Chelsea buns with chocolate hazelnut and caramel sauce. Why not?!
I very rarely make bread or anything involving yeast. Mainly because I haven’t the time for mucking about with proving. But when I found this recipe from GoodtoKnow for chocolate Chelsea buns, it sounded straightforward so I thought I’d give it a go.
Traditional Chelsea buns contain spices and sultanas. This is a sweeter twist on the classic recipe.
I didn’t have enough chocolate hazelnut spread, but did have some salted caramel sauce to use up. And so that’s why my version contains chocolate and caramel. You can just use the chocolate hazelnut spread if you prefer.
Ingredients (makes 12 chocolate caramel Chelsea buns)
Jam and cornflake tart: a school dinner classic I’ve been meaning to make for ages!
What can I say? I had cornflakes to use up! I found quite a few recipes which said to use ready-to-roll, shop bought-pastry. And that’s a good option if you’re in a hurry, but making the pastry isn’t that tricky if you have the ingredients and time. I used this recipe from Baking Mad.
Jam and cornflake tart is an old school classic. Another one I think many people would have had served with custard.
Bite through the crunchy shell to a fluffy lemon cloud of icing sugar cookie deliciousness…
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)
White chocolate fudge cake – a light version of a classic
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)
Make cereal bars from your choice of dried fruit, seeds and oats.
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)
White chocolate and peppermint Christmas bark: a festive treat which also makes a great gift
You don’t really need a recipe to make chocolate bark because it’s as straightforward as you might think. Melt chocolate, pour it out, sprinkle with the toppings of your choice, leave to set and that’s it!
This festive version features white chocolate with mint and strawberry candy canes. Add any other festive sprinkles or chocolates you like.
Ingredients Continue reading…
A simple festive bake: easy chocolate brownies + fun decorations = cute edible Christmas trees!
I was searching online of easy Christmas bakes and kept seeing pictures of triangular brownies made into cute Christmas trees by adding some green icing and sprinkles. I decided to give it a try using one of my own chocolate brownie recipes.
Ingredients (makes 12-16 Christmas tree brownies)
Delicious caramel cupcakes with a swirl of caramel buttercream. A perfect sweet treat!
Sorry that all my recipes lately seem to start with, “So I made X and had Y ingredient left over so I made Z,” but I’m afraid this week it’s more of the same!
I made peanut butter and caramel fudge recently and had most of a tin of caramel left over. I searched for a cupcake recipe which included caramel in the mixture ingredients and found this one at Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen. It worked brilliantly and I was delighted with the delicious results!
Ingredients (makes 12-15 cupcakes)
Fun colourful cupcakes with a surprise sweetie centre made using condensed milk.
Recently I made flapjacks using a recipe which only required half a tin of condensed milk. I wondered if I could use up the rest of the tin by making cake. Unsurprisingly there are lots of condensed milk recipes on the Carnation website, where I got this recipe for piñata cupcakes.
The resulting sponge is light, fluffy and delicious. I’ll definitely be making these again!
Ingredients (makes 12 piñata cupcakes)
Gorgeous chewy flapjack with the added sweetness of condensed milk.
I suddenly wanted to bake something using condensed milk… not sure what prompted that! I haven’t made flapjacks for ages and wondered if there were flapjacks recipes out there featuring condensed milk. I found the one I used at The Pink Whisk.
Ingredients (makes 16-24 slices of flapjack)