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Martha Collison  Baking enthusiast. Waitrose columnist. GBBO quarter finalist. Food tourist. Bestselling Author of Twist and Crave. Tearfund ambassador. Bride to be.

Remember a few weeks back when I went to Bergen in Norway and posted a lot about cheese?
Well, this folks, is the world's best cheese. And I'm not exaggerating for the sake of Instagram - this really HAS been judged as the world's best cheese by @guildoffinefood World Cheese Awards, and I'm lucky enough to have a piece from the last batch!
A full-flavoured aged gouda with perfect little crystals running though it, Fanaost, made by a small Norwegian cheesemaker with just 12 dairy cows, is a worthy winner.
#WorldCheeseAwards #Fanaost #CheeseJudging @ostevm2018

That festive baking smell β€’ Prepping some mince pies for an exciting masterclass at's Christmas Cottage tomorrow and playing around with the Mi A2 camera πŸŽ„
#ShotOnXiaomi #TakeMiHome #ChristmasBaking #MincePieMasterclass

Sweet and salty brownies β€’ I made 100 of these little beauties for @instagram's event educating all about child safety on social media this morning and they disappeared quick! β€’
Anyone want the recipe? Will write it up for #BakingMartha if you do!
#AtHomeWithInstagram #TimeWellSpent #BrownieBaker #SweetAndSalty #BakersOfInstagram

Rum and raisin Christmas pud - raisins soaked in dark rum overnight so they are super juicy. Make it now so it can mature and be fed even more rum before the big day πŸ₯ƒ Find the recipe in my stories or on the @waitroseandpartners website
#ChristmasBaking #WaitroseAndPartners #ChristmasPudding

Anyone else got the most amazing local bakery? I must admit, even bakers buy baked goods sometimes, and where better to get them than just down the road? Kane is the owner and head baker of my local bakery, @sugardoughhove, and makes the most exceptional cakes and pastries.
Christmas is such a busy time for us all, so it is just the time to slow down and treat yourself to something special! This ginger spice and brandy buttercream cake certainly gets me into the festive spirit - and supporting local businesses makes me feel great about enjoying it too.

How can you support your local independent food shops in your Christmas shopping? @visauk is supporting high streets and shopping local this Christmas, something I feel really passionate about. Share your best festive food finds using the hashtag #keepitlocalthischristmas and help others discover them!
#KeepItLocalThisChristmas #Ad

Visiting @boroughmarket at Christmas-time is my happy place β€’ The scent of mulled cider in the air, Christmas lights everywhere and soft, sticky cinnamon rolls from @breadaheadbakery - what more could you want?

Had the loveliest afternoon catching up with @chetnamakan, @treaclebakes, @richardpburr and @iainwatters over lunch and having tea with @hungryromantic!
Now sat on a delayed train home wishing I'd bought more buns... #LondonAtChristmas #BoroughMarket #BakersOfInstagram #BakerMeet #WorkingInFood #FoodPhotography

Christmas baking season is just around the corner, and if you're starting to gather recipes to bake, I've got FIVE brand new Christmas bakes in a baking special @waitroseandpartners Weekend issue that you can pick up in store NOW! This is my peppermint chocolate Yule log - the recipe link is in my stories and will shortly be up on #BakingMartha β€’
#ChristmasBaking #StirUpSunday #YuleLog #Chocolate #MarthaBakes #WaitroseAndPartners #TooGoodToWait

Christmas is coming πŸŽ„ Try baking my spiced milk and honey cake - perfect for those who don't like fruitcake and ideal when you've not got loads of time to bake either! It keeps for 2 weeks in a sealed tin, so is a great gift idea too. Recipe over on #BakingMartha and on the @lauraashleyuk blog β€’
#ChristmasBaking #EdibleGifts #LauraAshley #PieceOfCake

Thanksgiving isn't really a holiday we celebrate in the UK, but I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a few things I'm really thankful for this year:

1. I get to cook, write and talk about food for a living and I absolutely love it
2. I moved to a beautiful new city on the coast and it finally feels like home.
3. I marry this gem of a man in less than 5 months!

This is my current favourite winter-warming dessert - a toffee apple and blackberry upside-down cake. The trick to glossy, golden top is to pour a layer of caramel into the tin first to coat all the delicious fruit pieces. Find the recipe in my stories and on the @waitroseandpartners YouTube channel and website β€’
#WaitroseAndPartners #WinterWarmer #AutumnBaking #BakingMartha #MarthaBakes

#ad How sad have all the stories about the death of the high street made you this year? This is Louise - she and her husband Eamon opened @kernelofhove two years ago and they stock the most gorgeous local produce! Shopping ethically and knowing the providence of my ingredients is so important to me, and Louise can tell you exactly where each product in their shop has come from and even who grew it/made it/produced it.

@visauk is supporting high streets and shopping local this Christmas, and so am I! Where are your favourite local hidden gems to go Christmas food shopping? Share your high street finds using the hashtag #KeepItLocalThisChristmas - let's celebrate them and see the high street come back to life.
I'm going to make a glorious sticky roasted pumpkin, turmeric and local honey side dish for a cosy roast with these goodies. Get to know local shop owners, learn their stories and invest in their businesses - you'll feel great for doing so!

Gingerbread biscuits βœ…
Melted dark chocolate βœ…
Homemade marshmallow filling βœ…

Find the recipe for my gingerbread s'mores over on the @waitroseandpartners website or through the link in my stories!

#WaitroseAndPartners #Smores #MarthaBakes #MarthaCooks #AutumnBaking

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