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Jenny Colgan Recipes

Coconut Ice

Now here is a sweet that is truly unjustly overlooked these days in favour of the gelatine and cheap sour-perfume scent of a conglomerate whose name I have been legally advised to remove. A marriage […]

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Peanut Brittle

Ingredients TOOTHPICKS. Keep handy. 4 oz unsalted peanuts 4 oz golden caster sugar 2 oz butter pinch salt 4 tsp water Method Spread the peanuts in a single layer on a buttered oven tray. Put […]

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Children’s Cooking Party Cupcakes

Ingredients 150g butter, softened 150g caster sugar 175g self-raising flour 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract icing, marshmallows, chocolate buttons, hundreds and thousands, edible stars, orange and lemon jelly slices, food colouring (all colours); edible […]

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Helena’s Secret Doughnuts

Buy real ginger. It looks like a knobby root thing. You can ask someone if you can’t figure it out. Not that fruiterer who always asks you if you want any melons. He’s disgusting. Right, […]

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Best Birthday Cake Ever

Ingredients 4 oz Breton soft butter, first churn 8 oz white caster sugar, sifted 4 large fresh free-range eggs, beaten 6 oz self-raising flour 6 oz plain flour 1 cup fresh milk 1 tsp vanilla […]

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Brandy and Horlicks Get Well Cake

Ingredients 8 oz butter, softened 4 oz caster sugar 5 eggs 1 tin sweetened condensed milk 8 oz Horlicks 8 oz plain flour 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp cognac Method Grease the small square […]

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Strawberry Meringue Cupcakes

For 24 cupcakes 250g unsalted butter, at room temperature 250g caster sugar 4 eggs 250g self-raising flour 4 tbsp milk (whole or semi-skimmed, not skimmed) 6-8 tsp strawberry jam For the Swiss meringue buttercream 8 […]

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Pear Upside Down Cake

Ingredients 3 pears, peeled, halved and cored 7 oz butter 7 oz caster sugar 3 eggs 7 oz self-raising flour, sifted 3 tbsp milk 1 tbsp icing sugar Method Arrange the pear halves evenly over […]

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Peppermint Creams

Ingredients 1 egg white 1 lb icing sugar peppermint essence Method Beat the egg white until frothy – do not overbeat. No, that is just enough. Perfect. Stop now. Sieve in the icing sugar and […]

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients for the cake: 2500ml double cream 4500g good-quality dark chocolate 50 eggs 1650g caster sugar 1500g plain flour 10 tbsp good-quality cocoa powder 5 tsp baking powder sugar flowers to decorate Ingredients for the […]

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Orange Cupcakes with Marmalade Icing for a Grumpy Day


2 whole oranges, divided. Try not to buy bitter oranges. Blood oranges may be useful to squeeze out frustration.
8 oz butter, melted. Use the fire of your righteous anger to melt the butter if a pot isn’t handy.
3 whole eggs. Plus an additional three to break therapeutically by throwing at the wall.
8 oz sugar. Add more sugar if life needs a little sweetening.
8 oz self-esteem-raising flour
3 tbsp marmalade
3 tbsp orange zest

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Drop Scones


8 oz self-raising flour
1 oz caster sugar. Can be licked off spoon.
1 egg. Budget for four eggs if working with under-sevens.
1 pint full cream milk. 10 oz for recipe, plus one glass to be taken with results.
Pinch of salt. This is a small amount of salt, Issy. Tinier than your little finger. Not too much! Not! Oh. That’s too much. Never mind.

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