Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop: Coffee Cupcakes by Jane Linfoot

My partner always saves my books to read when we go away on holiday. And every year it’s the same. He’ll look up from reading my paperback, narrow his eyes, and say ‘actually, there are quite a few things in here I recognise…’ As a writer I can’t help weaving items from real life into the imaginary worlds I create. Invariably it’s my favourite things that pop up in my stories. And coffee cupcakes are a perfect example. The recipe came from my granny. I’m sure she would have given the Bake-off contestants a run for their money if she’d still been with us today. Of all the delicious cakes she made, her coffee and almond one was my all time favourite. I love the…

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Fish & Saffron Stew from the Hive Beach Cafe, Dorset

The Comfort Food Cafe in Debbie Johnson’s new summer romance is entirely fictional – but we would love to go there! As well as the fab location and delicious food, Debbie wanted to create a place where people felt safe and valued and content. A place where everybody knows your name, just like they used to in Cheers! And while Cherie’s cafe might be made up, the Hive Beach Cafe in Dorset is gorgeously real. It overlooks the beautiful beach at Burton Bradstock, one of the prettiest places on the Jurassic Coast, and has stunning views out across Lyme Bay. Its location is idyllic, and so is its food. The cafe specialises in fresh fish and seafood, which is sourced locally using sustainable methods, and…

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Dida’s Delicious Recipes #GBBO

In The Vintage Cinema Club, (a book about summer, love, life, cake and vintage shopping), Dida makes yummy cakes. Here at HarperImpulse we’re all getting in the The Great British Bake Off mood, and today we’re sharing some of Dida’s recipes. They’re very easy to make and totally yummy. Tweet us your baking pics! DIDA’S 2-4-6 MELTINGLY DELISH SHORTBREAD HEARTS…Easy to make, even easier to eat… 2oz sugar 4oz butter/margarine (butter is most delish) 6oz plain flour Pre-heat oven to 190ºC/350F/Gas5 Sieve the flour in a mixing bowl, and add sugar and butter. Slice the butter into pieces, rub into the flour and sugar, then gently knead until the mixture can be rolled into a ball. If you have food processor, you can whizz the…

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Escape to Cornwall for a Tea Break with Debbie Johnson & Cornish Fairings

Now the national heatwave has rather decidedly come to an end, it’s back to dreaming of summer in the sun, with most of the office off on staycations to Cornwall! What better way to transport you there than Debbie Johnson’s fantastic new book Pippa’s Cornish Dream and this fab recipe for some delicious Cornish biscuits (courtesy of BBC Good Food), for which editor Charlotte Ledger tried to channel Poldark’s Demelza…and failed.   Cornish Ginger Fairings 100g butter, diced, plus extra for the baking sheet 225g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp mixed spice 100g caster sugar 4 tbsp golden syrup Method Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Lightly butter 2 large baking sheets.…

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Calling all Bake Off fans!

Are you a fan of the Great British Bake Off? We want to see your best bakes! Please share photos of your best cake photos, recipes, cookbooks – we are super excited about the new series of Bake Off and want to talk cake all the time! Head over to chat to us on Facebook or Twitter or leave your cake baking comments below!

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