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11 June 2022 9:00 am

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Eccles cakes

14 May 2022 9:00 am

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The secret to baking the fluffiest hot cross buns

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The magical kitschiness of black forest gateau

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Kitsch is something of my stock-in-trade. And it doesn’t get more kitsch than Black Forest gateau. Pots of cream, pints…

Steak Diane: the perfect date-night dish

19 February 2022 9:00 am

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