Recipe | Peanut butter, choc chip and oat cookies

Peanut butter, chocolate chip and oat cookies. Simple, tasty and gluten free!

A plate of peanut butter oat and chocolate chip cookies

These cookies are one for those who love peanut butter and want a gluten free cookie recipe. If you would like to make them a little healthier, you can substitute raisins for the chocolate chips.

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Recipe | Chocolate tiffin traybake – no bake biscuit cake

This classic no bake cake is a delicious mixture of crushed biscuit and chocolate. A fridge cake which is ideal to make with children

Chocolate tiffin traybake no bake biscuit cake traditional recipe uk

This chocolate tiffin is a classic family traybake recipe. I decided to decorate the top with sprinkles on one side for the kids and drizzles of white chocolate on the other for the grown ups. But decoration is optional!

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Recipe | Bounty bars – homemade chocolate coconut treats

Bounty bars: homemade chocolate coconut treats!

Making Bounty bars homemade chocolate coconut bars simple uk recipe

If you love desiccated coconut and chocolate and are a fan of store-bought Bounty bars, then why not have a go at making your own?

Ingredients (makes 14-28 bounty bars depending on how big you choose to make them)

  • 225 g/ 8 oz fine desiccated coconut
  • 55 g / 2 oz caster sugar
  • Approx. 10 tbsp / 200 g condensed milk (sorry for the “approx.” quantities – I’ll explain below)
  • 340 g / 12 oz chocolate of your choice for coating
  • Optional 40 g / 1.5 oz white chocolate for final decoration

Method

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Recipe | Chocolate fudge crinkle cookies

Sweet chocolate fudge (almost brownie-like) cookies, coated in icing sugar to give a dramatic cracked, crinkled appearance

Chocolate fudge crinkle cookies easy recipe uk sweet biscuits dusting in icing sugar

This recipe came to me from my Mum who in turn got it from my sister. You can find the original over at the BBC goodfood website. These chocolate fudge cookies are very easy to make and particularly delicious if eaten warm from the oven.

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Recipe | Almond and coconut cake

So easy to make, this gluten-free almond and coconut cake is simply delicious

Easy almond and coconut cake recipe uk before baking topped with chopped almonds and icing sugar

I found this recipe at Bake Play Smile. There’s a video there too if you’d like to check it out!

The texture of this cake is dense, chewy and just lovely. It slices well and the taste is somewhere between a macaroon and a macaron.

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Recipe | Peppermint creams – classic fondant sweets

Peppermint creams are a true classic. Many of us will have memories of making these sweets at school!

Peppermint mint creams fondant sugar sweets old school recipe uk

Does anyone else remember making peppermint creams at school? I think we also had to make little boxes to put them in.

You can see why it’s a great recipe for kids: only three ingredients (with green colouring and chocolate topping as optional extras) and no baking required.

Ingredients (these quantities will make as few as 20 and up to 40 peppermint creams depending on how big you make them)

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Recipe | No bake chocolate cheesecake with mini eggs

A simple no bake chocolate cheesecake which should serve 12 comfortably. Mini eggs optional!

Chocolate no bake chilled cheesecake with mini eggs serves 10 to 12 simple uk recipe

I adapted the recipe from one I found for individual mini chocolate cheesecakes.

You can use any crumbly biscuits you like for the base, even chocolate ones, but I find chocolate cheesecake so rich I think it’s better to have a plain base.

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Recipe | Chocolate hazelnut button slice

A similar texture to a shortbread, a slice of this chocolate hazelnut biscuit is perfect with a cup of tea and the chocolate buttons make it extra child-friendly

Chocolate hazelnut shortbread biscuit button slice uk recipe

Another easy recipe I found on GoodtoKnow which is very child-friendly.

The finished biscuit tastes a lot like a shortbread, although it’s not as crumbly and has a lovely chocolate hazelnut flavour. The chocolate buttons with sprinkles (also called jazzies, jazzles, freckles and the large white buttons I used are apparently called snowies) are optional, but do make the biscuit look more exciting!

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Recipe | Tomato, basil and goat’s cheese loaf

So easy to make, this is a deliciously savoury goat’s cheese, basil and tomato loaf.

Tomato, fresh basil and goat's cheese loaf quick recipe uk

A belated Happy New Year to you all!

My mum saved this recipe for tomato, basil and goat’s cheese loaf from the 2011 Good Food calendar. You could say it’s taken me a little while to get round to making it…

While it’s a loaf, the final texture is more like a scone than bread. It’s delicious and very easy to make. A great loaf to serve with soup and if you don’t like goat’s cheese you can use feta instead.

Ingredients (makes a loaf from which you can get about 10 decent-sized slices)

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Review | The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library 8)

A great final (for now) book in this highly enjoyable series. 4/5 stars.

The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman book cover

I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher (Pan Macmillan) via NetGalley in return of an honest review.

The blurb:

Return to the world of the Invisible Library for Irene’s most perilous mission yet . . .

Librarian Spy Irene is heading into danger. Not for the first time, but could this be her last? She’s tasked with a terrifyingly dangerous solo mission to eliminate an old enemy, which must be kept secret at all costs. But even more troubling news emerges. Multiple worlds are disappearing – and the Library may have something to do with it.

Determined to uncover the truth behind the vanished worlds, Irene and her friends must descend into the unplumbed depths of the Library. And what they find will change everything they know. This may be Irene’s most dangerous assignment of her hazardous career.

The Untold Story is the unputdownable eighth book in the Invisible Library fantasy series by Genevieve Cogman.

My take:

I’ve been a fan of this series since I read the first book, The Invisible Library, back in 2015. Over the past six years I’ve become so attached to the characters I would happily read a story about them going on a non-eventful holiday. A break they have more than earnt but which would no doubt leave them all incredibly bored!

But readers looking forward to more high-stakes Invisible Library adventure from this book needn’t worry. As with all the previous books in the series, The Untold Story is packed with intrigue, action and peril. And, as the author has decided this is the last of these books for the foreseeable, it does wrap up most of the over-arching story threads very nicely.

You really do have to have read the earlier books before you pick up The Untold Story. The characters have such detailed back stories and so much has happened over the course of the previous seven books, I’d recommend you go back to the beginning and stick with it. The series gets better with each book as you become more attached to the recurring characters and familiar with the intricacies and quirks of the world that Cogman has created.

Overall: If you’re looking for a fantasy adventure series to try, I highly recommend The Invisible Library. And you can embark on the adventure safe in the knowledge that it will all come to a satisfying conclusion in The Untold Story.


Claire Huston / Art and Soul