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Apple Crumble Cake: a quick and easy apple cake for teatime

Recipe for apple crumble cake - one of England's myriad of apple cakes: quick and easy to make, and oh so wonderful with a cup of tea alongside.

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Stourhead - near Mere, Wiltshire, England. The 1,072-hectare estate has gardens designed by Henry Hoare II laid out between 1741 and 1780 in a classical 18th-century design. As a collector of art – one of Henry's pieces was Nicolas Poussin's Aeneas at Delos, which is thought to have inspired the pictorial design of the gardens and passages telling of Aeneas's journey are quoted in the temples surrounding the lake. Many of the temples are inspired by scenes of the Grand Tour of Europe.

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In the dining room at Alnwick, one of Britain's most iconic castles. This intricate white marble chimney piece was carved in Italy c.1825 by sculptors Nucci and Strazza.

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from e.a. deverell

The Ending (Writing Worksheet Wednesday)

Writing Worksheet – Endings (PDF) In honour of NaNoWriMo, this month’s worksheets will have one purpose: to increase your word count by hook or by book. The final writing worksheet in this marvellous month of November is inspired by the last virtual NaNoWriMo write-in. Imagining the best endings for each of your characters is a…

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from Mail Online

Tom's all-time favourites: Toad in the hole

The day before you are planning to make your Toad In The Hole make your Yorkshire batter in advance, so it has a chance to rest. In a bowl whisk the eggs and milk together, then whisk this into the flour. If you have a few lumps, that's OK as they will break down overnight. Place in the fridge.

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