Things To Do With… Leftover Jam

Things To Do With… Leftover Jam

I really love baking with jam, but most of the time it happens because I have half a jar sitting in the fridge for a few weeks and I realise I better use it up. Thankfully it’s lead me to create lots of amazing recipes! Some of them feature jam with other elements, whilst others make jam the star of the bake. There is a huge range of variety here, from easy flapjacks to more extravagant celebration cakes. You can of course use a different flavour jam to the ones I’ve used, and I’ve also included a couple of recipes that use marmalade. I hope you find a suitable recipe to turn that jar in the fridge into a delicious bake!

Cherry & Nutella Chocolate Cake – Uses 1 Jar of Cherry Jam
The perfect cake for a celebration and to impress your guests.
Cherry & Almond  Viennese Swirl Biscuits – Uses 1 Jar of Cherry Jam
Cute little biscuits filled with almond buttercream and cherry jam.
Bakewell Tart – Uses 1/3 Jar of Raspberry Jam
A classic British bake, perfect for testing your baking skills!
Queen of Puddings Cupcakes – Uses 8 tbsp Raspberry Jam
Filled with jam and custard, and topped with fluffy Italian meringue, these cupcakes are divine!
Swedish Princess Cake – Uses 1/2 a Jar of Raspberry Jam
A fairly complex bake, but certainly worth the effort!
Swedish Princess Cupcakes – Uses 65g Seedless Raspberry Jam
An easier version of the above recipe, simplified into cupcakes.
Blackcurrant & Mascarpone Viennese Whirls – Uses 1/2 Jar of Blackcurrant Jam
Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, these buttery melt in the mouth biscuits would be perfect at afternoon tea.
Lemon, Blueberry & Blackcurrant Swirl Loaf – Uses 1 Jar of Blackcurrant & Blueberry Jam
A tasty loaf cake filled with swirls of jam.
Nectarine & Bilberry Custard Tart – Uses 5 tbsp Apricot Jam
If you can’t find bilberries, you can use blueberries or any other small berries for this fruity tart.
Battenberg – Uses 6 tbsp Apricot Jam
Another classic British bake! It can be slightly fiddly, but marzipan lovers will relish the challenge.
Apricot Swirl Cheesecake Squares – Uses 3/4 Jar of Apricot Jam
Yummy cheesecake bites mixed with swirls of jam, you could use any other jam flavour for this recipe.
Apricot Bakewell Slices – Uses 1 Jar of Apricot Jam
Bakewell tarts usually use raspberry jam, but you can change it up with other flavours. This traybake is great for bake sales.
Strawberry & Vanilla Cake – Uses 1 Jar of Strawberry Jam
This cake is great for summertime or birthday celebrations.
British Seaside Cake – Uses 1 Jar of Strawberry Jam
Another fabulous bake for summer, topped with ‘ice cream’ cupcakes.
Spiced Jammy Flapjacks – Uses 1 Jar of Strawberry Jam
This is an easy recipe to make and great for picnics and long journeys.
Rhubarb & Ginger Jam Cake – Uses 1/2 Jar of Rhubarb & Ginger Jam
A tasty cake full of flavour and spices!
Chocolate & Marmalade Cheesecake Brownies – Uses 1 Jar of Marmalade
Gooey and squidgy brownies with a chocolate orange flavour.
Carrot & Orange Cake – Uses 1/2 Jar of Marmalade
Marmalade fans will love this cake and it can be decorated with sprinkles of your choice.
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Things to do with… Ripe Bananas

Things to do with… Ripe Bananas

It happens a lot, you buy a bunch of bananas with all the best intentions, but the days go by and you end up with a few stragglers that have turned into ripe bananas covered in brown spots. Some people love eating bananas when they get like this, I’m not one of those people so I need some go to recipes to use up my ripe bananas. I’ve gathered together some recipes I’ve tried and enjoyed, as well as some from around the web, that will help you to use up your ripe bananas.

Spiced Banana, Choc Chip & Bourbon Loaf Banoffee Cupcakes Banana & Cranberry Breakfast Muffins
Uses 2 medium bananas Uses 2 medium bananas Uses 2 medium bananas
Banana Syrup Cake with Nutella Buttercream Biscoff & Banana Cake with Caramel Drizzle Banana & Coconut No Churn Ice Cream
Uses 2 large bananas Uses 4 medium bananas Uses 4 bananas

Other ideas from around the web:

 

Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread – Uses 2 bananas
I’ve made this a couple of times and topped it with a cinnamon infused icing. It’s extremely delicious and moist!

Maple Sweetened Bananas Muffins – Uses 3 bananas
I’ve also made these muffins, I added sultanas to the recipe. They are very tasty and have a texture similar to banana bread. It’s also refined sugar free and uses coconut oil as a healthier fat instead of butter.

Choc Chip Banana Bread Fondant Fancies – Uses 3 bananas
Bananas and chocolate are perfect partners in this fun twist on traditional fondant fancies!

Banoffee Cheesecake with Salted Caramel (Gluten Free) – Uses 4 bananas
A decadent treat sure to make your mouth water, this cheesecake is banoffee heaven with salted caramel to boot.

Bananas In The Hole – Uses 3 bananas
This fruity twist on toad in the hole features bananas instead of sausages, and a chocolate custard. Hello dessert!

Banana Nut Protein Smoothie – Uses 1 banana
Bananas are fantastic for smoothies as they make them really creamy, this smoothie is perfect for after a workout.

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Things To Do With… Zested Lemons, Limes & Oranges

Things To Do With… Zested Lemons, Limes & Oranges

I often find myself with leftover lemons, limes and oranges after zesting them for a recipe and I never know what to do with them. It always seems like recipes call for zest only, or more zest than juice, so I imagine this is a common problem for bakers! In order to resolve this problem and avoid food waste guilt I’ve had a scout around and collected together some recipes that use only the juice of citrus fruits. It took me a while to find recipes that don’t need zest at all, but I’ve found a good selection.

Lemons
Lemon Vinaigrette Lemon Sugar Cookies Lemon Bars
Uses 2 tbsp Lemon Juice Uses the Juice of 1 Lemon Uses 85ml Lemon juice
Lemon Curd Lemon Cream Pie Lemon Meringue Pie
Uses 125ml Lemon Juice Uses 210ml Lemon Juice Uses 250ml Lemon Juice
Limes

Key Lime Cheesecake – Uses 175ml Lime Juice (about 3 Limes)
This is an American recipe so it is in cups. You can use digestive biscuits for the base instead of graham crackers as they are very similar.

Pina Colada Fruit Jellies – Uses 3 tsp Lime Juice
These look so yummy, and would be great for a gift or party treat.

Banana Mango Muffins with Lime Glaze – Uses 1/2 a Lime Juice plus 1 tsp
These sounds really tropical, tasty and full of nutritious fruit!

Chocolate Covered Lime Cheesecake Bites – Uses 60ml Lime Juice
Cheesecake covered in chocolate – such an awesome idea!

Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars – Uses 4 tbsp Lime Juice
Coconut and lime go so well together in these tasty looking bars.

Oranges

Cinnamon Orange Juice Cake – Uses 250ml Orange Juice
This looks so delicious, cinnamon and orange make a great flavour pairing and this recipe is very easy to follow.

Blueberry Orange Juice Bread – Uses 175ml Orange Juice
I love the sound of blueberries and orange together, this bread looks so fresh and fruity.

Apple Crepes with Orange Sauce – Uses 175ml Orange Juice (plus 2 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice!)
Pancakes are the ultimate breakfast treat, I would be very happy with these for my weekend breakfast and I’d know I was getting some fruit goodness at the same time.

Peach Romanoff – Uses 6 tbsp Orange Juice
A really simple no-bake (you only need to use the stove top) recipe that sounds superb.

Sicilian Orange Almond Cake – Uses 75ml Orange Juice
A very warming tasty cake, I think adding some spices would be a great addition to this recipe. You can replace the curds in this recipe with natural yoghurt.

Let me know if you make any and how they turn out!

Hints & Tips

There is approx 30ml juice in a Lemon
There is approx 30ml juice in a Lime
There is approx 80ml juice in an Orange

Other ideas for leftover citrus fruits…

– Squeeze some lemon over chicken before roasting
– Squeeze lime over fish and prawns
– Pop a wedge or slice into your drink, or get cocktail making!
– Mix any citrus juice with enough icing sugar to make a runny icing, then drizzle over a cake
– You can freeze the juice in ice cube trays

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Things To Do With… Leftover Wholemeal Flour

Things To Do With… Leftover Wholemeal Flour

Wholemeal flour (not to be confused with whole-wheat flour) contains all of the wheat grain and is packed with fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins. Unlike regular white flour, nothing is lost during the processing of wholemeal flour and all the goodness is retained. We often choose brown wholemeal bread over white bread when we are dieting or trying to live a healthier lifestyle. And there is good reason to as wholemeal flour is a good source of calcium and iron. It doesn’t keep as long as white flour, but I have made and found some yummy recipes to use it in which will ensure you won’t have it sitting around for long!

Courgette, Linseed & Lemon Muffins Chocolate Marshmallow Teacakes Banana & Cranberry Breakfast Muffins
Uses 50g Self Raising Wholemeal Flour Uses 50g Plain Wholemeal Flour Uses 75g Plain Wholemeal Flour
Staffordshire Oatcakes Deep Filled Homity Pie
Uses 100g Plain Wholemeal Flour Uses 125g Plain Wholemeal Flour
Carrot & Orange Cake Wholemeal Apple Pancakes Toffee Apple Cake
Uses 100g Self Raising Wholemeal Flour Uses 110g Wholemeal Flour Uses 115g Self Raising Wholemeal Flour
Cheese & Marmite Scones Wholemeal Fruit Crumble with Plums Wholemeal Choc Chip Cookies
Uses 140g Plain Wholemeal Flour Uses 200g Plain Wholemeal Flour Uses 240g Plain Wholemeal Flour
Wholemeal Chocolate Cake Wholemeal Pizza Dough Traditional Wholemeal Bread
Uses 240g Plain Wholemeal Flour Uses 500g Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour Uses 500g Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour

 

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Things To Do With… Leftover Marzipan

Things To Do With… Leftover Marzipan
Made by mixing sugar and ground almonds together, marzipan only tends to come out for holidays and celebrations. It’s most well known for being the layer between cake and icing on wedding and Christmas cakes. It is very widely used throughout Europe and Asia, it doesn’t appear as often in modern British baking. I first used it when I made some Easter Simnel Cupcakes. I suspect a lot of you have leftover marzipan after making Simnel cakes at Easter! Wrapped it cling film it will stay fresh and leftovers can be used in one of the selection of recipes I have found below…
Baked Pears with Marzipan Stollen Muffins Marzipan & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
Uses 50g Marzipan Uses 60g Marzipan Uses 100g Marzipan
  
Marzipan Eccles Tarts Apple Marzipan Galette Cherry Marzipan Ice Cream
Uses 100g Marzipan Uses 100g Marzipan Uses 100g Marzipan
Rhubarb & Marzipan Crumble Plum & Marzipan Cake Marzipan & Chocolate Chip Cookies
Uses 100g Marzipan Uses 100g Marzipan Uses 100g Marzipan
Marzipan Slice Honey & Orange Cupcakes Marzipan Brownies
Uses 115g Marzipan Uses 120g Marzipan Uses 141g Marzipan
Easter Simnel Cupcakes Stollen Slice Marzipan Cherry Cake
Uses 144g Marzipan Uses 150g Marzipan Uses 150g Marzipan
Lemon & Marzipan Drizzle Cake Golden Apricot & Marzipan Loaf Cake Baked Peaches with Marzipan
Uses 150g Marzipan Uses 150g Marzipan Uses 200g Marzipan
Marzipan Challah Marzipan & Pear Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Cherry Traybake
Uses 200g Marzipan Uses 240g Marzipan Uses 250g Marzipan
Easy Almond Cake Golden Layered Simnel Cake Swedish Princess Cake
Uses 250g Marzipan Uses 320g Marzipan Uses 440g Marzipan
Battenberg Coconut & Marzipan Macaroons Mary Berry’s Simnel Cake
Uses 500g Marzipan Uses 500g Marzipan Uses 500g Marzipan

 

Let me know in the comments if you make any of these recipes and how they turn out!

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Things To Do With… Leftover Stem Ginger

Things To Do With… Leftover Stem Ginger

Stem ginger is made by boiling peeled fresh ginger, making a ginger syrup with sugar and then putting it in jars. It lasts a long time unopened, but once opened it’ll need to be used within 8 weeks. If you have any leftover stem ginger after using a bulb or two in a recipe, I’ve collected some delicious idea and inspirations to use it up and avoid wasting this delicious and flavoursome ingredient.

If you fancy making your own stem ginger Tales From The Kitchen Shed has a fabulous homemade stem ginger recipe.

  
Rhubarb & Stem Ginger Fool Sticky Ginger Lemon Drizzle Cake Stem Ginger Custard Tart
Uses 1 bulb of Stem Ginger Uses 2 bulbs of Stem Ginger Uses 2 bulbs of Stem Ginger
Stem Ginger Spiced Apple Pie Lemon & Stem Ginger Scones Rhubarb & Sticky Stem Ginger Crumble
Uses 2 bulbs of Stem Ginger Uses 2 bulbs of Stem Ginger Uses 2 bulbs of Stem Ginger
Quick Stem Ginger Ice Cream Stem Ginger & Dark Chocolate Biscuits Stem Ginger Pudding
Uses 70g Stem Ginger Uses 3 bulbs of Stem Ginger Uses 3 bulbs of Stem Ginger
Ryan Chong’s Key Lime Pie Chocolate & Ginger Tarts Sticky Stem Ginger Pudding
Uses 3 bulbs of Stem Ginger Uses 4 bulbs of Stem Ginger Uses 240g Stem Ginger

Let me know in the comments if you try any of the recipes above and what you think!

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Things To Do With… Leftover Black Treacle

Things To Do With… Leftover Black Treacle

Black Treacle is one of those ingredients that you use a little bit of to make parkin or Christmas pudding, and then half a tin of it sits in your cupboard (usually hidden at the back!) until the year after. But there are so many other exciting, delicious and interesting recipes you can also use in it! I’ve featured some of the recipes I’ve made with it below and also gathered some other ideas from around the internet you may like to try…

 

Spiced Treacle Cookies Courgette & Pepper Bruschetta Lyle’s Beany Goulash
Uses 1 tbsp Black Treacle Uses 1 tbsp Black Treacle Uses 2 tbsp Black Treacle
Gingerbread & Apple Muffins Cardamom & Black Treacle Ice Cream Chocolate Treacle Sandwich Cake
Uses 2 tbsp Black Treacle Uses 2 tbsp Black Treacle Uses 2 tbsp Black Treacle
Sticky Toffee Pudding Sticky Treacle Apple Pudding Christmas Pudding Cake
Uses 2 1/2 tbsp Black Treacle Uses 3 tbsp Black Treacle Uses 3 tbsp Black Treacle
 
Pecan Treacle Tart Gateau Moeleux au Chocolat Black Treacle & Banana Bread
Uses 40g Black Treacle Uses 50g Black Treacle Uses 50g Black Treacle
Treacle Scones Mixed Seed Rye Bread Parkin
Uses 60g Black Treacle Uses 75g Black Treacle Uses 100g Black Treacle
Parkin Cupcakes with Toffee Buttercream & Popping Candy Treacle Toffee Chewy Treacle Cookies
Uses 100g Black Treacle Uses 115g Black Treacle Uses 120g Black Treacle
Dark Treacle Tart Chocolate Treacle Sheet Cake Sticky Ginger & Lemon Drizzle Cake
Uses 125g Black Treacle Uses 130g Black Treacle Uses 140g Black Treacle
Treacle Flapjacks Spiced Gingerbread Pudding Ginger & Treacle Spiced Traybake
Uses 175g Black Treacle Uses 200g Black Treacle Uses 200g Black Treacle
 
 Gingerbread Cake with Orange Icing Treacle Gingerbread Loaf Gingerbread Bonfire Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce
 Uses 225g Black Treacle Uses 250g Black Treacle Uses 340g Black Treacle

Let me know in the comments if you try any of the recipes above and what you think!

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Things To Do With… Leftover Egg Yolks

Things To Do With… Leftover Egg Yolks

Whenever I have egg yolks left after making meringue, I feel bad about just throwing them away. I hate wasting food so I’m always on the look out for recipes that use only egg yolks. I’ve searched the internet for recipes using only egg yolks, and I’ve also made some too, and I’ve brought them all together on this page. I’m sure many bakers have been in this situation before, so hopefully this selection of recipes will prove useful!

Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Caramel Tart with Macadamia Nuts Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars
Uses 1 Egg Yolk Uses 1 Egg Yolk Uses 1 Egg Yolk
Nutella Swirled Chocolate Chip Cookies Three Cheese Mac & Cheese Passionfruit Curd
Uses 1 Egg Yolk Uses 1 Large Egg Yolk Uses 2 Egg Yolks
Chocolate Truffles Raspberry & White Chocolate Mini Trifles Jam Filled Butter Biscuits
Uses 2 Egg Yolks Uses 2 Egg Yolks Uses 2 Egg Yolks
 
Homemade Mayonnaise  Lemon Curd Chewy Lemon & White Chocolate Cookies
Uses 3 Egg Yolks  Uses 3 Egg Yolks Uses 3 Egg Yolks
Creme Brulee Key Lime Pie with Coconut Oreo Crust Lemon Pound Cake
Uses 3 Egg Yolks Uses 3 Egg Yolks Uses 4 Egg Yolks
Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara Almond Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce Charlotte Royale
Uses 4 Egg Yolks Uses 4 Egg Yolks Uses 4 Egg Yolks
Peanut Butter Pudding Coconut & Berry Fruit Tarts Chocolate Pecan Brownies
Uses 4 Egg Yolks Uses 5 Egg Yolks Uses 5 Egg Yolks
 
Yellow Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting Mocha Eclairs  Pumpkin Custard Donuts
Uses 6 Egg Yolks Uses 6 Egg Yolks  Uses 6 Egg Yolks
   
Swedish Princess Cupcakes  Custard Tarts  Raspberry Custard Tart
Uses 6 Egg Yolks  Uses 7 Egg Yolks  Uses 7 Egg Yolks

Let me know if you try any of these and how they turn out!

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Things To Do With… Leftover Semolina

Things To Do With… Leftover Semolina

I recently made some foccacia bread and the recipe called for semolina. So I bought a big box of it. Now I have leftover semolina in my cupboard! I hate wasting food so I always try and find ways to use up ingredients whenever I can. As you can see from the picture above it is most commonly used as a type of pudding (similar to rice pudding). If you add milk to semolina and heat it up you get the pudding well known from school dinner days of the past here in the UK. Semolina is actually a type of flour. It’s not used often in modern British cuisine, but is very popular in India and other parts of Asia for various desserts. The Italians use semolina when making gnocchi, pasta and some breads. In general it can be used a a substitute for part of the flour in most recipes for cakes and biscuits to change the texture of the final product. I’ve had a look around the web for some leftover semolina recipe ideas and here are my favourites…

Nan Khatai (Indian biscuits) Baked Apples in Semolina Souffle Semolina Shortbreads
Uses 2 tbsp of Semolina Uses 70g of Semolina Uses 75g Semolina
Baked Semolina Gnocchi Peach Semolina Cake Lemon Semolina Cake
Uses 100g of Semolina Uses 100g Semolina Uses 133g Semolina
Orange Semolina Cupcakes Baked Strawberry Pudding Semolina Cake with Orange Honey Syrup
Uses 135g Semolina Uses 180g Semolina Uses 200g Semolina
Semolina Cake with Blueberry Compote Almond Coconut Semolina Cake Moroccan Semolina Flatbread
Uses 250g Semolina Uses 400g of Semolina Uses 400g Semolina

Let me know in the comments if you make any of these leftover semolina recipes and how they turn out!

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