Recipe | Malteser chocolate biscuit bars (no bake!)

Maltesers, dark and white chocolate, plus crushed biscuit. The sweetest of no-bake treats!

Easy no bake quick Malteser chocolate biscuit bars with white chocolate topping recipe uk

I got the original recipe from allrecipes but made a couple of tweaks to it. A very easy no-bake option for fans of Maltesers with a very sweet tooth.

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Recipe | Nutella and cinnamon cake

A subtle hint of cinnamon completes this delicious chocolate hazelnut cake

Nutella and cinnamon cake quick recipe with hazelnut sprinkle on top uk

By “nutella” I mean hazelut chocolate spread. I always use the supermarket’s own version because it’s so much cheaper and just as good. The recipe I used from BBC GoodFood is for a circular baking tin, but I used my rectangular tin and it baked fine, although far more quickly. And if you’re thinking “cinnamon, yuck!”, you can always use only 1 tsp in the mix. But the cinnamon flavour in the finished cake is very subtle, even when using 2 tsp.

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Recipe | Easy rainbow chocolate truffles

A fun, simple recipe for chocolate truffles. Child-safe too!

Fun kids rainbow sprinkles chocolate truffles easy simple uk recipe

Ingredients (makes 20-30 truffles depending on how big you roll them)

  • 200 g/ 7 oz milk chocolate (you could use dark or plain, mint or orange chocolate)
  • 1 tsp soft butter
  • 100 g / 3.5 oz vanilla/plain biscuits (I used malted milk biscuits, but digestives, shortbread, marie biscuits or similar would also work – use your favourites!).
  • Approx. 50 g / 1.7 oz rainbow sugar spinkles (hundreds and thousands).
  • Optional mini foil/paper cases. I had some Wiltons foil cases in the cupboard to use up. But these are completely optional and probably only necessary if you’re planning to give them as a gift.

Method

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Recipe | Coffee and walnut tray bake

This coffee and walnut tray bake is the perfect tea time cake. Delicious!

Coffee and walnut traybake tray bake with coffee buttercream espresso cake easy uk recipe

This is a quick, easy recipe I found on GoodtoKnow. I used a lot of strong coffee and the coffee flavour in the cake was still subtle, so don’t worry about going too far.

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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 | Easy peanut butter and caramel fudge

A quick recipe for peanut butter and caramel fudge. Easy to make and incredibly moreish.

Picture of slices of peanut butter and caramel fudge

This recipe is from a recent edition of The Times Magazine. It’s been a while since I made fudge and had peanut butter to use up from another bake, so decided to give it a go.

If you love peanut butter, this is an easy recipe for a sweet treat which stores well, making it straightforward to share and/or space out the calories!

Ingredients (makes 20 to 48 pieces depending on how small you cut the fudge slab)

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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 | 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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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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