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 | Microwave sponge jam pudding

Microwave sponge jam pudding: a childhood favourite of mine still just as good today!

Quick Microwave sponge jam pudding recipe uk

I’ve been meaning to make one of these for AGES. I have fond memories of Mum making these microwave puddings for us, burning my mouth on the jam because I could never wait for the pudding to cool down before trying it! I wouldn’t be surprised if this sponge pudding brought back (hopefully pleasant) memories of school dinners for some.

This microwave sponge pudding is quick and easy to make. You can use jam or golden syrup as your topping. I got this recipe at allrecipes.

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Recipe | Banana and chocolate chip loaf cake

banana and chocolate chip load cake simple uk recipe

The original recipe for this banana and chocolate chip loaf cake is from allrecipes. Banana cake is always an easy, tasty way to use up any bananas you have which have started to go black.

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Recipe | Easter creme egg chocolate cupcakes

That’s right: Cadbury creme eggs in chocolate cupcakes!

Cadbury creme egg cream egg easter chocolate cupcake recipe easter baking simple uk

A friend of mine who absolutely adores Cadbury Creme Eggs sent me a link to a recipe video for these creme eggs cupcakes by Chef Club UK on Facebook. I took the hint!

The original recipe includes coffee, which I left out. I also added a little baking powder to guarantee a good rise. I put a few more steps in my method than the original. But please do check out the video if you think it will help you.

This is also an ideal recipe if you don’t have a stand mixer or electric hand mixer to help you.

Ingredients (makes 6 cupcakes – just double all quantities if you want to make 12)

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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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Recipe | Baileys, Nutella and cheesecake brownies

Baileys, Nutella, cheesecake, chocolate… many favourites in one delicious brownie

Baking with Baileys and nutella cheesecake brownies uk recipe

These are brilliant! I can’t remember what recipe I was looking for…  but fortunately my search caused me to stumble across this recipe on the Good Housekeeping website. I made a couple of small changes to the recipe but the Baileys-Nutella combination with the cheesecake swirl is lovely and I can’t recommend these enough.

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

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Recipe | Gingerbread cake

Quick-to-make and delicious, this gingerbread cake is perfect with a cup of tea

Easy quick gingerbread cake ginger cake recipe uk

This gingerbread cake recipe comes from allrecipes. I was a bit worried about using the boiling water, but clearly it’s a magic ingredient because the gingerbread cake turned out beautifully. The abundance of golden syrup makes this a sticky cake to make, but gives it its lovely golden colour and perfectly moist, chewy texture. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee, this gingerbread cake is ideal for elevenses or afternoon tea.

Ingredients

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Kid’s building site / digger chocolate birthday cake

This kid’s chocolate building site birthday cake looks great and is very easy to put together!

Kid's digger building site builder chocolate easy birthday cake

It was my elder son’s 5th birthday recently. It’s taken me a while to blog about this cake, but if you follow my posts you’ll probably already know I gave birth to our second son at around the time of my first son’s birthday and since then I’ve been a tad busy!

As I knew my sons’ birthdays would be very close together, I wanted to make a birthday cake which was simple and quick to assemble. Some internet browsing brought me to this building site / digger cake idea in the form of some photos. I did my best to copy what I saw, using my own cake recipe and various toy construction site pieces I already had.

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Recipe | Chocolate fudge muffins with Halloween chocolate webs

Spooky chocolate fudge muffins. Another idea for Halloween!

Easy chocolate fudge muffins recipe uk with Halloween chocolate cobweb spider web frosting

The search for simple Halloween-themed recipes continues this week with delicious chocolate fudge muffins topped with a chocolate cobweb pattern.

I found the original recipe for these chocolate fudge muffins on the BBC goodfood website. I’ve described the order in which I put the ingredients together, which is slightly different to the original.

Ingredients (makes 10 muffins)

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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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