Recipe | Lemon melt icing sugar cookies

Bite through the crunchy shell to a fluffy lemon cloud of icing sugar cookie deliciousness…

Lemon melt icing sugar cookies light fluffy biscuit simple recipe uk

It had been ages since I’d made a lemon recipe and a quick search for simple options turned up this recipe for soft melt-in-your-mouth lemon cookies.

These lemon melt icing sugar cookies are absolutely beautiful, particularly if you get the chance to eat one or two when they’re fresh out of the oven. The outer shell has a sweet crunch and the inside is a fluffy cloud of subtle lemony goodness.

Rolling and baking the sticky dough in several batches is a bit of a faff, but your efforts will be more than rewarded.

Ingredients (makes approx. 50 icing sugar cookies)

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Recipe | Honey and ginger cakes

Little honey and ginger cakes with optional sticky honey glaze

Honey and ginger cakes uk recipe quick and easy with glaze

Looking for an alternative to chocolate everything? These honey and ginger cakes are a terrific option. So easy to make, the mixture rises beautifully into a light, fragrant sponge.

I got the original recipe for these honey and ginger cakes at olive magazine. Personally, while the glaze is also easy to make, I prefer the cakes without it. As advertised, it’s very sticky, and I prefer to live without the mess!

If you want to use a bun/cupcake tin, the ingredients will make 24 cakes. If you use a muffin tin, you’ll get 12 muffins. As you’ll see below, I used a 12-hole bun tin and a 24-hole mini bun tin.

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Thank you and book update. A quiet lockdown launch for Art and Soul… with cake!

Art and Soul an uplifting contemporary romance novel by Claire Huston book cake 2
Yes, the enormous book in the middle is, in fact, a cake!

Like many authors, I always hoped to have a small party to celebrate the publication of my debut novel, Art and Soul. Like everyone, I didn’t expect lockdown. But, even if she only has 4 people to feed, you can’t keep a baker down. And with a good excuse to make a giant cake, I made one!

Art and Soul an uplifting contemporary romance novel by Claire Huston book cake 3

Here’s another picture of it sliced, just to prove it really was a cake. Two large layers of simple sponge cake with vanilla buttercream and then an edible customised topper which I ordered online.

And if you’re wondering where I am… ta-dah!

Art and Soul an uplifting contemporary romance novel by Claire Huston book cake (2)

Sorry I look so squinty, but it was a beautiful bright day so at least we got to eat cake in the garden.

Blog Tour thanks

Thank you to all the bloggers who took part in the blog tour for Art and Soul and, of course, to Rachel Gilbey for doing such a wonderful job in organising it all. Their reviews are brilliant and I’m thrilled they enjoyed the book, with many of them finding it was exactly the sort of cheerful distraction they needed at the moment.

Thank you too!

And thank you everyone for your kind words, sharing the message the book was out and, indeed, to those of you who bought or downloaded a copy. I really appreciate it.

If you have read and enjoyed Art and Soul, if you can, please leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. It does make a huge difference to how visible the book is to other readers.

Still a book bargain!

If you like contemporary romance and are looking for an uplifting story, I’d be delighted it you would give Art and Soul a try. And/or tell your romance-reading friends about it!

The ebook is still only 99p / $0.99 on Amazon or free to read with Kindle Unlimited.

And/or if you could add the book to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, I’d be very grateful.

Art and Soul contemporary romance novel cover by Claire Huston a heartwarming uplifting romance

Thank you again! I hope you’re all keeping safe and well.

Next week, normal service will resume with a recipe post 🙂


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Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Recipe | Mini egg cookie layer cake

Two giant chocolate chip cookies crammed full of Cadbury mini eggs and sandwiched together with vanilla buttercream

Cadburys mini egg double layer cookie cake easy recipe uk with buttercream frosting

All thanks to Kaisha at The Writing Garnet for sending me a link to the brilliant Jane’s recipe for mini egg cookie cake. I hadn’t planned any Easter-themed baking, but I couldn’t resist trying this one. If you haven’t visited Jane’s Patisserie yet, I highly recommend it. All her recipes are wonderful.

I only made a small change to her original recipe. Before you bake, please note you are making two large cookies and putting them together. Although it’s called a “cake” it doesn’t have the consistency of cake. Instead it’s an enormous chewy biscuit packed full of chocolate chunks and Cadbury mini eggs.

Ingredients

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Recipe | School jam and coconut sponge cake

Fluffy sponge cake smothered in jam and sprinkled with dessicated coconut: a classic from the old school canteen. Custard optional!

Classic old school jam and coconut sponge cake easy uk recipe

Another old school classic I’ve been meaning to make for ages. This school jam and coconut sponge cake is made using a basic sponge mix with some jam and dessicated coconut to decorate. You can use any size or shape of shallow baking tin you have, just tweak the ingredient quantities up or down as necessary.

I believe some school canteens used to serve this as a dessert with (pink!) custard. But I’d rather eat it as it is!

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Recipe | Jammie dodger white chocolate blondies

Jammie dodger blondies: a classic biscuit in a chewy white chocolate brownie

Mini Jammie dodger white chocolate blondies easy recipe uk

I got this recipe from olive magazine. While I do prefer traditional chocolate brownies to blondies, I was tempted by the use of mini Jammie dodgers and white chocolate, which I love.

The chopping involved when preparing the ingredients may seem like a faff, but you’re just doing all the hard work usually involved in post-bake decoration before the bake.

If you can’t find mini Jammie Dodgers, the ordinary sized biscuits would also work, but wouldn’t look as “neat” on top. In fact, any biscuit would work, so choose your favourite!

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Recipe | One-bowl banana cake

Only one bowl needed to make this quick, moreish banana cake. No mixer, no mess. Loaf shape optional!

Easy banana cake recipe uk quick baking

I got the recipe for this banana cake from the happy foodie. They got it from Mary Berry, so no wonder it’s terrific! Never throw out bananas that have turned black when you could make a delicious banana cake with them.

You don’t have to bake this in a loaf tin. Any shape tin will work, but if you use a shallower tin the cake will bake more quickly, so just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

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Recipe | Valentine’s heart-shaped Florentines

Chocolate-topped, heart shaped Florentines: a sweet Valentine’s treat

Quick Valentine's heart shaped Florentines recipe uk with dark choc and white chocolate

I’ve had a recipe for cherry and coconut Florentines that I clipped from bbcgoodfood magazine waiting for me to make for ages. Turns out you can find it online here.

It appealed to me because the method makes things a bit easier: make a big slab of Florentine and then cut them out.

I decided to use a heart-shaped cutter to make these Florentines more suitable for Valentine’s Day, but obviously you can use whatever cutter you have or just cut/break the large slab into irregular shapes.

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Recipe | White chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel buttercream

White chocolate fudge cake – a light version of a classic

Easy white chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel buttercream recipe uk

A fair version of a classic chocolate cake, this white chocolate fudge cake still has the satisying, slightly chewy texture you expect from a fudge cake, but is less sickly sweet. That said, a small slice still goes a long way!

I got the original recipe from olive magazine, but I reduced the quantities of ingredients as I only wanted to make 2 layers.

Ingredients (makes a 2-layer white chocolate fudge cake from which you can get at least 12 large slices)

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Recipe | Homemade cereal bars

Make cereal bars from your choice of dried fruit, seeds and oats.

Make your own quick cereal bars recipe uk

Shock: a relatively healthy recipe!

I found the original recipe at EatYourVeg.co.uk. However, I altered the quantities and the exact ingredients to suit me and my family. As long as you maintain the same ratio of wet ingredients (a total of 220 g honey and peanut butter) to dry (a total of 625 g of everything else), you will end up with great homemade cereal bars.

Ingredients (makes 16-20 cereal bars)

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