Recipe | Kinder bueno cookie bars

Chewy cookie bars chock-full of Kinder chocolate and Kinder Bueno

Kinder bueno chocolate cookie bars milk and white chocolate

My friend Sam suggested I make these – so it’s all her fault! I used a recipe from Jane’s Patisserie. All Jane’s recipes are great. And if you’d find a recipe video helpful, there’s one on her site.

These are best served warm so the Kinder chocolate is slightly gooey.

Ingredients (makes 16 to 20 cookie bars)

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Recipe | Hot chocolate fudge pudding

A great classic dessert, perfect with ice cream: hot chocolate fudge pudding

Hot chococolate fudge pudding classic dessert recipe uk served with ice cream

This pudding bakes into a soft chocolate sponge bathed in a delicious hot chocolate sauce. Best served hot from the oven with a little vanilla ice cream.

This is another recipe from my mum’s recipe clippings (thanks, Mum!). Some of the quantities in the original recipe were a bit vague, so I’ve listed exactly what I used here and given the different measures.

Sorry my pictures are a bit rubbish!

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Recipe | Chocolate tiffin traybake – no bake biscuit cake

This classic no bake cake is a delicious mixture of crushed biscuit and chocolate. A fridge cake which is ideal to make with children

Chocolate tiffin traybake no bake biscuit cake traditional recipe uk

This chocolate tiffin is a classic family traybake recipe. I decided to decorate the top with sprinkles on one side for the kids and drizzles of white chocolate on the other for the grown ups. But decoration is optional!

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Recipe | Bounty bars – homemade chocolate coconut treats

Bounty bars: homemade chocolate coconut treats!

Making Bounty bars homemade chocolate coconut bars simple uk recipe

If you love desiccated coconut and chocolate and are a fan of store-bought Bounty bars, then why not have a go at making your own?

Ingredients (makes 14-28 bounty bars depending on how big you choose to make them)

  • 225 g/ 8 oz fine desiccated coconut
  • 55 g / 2 oz caster sugar
  • Approx. 10 tbsp / 200 g condensed milk (sorry for the “approx.” quantities – I’ll explain below)
  • 340 g / 12 oz chocolate of your choice for coating
  • Optional 40 g / 1.5 oz white chocolate for final decoration

Method

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Recipe | Almond and coconut cake

So easy to make, this gluten-free almond and coconut cake is simply delicious

Easy almond and coconut cake recipe uk before baking topped with chopped almonds and icing sugar

I found this recipe at Bake Play Smile. There’s a video there too if you’d like to check it out!

The texture of this cake is dense, chewy and just lovely. It slices well and the taste is somewhere between a macaroon and a macaron.

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Recipe | No bake chocolate cheesecake with mini eggs

A simple no bake chocolate cheesecake which should serve 12 comfortably. Mini eggs optional!

Chocolate no bake chilled cheesecake with mini eggs serves 10 to 12 simple uk recipe

I adapted the recipe from one I found for individual mini chocolate cheesecakes.

You can use any crumbly biscuits you like for the base, even chocolate ones, but I find chocolate cheesecake so rich I think it’s better to have a plain base.

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Recipe | Chocolate hazelnut button slice

A similar texture to a shortbread, a slice of this chocolate hazelnut biscuit is perfect with a cup of tea and the chocolate buttons make it extra child-friendly

Chocolate hazelnut shortbread biscuit button slice uk recipe

Another easy recipe I found on GoodtoKnow which is very child-friendly.

The finished biscuit tastes a lot like a shortbread, although it’s not as crumbly and has a lovely chocolate hazelnut flavour. The chocolate buttons with sprinkles (also called jazzies, jazzles, freckles and the large white buttons I used are apparently called snowies) are optional, but do make the biscuit look more exciting!

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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 | Easy Halloween bakes – colourful, spooky and delicious ideas

I haven’t had a chance to do any Halloween baking yet this year. But I’ll probably be making one of these old favourites…

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1. Cute Oreo spider muffins

Halloween cute oreo spider muffins spooky easy uk recipe cute bake

2. Brownie cupcakes with orange and green sponge

Halloween brownie cupcakes with orange and green sponge quick easy Halloween baking recipe for kids UK with buttercream and sprinkles

3. Chocolate fudge muffins with chocolate cobwebs

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

4. Mint millionaire’s shortbread with white chocolate cobwebs

Mint millionaire's shortbread recipe

5. Chocolate and mint layered fudge

Chocolate and mint layered fudge uk simple halloween recipe ideas

6. Chocolate brownie and colourful sponge cake

Halloween chocolate brownie and sponge layer cake orange and green with chocolate recipe uk party ideas

Happy baking and have a very Happy Halloween!


Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Recipe | Chocolate peanut butter muffins

Chocolate and peanut butter muffins with extra chocolate chips

Easy chocolate peanut butter and choc chip chunk muffins recipe uk

I found the original recipe at A Baking Journey. I made a couple of ingredient changes to fit what I had in the cupboard/fridge.

It’s a very straightforward recipe and the muffins rise well and taste delicious – just be careful not to overbake them or they could be a little dry.

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