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The Nonna's cake: A perfect Sunday bake

The Nonna's cake: A perfect Sunday bake

Sunday is baking day in our house, and this beauty is the perfect Sunday bake. I got the recipe for this delicious cake from my sister's Italian mother in law, or Nonna as we have all affectionately come to call her, even my kiddos! Most people would break into a sweat when cooking for large numbers but she's the kind of woman who makes a three course meal for twenty seem like no bother at all, and always serves up the most incredible food at family gatherings. We never visite Italy without stopping by "The Nonni's house" and are always guaranteed to leave with a wonderful recipe or two. This apple cake is one of many gorgeous recipes that have been passed down through the women in her family for generations and once you've tasted it you'll know just why! 

The Mother Hub Meets: Jo Wheatley

The Mother Hub Meets: Jo Wheatley

We feel very honoured to have connected with some truly inspiring women through The Mother Hub and our #IAmAnEssexGirl campaign... and Jo Wheatley is no exception! Winner of the Great British Bake Off 2011, Jo has gone on to publish two best-selling cookery books and now runs her own successful cookery school at her home near Harlow in Essex. In our interview, Jo tells us about how her passion for baking turned into a thriving business, and shares the lessons she learnt along the way...

Luscious lemon baked cheesecake with a mixed berry coulis.

Luscious lemon baked cheesecake with a mixed berry coulis.

Desserts don't turn out well for me.  So I pretty much just wimp out every time. I  head to the nearest Tesco, pick up a "Tarte au Citron" from the frozen isle and serve it up on the prettiest plate I can find...In fact I'm pretty sure it was becoming  my signature dessert. That is of course, until I came across this beauty...