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 – Uses 2 medium bananas
This delicious banana bread is spiced up with cinnamon, ginger, bourbon and tasty chocolate chips.

Biscoff & Banana Cake with Caramel Drizzle – Uses 4 medium bananas
A delicious three layer banana sponge, covered in biscoff buttercream and drizzled in caramel sauce.

Banana & Coconut No Churn Ice Cream – Uses 4 bananas
A delicious ice cream made with bananas, coconut milk and Lotus biscuits.

Banoffee Cupcakes – Uses 2 medium bananas
Delicious banana muffins filled with caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream – they’ll disappear fast!

Banana & Cranberry Breakfast Muffins – Uses 2 medium bananas
A fab on the go breakfast option, you can make a batch and freeze them, just remove the night before and grab on your way out of the door.

Banana Syrup Cake with Nutella Buttercream – Uses 2 large bananas
A syrup drenched banana cake covered in chocolatey Nutella buttercream.

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

Index

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

Lemons

 

Lemon Meringue Pie – Uses 250ml Lemon Juice
This gorgeous pie has a melt in the mouth tangy lemon filling, a fluffy meringue topping and crisp pastry.

Other idea from around the web:

Lemon Curd – Uses 125ml Lemon Juice
Probably the most obvious use for citrus juice, you could also make Lime or Orange curd from this recipe too.

Freezable Lemon Bars – Uses the Juice of 2 Lemons
Biscuit crust, lemon filling and topped with whipped cream. These look so good! Almost like an easier version of lemon meringue pie that’s bitesize too.

Lemon Vinaigrette – Uses 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
A good salad dressing can turn a boring pile of lettuce into a tasty and exciting meal. Lemon juice will add a fantastic zing to your usual lunch fare.

Lemon Sugar Cookies – Uses the Juice of 1 Lemon
A very simple recipe to follow with a delicious result!

Lemon Cream Pie – Uses 210ml Lemon Juice
A perfect summer dessert, you can replace the graham crackers with digestive biscuits for the pie crust.

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.

Other ideas for leftover citrus fruits…

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

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Things To Do With… 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…

Staffordshire Oatcakes – Uses 100g Plain Wholemeal Flour
I made these oatcakes using savoury fillings, but you can fill them with anything you like. They can be vegetarian and even vegan if you don’t use cow’s milk in the batter. And they don’t contain butter or eggs. The ultimate versatile recipe!

Courgette, Linseed & Lemon Muffins – Uses 50g Self Raising Wholemeal Flour
An adaptation on a Cat Dresser recipe, these are a great way to eat seeds and vegetables without realising it!

Banana & Cranberry Breakfast Muffins – Uses 75g Plain Wholemeal Flour
Filling, tasty and best of all not
overly sweet, perfect for morning snacking. They are also dairy free.

Carrot & Orange Cake – Uses 100g Self Raising Wholemeal Flour
I made this for my mum for Mother’s Day and she loved it, the cake is really moist and delicious.

Other ideas from around the web:

The obvious one
Traditional Wholemeal Bread – Uses 500g Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour
Making home made bread can be really satisfying and this wholemeal bread recipe is simple, easy to follow and delicious!

The breakfast one
Wholemeal Apple Pancakes – Uses 110g Wholemeal Flour
Pancakes is one thing I definitely crave when I’m dieting as I love making them at weekends, this recipe is a healthier twist and I will be trying these out soon.

The cake one
Toffee Apple Cake – Uses 115g Self Raising Wholemeal Flour
This gorgeous warming recipe from Paul Hollywood would be perfect with custard, or creme fraiche.

The love it or hate it one
Cheese & Marmite Scones – Uses 140g Plain Wholemeal Flour
If you love Marmite, like me, you will love these savoury scones!

The dinner time one
Wholemeal Pizza Base – Uses 300g Strong Wholemeal Flour
There are a lot of pizza base recipes out there but it took me a while to find one with UK measurements. This sounds delicious, especially if you have a stuffed crust, and you can use whichever toppings you prefer.

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Things To Do With… Marzipan

Things To Do With… 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

 

 
 
 
 
 

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Six Things To Do With… Stem Ginger

I bought a jar of stem ginger recently when I was playing around with Rhubarb & Custard Cupcakes. It didn’t make it into my final recipe, but now I have an almost full jar of it sat in the fridge, and it wasn’t cheap! I’m sure other bakers have had this problem as recipes with stem ginger only usually use a couple of the ‘bulbs’. So I’ve collected some delicious idea and inspirations to use up any stem ginger you may have leftover too…

 

The famous one:
Ryan Chong’s Key Lime Pie
I couldn’t possibly do a post about stem ginger without mentioning Ryan’s magnificent pie, described by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as one of the best things they’d tasted throughout all three series of The Great British Bake Off!

The traditional one:
Sticky Stem Ginger Pudding
Who can resist a warm, sweet and sticky ginger pudding? Perfect with custard or ice cream.

The simple one:
Rhubarb & Sticky Stem Ginger Crumble
Crumble is super simple to make and trust me, rhubarb and stem ginger taste damn good together! Great for feeding a family, or hungry friends.

The difficult one:
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Pink Grapefruit & Stem Ginger
With four elements to this recipe, it’s definitely on the difficult end of the spectrum. However, it sounds so tasty it made my mouth water when reading the recipe! So it’s got to be worth a little bit of effort.

The chocolate one:
Chocolate & Ginger Tarts
I think these cute little tarts look delicious and simple to make, plus chocolate and ginger is a great combination!

The my favourite one:
Sticky Ginger Lemon Drizzle Cake
This is on my ‘to bake’ list! It sounds so good and I love everything about it!
*UPDATE* I made this – Click here to see!

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Things To Do With… Black Treacle

Things To Do With… 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… Egg Yolks

Things To Do With… Egg Yolks

Whenever I have egg yolks left after making something, I feel bad about just throwing them away and wasting ingredients, so I’ve searched for recipes using only the yolks, and also made some too. 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

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Things To Do With… Semolina

Things To Do With… 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! As you can see from the picture above it is 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. 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 and pasta. 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. So I’ve had a look around the web for some 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

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