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Sweet Recipes

Sweet Recipes

  1. All-Butter Croissants

    All-Butter Croissants
    This is a three-day adventure to take you towards croissant perfection. Much easier and less effort than classic puff pastry, with much less rolling to do. This recipe only makes 6, but I’d like you to start here, getting your technique as sharp as you can, before you set up making dozens to supply your entire neighbourhood as the local viennoiserie star baker. You can do it, I believe in you, but just practice a little first.
  2. Instant Cranberry & Orange Mincemeat

    Instant Cranberry & Orange Mincemeat
    Christmas can be a really busy time, and I’m always grateful for any ideas that help me get everything done without too many late nights or tantrums. So while in a perfect world, we might all be stirring our mincemeat together during November, the truth is we sometimes put things off until the last minute. So here’s a recipe for a really delicious mincemeat that doesn’t have to be made weeks in advance… you can even keep the ingredients in the store cupboard as an insurance policy against the mince pies all running out on Christmas Eve.
  3. Malty Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

    Malty Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
    A mouthful of a name, worth it though. A chocolate fudge cake made with the addition of some dried malt extract in place of some of the sugar and baked in a Bundt cake pan. Bundt cakes are becoming increasingly popular as even with no or minimal decoration, the finished cake looks great taking on the ring pattern of the mould and helping to ensure even cooking. The Bundt® pan was invented in the US in 1950 by Nordic Ware and by 1960 became the most popular cake pan in the US.
  4. Malted Caramel Slices

    Malted Caramel Slices
    Caramel slices have never - until now - been high on my list of sweets. Usually the biscuit base is too dry and the rest just sweet and rather tasteless. Not so with these! Muntons gave me a recipe to try using their Spraymalt (dried malt extract, DME) and malt extract in place of some of the sugars and golden syrup in the traditional recipe, in both the base and the caramel, from a staff member there called Patsy. What a transformation. The overtones of Ovaltine/Maltesers makes these really delicious with a much more complex flavour. It has been a job to keep them long enough to grab a photo.
  5. Marzipan & Orange Mince Pies

    Marzipan & Orange Mince Pies
    Though Herrick’s Christmas Pie was probably filled with meat and gravy, rather than mincemeat steeped in rum or brandy, I almost want to recommend that you similarly sit up to guard these marzipan and orange mince pies, made with sweet all-butter shortcrust pastry. They really are that good. There is a natural synergy between almonds and oranges, but mixed with warm spices and a touch of vanilla there is magic to be found.
  6. Portuguese Custard Tarts

    Portuguese Custard Tarts
    A recipe courtesy of Vanessa Kimbell which taste fantastic, especially if, like me, you slightly over-bake them like I did as the custard takes on a caramel flavour. You may want to make a double portion of these.
  7. Coffee and a Madeleine

    Coffee and a Madeleine
    Madeleines are a quick and easy egg sponges baked in a special tray that gives each cake a shell shape, perfect to accompany a quiet 10 minutes with freshly ground coffee, perhaps while contemplating diving into town for the next round of Christmas shopping.
  8. Have You Tried Whoopie Pies?

    Have You Tried Whoopie Pies?
    Have you tried them? Whoopie Pies are easy to make and very versatile, simply a pair of small sponge cakes glued together with a filling and, if desired, topping.
  9. Soft Amaretti Cookies - A Child to Make and an Adult to Appreciate

    Soft Amaretti Cookies - A Child to Make and an Adult to Appreciate
    Ingredients: 250g ground almonds 200g caster sugar 2 egg whites ½ tsp Amaretto di Saronno Lazzaroni This recipe is thanks to Joanna at ZebBakes, in turn from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and we used it to try out our new Amaretto di Saronno Lazzaroni essence. It is a really, really easy recipe to make - I got a four-year...
  10. Sourdough Scotch pancakes

    Sourdough Scotch pancakes
    More often than not I am asked what to do with the leftover starter that is normally discarded after refreshing sourdough starter ready for some bread baking. It seems a shame when it’s still relatively fresh and has developed such a lovely sour flavour to just throw it away.