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Review: The use of clay in therapy workshop

I first touched clay at a pottery evening class two years ago. Straight away I was hooked, and have maintained the hobby ever since. I find the process of manipulating clay incredibly absorbing and have fleetingly wondered about incorporating it…

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Simnel Cake

Ingredients 3 Eggs 350g Plain Flour Pinch of Salt 1 tsp Ground Mixed Spice 700g Mixed Dried Fruit 110g Chopped Peel 1 Lemon - Grated Zest 2 - 3 tbsp Apricot Jam 1 Egg for Glazing Marzipan Instructions Heat oven…

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Cheese Stars

Ingredients 100g cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks 100g plain flour, plus extra for flouring pinch salt pinch cayenne pepper 1 heaped tsp mustard powder 50g finely grated mature cheddar 50g finely grated parmesan - plus a little extra 1…

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Banoffee Cake

Ingredients 200g unsalted butter, softened 200g light brown sugar 4 large eggs, beaten 2 ripe bananas, mashed 75g walnuts, chopped 200g self-raising flour For the icing: 150g Butter, softened 250g Icing sugar, sifted 3tpsp Dulce de Leche or Carnation Caramel…

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Dark Fruit Loaf

Ingredients 150ml of water 100g mixed dried fruit 150g light soft brown sugar 100g butter 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 egg, beaten 175g plain flour 1 level teaspoon baking powder Instructions Put the water, fruit, sugar, butter and…

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Sticky Ginger Cake

Ingredients 225g Self Raising Flour 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda 1 tbsp Ground Ginger 1 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Mixed Spice 115g Butter 115g Dark Muscovado Sugar 115g Black Treacle (about 7-8 tbsp) 115g Golden Syrup (about 7-8 tbsp) 250ml…

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White Chocolate Tiffin

Ingredients 250g digestive biscuits 1 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp golden syrup 60g dessicated coconut 60g glace cherried (or as many as you like plus some for the top!) 125g butter 1 tbsp horlicks powder 500g white chocolate Instructions Crush biscuits…

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Rhubarb and Yogurt Cake

Ingredients 150g finely sliced fresh rhubarb 310g self raising flour, sifted 250g caster (superfine) sugar 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract 2 eggs at room temperature, lightly beaten 125g (1/2 cup) plain yoghurt 1/2 tablespoon rosewater 125g unsalted butter, melted Instructions…

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Beetroot and Chocolate Cake

Ingredients 250g grated cooked beetroot (not in vinegar or brine) 100g 70% cocoa solids dark chocolate 125g butter 150 g dark muscovado sugar 150g light muscovado sugar 3 beaten eggs 225g self-raising flour 30g cocoa powder Pinch of salt For…

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