great-taste-award-1Sarah Murray – owner of the Beechwood Fine Foods’ farm shop in the market town of Tring, Hertfordshire, with husband Toby – has once again received a Great Taste Award, this time for ‘Sarah’s Traditional Fruit Chutney’.

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lemon-polenta-cakeThere are lots of recipes for polenta cakes but I find this one works every time. Naturally gluten free this makes a sharp but sweet sticky ‘cake’ which is also great as a dessert served with crème fraiche. For a real treat you could add some limoncello to the syrup!

Cuts into 12-16 slices.

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Less formal than a traditional simnel cake, there are lots of variations depending on how much time you have or how fancy you want to make the cake. This version is a combination of different cake recipes I use, and the cake in the accompanying photo was made with gluten free flour.

Can be made ahead and frozen

Cuts into 12-16 pieces.

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15-12-01-stollen-cupcakesSweet bites of marzipan and mixed spice, fruit and nuts in a bun! Any dried fruits or nuts will do, choose your favourites or just use what you have in the cupboard. Best eaten on the day they are made.

Makes 6-8 cupcakes

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15-11-30-world-cheese-awards-smallOn Thursday 26 November, Toby Murray of Beechwood Fine Foods, the Farm Shop in Tring, Hertfordshire, enjoyed his fifth appearance as a judge at the World Cheese Awards, which took place at the BBC Good Food Show Winter at the NEC, Birmingham.

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15-08-26-recipeAt this time of year it is often difficult to know what to do with a glut of some fruits and veg; this is a great way to use an excess of tomatoes, and it freezes well too!

Makes enough for 6-8 servings

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15-03-24-beechwood-fine-foods-giant-easter-eggTring – Toby and Sarah Murray, owners of Beechwood Fine Foods located in Tring, Hertfordshire, will once again be assisting Tring Lions’ fundraising efforts by raffling a giant Easter Egg. The competition will close at 1pm on Easter Saturday 4 April 2015. Beechwood Fine Foods are one of eight retailers around Tring raffling the prize eggs.

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15-03-13-zesty-lemon-cakeThis is a genoise style sponge which can be a bit more tricky, but a higher proportion of butter and the addition of a little baking powder should help produce a wonderfully light sponge. The sweetness of the butter cream filling is offset by the zingy lemon syrup; the cake in the accompanying photo was made with gluten free flour. The sponge can be made ahead and frozen

Cuts into 12-16 pieces.

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15-03-02-cheese-and-wineTring – Toby and Sarah Murray, proprietors of the Tring Farm Shop, Beechwood Fine Foods, will be joining forces later this month with Andy Batchelor, Landlord of The Greyhound Pub in Wiggington and Toby Chiles of SH Jones Wine Merchants, to co-host a cheese and wine tasting, at the pub, followed by a sumptuous meal, on Thursday 19 March.

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15-01-30-feb-recipeDense and sweet, this is great comfort food and really simple to make!

Can be made ahead and frozen. Cuts into 12 to 16 slices.

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