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Ten Places To Enjoy A Hot Chocolate In Clitheroe.

The recent colder weather has made me crave toasty fires, cosy sofas….and hot chocolate! In the interests of this blog I thought I had better go ahead and sample some of the delicious and heavenly hot chocolates that Clitheroe has to offer. 🤩

The Unicorn. Photo Credit ~ Lesley Turner.

Escape Coffee & Cocktails ~ Oh my goodness, have you ever seen anything so crazily colourful as The 🦄 Unicorn. It’s just bound to bring a smile to your face. Escape are renowned for their eye-catching creations and presently feature a Christmas Hot Chocolate and their ever popular Classic Indulgent Hot Chocolate. So why not relax in lovely surroundings and Escape to chocolate heaven.

The Beer Shack ~ If you haven’t realised yet that Craft Ale Bar ‘ The Beer Shack ‘ on King Street opens daily and in the mornings, you probably haven’t sampled one of their cute frothy Hot Chocolates, served with squirty cream and marshmallows. I love the cosy alpine feel of the place and if your lucky you might bagsy the comfy sofa or arm chair in the front room. There’s a home baked cake selection too. Yummy 😋.

Maxwells ~ Which festive delight will you partake in before you board the train bound for the twinkling lights of Manchesters Christmas Markets?? Situated near the train station Maxwells Cafe Wine Bar has a Christmas Hot Drinks Menu that includes a fabulous Ferrer Roche Hot Chocolate ( above) and a madly morish Cadburys Chocolate Orange. Both come with a mouthwatering chocolate treat.

Toms Table ~ I must admit I haven’t tried the heavenly Hot Chocolat from French Bistro Toms Table at the time of writing, but I think it may very well find its way onto my Festive Treat List. Ooh la la. 🤩

Take Away Hot Chocolate & Croissants ~ Photo Credit M Fenner.

Fenners Bakes ~ What better way to warm up whilst shopping in the market town of Clitheroe, than a decadent Hot Chocolate from the bustling market itself. Fenners Bakes not only make their own delicious Chocolate Brownies, their continental Hot Chocolate is made from the finest Belgium Dark Chocolate. A real treat , it’s thick and velvety and goes excellently with a warm fluffy croissant. Scrumptious!

Chocolate Works Creations ~ Photo Credit ~ Nicola Gornall.

The Chocolate Works ~ Of all the establishments in Clitheroe that serve sensational Hot Chocolate , its The Chocolate Works that inevitably is always the first on everybody’s lips. This lovely cafe always makes me feel like I have been enfolded in the wrapper of a sublime bar of the finest freshest home made chocolate. Indeed the folks here make their very own chocolate and turn it into waffles, marvellous milkshakes, fondues and winter warming beverages. Heavenly.

Moor ~ Once you’ve tried one of Moor’s marvellous marshmallow loaded mugs of Hot Chocolate, I guarantee you will go back for more. Situated on Moor Lane ( of course ! ), this homely cafe with its unique Clitheroe floor map and pretty decor is also very reasonably priced. I am tempted to return. 🤗

Bowland Food Hall at Holmes Mill ~ I always find wandering round the Food Hall at Holmes Mill a treat ,especially at this time of year. There are plenty of mouth watering produce on display, much of it from local suppliers in Lancashire. A friend and I enjoyed a warming Hot Chocolate recently, accompanied by a dainty Portuguese Custard Tart. A delightful combination.

The Secret Garden Cafe ~ Tucked away above Clitheroe Market, this Vegetarian/Vegan Cafe is a hidden gem, a welcoming stop off after perusing the stalls. Serving fresh and tasty food including home baked cakes, their menu features both regular and vegan Hot Chocolate.This one was made using Oat Milk and was super delicious. And if your wondering, the cafe includes an adjacent Health Food Shop and Wool Shop.

Exchange Coffee Company ~ Their Three Storey Coffee House , Roastery and Shop on Wellgate has been a Clitheroe staple for many years. And the well established Coffee Company always knows how to jazz up their Winter warming beverages! I relaxed in the lovely William Morris wallpapered dining room on the second floor with a toasted teacake and a delicious white chocacino topped with half a Tunnocks Snowball. Bliss.

Hope you enjoyed my Ten Places Post. I’m thinking of doing a few others for Clitheroe in the future!

The Chocolate Works ~ Clitheroe. 

I am in big trouble! A Chocolate Cafe has opened in my home town…and you know, I cannot resist chocolate.  😁  The Chocolate Works on Castle Street serves up heavenly Hot Chocolate, Union Hand Roasted Coffee and has an amazing cake selection too.

But of course if you are a Chocolate Cafe you have to pull out all the stops. To tantalise a chocoholics sweet tooth, the Chocolate Works menu includes freshly made Bubble Waffles,  in a variety of fun flavours.

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Delicious Cakes and do I spy a Chocolate Fountain??

I won’t waffle on but these waffles are scrumdiddlyumptious!

On a visit with  friends at the weekend we seriously indulged and ordered off the Bubble Waffle Menu. I opted for the Oreo Madness  , recommended by my 6 year old god daughter. 🙂 But what are Bubble Waffles, I hear you ask?

I must admit I had never even heard of Bubble Waffles until my trip here. The dessert originates from Hong Kong and has instagrammed its way to our shores over the summer. Served in tall  knickerbocker glory type glasses the light bubbly waffles fold round an indulgent bundle of fillings. My Oreo Madness contained vanilla ice-cream, crushed Oreos and Nuttella. Nope I don’t think theres a low fat version. 😉

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The shop also sells a variety of chocolates, sweets and popcorn.

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Chocolate themed decor.

Also on the menu are chocolate dippers ; marshmallows dipped in chocolate. I knew there was a use for that chocolate fountain!  

The Chocolate Works is a lovely venue to meet up with friends. And as you can imagine kids will love it here too. My god daughter already calls this her favourite place in Clitheroe. 😁

The staff are welcoming and friendly and the owner is very passionate about chocolate. He’s even started making his own on the premises. 

Go on…….indulge. 😉

 So bob in, take a seat, your in for a treat. 😃

Chocoholics will not be disappointed! 

Pear and Mint Chocolate Tartlets

Here’s a vintage cookery post from Cathy’s kitchen over at Red Rose Style. I love this cook book too so I think she may have inspired me to make something from it at last. Mouthwatering photography Cathy. 🙂

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The Vintage Tea Party Year

is the most beautiful cookbook that I own!The recipes are framed by delicious illustrations of partying animals going about their classy soirees. All of the food looks amazing, but it also often looks rather pricey and difficult to make; the first pie requires pigeon breast, and there are instructions on how to make swans out of choux pastry! Definitely above my skill level! But when there are fox ladies drinking champagne who needs to make the actual food!

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However I decided that I should give at least one recipe a go, so I leafed through and picked out the ‘Pear and Mint Chocolate Tartlets’, mainly because the instructions seemed pretty straight forward and I recognised all of the ingredients and could pick them up from Morrisons!

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So the first step was to poach four peeled pears in a red wine mixture flavoured with mint, cinnamon, vanilla…

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Thursday Favourites ‘7’

Here is a list of five things i have enjoyed, appreciated or that have made me smile in the last 7 days. Its my Thursday Favourites. 🙂

Spring Flowers.

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Crocus in the park.

Its nice to see a few crocus and snowdrops popping up all spring like. I recently walked home from work via the castle park and spied a few blooms peeping through the grass. And I got to meet a playful black lab called Luke. Always a bonus to meet a labrador. 🙂 I feel a springy post coming on soon.

Daisys on a dress.
I bought this dress at the weekend from a shop in Clitheroe called ‘Style Diva’ on Wellgate. There was one displayed in the window enticing me inside. Goes to show the power of shop window dressing! I love that it is covered in daisies ( a nod to warmer weather) and yet still has winter sleeves.
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Cute Kittens. 🙂

At the weekend I met this treasured twosome. Sisi and Mau belong to some friends. They have been hand rearing them because they were abandoned by their Mum. Its hard work but their love and dedication is paying off and the sisters are full of mischief at five weeks old. 😀
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Tv Crime Dramas.

Enjoying the return of Silk featuring the marvelous Maxine Peak as barister Martha Costello. Great BBC series! And also The Mentalist starring Simon Baker on ch 5. Monday and Tuesday eves sorted for a bit!
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Dairy Milk Ritz.
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This is a really naughty way to end my post ! Because I work in a supermarket means i’m surrounded by temptations in the chocolate bar department. These new Cadburys Dairy Milk chocolate Ritz crackers are a yummy combination of sweet and savoury. They are pretty delicious I have to say. But I am thinking this should be my last treat …..as i really do need to lose some pounds for the summer. Healthy Eating starts ( Again!) right now.

Bye for Now. X

Easy Peazy Baking and Alphabet Dating.

Well folks my boyfriend has gone off on a Dirty Weekend…………without Me!  Ok he is actually mountain biking in deepest darkest Wales with the boys.This involves lots of falling off into muddy ravines etc , whil’st trying to get ‘Air’. I say ‘boys’  though they are all in their late 30’s and some ( no names mentioned ! ) are 43. I guess it keeps them out of mischief. 😉

So here I am Home Alone for a whole weekend. Ok i’m not strictly alone, I do have a certain black labrador for company. He mostly just sleeps and eats , dear old man.   Friday eve I happened to mention the word ‘baking’ though and he suddenly sprung to life before I could tie my Cath Kidston Apron strings. 🙂

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Jake giving me his best ' Can I lick the bowl clean' look.

So here is my attempt at making Mars Bar Crispy Cake Tray Bake which the lovely Emma featured on her blog High Heels And Pink Glitter.

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Its a Tray Bake!

The results will be taken to the Zoo today ( not to share with with the monkeys Honest) and of course I’ve left a couple for when the wanderer returns. They do look a bit tempting though……………..

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So the blogosphere inspired me to bake this wknd ( well easy peazy baking anyhow 🙂 ) and i’ve also been following the progress of an Alphabet Dating challenge over on the fabulous blog Wrapped Up In Rainbows. Have you heard of Alphabet Dating? Laura who writes the blog and her other half Chris are busy working their way though the alphabet on their days out together.For example their first alphabet date was the letter A so they went out on an Animal inspired date. And their B date involved Beer and Bulls Icecream! It sounds great fun and I have already suggested it to Wil. I think when you have been together a while ( 8 years! )you can slide into doing the same old ,same old ,dvd date night
or aft in the local pub. Alphabet Dating should get us out of our comfort zone and doing new things. What do you think? Why not give it a go too. 🙂 Hopefully October may be the month to start! <3<3

Eggcellent Easter Ideas !

Love all these Easter gift idea’s , much lovelier alternatives than buying from the supermarket. Take a look at Iris’s web site.X

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Make Easter a great one! Hello everyone 🙂

We have lots of Easter bakeware and goodies to help you out. First up, our hen silicone mould. Oven safe too. Just add melted chocolate to make gorgeous chocolate hens!

Chicken Mould

Make your own Easter Eggs this year? This gorgeous egg is made by Kristy Giblin. Thank you for sharing your wonderful make with us 🙂

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We have 2 egg moulds available in medium (£4.50) and large (£5.50). Each medium egg measures approximately 50mm in diameter and is 65mm long and each large egg measures approximately 75mm in diameter and is 95mm long.

Easter Egg Moulds

It has been rather manic at the Baked By Me HQ. Incredibly thankful that you love our Easter themed jars.

Mini Eggs Cookie Mix

Comes with easy baking instructions. Just add an egg an butter to make 18 lush drool worthy cookies. Check them out!!

Mini Eggs Delight Cookies

They are seasonal though. So do not wait…

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Ginger Chocolate Pots.

Well its National Chocolate Week here in the UK so Im doing my bit by trying out this fabulously simple yet decidently divine recipe ‘ Ginger Chocolate Pots’ , which I found on the brilliant blog http://www.domesticsluttery.com

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Ingredients

100g Green & Blacks Dark Chocolate & Ginger bar.

175ml double cream

pinch of salt

crystallised ginger

Method
1).Melt your chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water ( or in the microwave ).
2).Once the chocolate is melted remove from the heat, add a pinch of salt and slowly stir in the double cream until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
3).Pour the mixture into 4 expresso cups ( Ok i used my teacups :- ) you might need to double up on the recipe for 4 teacups).
4).To serve, remove from the fridge and garnish with crystalised ginger.
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Yummy! X

Making your own presents?

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For one week, chocoholics unite and indulge more. It’s National Chocolate Week. I must admit, I indulge whenever 😉 No need for any reasons!

This is the best time to show off our new ‘coming soon’ products! We have already been taking pre-orders for them as they are so popular! Here’s a preview of what’s to come to Baked By Me on Wednesday. They will be available to buy on our website and I am able to send email invoices if you prefer. More fabulous news, we will be able to post them internationally. Just message or email me at hello@bakedbyme.net

Hope you agree with me that they are too adorable and FABULOUS. No fuss needed, just melt any chocolate, pour them in the moulds and allow to set.

Most of them are £3.99 and delivery is £2.99 no matter how much you order. Bring on Wednesday! Woohoo. Hope you have a…

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