A collection of easy and delicious baking recipes. Cakes, cookies, pavlovas, brownies … there is something here for every occasion! Included are birthday cake recipes and gluten-free cake recipes.

Chocolate Mousse (Mousse au Chocolat)

Recipe for Chocolate Mousse with step-by-step photos. A classic recipe for a decadent Chocolate Mousse served with cocoa nibs or chocolate chips. A great dessert to make ahead when entertaining. Chocolate Mousse With summer in full swing in Europe at the moment, a chilled dessert is the ideal way to end a nice meal. That or a big bowl of ice-cream. And one can hardly go past the quintessential French classic, a mousse

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Cannelés

Cannelés are golden and crispy cakes with a custardy centre, flavoured with a hint of rum and/or vanilla. Recipe for Cannelés with step-by-step photos, with instructions for using copper cannelé moulds or silicone cannelé moulds. Cannelés If you have ever travelled to France, you may have come across these little specialty cakes called cannelés (or cannelés or cannelés Bordelais). Unlike their more successfully exported cousins, the madeleines and macarons, cannelés are not so

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Rhubarb Custard Tea Cake

A stunning Rhubarb Custard Tea Cake with a thick custard layer baked in the centre of the cake. Delight your family and friends with this beautiful rhubarb cake. My parents used to sell a cake in their bakery which was made of two brioche-like sponges, sandwiched together with a thick, bright yellow custard and sprinkled on top with flaked almonds. This vanilla-rich cake was called a Bee-Sting, a funny name for a cake

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Easy Plain Scones

A recipe for plain scones which are fast and easy to make. These scones are light and fluffy, and go perfectly with jam and cream for a gorgeous afternoon tea. Plain Scones When I was in London a few years ago, I was reminded of my fond affection for Devonshire Tea, which is essentially a plain scone served with jam and cream. As scones are not widely available in Zurich, I made it my mission

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Recipe with step-by-step photos for a delicious no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake, using a chocolate biscuit base and an easy filling with crunchy peanut butter. I was recently watching an episode of Nigella’s Kitchen where Nigella was making a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake, a calorie-laden recipe which is quite true to her kitsch junkie style, not to mention that she made the whole thing whilst wearing a black satin nightrobe, all the while

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Carrot Cake with Orange Cream-Cheese Frosting

A deliciously moist Carrot Cake with a light and fresh Orange Cream-Cheese Frosting. This carrot cake recipe is sure to become a favourite with your family and friends! Carrot Cake Recipe One of my favourite past-times is chatting online with my foodie friends. We talk about a whole manner of things, mostly food-related, frequently veering off-topic but somehow always circling back to the matter at heart.

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Swiss Carrot Cake (Rüeblitorte)

A delicious and wholesome Swiss Carrot Cake (Rüeblitorte or Rüeblicake) which is popular in Switzerland. It contains lots of fresh carrots and ground almonds to keep it moist. A classic recipe from Betty Bossi. It came as a bit of a surprise to me to learn that carrot cake was popular in Switzerland, mostly because I always associated this succulent cake with the US, the land of indulgent and tempting sweets.

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Ginger Snap Cookies

Crunchy and slightly chewy Ginger Snap Cookies, spiced with ginger and sweetened with honey. They are deliciously addictive and so easy to make. You won’t be able to stop at one! Ginger Snap Recipe There is a book shop in Zurich which has a large section filled with English books, and a curiously large section filled with American and British food for the expats. I use the term “food” loosely because it is really

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Chocolate Coconut Bars

These Chocolate Coconut Bars are a classic recipe from the Australian Women’s Weekly. No fancy ingredients (just good quality cocoa). Perfect for school bake sales or to bring to work for morning tea. Recipe with step-by-step photos. With Australia Day approaching, my thoughts have been turning to traditional Aussie cakes and pastries, and these Chocolate Coconut Bars are hard to go past. Perhaps these slices are not what one would think of eating on Australia

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Pavlova with Cream & Passionfruit

A classic Pavlova recipe, served with cream and passionfruit. This pavlova recipe includes tips on how to make pavlova perfectly every time with a crisp meringue shell and soft marshmallow centre. I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter! This Easter has been a fairly relaxing time for us, a time when we we’ve been able to take advantage of the few days off work to slow down and take things easily. And

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Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Light and moist Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Easy to make and delicious topped with marzipan carrots. Great for birthday parties! How could one possibly resist one of these little beauties? Small and dainty, snow-capped with a luscious cream-cheese frosting, these carrot cupcakes are elegant in looks but not pretentious in taste.

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Oreo Pound Cake

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A delicious and fun Oreo Pound Cake. This is a vanilla pound cake baked with crushed Oreo cookies to give a delicious texture and chocolate flavour. Great for birthday parties and entertaining! This post has been prepared in collaboration with Tchibo (Schweiz) AG, but the content and opinions are my own. I have a weakness for shop-bought biscuits and I fear I may have passed this on to our children. Although I practically grew

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Chocolate Caramel Slice (Millionaire’s Shortbread)

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Chocolate Caramel Slice (or Millionaire’s Shortbread) are a classic Australian treat. This is an easy recipe for Millionaire’s Shortbread using sweetened condensed milk to produce a lovely, thick caramel. Make them more delicious with a touch of sea salt. This post has been prepared in collaboration with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, but the content and opinions are my own. For the longest time, my husband and I have been fans of preparing our coffee in an Italian-made

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Happy Australia Day! Lamingtons …

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A delicious recipe for Lamingtons using real chocolate, perfect to serve on Australia Day or for a school bake sale. Happy Australia Day! Although lamingtons have an iconic status in Australia and are enjoyed throughout the year, it seems rather fitting to make lamingtons for Australia Day. Lamingtons are quite popular at bake sales, and anyone growing up in Australia will know of the lamington drives, a fundraising event (usually in schools) where lamingtons would be sold

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Hot Cross Buns

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Make your own delicious Hot Cross Buns with this easy recipe with step-by-step photos. Soft and pillowy Hot Cross Buns with gentle spices and raisins. For as long as I can remember, Easter has always been celebrated with some Hot Cross Buns in my family. Well, growing up in a bakery meant that each holiday was always associated with baked goods of some sort, but I have always held a soft spot for

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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A moist and addictive Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with the tasty addition of peanut butter. The perfect banana bread recipe for any overripe bananas. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe I know it sounds cliché, but there really is no better use for over-ripe bananas than to make them into a banana cake of some sort. I usually reserve such bananas for my Classic Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, but as I was

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Jam-Filled Pikelets

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Tasty jam-filled pikelets which are perfect for lunch boxes. Swiss Eating Habits My son started kindergarten last summer and, like in many Swiss schools, it is customary for the children to sit down to a hot lunch each day at a shared table. This practice starts as early as daycare where the children are taught to remain seated at the table, to develop social skills when eating, to clear their plates and put

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Sunken Chocolate Amaretto Cake

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A gluten-free Sunken Chocolate Amaretto Cake served with whipped cream and amaretti biscuits. Easy to make and perfect for entertaining. If you have been following my Instagram Stories, you will have noticed that I have made this Sunken Chocolate Amaretto Cake no less than three times in the last month – it is that good!

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Galette des Rois with Frangipane

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Celebrate the Epiphany with this classic Galette des Rois with Frangipane! Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful festive season with your friends and families. They say that, when you have children, the days are long but the years are short. And indeed, I feel like the years are just flying by, and our two tiny tots are now not so tiny anymore. But I love watching them grow

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Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

Enjoy these Nutella Oatmeal Cookies with a cold glass of milk! If you need a break from the traditional Christmas baking at this time of the year or, better still, you have been gifted with a giant tub of Nutella under the Christmas tree, may I suggest these delightful Nutella Oatmeal Cookies?

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Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake

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A Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake for the festive season. Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful day with your family, friends and loved ones. I managed to totally exhaust myself with all of the Christmas cooking and baking this year, but I totally enjoyed every moment in the kitchen and, more importantly, sharing the food with my family on this fun-filled day.

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Petit Beurre Biscuits with Chocolate

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Delicious homemade Petit Beurre Biscuits with Chocolate (Petit Écolier). As a child visiting my family in France and Switzerland, I always loved snacking on Petit Beurre biscuits, especially those made by the French brand, Lu, and especially the ones which came with a bar of chocolate on top, called Petit écolier.

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Gingerbread Bundt Cake

A moist and mild Gingerbread Bundt Cake which is easy to make and looks fabulous! I had been holding off on buying a Christmas tree bundt tin for many years, especially after first seeing it on one of Nigella Lawson’s Christmas shows. Why would you buy something which you could only use once a year? Well … why not?!

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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These fudgy and chewy Chocolate Crinke Cookies are a delicious treat at Christmas! We bake a lot of cookies in the lead up to Christmas, and whilst we tend to recreate old favourites like Gingerbread Sablé or Swiss Walnut Christmas Cookies for the sake of tradition, I always try to sneak in a few new recipes to keep things fresh and exciting. My Reindeer Cookies have proven to be quite popular already, but I

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Reindeer Cookies

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Everyone will love these adorable chocolate Reindeer Cookies at Christmas. As someone who painfully lacks culinary artistic skills, I have been having a lot of fun in the kitchen lately making novelty cookies, like the Peanut Butter Spider Cookies which were a big hit at Halloween. It is worlds away from making something spectacular like a pristine-looking fondant covered cake with beautifully piped buttercream roses, but I have accepted long ago my limitations

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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

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These Peanut Butter Spider Cookies are a cute and chocolatey Halloween treat! I was scrolling through Pinterest one evening, looking for Halloween baking ideas, when I came across these awfully cute Peanut Butter Spider Cookies from A Spicy Perspective. Not only are they adorably sweet, but they combine two of my favourite loves – peanut butter cookies and Lindt Lindor chocolate truffles.

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Marble Bundt Cake

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A delicious and welcoming Marble Bundt Cake, perfect for any occasion. Recipe for an easy and moist marble cake, which looks spectacular baked in a bundt tin and topped with a chocolate glaze. Marble Cake A traditional marble cake, baked in a loaf tin, is something which my husband’s great-aunt frequently makes whenever we visit her in France. But I thought I would give my own spin on a gâteau marbré by baking

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Yule Log

yule log

A spectacular, but easy to make, Yule Log (Bûche de Noël). With Christmas just a few months away, I thought it was about time that I set about sharing some of my favourite Christmas recipes, knowing full well that if I don’t do it now, I will probably put it off for at least another year!

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

chocolate chip cheesecake

A quick and easy no-bake Chocolate Chip Cheesecake using mascarpone. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare! No-Bake Cheesecake I have previously, in my post for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake, lamented about my inability to make a baked cheesecake work and I am afraid the situation remains unchanged. But I make no apology for it – I’m still happy to stroll to the local Starbucks for my fix of their New York Cheesecake

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Raspberry Almond Scones

Quick and easy Raspberry Almond Scones which are baked in one large cake and sliced up to share. Recipe using fresh or frozen raspberries. I wasn’t planning on making scones today, but with the dreary weather we have been having in Zurich lately (why is it often sunny during the working week but not on the weekends??), I needed to find a way to entertain the children once they got bored with the

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Strawberry Shortcake Cakes

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These mini Strawberry Shortcake Cakes have a light, fluffy (dairy-free) sponge filled with a mascarpone cream filling and fresh strawberries. A great recipe to enjoy in summer with seasonal strawberries. The following post is sponsored by Lindt & Sprüngli AG, but the content and opinions are my own. As a mother to two young toddlers, my idea of the perfect Mother’s Day would start with a few extra hours in bed, preceded, of course,

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Best Peanut Butter Cookies

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These peanut butter cookies are soft and chewy, deliciously addictive and best served with a dollop of raspberry jam! They keep really well and are a hit with kids and adults alike. This recipe for peanut butter cookies is adapted from Neiman Marcus. Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe Like most children, I grew up addicted to peanut butter sandwiches. But this humble concoction was given an upgrade when I first started cooking from Nigella

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Easy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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An Easy Banana Cake recipe which uses yoghurt to make it light and moist, and topped with a generous layer of Cream Cheese Frosting. Perfect for using overripe or frozen bananas. Easy Banana Cake Recipe My husband and I tend to agree on most things, but something we cannot convince each other of is the perfect stage of ripeness for a banana. I like my bananas to be somewhat ripe – no hint of

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Raspberry Scones with Homemade Clotted Cream

raspberry scones with homemade clotted cream

Light and fluffy raspberry scones which are incredibly easy and quick to make, served with a rich and decadent homemade clotted cream. There is a cosy but bustling café in Zurich called Babu’s Bakery & Coffeehouse which is a delight for anyone with a sweet tooth. As you enter the shop, to the left is a large wooden sideboard with an enticing array of cookies and cakes beautifully displayed on antique cake stands.

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Easy Chocolate Cake

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An easy chocolate cake recipe that is moist and delicious, perfect for birthdays and celebrations. This easy chocolate cake recipe includes instructions for different sized cake pans. Easy Chocolate Cake I am mindful that I have already shared quite a few chocolate cake recipes here on this blog, and that they all happen to be recipes which I frequently return to whenever a special occasion arises. But recently, it occurred to me that

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Custard Cream Biscuits

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Soft and buttery Custard Cream Biscuits. These Custard Creams are simply perfect with a cup of tea. Custard Cream Biscuits It was Valentine’s Day recently and, like every Valentine’s Day in the past 10 years, I baked my husband’s favourite Custard Cream Hearts. He frequently asks for these cookies at other times of the year, too, but it seems that by the time I get around to making them again, Valentine’s Day would once

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Vietnamese Meat Pies “Pâté Chaud”

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These Vietnamese Meat Pies (also called Bánh Patê Sô) are based on the French Pâté Chaud. They have a delicious pork filling seasoned with fresh Asian herbs and spices, and wrapped in golden puff pastry. Perfect for snacks or a light meal. Meat Pies Growing up in Australia, I ate my fair share of meat pies, especially as the daughter of a baker. Pepper steak pies were my favourite, with a layer of mushy peas under

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Applesauce Cake

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A moist and flavourful Applesauce Cake. This apple bundt cake is popular in Switzerland and uses applesauce (or apple purée) to keep the cake moist and tender. Applesauce Cake Recipe Something the Swiss really love is applesauce (also called apple compote or apple purée); so much so, that it is an obligatory side dish to their version of macaroni and cheese. So when I came across a recipe some years ago for a

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Blueberry Financiers

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An easy Financier recipe with blueberries. These Blueberry Financier cakes are light and dainty, which are perfect with a cup of tea! Given the multiple batches of Gingerbread Sablé and Giant Chocolate Chip Sablé I have been baking over the past few months, a recipe which uses at least 2 egg yolks per batch, my freezer has been overflowing with little plastic bags filled with frozen eggwhites. And given that our freezer is no bigger than

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Chestnut Bundt Cake with Chocolate Chips

chestnut cream bundt cake

A simple and delicious chestnut cake using sweetened chestnut purée, with the addition of chocolate chips for extra indulgence. Chestnut Cake It has been a few months since I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and cook with Mimi Thorisson in her home in south-western France. I find myself frequently reminiscing about the recipes we cooked, what we chatted about while we were sitting at her vast dining table, and the recipe notes which

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Chocolate Chip Sablé Cookies

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These Giant Chocolate Chip Sablé Cookies, or French shortbread cookies, are the perfect snack with a glass of milk. Chocolate Chip Sablé Cookies Recipe We recently returned from our annual family retreat to Grindelwald, a small but popular ski resort in the Swiss alps. We have been going there since our son was a mere 1 month old baby, so it was somewhat awakening to accept that, this year, he attended ski school for the

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Vanilla Sponge Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

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This light and fluffy Vanilla Sponge Cake with Mascarpone Frosting is elegant and simple, and the cake itself is dairy-free. Top with any seasonal fruits of your choice, such as strawberries, raspberries, or even a mix of fruits.  Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas celebration and a wonderful start to 2017. What are your New Years’ resolutions?

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Chocolate Pavlova with Chestnut Purée

mont blanc pavlova

A Chocolate Pavlova with Chestnut Purée, which is perfect at Christmas or any time of the year! An easy chocolate pavlova recipe which is a delicious twist on a Mont Blanc dessert. A great recipe using sweetened chestnut purée. Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas celebration with your friends, family and loved ones. Christmas in our home today started with a leisurely breakfast … until the children

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Gingerbread Sablé

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Gingerbread Sablé, a Christmas twist on a traditional French butter biscuit. It’s that time of the year again to get out the Christmas cookie cutters and, this year, I’m having much fun with my newfound cookie stamps and baking molds. I love the old-fashioned Swiss-style Christmas cookies, and I thought it would be fun to replicate them using a favourite family recipe.

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Apple Galette

red love apple galette

A delicious and easy apple galette recipe which will impress your friends and family. Use any type of apple in this rustic apple galette, or special varieties such as Red Love Apples. Apple Galette We always have a basket full of apples at home, ready to be turned into an apple compote which we eat religiously at breakfast each morning. It used to be my job to make the week’s apple compote, which

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Walnut Cake

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A delicious and moist Walnut Cake using seasonal walnuts, rum and honey. This simple cake looks stunning baked in a bundt pan. Seasonal Walnuts It is that time of the year again in Switzerland when the Advent is approaching and the children are becoming excited about meeting Samiclaus (the Swiss version of Santa Claus) on St. Nicholas Day on 6 December.

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Honey Madeleines

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These Honey Madeleines are dainty little sponge cakes baked in a scallop-shaped mould, flavoured with a hint of honey for a delicious tea time treat. This easy madeleine recipe includes tips on how to make madeleines perfectly every time. Summer holidays usually mean catching up with my husband’s family in Brittany, France, and this year was no exception. We opted to take the train this summer, a long 12 hour journey but which

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