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Regional England : The Three Su’s : Suffolk

Suffolk is a county of historic origin in East Anglia. Low-lying with very few hills it’s largely arable land with the wetlands of The Broads to the North. It borders Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex … Continue reading

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Marzipan Fruits & Turkish Delight

Marzipan is a confection created using ground almonds and and sugar that has been a staple of the celebration table since the 17th century. The making of marzipan fruits is relatively more modern. The Victorians developed the idea of ‘sweetmeats’ … Continue reading

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Lebküchen

The forerunner of today’s Lebküchen was called the “honey cake” and its history can be traced back to the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans. They believed that honey, the only sweetener widely available to them, was a gift of the … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Breads – Germany

With the Christmas Cake made and stored away in a well sealed tin awaiting the festivities, the taste of Christmas can be sampled early by way of a Stollen. Stollen is basically, a sweetened fruit bread. But because it is … Continue reading

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Lafayette Pudding

The weeks following Christmas and its over indulgences can be very deflating, but the opportunity arises for some small, interesting dishes. Dishes that have nothing to do with turkey, chestnut stuffing, gammon (either baked or boiled), roast potatoes, mince pies, … Continue reading

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Christmas Candies

The making of sweetmeats for special occasions is an old tradition dating back centuries. As with the gingerbread men and meringue decorations they were simple yet highly coloured. These simple to prepare candies can even be delegated to the children … Continue reading

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Christmas Cake, c.1954

Christmas Cake 1954 This is a cake I produced for a local nursing home. The theme is homely patriotism. It is made with the recipe from 1954 that I have reproduced below. The design of the finish is simple and … Continue reading

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