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Sweet Chilli, Philli Bites

These bites are such a great alternative to crisps and dips. They’re really, really easy to make, taste amazing and get your tastebuds flowing for whatever is to come next – whether it be a barbecue or a simple salad!     
Ingredients    
French baguette  
Philadelphia  
Sweet chilli sauce     

Method
- Slice the French baguette into thin rounds and pop under the grill and flip over after about 30 seconds. – Once nicely golden allow them to cool.     
- Then top them with the Philadelphia – just a small coating.     
- Drizzle over the sweet chilli sauce. 
- Serve straight away or pop in the fridge until you need them!
Recipe and photography by Ailie Williams

Something for the Weekend

Whenever The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens, it gets us all excited about perfecting our pastries and encourages us to try out a new cake recipe.  And what better an occasion to celebrate dusting off the apron and wooden spoons than The Cake and Bake Show! The UK’s first consumer baking exhibition will take place this weekend at Earls Court. Whether you need to stock up on bowls and whisks and want tips on perfecting your sponges, or if you are more of a taster than a baker, the event provides everything required for that perfect bake.  

Take a stroll down to The Marketplace where you can try and buy some freshly baked cakes and breads from some of the country’s leading bakers.  Then head over to the Supplier Zone to pick up some tools of the trade, demonstrated by the exhibitors themselves.  When you are ready to get your hands dirty, The Classroom will be ready with classes on soda bread, sugarcraft, gluten-free baking and (the bakers nemesis) macaroons, to name but a few.  
Some well known names and faces of the baking industry will be showing off their skills in The Cake Kitchen and The Bakery.  Paul Hollywood will be revealing his secrets of the perfect loaf, Juliet Sear of Fancy Nancy cakes will be showing off her cake decorating skills and Great British Bake Off winners Jo Wheatley and Edd Kimber will be showcasing us why they were such deserved champions.
All the baking can get quite exhausting after a while, so you may wish to head over to The Tea Room Garden and enjoy a relaxing cuppa.  And if you haven’t already eaten too much by that point, they will be serving a wide selection of cakes, scones and sandwiches, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Well, since it’s for a good cause…
If you can’t wait that long to sample the baking goodies, then why not try this recipe for Perfect Whipped Buttercream Cupcakes by speaker Juliet Sear to get you in the mood…
By Eve Hegarty


Love Loaf

The countdown is definitely on! The prospect of fairy lights, tinsel and mince pies are all very exciting, but the sight of an empty Christmas present ideas list is definitely not.
If you’re seriously lacking in ideas and money this Christmas, here’s another little frugal but festive idea for you.
Cellardoor Love Loaf



No one could turn their nose up at a homemade, edible gift. FACT. And this Love Loaf is idiot proof and can be baked in bulk:
Ingredients:
4 oz raisins
4 oz currants
4 oz sultanas
2 oz chopped candied peel (you can buy this, so no tedious peel-chopping for you!)
4 oz Demerara sugar
2 oz of Pecan nuts
5fl oz of Earl Grey
½ an egg beaten with 1 tsb milk
225g self raising flour

Method:
Place all the fruits, including the candied peel, in a bowl then dissolve the sugar in the hot tea and pour over the fruits. Cover and leave overnight. Heat oven to 170 degrees, put nuts on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for 6-8 minutes. Once cool, chop roughly
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Next, add the beaten egg mixture to the bowl containing the fruits. Then sift in the flour, add the toasted nuts and give everything a really good mixing.
Pop in a loaf tin and bake for 75-90 mins till it feels springy in the centre.
Turn them out and leave to cool.
Wrap in pretty rustic paper and tie with a ribbon for a pretty pressie, or served sliced, toasted and covered in butter!
By Yvonne Dickson