This morning I had a McMillan Coffee Morning with some friends (15 of us) and we were able to raise an amazing £240 for McMillan with our cakes and raffle.

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Everyone arrived with their array of home made cakes and biscuits from carrot cake to cheese cake and muffins. We had a raffle and played the two ‘guess’ games that McMillan sent us and were all astounded when we added up our funds to find we had raised £240.00

I think it’s such an easy and fun way to raise money that once a year a day should be dedicated as ‘The World’s Biggest Fundraising Coffee Morning’ so that other charities could benefit and I think lots of money could be raised. If every business small or big held it as well, can you imagine how much money could be raised???

I will certainly do another one next year and hopefully raise even more money. 7663727_da9cd11cb5_m


afternoon tea

A tea for all seasons! Delimann will deliver a delectable Devonshire Cream Tea (with a seasonal twist) to the person of your choice four times a year.

Delimann’s Afternoon Tea & Cream Tea selection is a treat to be savoured, the Afternoon Tea is the quintessential English tradition that everyone loves to share.

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75g/3oz unsalted butter melted (plus extra if you have no liner)
225g/8oz Plain Flour
2 tsp baking powder
50g/2oz golden caster sugar
25g/1oz dark brown sugar (for dusting)
100g/3.5 oz sour cream
100ml/3.5fl oz maple syrup
1 medium egg (beaten)
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
75g/3oz sultanas
125g/4.5oz coarsly grated dark chocolate

Preheat your oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5
Line or grease a loaf tin
Mix together the flour, baking powder and golden caster sugar in a bowl
Whisk the sour cream, maple syrup, egg and butter with the lemon zest, then stir in the sultanas and grated chocolate.
Fold the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and then transfer to tin.(It will be slightly lumpy)
Smooth surface and sprinkle with the dark brown sugar
Bake for 45-55 minutes in the centre of the oven until golden and skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

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2 large eggs
100g Self Raising Flour
100g Soft Butter or Low Fat Spread
100g Caster Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
6 tbsp good quality strawberry jam
300ml Double Cream, whipped

Preheat oven to 180C, 160C Fan, Gas 4
Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin tin and line bases of cups with circles of nonstick baking papers
Whisk all ingredients for 30 seconds, until smooth
Bake for about 15 minutes