lighter fruit cake at Christmas then these individual muffin-sized cakes will fit the bill perfectly. Made with a simple all-in-one sponge cake mix they are so much quicker to make than a classic fruit cake too! To give the cakes a boozier flavour, soak the dried fruit in 2 tbsp rum or brandy for 1-2 hrs before adding to the sponge mixture. For a more sophisticated decoration replace the glace icing with blanched almonds, pecans, sliced dried apricots and mixed coloured glace…

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from From The Larder

Raw Cranberry and Nut Energy Bars

Energy bars are loaded with natural sugars but if they stop you reaching for a chocolate bar....

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from Jamie Oliver

Vegan chocolate, cherry & honeycomb parfait

Finding inspiration when cooking vegan meals isn't as difficult as people might think. Here are some delicious recipes to help you. All of our vegan recipes are based on guidelines from The Vegan Society and exclude all animal products.

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How to Blanch Almonds pour boiling water over them and sit for 1 minute in a bowl drain & rinse in cold water skins will just peel off

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from Jamie Oliver

Almond tart with figs

We love vegetarian cooking – take a look at our delicious meat-free recipes. All of our vegetarian recipes are based on guidelines from The Vegetarian Society and exclude all products that contain meat.

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from Mail Online

Continental Christmas recipes: Pistachio panforte

Panforte #Christmas baking © http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-1236638/Continental-Christmas-recipes-Pistachio-panforte.html

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Dundee Cake is a light fruit cake, first made by the Scottish marmalade company, Keiller’s, in the nineteenth century. It is the perfect bake for those who yearn for a treat somewhere between a Christmas cake and a sponge – not too rich, but not overly light and airy. As with most of my creations, this recipe stays true to tradition and is decorated with concentric circles of blanched almonds

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