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

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2. Caramel chocolate brownies

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Recipe | Chocolate and mint layered fudge

Chocolate and mint layered fudge. An easy idea for Halloween… or any time!

Chocolate and mint layered fudge uk simple halloween recipe ideas

I’ve started looking for Halloween recipes. While I was mooching around the internet, I wondered if I could make chocolate fudge with a bright green mint layer. So, not exactly a classic “Halloweeny” recipe, but Halloween would be a good excuse to make it!

I got the original recipe from the BBC goodfood website. I’d make a couple of changes in future… but I’ll mention those when I get there.

Ingredients (I got 48 pieces from the block of chocolate mint fudge)

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Recipe | Rice Krispies stars: puffed rice cereal with marshmallow, white chocolate and sprinkles!

So easy to make, kids of all ages will enjoy these Rice Krispies stars: puffed rice cereal with melted marshmallow, white chocolate and your choice of sprinkles!

Rice Krispies stars marshmallow white chocolate tray bake treats cake pops easy recipe uk

This basic Rice Krispies tray bake recipe gives you lots of options. If you’re short on time, just cut the large rectangular slab into squares. Or use a biscuit cutter to cut out stars or any other shape you like. If you have skewers, lolly or cake pop sticks, you can insert these into your pieces to make treats for children’s parties.

I got the original recipe here at GoodtoKnow.

Ingredients (makes 14 to 20 Rice Krispies stars depending on how thick you spread the mixture and how big a star cutter you use)

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Recipe | Snickers no bake cheesecake

Inspired by Snickers bars (still “Marathon” to some of us!), this no bake cheesecake is a a decadent combination of chocolate, caramel and peanut.

Snickers no bake cheesecake peanut chocolate caramel uk

All credit for this recipe goes to the lovely Jane over at Jane’s Patisserie. She is a cheesecake genius and her website features over forty cheesecake recipes. Make sure you check it out!

Following some suggestions from Jane, I made a couple of changes to her recipe. She has all sorts of helpful ideas as to how to make the recipe even more peanutty, so take a look at her original recipe if that’s what you’re after.

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Recipe | Chewy chocolate oat squares

Chewy chocolate oat squares: a tasty mix of flapjack and cake

Chewy chocolate oat square flapjack white and milk chocolate cake recipe uk

This week’s recipe comes from GoodtoKnow. I’ve haven’t tried a mixture of flapjack and cake before, but this recipe produces a chocolatey treat with an incredibly moreish texture. I made one significant change to the original recipe: I put all the chocolate on top rather than inside the oat squares.

Ingredients (makes 16 to 32 chewy chocolate oat squares)

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Recipe | Jammy Shortcake Biscuit Bites

Jammy Shortcake Biscuit Bites – another no-bake tray bake which is super sweet and simple to make.

Jammy Dodgers jammy shortbread biscuit bites tray bake recipe no baking uk

I think I’m on a no-bake roll. Last week it was Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites, this week I’ve been making tray bake using one of my favourite biscuits: Jammy Dodgers.

My mum passed on the original recipe to me from one of Nadiya Hussain’s baking columns in The Times Magazine. I made a couple of changes to the recipe quantities and method, fortunately without any negative repercussions!

A note on Jammy Dodgers

If you’re not familiar with Jammy Dodgers, each biscuit is made up of two circles of shortbread, wedged together with a sticky layer of strawberry jam. The original biscuit is made here in the UK by Burtons, but a lot of supermarkets make their own cheaper versions. I used Aldi’s own version of the classic biscuit, which you can see in the picture below.

Jammy Dodgers jammy shortbread biscuits for tray bake recipe

Ingredients (makes 16 to 25 Jammy Shortcake Biscuit Bites depending on how big you cut them)

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Recipe | Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites

Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites: just 5 basic ingredients make this easy, sweet treat!

Quick Mars bar and rice krispie cake bars uk recipe chocolate and puffed rice cereal tray bake

After last week’s brownies, this week I was looking for another tray bake, although what I’ve found doesn’t actually require any baking.

These Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites are quick and simple to make. As there’s no oven involved and you can do all the melting using a microwave, they’re also a good option if you want to “bake” with the help of little people. I got the original recipe here at GoodtoKnow. I made a couple of small changes, mostly to the decorative final layer.

A note on Mars Bars and Rice Krispies

If you can only get your hands on the original brands, that’s fine. But most supermarkets do their own, far cheaper versions of both these ingredients. I used Tesco’s own version of Mars Bars (any bar containing nougat and caramel coated in milk chocolate will be fine) and Rice Krispies because they were half the price of the original brands (see pics below).

Tesco's own brand rice krispies, puffed rice cereal and mars bars crazy caramels

Ingredients (makes 16 to 32 Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites depending on how big you cut them)

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Recipe | Salted caramel chocolate brownies

I need to find more words for “delicious”!

how to bake salted caramel brownies quick recipe uk

I’ve never baked with salted caramel before, but the experiment was incredibly successful. I got the original recipe from the BBC Good Food website. It’s very popular and, having read the helpful comments of other testers, I made a couple of changes to the recipe following their recommendations. I’m glad I did!

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

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