Flourless chocolate cake

Flourless gluten free chocolate cake

I made this for Christmas Day because, pretend as we do, nobody in this family really likes Christmas pudding. There's no point persevering with the lie anymore, so we did something different, and it was a vast improvement on the traditional bowl of stodge. This is our new Christmas pudding. The absence of flour makes [...]

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A very good chocolate brownie

An exceedingly good cake – chocolate brownies with pecans

There's nothing quite like a good chocolate brownie. It's not quite a cake, not quite a biscuit, but more of an indulgence than either.  A good chocolate brownie recipe is one of those things every cook should have up his or her sleeve. This recipe is excellent, a straightforward brownie recipe with an extra flourish [...]

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The Drunken Duck Inn, near Ambleside, Cumbria

We thought we might be staying longer at The Drunken Duck, by default. The night had been cold, and the previous day's showers had frozen over the lying snow. We checked out and set off down the country lane to the side of the Inn, the car wheels skidding on black ice. I was beginning [...]

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