Store Cupboard Heroes: Chocolate Jam Cake

Chocolate Jam Cake

This is a great and easy-to-make everyday cake. I very much subscribe to the Marie Antoinette school of cake-eating where cake is an expected part of the day rather than a special treat. This cake is plain enough to stop you feeling like you’re over-indulging, but it’s dense and moist and tasty enough to hit the spot. It’s also National Chocolate Week this week (apparently) so that’s an extra excuse too.

It’s based on a Nigella recipe which uses Marmalade to flavour a chocolate cake, but I fancied a strawberry version and very delicious it is too!

I think using black cherry jam would be equally delicious…

It’s great served still warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or left to go completely cold and eaten in big slices with a cup of tea.

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Christmas cranberry chutney recipe

cranberry chutney

Cooking time: 20 mins

Can we put the Christmas tree up today? Can we put the Christmas tree up today? Can we put the Christmas tree up today? Can we put the Christmas tree up today? Can we put the Christmas tree up today?

…was how I was woken up this morning. Oh to be 5 again! So, even though it’s still only November I’ve given in and have started embracing Christmas!

This chutney fills the house with a beautiful spiced festive smell, and is delicious with cheese and biscuits or as an accompaniment to chicken, turkey or pork. It’s also simple and quick to make.

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