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Sweet Kefir Scones

Sweet Kefir Scones

Who can refuse a beautiful sweet scone with jam & cream? The perfect teatime treat at any time of year but particularly when the sun is shining and you can sit outside and enjoy your delicious cream tea with a cucumber sandwich and a glass of fizz or even just a homemade lemonade... Let's cut to the chase, we've tried out lots of scone recipes in the past but have truly settled on this being our favourite. Made with kefir or buttermilk, the scones are light, beautifully risen and oh so delicious packed with jam and cream. In fact perfect for pairing with any...

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Coffee & Kefir Cake with Apricot Jam

Coffee & Kefir Cake with Apricot Jam

A coffee cake is just one of those classic bakes, the kind that you can make time and time again for any occasion with no worry of a baking failure. This one is certainly no exception to that, with just a couple of tweaks that give it that extra something…  Using both oil & butter gives the sponge both soft moistness and buttery richness. The kefir provides a delicious tang and a beautiful, soft texture to the cake. As for the apricot jam slathered in the middle, what can we say… The summer flavours of sweet, tart apricots sandwich just...

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Easter Frangipane Tarts with Silvoiță

Easter Frangipane Tarts with Silvoiță

We've gone radical with our Easter baking this year - no chocolate... shock horror! But carry on reading, we think it's so much better and perfect for spring.

Frangipane tarts are a personal favourite and this one is similar to a British Bakewell Tart but with a layer of plummy deliciousness in the form of our wild plum butter also known as 'silvoiță' or 'magiun' in Romania.

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Coconut Bread

Coconut Bread

This is that simple but fabulously tasty & comforting bake that you can make with no special occasion required. A gorgeous, golden loaf that is so easy to make, no fancy equipment needed and only pretty standard storecupboard ingredients.

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'Covrigi'/ Pretzel Brunch

'Covrigi'/ Pretzel Brunch

This really is that perfect lazy yet impressive Sunday brunch - so easy to prepare but oh so pleasing. Covrigi are one of the most popular urban street foods in Romania, very similar to the more widely known pretzel...

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