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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Recipe | Tomato, basil and goat’s cheese loaf

So easy to make, this is a deliciously savoury goat’s cheese, basil and tomato loaf.

Tomato, fresh basil and goat's cheese loaf quick recipe uk

A belated Happy New Year to you all!

My mum saved this recipe for tomato, basil and goat’s cheese loaf from the 2011 Good Food calendar. You could say it’s taken me a little while to get round to making it…

While it’s a loaf, the final texture is more like a scone than bread. It’s delicious and very easy to make. A great loaf to serve with soup and if you don’t like goat’s cheese you can use feta instead.

Ingredients (makes a loaf from which you can get about 10 decent-sized slices)

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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 | Chocolate caramel Chelsea buns

Chelsea buns with chocolate hazelnut and caramel sauce. Why not?!

Chocolate and caramel chelsea buns quick and easy UK recipe baking with yeast tear and share

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)

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Recipe | Old school jam and cornflake tart

Jam and cornflake tart: a school dinner classic I’ve been meaning to make for ages!

Old school dinner jam and cornflake tart or cake traybake recipe easy quick uk recipe custard optional

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.

Ingredients

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Recipe | Lemon melt icing sugar cookies

Bite through the crunchy shell to a fluffy lemon cloud of icing sugar cookie deliciousness…

Lemon melt icing sugar cookies light fluffy biscuit simple recipe uk

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)

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Recipe | White chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel buttercream

White chocolate fudge cake – a light version of a classic

Easy white chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel buttercream recipe uk

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)

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Recipe | Homemade cereal bars

Make cereal bars from your choice of dried fruit, seeds and oats.

Make your own quick cereal bars recipe uk

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)

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Recipe | White chocolate and peppermint Christmas bark

White chocolate and peppermint Christmas bark: a festive treat which also makes a great gift

White chocolate Christmas bark recipe uk with mint candy canes

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.

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