Recipe | Jam and lemon curd tarts

Jam and lemon curd tarts: buttery, flaky pastry cases holding your choice of sweet filling

am and lemon curd tarts on a cooling rack dusted with icing sugar

I can’t believe I haven’t made jam tarts before. If you’re in a hurry, you can use ready-to-roll, shop-bought pastry.

I looked through a lot of recipes and there’s lots of variation for the pastry ingredients. If you’re looking for a vegan option, you can use baking margarine instead of butter, plus plain flour and water, leaving out the egg. There’s a recipe for that method at Baking Mad.

I adapted this recipe from one I found at BBC goodfood.

If you’re not a fan of jam or lemon curd, you can bake the tart cases without any filling, wait for them to cool and then fill them with chocolate hazelnut spread or another filling of your choice.

Ingredients

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Recipe | Amaretti chocolate torte

An easy dessert torte you can make in advance: a crunchy amaretti biscuit base with a smooth chocolate cream topping

Amaretti chocolate torte easy dessert UK recipe sliced

This recipe for amaretti chocolate torte came from my mum 🙂

You can get amaretti biscuits in many supermarkets, but I waited until Italian week in Lidl to get them as theirs don’t cost the earth (apologies if you live in a country that doesn’t have Lidl).

You should let the amaretti chocolate torte chill a couple of hours before you serve it, but I found that it had a firmer texture which was easier to slice after being allowed to chill overnight. This makes it an ideal dessert to make a day in advance of a dinner party.

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Recipe | Kinder bueno cookie bars

Chewy cookie bars chock-full of Kinder chocolate and Kinder Bueno

Kinder bueno chocolate cookie bars milk and white chocolate

My friend Sam suggested I make these – so it’s all her fault! I used a recipe from Jane’s Patisserie. All Jane’s recipes are great. And if you’d find a recipe video helpful, there’s one on her site.

These are best served warm so the Kinder chocolate is slightly gooey.

Ingredients (makes 16 to 20 cookie bars)

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Recipe | Hot chocolate fudge pudding

A great classic dessert, perfect with ice cream: hot chocolate fudge pudding

Hot chococolate fudge pudding classic dessert recipe uk served with ice cream

This pudding bakes into a soft chocolate sponge bathed in a delicious hot chocolate sauce. Best served hot from the oven with a little vanilla ice cream.

This is another recipe from my mum’s recipe clippings (thanks, Mum!). Some of the quantities in the original recipe were a bit vague, so I’ve listed exactly what I used here and given the different measures.

Sorry my pictures are a bit rubbish!

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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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