Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

I’ve always loved Terry’s Chocolate Orange ever since I was a kid. My grandad’s name was Terry and I used to think that he had some sort of involvement in the creation of this delicious treat! One of the first things I made when I started getting into baking were Terry’ Chocolate Orange cupcakes. Since moving my blog over from Blogger to WordPress I’ve been working on improving my content and recipes. So many of my old recipes no longer reflect my current style, skills and tastes. I made a baked Chocolate Orange Cheesecake a few years ago, which was good, but this no-bake version is much much better!! And so easy to make too!

To make the biscuit base I whizzed up 250g digestive biscuits in my food processor.

I added 80g melted butter and pressed it into the bottom of a 23″ springform tin, I put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To make the filling I used my electric hand mixer to mix together 750g full fat cream cheese, 200g icing sugar, 30g cocoa powder and 2 tsp orange extract. Once it was mixed I added 300ml double cream and whisked again until the mixture thickened. Then I folded in 8 chopped up segments of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

I put the filling on top of the biscuit base and smoothed it over. I left it in the fridge overnight to set.

The next day I melted 6 segments of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, put it in a piping bag and piped it all over the top of the cheesecake.

For the rest of the decoration, I whipped up 300ml double cream with 2 tbsp icing sugar and piped it all around the edge of the cheesecake. I added 6 chopped up segments of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in the middle, and Mini Terry’s Chocolate Orange in the cream. Then I added some bronze sprinkles which I got from Waitrose all over.

The cheesecake was so delicious! Buttery biscuit base, creamy chocolate orange filling filled with chocolate bits, fresh cream and more Terry’s Chocolate Orange tastyness on top. It got top votes from my friends and family, even my friend’s adorable 1 year old was a big fan! Surely the most honest review! It was so easy and quick to make, and no oven involved, which is just what I needed during the hot weather on the weekend I made this.

             

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Recipes Made Easy and Brilliant Blog Posts by Honest Mum.

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Terry's Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Ingredients

Base

  • 250 g Digestive biscuits
  • 80 g Butter melted

Filling

  • 750 g Full fat cream cheese
  • 200 g Icing sugar
  • 30 g Cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Orange extract
  • 300 ml Double cream

Decoration

  • 300 ml Double cream
  • 2 tbsp Icing sugar
  • 1 pack of Terry's Mini Chocolate Orange
  • Sprinkles
  • 1 Terry's Chocolate Orange

Instructions

  1. Use a food processor to whizz up the digestive biscuits into crumbs. Or put them in a food bag and smash with a rolling pin. Then put into a mixing bowl

  2. Add the melted butter to the biscuit crumbs and mix together, then press them into the bottom of a 23" springform tin until compact and an even layer. Put it in the fridge for 30 minutes

  3. To make the filling use an electric hand mixer or a food mixer with a whisk attachment to mix together the full fat cream cheese, icing sugar, cocoa powder and orange extract until smooth

  4. Add the double cream and whisk again until the mixture thickens. Fold in 8 chopped up segments of the Terry's Chocolate Orange with a spoon or spatula

  5. Put the filling on top of the biscuit base and smooth it over. Put it in the fridge overnight or for 5-6 hours to set

  6. Melt 6 segments of the Terry's Chocolate Orange in a glass bowl in the microwave. Start with a 30 second blast, stir the mixture, then do 10 second blasts stirring in between until it's melted. Pour the melted chocolate into a piping bag, snip off a small bit at the end and piped it all over the top of the cheesecake

  7. Whip up the double cream with the icing sugar using an electric hand mixer or by hand and piped it all around the edge of the cheesecake using a closed star nozzle (mine is Jem 1E). Sprinkle 6 chopped up segments of a Terry's Chocolate Orange in the middle, and place Mini Terry's Chocolate Orange segments in the cream. Then I added some sprinkles of your choice all over

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Ultimate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Ultimate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I am completely obsessed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, especially the mini ones. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is so addictive for me. My sister feeds my addiction, she bought me giant PB cups for Christmas and after she recently sent me a photo of Reese’s spread, I knew that these Ultimate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes had to happen! The sponge is flavoured with peanut butter and two Reese’s Mini PB Cups are inside each cake. The buttercream is made from Reese’s spread, and then there are more Mini PB Cups on top. They are the ultimate combination of chocolate and peanut butter!

To make the sponge I first creamed together 175g butter and 175g caster sugar.

Then added 2 eggs and 30g peanut butter and whisked them in.

Finally I mixed in 185g self raising flour.

I separated the mixture into a lined cupcake tin. I got 14 cupcakes from the mixture. Into each cake I placed two mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that had been in the freezer for about an hour on top of the batter.

I baked them on 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 mins.

To make the buttercream I mixed together 150g butter and 300g icing sugar. Then I added 200g Reese’s Spread and a splash of milk and mixed it in until smooth.

I put the buttercream in a piping bag with a Jem 1E nozzle and piped it onto the cupcakes.

To decorate, I cut two Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups in half and placed them on top.

Oh my gosh these cupcakes were heavenly! My peanut butter and chocolate dreams came true! I was so happy. I probably could’ve eaten the lot, but I was selling these at work for a charity bake sale which was the only thing that stopped me!

And inside was the best bit! The peanut butter joy never ends!

            

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Recipes Made Easy and Bake of the Week hosted by Mummy Mishaps.

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Ultimate Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Servings 14

Ingredients

Cupcake sponge

  • 2 Eggs
  • 175g Butter
  • 175g Caster sugar
  • 30g Peanut Butter
  • 185g Self raising flour
  • 120g Pack of Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Frozen

Buttercream

  • 150g Butter
  • 300g Icing sugar
  • 200g Reese's Spread
  • 120g Pack of Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Instructions

  1. To make the sponge cream together the butter and caster sugar

  2. Then add the eggs and peanut butter and whisk them in

  3. Then mix in the self raising flour

  4. Separate the mixture into cupcakes cases. Place two of the frozen Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on top of the batter of each cupcake

  5. Bake them on 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 mins

  6. To make the buttercream mix together the butter and icing sugar. Then add the Reese's Spread and mix it in until smooth. If the buttercream is too stiff, add a splash of milk


  7. Put the buttercream in a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe it onto the cupcakes

  8. To decorate, cut two Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups in half and place them on top of the buttercream

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Unicorn Millionaire’s Shortbread

Unicorn Millionaire’s Shortbread

I’ve seen unicorn themed food everywhere over the past few months and it inspired me to make this Unicorn Millionaire’s Shortbread. As well as cakes and cupcakes featuring golden horns and glittering manes to look like the mythical creatures themselves, food decorated with candy pastel colours is also part of the trend. I’ve used pastel coloured candy melts and chocolate stars to give this delicious shortbread a magical appearance!

I started by making the shortbread layer. I mixed together 300g plain flour, butter and 150g caster sugar then pressed it into the bottom of a lined traybake tin until it was compact.

Then I baked it on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 35 minutes until it was golden brown. I left it in the tin and put it on a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the caramel layer I put 100g butter, 100g light brown sugar and a can of Carnation condensed milk (397g) into a pan on a low heat. Once the sugar had dissolved I turned the heat up and let the caramel bubble for 5 minutes whilst I stirred constantly.

I poured the caramel on top of the shortbread and put it in the fridge to set.

For the chocolate topping I melted 400g white chocolate, 70g pink candy melts, 70g blue candy melts and 70g yellow candy melts.

First I poured the white chocolate over the caramel and smoothed it out, then I added blobs of the candy melts all over and used cocktails sticks to swirl them around. I also added some white chocolate stars for an extra magical touch!

After the chocolate had set, to slice up the bars I ran a knife under hot water to heat the blade. I gently pressed it onto the chocolate so it melted it and cut through without cracking the chocolate.

The shortbread base is buttery and melt in the mouth, the caramel is rich and gooey and the white chocolate is sweet and creamy. I cut some of the pieces in half again, but my partner was happy with a big slice as he loves white chocolate! The shortbread would be great for a children’s birthday party.

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I’m linking up with Treat Petite this month, hosted by me. And We Should Cocoa hosted by Tin & Thyme.

 

And with Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins, and Bake of the Week hosted by Casa Costello.

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Unicorn Millionaire's Shortbread

Servings 12

Ingredients

Shortbread

  • 300 g Plain flour
  • 265 g Butter
  • 150 g Caster sugar

Caramel

  • 100 g Butter
  • 100 g Light brown sugar
  • 397 g Carnation condensed milk

Chocolate

  • 400 g White Chocolate
  • 70 g Pink candy melts
  • 70 g Blue candy melts
  • 70 g Yellow candy melts
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Mix together the plain flour, butter and caster sugar for the shortbread and press it into the bottom of a lined traybake tin until it is compact
  2. Bake it on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 35 minutes until golden brown. Leave it in the tin and put it on a cooling rack to cool completely
  3. To make the caramel put the ingredients into a pan on a low heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, turn the heat up and let the caramel bubble for 5 minutes whilst stirring constantly. Do be careful as the caramel gets extremely hot
  4. Pour the caramel on top of the shortbread and put it in the fridge to set
  5. Melt the chocolate and candy melts in separate bowls. Add 1 tsp of the vegetable oil to each candy melt bowl to make the mixtures smoother and easier to work with
  6. Pour the white chocolate over the caramel and smoothed it out, then add blobs of the candy melts all over and use cocktails sticks to swirl them around. Add white chocolate stars or other sprinkles of your choice
  7. To slice up the shortbread, remove from the tin and place onto a chopping board. Run a sharp knife under hot water then gently press it onto the chocolate, it will melt through without cracking the chocolate. Please take care as the metal blades can get very hot
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Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake

Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake

I reviewed a recipe book recently called Lola’s A Cake Journey Around The World and as part of my review I made an Amarula Cake from the book. I really enjoyed it as it contained some of my favourite flavours – chocolate, caramel and whipped cream. I also have a new love for Amarula! It’s similar to Baileys in that it’s a cream liquor, but it’s made with a fruit from South Africa called the marula fruit. I really wanted to make the cake again but I wanted to amp it up and really make it indulgent and special, so this Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake was created!

I started by mixing 120g cocoa powder with 250ml boiling water, then left it to cool. I whisked up 6 eggs, 440g caster sugar and 120ml vegetable oil with an electric hand whisk until it was frothy. I added the cocoa powder mixture and whisked it in.

Then I added 500g self raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 2 tbsp Amarula and folded it in. I separated the mixture into three 22cm cake tins and baked on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes.

I made a buttercream by mixing together 450g baking spread, 4 tbsp Amarula and 900g icing sugar. I stacked up the sponges, drizzling 1 tbsp Amarula on each sponge before spreading them with some buttercream.

I covered the sponge in a base coat of buttercream and put it in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

I took it out and covered it again with the rest of the buttercream and I smoothed it out as best I could.

To decorate the cake I carefully piped blobs of the caramel on the edge of the cake, then covered the whole top of the cake with a thin layer of the caramel. I whipped up 200ml double cream, 3 tbsp Amarula and 2 tbsp icing sugar and piped it around the edges. I added bronze sprinkles and white chocolate stars in the centre, then cut some chocolate squares I got from The Chocolate Trading Co into triangles and stuck them into the cream. Finally a spritz of gold glitter finished it off!

This cake was everything I had dreamed of! Rich chocolate sponge, sticky caramel drizzle and sweet buttercream with Amarula flavour. It would make a fabulous cake for a celebration, or the ultimate way to treat yourself!

I’m linking these cake up with some blogger link ups this month. Cook Blog Share hosted this month by Hijacked By Twins, and We Should Cocoa hosted by Tin & Thyme.

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Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake

Servings 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 120 g Cocoa powder
  • 250 ml Boiling water
  • 6 Eggs
  • 440 g Caster sugar
  • 120 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 500 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 12 tbsp Amarula
  • About 1/3 can of Carnation Caramel
  • 900 g + 2 tbsp Icing sugar
  • 450 g Baking spread
  • 200 ml Double cream
  • Sprinkles of your choice
  • 10 Chocolate Duo Panels
  • Gold Edible Glitter

Instructions

  1. Mix the cocoa powder with the boiling water and leave to cool

  2. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric or hand whisk to mix the eggs, caster sugar and vegetable oil until frothy. Then, add the cocoa powder mixture and whisk it in
  3. Gently fold in the self raising flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tbsp of the Amarula
  4. Separate the mixture into three greased and lined 22cm cake tins and bake on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes (check they are done by inserting a skewer or thin knife into the centre, it should come out clean). Leave them on cooling racks to cool completely

  5. To make the buttercream mix together 450g baking spread, 4 tbsp Amarula and 900g icing sugar until smooth
  6. Stack up the sponges, drizzling 1 tbsp Amarula on each sponge before spreading them with some of the buttercream
  7. Cover the cake in a base coat of buttercream and put it in the fridge for 1 hour to set
  8. Cover the cake with the rest of the buttercream and smooth it out as best you can using a palette knife or scraper
  9. Put the Carnation Caramel into a piping bag and carefully pipe blobs on the edge of the cake so it drips down. Then cover the whole top of the cake with a thin layer of the caramel
  10. Whip up the double cream along with 3 tbsp of the Amarula and the 2 tbsp of icing sugar, pipe it around the edges of the cake
  11. Add sprinkles in the centre of the cake, then cut the chocolate duo panels into triangles and stick them into the cream. Finally spritz with gold edible glitter

 

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Chocolate & Caramel Golden Egg Cupcakes

Chocolate & Caramel Golden Egg Cupcakes
Easter is one of my favourite celebrations as it’s such a lovely time of year. Seeing spring flowers popping up all over the place brings a smile to my face every time. And it’s nice not to feel that cold bite in the air anymore. Plus there’s a ton of chocolate and an extra two days off work which never hurts! I’m especially looking forward to Easter weekend this year as we’ve been so busy decorating our new house and we’ll finally have some time to relax and see friends and family over the Easter weekend. I hope you all have lovely and relaxing Easter weekends planned!

To make the chocolate sponge I first creamed together 170g baking spread and 170g caster sugar.

I added 3 eggs and mixed them in.

Then I mixed in 140g self raising flour, 30g cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp baking powder.

I divided the cupcakes into cases (I used some brown ones and some gold foil ones as I wasn’t sure which would look best!)

I baked them on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes.

When they were cool I used a cupcake corer to remove a section from the middle.

I filled each hole with some Carnation caramel.

I made a buttercream by mixing together 150g baking spread, 300g icing sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. I then added 75g melted Galaxy chocolate and mixed until smooth.

I piped the buttercream onto each cupcake to resemble a nest, then placed 3 Golden Galaxy Eggs into the middle.

These cupcakes are so decadent and indulgent! The sponge is light, the caramel is rich and the buttercream has that hint of chocolate flavour that is fully satisfied by the shimmering golden eggs. And if you don’t tell your friends and family about the caramel inside, they will get a yummy surprise when they dig in!

I’m linking these cupcakes up with a few blogger link ups this month. Treat Petite hosted by myself this month (and Cakeyboi on alternate months), and Desert Island Dish hosted by Good Egg Foodie.

Also linking up to Cook Blog Share hosted this month by Hijacked By Twins, and We Should Cocoa hosted by Tin & Thyme.

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Chocolate & Caramel Golden Egg Cupcakes

Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer

Ingredients

  • 320 g Baking spread
  • 170 g Caster sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 140 g Self raising flour
  • 30 g Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • About 1/3 can of Carnation Caramel
  • 300 g Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 packs of Golden Galaxy Eggs
  • 75 g Galaxy chocolate melted

Instructions

  1. To make the chocolate sponge cream together 170g of the butter and the caster sugar

  2. Add the eggs and mix them in
  3. Mix in the self raising flour, cocoa powder and baking powder
  4. Divide the cupcakes into 12 muffin cases and bake them on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes
  5. When they are cool use a cupcake corer or a knife to remove a section from the middle of each cupcake
  6. Fill each hole with some of the Carnation caramel
  7. Made a buttercream by mixing together 150g of the baking spread, the icing sugar and the vanilla extract. Then add the melted Galaxy chocolate and mix until smooth
  8. Pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake to resemble a nest, then place 3 Golden Galaxy Eggs into the middle
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Baileys Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies

Baileys Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies

People often think I am from Irish descent due to my pale skin and red hair, but as far as I know, I don’t have any Irish in my blood. It is hard for me to be certain of this due to a rather tulmutuous family history, but no one else in my direct family has the same colouring as me. This certainly led to a lot of musings about being adopted when I was younger! One thing I know for sure is that I love Irish food and drink, and Baileys Irish cream is one of my favourite drinks (I currently have three bottles in my cupboard). I love to bake with it, one of my favourite ever cakes is my Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Buttercream, so I just had to find another way to put it in a bake and these brownies were created!

To make the Baileys cheesecake filling I mixed together 350g full fat cream cheese, 65g caster sugar, 1 egg and 4 tbsp Baileys irish cream liquor.

For the brownie mix I whisked together 250g dark brown sugar and 3 eggs, I also added 2 tbsp Baileys.

I added 350g melted dark chocolate and 250g melted butter to the mixture, then added 120g plain flour and 1 tsp baking powder.

I poured about two third of the mixture into a lined tray bake tin, then I poured the cheesecake mixture on top, then I poured the rest of the brownie mixed on top.

I swirled it around a bit using a knife then baked it on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 35 minutes.

I left it to cool completely before cutting into squares. These brownies were divine and did not stick around for long at all! I even had to treat myself to a second piece. The baileys really comes through in the cheesecake and it pairs perfectly with the soft chocolatey brownie.

I’m linking this recipe up to Treat Petite, hosted by Cakeyboi this month and me on alternate months.

And with We Should Cocoa hosted by Tin & Thyme.

And with the Sunday Fitness & Food Link Up hosted by Ilka’s Blog and Marathons & Motivation.

 

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Baileys Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients

  • 350 g Full fat cream cheese
  • 4 Eggs
  • 65 g Caster sugar
  • 6 tbsp Baileys
  • 350 g Dark chocolate
  • 250 g Butter
  • 120 g Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 250 g Dark brown sugar

Instructions

  1. To make the Baileys cheesecake filling mix together the full fat cream cheese, caster sugar, 1 of the eggs and 4 tbsp of the Baileys until smooth

  2. For the brownie mix start by melting the dark chocolate and butter in a glass bowl over simmering water, once melted, set aside to cool

  3. In a bowl, whisk together the dark brown sugar and 3 of the eggs until frothy, add 2 tbsp Baileys and mix in

  4. Slowly pour the melted chocolate and butter into the mixture, whilst constantly mixing

  5. Add the plain flour and baking powder and mix in

  6. Pour about two third of the brownie mixture into a lined tray bake tin, then pour all of the cheesecake mixture on top, then pour the rest of the brownie mix on top

  7. Using a knife, swirl the mixture around a bit, then bake it on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 35 minutes

  8. Leave it to cool completely before cutting into squares

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies (Vegan)

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies (Vegan)

I don’t know why, but telling someone that a brownie is vegan can really put them off. I’m not sure why this is as nowadays you can bake so many delicious treats without using any animal products. I took these Chocolate & Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies into work (without mentioning the ‘v’ word) and my colleagues happily scoffed the lot, especially when I told them they contained no butter and were made with coconut sugar as this immediately removed any January diet-related hesitation over whether to indulge or not. They are rich, sweet and super moist. If you’ve never tried vegan baking before, this is a great place to start!

I started by making the caramel. In a pan I warmed 160ml coconut cream with 70g light brown sugar. I let it bubble for 5 minutes whilst constantly stirring.

I took the caramel off the heat and added a mixture of 4 tbsp maple syrup, 6 tbsp peanut butter (I used Meridian Smooth Peanut Butter with no palm oil), 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp salt. I poured it into a bowl and put it in the fridge to cool.

For the brownie batter I put 250g plain flour, 200g golden caster sugar, 150g coconut sugar, 90g cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt in a bowl and stirred it together.

I then added 250ml almond milk, 2 flax eggs, 250ml vegetable oil and 1 tsp vanilla extract and whisked it all together.

I poured the batter into a lined baking tray, then added blobs of the peanut butter caramel all over and swirled it all together with a knife.

I baked it on 180C/160C Fan/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 45 minutes.

The brownies were so fudgey and gooey, and the peanut butter caramel is to die for. I personally would add more peanut butter next time for a stronger taste, but it depends how much you love peanut butter. If you don’t like it, you could use another nut butter or omit the caramel entirely and just make some yummy chocolate brownies.

I’m linking this recipe up to Treat Petite, hosted by me this month, and Cakeyboi on alternate months.

And to Healthy Vegan Fridays hosted by Rock My Vegan Socks.

And with Recipe Of The Week hosted by A Mummy Too.

And with We Should Cocoa hosted by Tin & Thyme.

Recipe adapted from the Telegraph.

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies (Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 160 ml Coconut cream
  • 70 g Light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp Peanut butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 250 g Plain flour
  • 200 g Golden caster sugar
  • 150 g Coconut sugar
  • 90 g Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 250 ml Almond milk
  • 2 Flax eggs see note
  • 250 ml Vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. To make flax eggs: 2 tbsp linseeds, ideally ground up in a food processor or spice grinder, soaked in 4 tbsp water for at least 10 minutes in the fridge.

  2. Start by making the caramel. In a pan warm the coconut cream with the light brown sugar. Let it bubble for 5 minutes whilst constantly stirring, then take off the heat and pour in a bowl

  3. Mix together the maple syrup, peanut butter, 1 tsp of the vanilla extract and 1 tsp of the salt, add it to the caramel and put it in the fridge to cool

  4. In a bowl mix together the plain flour, golden caster sugar, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and 1 tsp of the salt

  5. In another bowl whisk together the almond milk, flax eggs, vegetable oil and 1 tsp of the vanilla extract, then add it to the dry ingredients and mix together

  6. Pour the batter into a lined baking tray, then add blobs of the peanut butter caramel all over and swirl it all together with a knife

  7. Bake on 180C/160C Fan/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 45 minutes

  8. Allow to cool then cut into squares

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White Chocolate & Cranberry Baked Donuts

White Chocolate & Cranberry Baked Donuts

So we moved house! Yay! We’re still surrounded by boxes but as soon as the place looks a bit more presentable I’ll take some photos of my new kitchen. Before we moved I made these baked donuts which are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Baked donuts aren’t really donuts except for the fact they are ring shaped, they are more like little cakes. They are really easy to make, and I’ve flavoured them a few times in the past with cocoa powder, pumpkin puree and lemon zest but I’ve never tried putting fruit or choc chips in them, I thought white chocolate and cranberry was a great flavour mix for Valentine’s and I really had some fun decorating them!

I started by putting 225g plain flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt and 175g caster sugar in a bowl and mixing it together.

In a separate bowl I mixed together 175ml milk, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

I poured the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisked until combined and smooth. In a third bowl I weighed out 50g dried cranberries and 50g white chocolate chips, I put 1 tsp plain flour into the bowl and tossed it around to coat the fruit and chocolate.

I added it to the batter and folded it in.

I greased my Wilton donut pan with butter, then filled each hole with about 3 tbsp of batter so it was almost full, but not quite.

I baked them on 180C/160C Fan/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 10-12 minutes. I pressed the donuts
quickly with my finger and if they sprang back I knew they were done. I gently prised the donuts out of the pan using a spoon and let them cool. The white chocolate chips did stick a bit.

To decorate them I made up some white icing and some pink icing. I used 450g icing sugar in total mixed with enough water to make a smooth paste, and some pink food colouring for the pink icing. I had fun decorating them with different combinations of sprinkles!

They were really tasty and packed with sweet white chocolate flavour and tart cranberries. Plus they looked so fun. These would be a great bake to make with the kids and a sweet treat for your loved one.

I’m linking this up with Cook Blog Share hosted this month by Sneaky Veg.
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White Chocolate and Cranberry Baked Donuts

Ingredients

  • 225 g Plain flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 175 ml Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 450 g Icing sugar
  • Pink food colouring
  • 50 g Dried cranberries
  • 50 g White Chocolate Chips
  • Butter for greasing
  • Sprinkles of your choice

Instructions

  1. Place the plain flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar in a bowl and stir together

  2. In a separate bowl mix together the milk, eggs, olive oil and vanilla extract

  3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until combined and smooth

  4. Add the cranberries and white chocolate chips and fold in

  5. Grease the donut pan with butter

  6. Fill each hole with about 3 tbsp of batter and bake on 180C/160C Fan/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 10-12 minutes Gently prise the donuts out of the pan using a spoon and let them cool

  7. Make the icing by mixing the icing sugar with enough water to make a thick paste. Split the icing in half and dye one half pink with the food colouring

  8. Spread the icing on top of the donuts with a palette knife, then decorate as you like with your chosen sprinkles

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Raspberry & Coconut Tarts (Vegan)

Raspberry & Coconut Tarts (Vegan)

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating. We had a quiet one at home, which I enjoy more these days. Now it’s that time of year when we all start evaluating our lifestyles and making some healthy changes (that may or may not be long lasting!) These Raspberry & Coconut Tarts are packed full of goodness, easy to make and taste really good, like really good, so good you might not even believe they are healthy if you hadn’t made them yourself! They’re also vegan friendly, so if you’ve decided to follow Veganuary they are a great recipe to try out.

To make the base I put 100g blanched almonds, 90g dried dates, 90g wholegrain crackers, 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder and a pinch a salt into a food processor and blitzed it until it resembled fine crumbs.

I melted 55g of coconut oil and added it to the ‘crumbs’ along with 6 tsp maple syrup and mixed it all together. I lined eight holes of a cupcake pan with cling film, then pressed the mixture into the holes making sure the sides and bottom were of an even thickness. Then I put it in the freezer for 30 minutes.

To make the filling I took two cans of coconut milk out of the fridge and seperated the thick white topping from the coconut water at the bottom. You can reserve the water and use it for smoothies or curries. Then I whisked it up along with 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 4 tbsp maple syrup (I like it quite sweet but you can add less maple syrup if you wish).

I took the tart cases out of the freezer and took them out of the pan and removed the cling film. I filled each one generously with the coconut cream, then placed some fresh raspberries on top, and finally sprinkled some chopped roasted hazlenuts on top.

And the tarts were done! This is the kind of healthy and vegan-friendly food more people need to try as it tastes so decadent and naughty when you eat, but it’s actually good for you. Surely the perfect health food?!

The tart base is crunchy and tastes sweet and chocolatey, and the coconut cream melts in the mouth. You can add any fresh berries or fruit to these tarts depending on your preference, and any nuts too.

I’m linking this recipe up to Treat Petite, hosted by Cakeyboi this month (and me on alternate months).

And to Healthy Vegan Fridays hosted by Rock My Vegan Socks.

Recipe adapted from Healthista/Fearne Cotton.

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Raspberry & Coconut Tarts (Vegan)

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 100 g Blanched almonds
  • 90 g Dried dates
  • 90 g Wholegrain crackers
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 55 g Coconut oil
  • 6 tsp Maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 400ml cans of Coconut milk stored in the fridge overnight
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 24 Raspberries
  • A handful of Chopped roasted hazelnuts

Instructions

  1. To make the base put the blanched almonds, dried dates, wholegrain crackers, cocoa powder and salt into a food processor and blitz it until it resembles fine crumbs

  2. Melt the coconut oil and add it to the 'crumbs' along with 6 tsp of the maple syrup and mix it all together

  3. Line eight holes of a cupcake pan with cling film, then press the mixture into the holes making sure the sides and bottom are of an even thickness. Then put it in the freezer for 30 minutes

  4. To make the filling separate the thick white topping from the coconut milk then whisk it up along with the vanilla extract and 4 tbsp of the maple syrup

  5. Take the tart cases out of the freezer and take them out of the pan and remove the cling film. Fill each one generously with the coconut cream, then place some fresh raspberries on top, and finally sprinkle some chopped roasted hazelnuts on top

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Syllabub Star Cups & Bake Box 6 Unboxing

Syllabub Star Cups & Bake Box 6 Unboxing

My last Bake Box of the year arrived last week and I knew it would inspire me to get baking some Christmas themed treats! I love these Syllabub Star Cups filled with a lemon cream and topped with berries, they are so easy to make and they would be a fabulous sweet canape for your Christmas parties and gatherings! If you want to know more about Bake Box check out my other posts where I made Parisian Treats, Dress Biscuits, a Cherry Traybake and a Midnight Blue Velvet Cake.

This month’s theme was Stars and Snowflakes and inside the box was:

  • A giant silicone star mould
  • Set of 5 star cookie cutters
  • Set of 3 snowflake icing cutters/plungers
  • 15 silicone mini star moulds
  • A snowflake chocolate decorating sheet
  • Santa and Snowman embossed cookie cutters
  • Silver edible glitter

Although I loved everything in this month’s Bake Box, my favourite items were the embossed cookie cutters and the mini star silicone moulds.

There were six delicious looking recipes included with the Bake Box and I decided to make the Syllabub Star Cups as they looked so pretty and it gave me a chance to try out the silicone moulds. My boyfriend’s family were also visiting and I thought they would make a great dessert.

I started by melting 150g dark chocolate and spooning it into each mould. I used a small clean paintbrush (I have one I use for food only) to brush the chocolate up the sides of each mould.

I put the chocolate in the fridge to set, which didn’t take very long, and easily peeled off the silicone moulds.

To make the lemon syllabub filling I whipped together 2 tbsp sieved icing sugar, 200ml double cream and the zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon.

I piped the cream into each chocolate cup. I used a piping bag with the end snipped off.

I got some mint leaves, and chose several small ones. Then I tipped out some frozen berries to choose from. The recipe suggested warming up the berries and making a compote, but I decided to put the frozen ones directly on the cream then let them defrost in the fridge so I could get them out when it was time for dessert.

I put a larger berry like a raspberry, blackberry or cherry into each cup, then surrounded that with the smaller redcurrants and blackcurrants. Finally I added a mint leaf and a dusting of icing sugar. These make such a tasty and easy dessert, and any guests you have over Christmas will be sure to enjoy them! You can even easily adapt them for any dairy free guests by filling them with a coconut cream.

I’m linking these chocolate cups up with this month’s Treat Petite, hosted by me this month, and Cakeyboi on alternate months.

And with We Should Cocoa hosted by Tin & Thyme.

And with Cook Blog Share hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie.

And finally with the Sunday Fitness & Food Link Up hosted by Ilka’s Blog and Marathons & Motivation.

Disclaimer: I am sent the Bake Box free of charge, all opinions are my own

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Syllabub Star Cups

Ingredients

  • 150 g Dark chocolate
  • 200 ml Double cream
  • 2 tbsp (sieved) + more for dusting Icing sugar
  • 1/2 a Lemon
  • Mint leaves
  • Frozen berries

Instructions

  1. Melt the dark chocolate and spoon it into each mould. Use a small clean paintbrush to brush the chocolate up the sides of each mould

  2. Put the chocolate in the fridge to set, then peel off the silicone moulds

  3. To make the lemon syllabub filling whip together the 2 tbsp of icing sugar, double cream and the lemon

  4. Pipe the cream into each chocolate cup using a piping bag with the end snipped off

  5. Put a larger berry like a raspberry, blackberry or cherry into each cup, then surrounded that with smaller berries like redcurrants and blackcurrants. Finally add a mint leaf and a dusting of icing sugar

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