Clare Elizabeth

Clare Elizabeth
Clare Elizabeth

Welcome to a slice of Clare's World 🍰 Lover of books and all things baked πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸŽ‚ Also crafts πŸ“œβœπŸ–βœ‚οΈπŸ§΅πŸͺ‘ πŸ“ Staffordshire πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

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"You're overthinking it"
"I have anxiety. I have no other type of thinking available"
The Midnight Library by @mattzhaig
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This explains a lot. Imagine the deliberation, time and thought that goes into making big life decisions. Got it? Now imagine you feel that on a daily basis for mundane things like deciding what to wear, how to respond to a text/email, how to react to a situation that may or may not ever happen but has been replayed over and over in your head....the list goes on🀯
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This gives a small insight into life with anxiety. Medication and CBT are helpful but ultimately this is the way my brain is wired, and I'm OK with that πŸ’™
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The premise of this book is what would happen if you did something differently; how would your life be altered? I think about this A LOT! What if I had registered as a pharmacist? What if I had given up during my degree? Or gone to a different university? What if I chose different subjects at school? Or said yes to that boy? Or been offered that job??!?!?!?
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I identify a lot with Nora and I really loved this book and the idea that there could be so many different versions or ourselves living different lives. I would urge everyone to read it if they can πŸ“š
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#bookstagram #books #reading #reader #themidnightlibrary #matthaig #mentalhealth #readthisbook #noraseed #claresvirtualbookshelf #whatif #booklover

Clare Elizabeth

"You're overthinking it" "I have anxiety. I have no other type of thinking available" The Midnight Library by @mattzhaig -- This explains a lot. Imagine the deliberation, time and thought that goes into making big life decisions. Got it? Now imagine you feel that on a daily basis for mundane things like deciding what to wear, how to respond to a text/email, how to react to a situation that may or may not ever happen but has been replayed over and over in your head....the list goes on🀯 . This gives a small insight into life with anxiety. Medication and CBT are helpful but ultimately this is the way my brain is wired, and I'm OK with that πŸ’™ . The premise of this book is what would happen if you did something differently; how would your life be altered? I think about this A LOT! What if I had registered as a pharmacist? What if I had given up during my degree? Or gone to a different university? What if I chose different subjects at school? Or said yes to that boy? Or been offered that job??!?!?!? . I identify a lot with Nora and I really loved this book and the idea that there could be so many different versions or ourselves living different lives. I would urge everyone to read it if they can πŸ“š . . . #bookstagram #books #reading #reader #themidnightlibrary #matthaig #mentalhealth #readthisbook #noraseed #claresvirtualbookshelf #whatif #booklover

How about a little #throwbackthursday - well, I say that but we are only going back as far as Tuesday when it was my parent's 30th wedding anniversary πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨
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I bought the beautiful print from a shop on @etsyuk called @cowsandkisses - they can personalise prints for any anniversary year so I got this lovely pearl one for my parents as a gift 🎁 
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I also made them a chocolate orange cake. There was a lot of deliberation over what kind of cake they were going to have and eventually we settled on this recipe from @janespatisserie 🍫🍊🍰 It is a chocolate cake with orange zest in the batter (it tasted so good πŸ˜‹ #lickingthespoonisthebestpart ) and has an entire Terry's chocolate orange melted on top. I have to say I did feel bad melting that but the outcome was totally worth it!πŸŽ‚
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#anniversary #weddinganniversary #pearlweddinganniversary #thirtyyears #anniversarygift #etsy #shopindependent #cowsandkisses #anniversarycake #terryschocolateorange #chocolateorangebunbtcake #bundtcake #chocolatecake #chocolateorange #cake #cakestagram #bakestagram #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #baker #homebaker #madewithlove #baking #janespatisserierecipe

Clare Elizabeth

How about a little #throwbackthursday - well, I say that but we are only going back as far as Tuesday when it was my parent's 30th wedding anniversary πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨ . I bought the beautiful print from a shop on @etsyuk called @cowsandkisses - they can personalise prints for any anniversary year so I got this lovely pearl one for my parents as a gift 🎁 . I also made them a chocolate orange cake. There was a lot of deliberation over what kind of cake they were going to have and eventually we settled on this recipe from @janespatisserie 🍫🍊🍰 It is a chocolate cake with orange zest in the batter (it tasted so good πŸ˜‹ #lickingthespoonisthebestpart ) and has an entire Terry's chocolate orange melted on top. I have to say I did feel bad melting that but the outcome was totally worth it!πŸŽ‚ . . . #anniversary #weddinganniversary #pearlweddinganniversary #thirtyyears #anniversarygift #etsy #shopindependent #cowsandkisses #anniversarycake #terryschocolateorange #chocolateorangebunbtcake #bundtcake #chocolatecake #chocolateorange #cake #cakestagram #bakestagram #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #baker #homebaker #madewithlove #baking #janespatisserierecipe

"Did I tell you about Cilka?"
"No, Lale, you didn't. Who was Cilka?"
"She was the bravest person I ever met. Not the bravest girl; the bravest person"
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz was inspiring; Cilka Klein is something else. She is one of the most extraordinary women i gave ever read about.
Books like this highlight the horrors that have had to endure, and the awful, awful things that humans can do to each other.
Cilka represents so many brave women throughout history who have suffered immense trauma, and those women who still do. I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone to show that there are good people, who despite everything they have endured, will act selflessly for the benefit of others πŸ“•πŸ’•πŸ“–
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#cilkasjourney #thetattooistofauschwitz #heathermorris #books #cilkaklein #bookstagram #booklover #reading #reader #readersofinstagram #claresvirtualbookshelf #noseinabook

Clare Elizabeth

"Did I tell you about Cilka?" "No, Lale, you didn't. Who was Cilka?" "She was the bravest person I ever met. Not the bravest girl; the bravest person" . The Tattooist of Auschwitz was inspiring; Cilka Klein is something else. She is one of the most extraordinary women i gave ever read about. Books like this highlight the horrors that have had to endure, and the awful, awful things that humans can do to each other. Cilka represents so many brave women throughout history who have suffered immense trauma, and those women who still do. I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone to show that there are good people, who despite everything they have endured, will act selflessly for the benefit of others πŸ“•πŸ’•πŸ“– . . . #cilkasjourney #thetattooistofauschwitz #heathermorris #books #cilkaklein #bookstagram #booklover #reading #reader #readersofinstagram #claresvirtualbookshelf #noseinabook

That feeling of trying to decide what to read next...πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š
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This was my first delivery from @aboxofstories which my parents gifted to me as part of my birthday present. There is nothing quite like the feeling of having new books πŸ“–
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I've been reading from my to be read pile for the last year with libraries being closed. I miss reading group and have a surprise book each month and this subscription box helps to fill that void. Each box rescues four books which is fab (go and take a look at their page for more info) 🎁
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In this box we have:
πŸ“• The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer 
πŸ“— Little Big Love by Katy Regan
πŸ“™ I See Through You by Daisy McNally
πŸ“˜ The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage 
I was also given two books by Matt Haig for my birthday...decisions decisions πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€”
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#birthdaypresent #aboxofstories #books #bookstagram #booklover #reading #reader #library #wheretostart #decisionsdecisions #toberead #tobereadpile #whattoreadnext #noseinabook

Clare Elizabeth

That feeling of trying to decide what to read next...πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š . This was my first delivery from @aboxofstories which my parents gifted to me as part of my birthday present. There is nothing quite like the feeling of having new books πŸ“– . I've been reading from my to be read pile for the last year with libraries being closed. I miss reading group and have a surprise book each month and this subscription box helps to fill that void. Each box rescues four books which is fab (go and take a look at their page for more info) 🎁 . In this box we have: πŸ“• The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer πŸ“— Little Big Love by Katy Regan πŸ“™ I See Through You by Daisy McNally πŸ“˜ The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage I was also given two books by Matt Haig for my birthday...decisions decisions πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€” . . . #birthdaypresent #aboxofstories #books #bookstagram #booklover #reading #reader #library #wheretostart #decisionsdecisions #toberead #tobereadpile #whattoreadnext #noseinabook

Happy Good FridayπŸ’...is that at thing? Happy Easter Weekend (any better? I'm not sure)🌸🐣
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I made us hot cross buns this morning (a @bbcgoodfood recipe from a couple of years ago). They are traditional fruity ones with sultanas, apricots and apples - Mum and I ate them fresh from the oven for our lunch πŸ«“πŸŽπŸ‡πŸŠ
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I cross stitched the cards a few weeks ago and I think they turned out really cute in the round cards 🧡πŸͺ‘
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I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend, however you spend it πŸ’™
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#easter #easterbaking #eastercrafts #easterweekend #bakestagram #craftstagram #hotcrossbuns #crossstitch #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #craftswithclare #madewithlove #creative #homebaker #baker #crafts #baking #crafting #crossstitchcards #happyeaster #goodfriday #bankholidaybaking

Clare Elizabeth

Happy Good FridayπŸ’...is that at thing? Happy Easter Weekend (any better? I'm not sure)🌸🐣 . I made us hot cross buns this morning (a @bbcgoodfood recipe from a couple of years ago). They are traditional fruity ones with sultanas, apricots and apples - Mum and I ate them fresh from the oven for our lunch πŸ«“πŸŽπŸ‡πŸŠ . I cross stitched the cards a few weeks ago and I think they turned out really cute in the round cards 🧡πŸͺ‘ . I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend, however you spend it πŸ’™ . . . #easter #easterbaking #eastercrafts #easterweekend #bakestagram #craftstagram #hotcrossbuns #crossstitch #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #craftswithclare #madewithlove #creative #homebaker #baker #crafts #baking #crafting #crossstitchcards #happyeaster #goodfriday #bankholidaybaking

Hey, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling...26...I'm feeling 26🎈🎈
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Happy second lockdown birthday to me and the other Aries folk born between 23rd and 29th March (like my good friend @kingstonk1995 πŸ’•)
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Thought I'd celebrate with a fancy cake and a day off work. This is the white chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting that I made for Easter a couple of years ago (it's a @marthacollison recipe)πŸ«πŸŽ‚πŸ«πŸŽ‚ I decorated it with Aero mini eggs and white chocolate buttons. Looking forward to a slice later 🍰
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#happybirthday #happybirthdaytome #twentysix #whitechocolatecake #darkchocolatefrosting #chocolate #bakestagram #cakestagram #cake #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #homebaker #baker #baking #aries #aerominieggs #whitechocolatebuttons #yum #treat #happylockdownbirthday #lockdownbirthday #secondlockdownbirthday

Clare Elizabeth

Hey, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling...26...I'm feeling 26🎈🎈 . Happy second lockdown birthday to me and the other Aries folk born between 23rd and 29th March (like my good friend @kingstonk1995 πŸ’•) . Thought I'd celebrate with a fancy cake and a day off work. This is the white chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting that I made for Easter a couple of years ago (it's a @marthacollison recipe)πŸ«πŸŽ‚πŸ«πŸŽ‚ I decorated it with Aero mini eggs and white chocolate buttons. Looking forward to a slice later 🍰 . . . #happybirthday #happybirthdaytome #twentysix #whitechocolatecake #darkchocolatefrosting #chocolate #bakestagram #cakestagram #cake #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #homebaker #baker #baking #aries #aerominieggs #whitechocolatebuttons #yum #treat #happylockdownbirthday #lockdownbirthday #secondlockdownbirthday

πŸ’ Happy Mother's Day πŸ’
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My Mum has been asking for @nadiyajhussain Rocky Road Cake for ages. The chocolate cake base is sort of brownie-esque but is unbelievably light. The coffee in it makes it taste extra chocolateyπŸ«β˜•πŸŽ‚
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The rocky road part is just 😍 It has milk and dark chocolate, marshmallows, biscuits πŸ˜‹ My Dad and brother don't like glacΓ© cherries (shame) so I substituted them for malteasers, white chocolate buttons and fudge pieces. I feel like I've ate an entire day's worth of calories in one slice 🍬🍫🧁
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This cake is brought to you by my musicals playlist on Spotify #clareskitchenplaylist
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#happymothersday #motheringsunday #weekendbaking #bakestagram #cakes #cakestagram #baking #nadiyasbritishfoodadventure #baker #homebaker #madewithlove #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #rockyroadcake #rockyroad #chocolate #chocolatecake #somanycalories

Clare Elizabeth

πŸ’ Happy Mother's Day πŸ’ . My Mum has been asking for @nadiyajhussain Rocky Road Cake for ages. The chocolate cake base is sort of brownie-esque but is unbelievably light. The coffee in it makes it taste extra chocolateyπŸ«β˜•πŸŽ‚ . The rocky road part is just 😍 It has milk and dark chocolate, marshmallows, biscuits πŸ˜‹ My Dad and brother don't like glacΓ© cherries (shame) so I substituted them for malteasers, white chocolate buttons and fudge pieces. I feel like I've ate an entire day's worth of calories in one slice 🍬🍫🧁 . This cake is brought to you by my musicals playlist on Spotify #clareskitchenplaylist . . . #happymothersday #motheringsunday #weekendbaking #bakestagram #cakes #cakestagram #baking #nadiyasbritishfoodadventure #baker #homebaker #madewithlove #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #rockyroadcake #rockyroad #chocolate #chocolatecake #somanycalories

You don't need an excuse for cake πŸŽ‚ Although, saying that, I did say it was my Mum's post vaccination cake as she got her covid vaccine last SaturdayπŸ’‰
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I made this last weekend and it is my take on the @bbcgoodfood Easy Caramel Cake. The frosting has chocolate and salted caramel spread it in and I used left over Lindor balls from Christmas to decorate and chopped up fudge bars🍫🍰
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The cake itself is made with golden caster sugar and light brown sugar which made it taste so caramel-ly. It's amazing what using different types of sugar can do. Baking is like magic science πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ”¬πŸͺ„
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#baker #weekendbaking #baking #cakestagram #bakestagram #cakes #caramel #saltedcaramelcake #chocolate #bakingscience #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #fudge #lindor  #chocolateandsaltedcaramel #homebaker #madewithlove

Clare Elizabeth

You don't need an excuse for cake πŸŽ‚ Although, saying that, I did say it was my Mum's post vaccination cake as she got her covid vaccine last SaturdayπŸ’‰ . I made this last weekend and it is my take on the @bbcgoodfood Easy Caramel Cake. The frosting has chocolate and salted caramel spread it in and I used left over Lindor balls from Christmas to decorate and chopped up fudge bars🍫🍰 . The cake itself is made with golden caster sugar and light brown sugar which made it taste so caramel-ly. It's amazing what using different types of sugar can do. Baking is like magic science πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ”¬πŸͺ„ . . . #baker #weekendbaking #baking #cakestagram #bakestagram #cakes #caramel #saltedcaramelcake #chocolate #bakingscience #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #fudge #lindor #chocolateandsaltedcaramel #homebaker #madewithlove

I binged watched @bridgertonnetflix in just over two days and now I've read the first three of @juliaquinnauthor books in just over two weeks. (It wasn't quite the same reading an e-book - I much prefer a physical copy - but @borrowbox has its merits when libraries are closed; I requested this book as soon as I finished watching it) πŸ“š
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Its safe to say I loved both the TV series and the books. My favourite of the books is The Viscount Who Loved Me. I mean Anthony is dashing, but Kate Sheffield is just brilliant. I'd go as far as to say that she is my favourite character so farπŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ€β€πŸ‘¨πŸ»πŸ
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I quite like the idea of Regency courting. It's not too extravagant - a simple walk (or should I say promenade?), a lovely picnic, a carriage ride - except for the numerous balls...obviously. Though I don't think there would be any Viscounts, Dukes, or Lords for me because I'm sure I'd have been of the servant class. Although Violet Bridgerton is very open minded when it comes to her sons live lives...πŸ’•
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#bridgerton #fangirl #books #bookstagram #booklover #thedukeandi #theviscountwholovedme #anofferfromagentleman #bridgertonseries #juliaquinn #anthonybridgerton #katesheffield #daphnebridgerton #simonbasset #theduke #benedictbridgerton #sophiebeckett #ebook #reading #youcanfindmereading #claresvirtualbookshelf #regency #thebridgertoncollection #volumeone #reader

Clare Elizabeth

I binged watched @bridgertonnetflix in just over two days and now I've read the first three of @juliaquinnauthor books in just over two weeks. (It wasn't quite the same reading an e-book - I much prefer a physical copy - but @borrowbox has its merits when libraries are closed; I requested this book as soon as I finished watching it) πŸ“š . Its safe to say I loved both the TV series and the books. My favourite of the books is The Viscount Who Loved Me. I mean Anthony is dashing, but Kate Sheffield is just brilliant. I'd go as far as to say that she is my favourite character so farπŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ€β€πŸ‘¨πŸ»πŸ . I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I quite like the idea of Regency courting. It's not too extravagant - a simple walk (or should I say promenade?), a lovely picnic, a carriage ride - except for the numerous balls...obviously. Though I don't think there would be any Viscounts, Dukes, or Lords for me because I'm sure I'd have been of the servant class. Although Violet Bridgerton is very open minded when it comes to her sons live lives...πŸ’• . . . #bridgerton #fangirl #books #bookstagram #booklover #thedukeandi #theviscountwholovedme #anofferfromagentleman #bridgertonseries #juliaquinn #anthonybridgerton #katesheffield #daphnebridgerton #simonbasset #theduke #benedictbridgerton #sophiebeckett #ebook #reading #youcanfindmereading #claresvirtualbookshelf #regency #thebridgertoncollection #volumeone #reader

I fell right off the #bookstagram bandwagon during 2020. I did read quite a bit as you can see, but it wasn't the same not being able to go to the Library or see the ladies from reading groupπŸ“š
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I've got through a number of my 'to-be-read' books however I miss the variety of reading group and never knowing what we're going to next month. We still have a monthly WhatsApp chat about what we've all been reading and any life updates but I miss seeing people in the flesh πŸ’—
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A few of the stand out books of last year were:
πŸ“˜Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
πŸ“—I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May
πŸ“™The Girl Under the Olive Tree by Leah Fleming 
πŸ“•The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan 
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#2020roundup #books #reading #readinggroup #readlist #reasonstostayalive #notesonanervousplanet #matthaig #illkeepyousafe #petermay #thegirlundertheolivetree #leahfleming #theendlessbeach #jennycolgan #reader #librarylover #2020readlist #lovetoread #booklover #noseinabook #booksreadin2020

Clare Elizabeth

I fell right off the #bookstagram bandwagon during 2020. I did read quite a bit as you can see, but it wasn't the same not being able to go to the Library or see the ladies from reading groupπŸ“š . I've got through a number of my 'to-be-read' books however I miss the variety of reading group and never knowing what we're going to next month. We still have a monthly WhatsApp chat about what we've all been reading and any life updates but I miss seeing people in the flesh πŸ’— . A few of the stand out books of last year were: πŸ“˜Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig πŸ“—I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May πŸ“™The Girl Under the Olive Tree by Leah Fleming πŸ“•The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan . . . #2020roundup #books #reading #readinggroup #readlist #reasonstostayalive #notesonanervousplanet #matthaig #illkeepyousafe #petermay #thegirlundertheolivetree #leahfleming #theendlessbeach #jennycolgan #reader #librarylover #2020readlist #lovetoread #booklover #noseinabook #booksreadin2020

Hello lovely people, I'm back with some baking 😊 I was given @nadiyajhussain Nadiya Bakes book for Christmas and I made my first sweet thing out of it today for pudding (I have already made the seekh kebab toad in the hole - would highly recommend)
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We have some vegetable suet left over from when I made mincemeat last year so I put it to good use in a jam roly poly - it's such a classic and I've never made one before! πŸ“πŸ«“πŸ½ I'll definitely try it again, the most difficult bit was folding the foil and baking paper; I still need to perfect that part πŸ™ˆ
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#nadiyabakes #jamrolypoly #pudding #baker #baking #homebaker #bakestagram #sundaylunch #custard #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #classic #jamrolypolyandcustard #strawberryjam #christmaspresent #madewithlove

Clare Elizabeth

Hello lovely people, I'm back with some baking 😊 I was given @nadiyajhussain Nadiya Bakes book for Christmas and I made my first sweet thing out of it today for pudding (I have already made the seekh kebab toad in the hole - would highly recommend) . We have some vegetable suet left over from when I made mincemeat last year so I put it to good use in a jam roly poly - it's such a classic and I've never made one before! πŸ“πŸ«“πŸ½ I'll definitely try it again, the most difficult bit was folding the foil and baking paper; I still need to perfect that part πŸ™ˆ . . . #nadiyabakes #jamrolypoly #pudding #baker #baking #homebaker #bakestagram #sundaylunch #custard #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #classic #jamrolypolyandcustard #strawberryjam #christmaspresent #madewithlove

I made biscotti for the first time this Christmas - cards on the table though, this isn't the first batch. I made some with dried cherries in and I think the mixture was a bit too soggy because it was pretty difficult to sliceπŸ’πŸͺ
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These are dark chocolate and hazelnut and are rather delicious 🌰🍫 Second attempt was much better πŸͺ
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I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope that 2021 is less 2020 for everyone πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸ“†
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#newyearseve #baking #biscotti #chocolateandhazelnutbiscotti #darkchocolate #hazelnuts #christmasbaking #merrychristmas  #happynewyear #bakestagram #homebaker #goodbye2020 #hello2021

Clare Elizabeth

I made biscotti for the first time this Christmas - cards on the table though, this isn't the first batch. I made some with dried cherries in and I think the mixture was a bit too soggy because it was pretty difficult to sliceπŸ’πŸͺ . These are dark chocolate and hazelnut and are rather delicious 🌰🍫 Second attempt was much better πŸͺ . I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope that 2021 is less 2020 for everyone πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸ“† . . . #newyearseve #baking #biscotti #chocolateandhazelnutbiscotti #darkchocolate #hazelnuts #christmasbaking #merrychristmas #happynewyear #bakestagram #homebaker #goodbye2020 #hello2021

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