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adventure: my birthday tea party

ingredients: chocolate cream cake, mini cream cheese and salmon bagels, cucumber sandwiches on milk loaf, mini plain and sultana scones with jam and cream, darjeeling tea, chums

inspiration: the cake was based on a black forest gateau recipe in The Prawn Cocktail Years, i just put raspberry jam in instead of cherry goop. The milk loaf was from the Guardian Book of Baking and took hours to make but was definitely worth it. Mini things…just taste better than unmini things. I was extremely stuffed after this, and everyone took home a party bag with the leftovers! Ooh and I finally got to use my plastic flower placemats that I got in the pound shop, and my yellow melamine tea set. Hurrah for birthdays!

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adventure: sticky fig and hazelnut puddings

ingredients: toasted hazelnuts, orange juice, dried figs, ginger, cinnamon, orange zest, bicarb, butter, soft brown sugar, self raising flour, honey, marscapone to serve

inspiration: the recipe is from a book called Steam it which i got out of the library. They are assembled by putting a blob of honey (the recipe called for maple syrup but i didn’t have any) and a piece of dried fig into a ramekin and then adding the pudding mixture. I don’t have ramekins but i do have silicone cupcake cases, so i divided the mixture between 12 of these instead of 6 ramekins. I wasn’t sure how different a steamed pudding would taste from a baked one but it makes a really moist and sticky texture that you don’t necessarily get with baking. They were absolutely delicious, but they were very rich and one is enough even though they look small!

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