Recipe | Mini Nutella croissants

These mini Nutella croissants are a quick way to use up any puff pastry you may have hanging about!

mini nutella croissants easy quick recipe for using up puff pastry

If you have any frozen or chilled puff pastry you need to use up, or just want to make something fast using shop-bought puff pastry, these mini Nutella croissants are an incredibly easy option.

Apologies to any French readers as I’m pretty sure these don’t strictly qualify as “croissants”.

My chocolate spread wasn’t Nutella – it was a white and milk chocolate mixture. Any chocolate or chocolate hazelnut spread will work fine.

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Recipe | Salted caramel beach cupcakes

Yummy cupcakes with salted caramel centres, decorated for a day at the beach with jelly baby sunbathers. Perfect for a summer party!

Salted caramel and jelly baby sunbathers beach cupcakes uk recipe with cocktail umbrellas

I found this recipe for salted caramel cupcakes with cute jelly baby sunbathers and cocktail umbrellas in an issue of Sainsbury’s Magazine last summer and have been waiting to give it a try. I made a couple of changes to the original recipe which calls for cream cheese frosting, but if you’d like to look at it, it’s available online here.

Ingredients (makes 12-16 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Microwave sponge jam pudding

Microwave sponge jam pudding: a childhood favourite of mine still just as good today!

Quick Microwave sponge jam pudding recipe uk

I’ve been meaning to make one of these for AGES. I have fond memories of Mum making these microwave puddings for us, burning my mouth on the jam because I could never wait for the pudding to cool down before trying it! I wouldn’t be surprised if this sponge pudding brought back (hopefully pleasant) memories of school dinners for some.

This microwave sponge pudding is quick and easy to make. You can use jam or golden syrup as your topping. I got this recipe at allrecipes.

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Recipe | Banana and chocolate chip loaf cake

banana and chocolate chip load cake simple uk recipe

The original recipe for this banana and chocolate chip loaf cake is from allrecipes. Banana cake is always an easy, tasty way to use up any bananas you have which have started to go black.

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Recipe | Easter creme egg chocolate cupcakes

That’s right: Cadbury creme eggs in chocolate cupcakes!

Cadbury creme egg cream egg easter chocolate cupcake recipe easter baking simple uk

A friend of mine who absolutely adores Cadbury Creme Eggs sent me a link to a recipe video for these creme eggs cupcakes by Chef Club UK on Facebook. I took the hint!

The original recipe includes coffee, which I left out. I also added a little baking powder to guarantee a good rise. I put a few more steps in my method than the original. But please do check out the video if you think it will help you.

This is also an ideal recipe if you don’t have a stand mixer or electric hand mixer to help you.

Ingredients (makes 6 cupcakes – just double all quantities if you want to make 12)

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Recipe | Chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons

Just three basic ingredients and a little chocolate make this yummy teatime treat.

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroon finished product uk recipe easy

Ingredients (makes 8 chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons)

I had one egg white to use up, so these are the quantities I used. If you want to make a larger batch of coconut macaroons, for each extra egg white increase the dry ingredients proportionally.

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Recipe | Baileys, Nutella and cheesecake brownies

Baileys, Nutella, cheesecake, chocolate… many favourites in one delicious brownie

Baking with Baileys and nutella cheesecake brownies uk recipe

These are brilliant! I can’t remember what recipe I was looking for…  but fortunately my search caused me to stumble across this recipe on the Good Housekeeping website. I made a couple of small changes to the recipe but the Baileys-Nutella combination with the cheesecake swirl is lovely and I can’t recommend these enough.

Ingredients (makes 16 – 32 brownies depending on how big you cut them)

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Recipe | Quick golden syrup cookies

Yummy, chewy golden syrup cookies. Also an easy recipe to make vegan!

Quick golden syrup cookies biscuits uk recipe easy

Following the success of using golden syrup in my gingerbread cake, I did a search for biscuits made using this magic ingredient. I found this super-simple golden syrup cookie recipe on the BBC Good Food website.

Ingredients (makes 12-24 cookies depending on how big you make them)

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Recipes: Easy Valentine’s baking ideas

With February 14th fast approaching, this week I revisit five recipes perfect for sharing some love.

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1. Easy chocolate biscuits – heart-shaped for Valentine’s Day

Caramel chocolate brownies heart shaped for Valentine's day with strawberry pink buttercream 5

2. Caramel chocolate brownies

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Recipe | Gingerbread cake

Quick-to-make and delicious, this gingerbread cake is perfect with a cup of tea

Easy quick gingerbread cake ginger cake recipe uk

This gingerbread cake recipe comes from allrecipes. I was a bit worried about using the boiling water, but clearly it’s a magic ingredient because the gingerbread cake turned out beautifully. The abundance of golden syrup makes this a sticky cake to make, but gives it its lovely golden colour and perfectly moist, chewy texture. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee, this gingerbread cake is ideal for elevenses or afternoon tea.

Ingredients

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