Five Favourite: Decadent Sweet Treats

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Isn’t it funny how sometimes life throws you something totally unexpected out of the blue? The best part is they’re not always bad things – sometimes wonderfully weird things come into your life that are fabulous and bizarre all at once.

That’s how I’m feeling about this blog at the moment. You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I shared this recipe for Pineapple Lump Fudge? Well, since then the post has gone a little bit crazy… a bit viral in fact!

Something about the fudge seems to spark your imaginations and you shared up a storm across social media. It’s been seen by more than 100,000 people through my Facebook page alone – and shared almost 1,000 times. I shared the post on nzgirl and the post has been liked over 3,000 times and their Facebook post has been shared more than 2,500 times… every time I see the stats popping along it blows my mind a little bit more.

So this week I thought I’d share some other High Tea with Dragons recipes that the same indulgent streak that the Pineapple Lump fudge had. Think slices and cupcakes packed with chocolate, lollies and treats. Enjoy!

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Happy Monday!

What a wild, windy, wet and yet sunny weekend it was. We had a very busy (but lovely) weekend – think voting, brunching, baking, DIY-ing, kitten cuddling and hosting a private decorating class. Phew!

I hope you all braved the elements and made your vote count on Saturday and enjoyed the rest of your weekend, whatever you were doing. Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Packed with Pineapple Lumps

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Ever have those days where you just want to eat something so ridiculously indulgent that it practically spikes your sugar levels just thinking about it? Yeah, me too.

Over the years I’ve made quite a number of indulgent treats (you’ll find lots of them over in the Recipe Index) but there are some that are especially memorable – think russian fudge cupcakes with crushed Russian fudged blended through the icing, salted caramel and chocolate tartlets filled to the brim with homemade caramel, and peanut butter and chocolate dipped cupcakes where the icing is literally encased in a chocolate shell… yum!

I have a feeling that this Pineapple Lump fudge will soon be joining the ranks of these decadent recipes as one of my absolute favourite, indulgent treats – it’s just too good! Not that I’m surprised though – what’s not to love about milk chocolate fudge packed with Pineapple Lumps?

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

What a wonderful weekend – we picked Hunter up from the vet on Friday, so spent most of the weekend snuggled up at home nursing him and giving him lots of cuddles. Add in a bit of baking, DIY-ing around the house and catching up with friends, it was a lovely couple of days.

I hope you had a great weekend too – here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Tea and biscuits

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As you may have guessed by the name of my blog, tea is one of my absolute favourite things – whether it’s high tea, Devonshire tea or just a good-old cup of tea, I’m happy when there’s tea involved.

One of the great things about tea is how versatile it is – no matter what your taste is, there’s bound to be a tea to suit. Even Kevin, who claimed he just didn’t like tea in the slightest, has found a couple of varieties he likes – it turns out green tea with a little citrus is right up his alley!

But one of the most overlooked things about tea is how many ways you can use it across all sorts of edible treats – think tea infused jam, cupcakes, loaves and biscuits! All you need to do is fine the right tea and work out which other flavours to team the tea up with.

One of my favourite teas to both drink and bake with is Early Grey. Because Earl Grey tea is blended with bergamot oil (which comes from a bergamot orange) it’s perfect for teaming up with other light citrus flavours – like lemon! Which is why these Earl Grey & lemon tea biscuits are so delicious – the flavours just work.

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Happy Monday!

We spent a lot of time at home with the kittens this weekend as our poor kitten, Hunter, isn’t too well. He’s been diagnosed with severe orthopaedic issues in his knees and hips, and is booked in for the first of several surgeries on Wednesday which will help him walk without pain. Click here to find out more about what’s going on with our poor furbaby.

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and lovely Father’s Day. Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Five Favourite: Spring Baking Ideas

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Spring is officially here! Despite a rather wet and windy start to the season, the weather’s beginning to look a little more pleasant now – the sun is shining, it’s not too cold outside and the sun is setting a little later in the evening (it’s no longer dark when I get home from work!)

There are lots of reasons to be excited about the start of spring – who doesn’t love strolling through Cornwall Park and seeing all the beautiful spring flowers and baby animals gambolling around? But there’s another thing to be excited about… the baking!

The arrival of spring means those warming winter recipes and comfort foods go out the window (see you next year mug cakes!) and begin bringing lighter, fresher flavours into your baking. To help get you started I’ve rounded up five of my favourite recipes that will make the start of Spring a little sweeter.

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Happy Monday!

Well, despite it now officially being Spring the weather was certainly a little more wintery this weekend, huh? Luckily we didn’t have anything too pressing to do, so were able to spend most of it snuggled up at home with the fire blaring (and kittens to snuggle!) It was wonderful to have a chance to really recharge.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend too – here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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