Category Archives: Teatime Treats

Jaffa Cake Squares

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Jaffa Cakes are a much loved treat in households across the country, and have been for many years, but they have been the cause of controversy in the past, primarily because they are not in fact a biscuit as supermarkets would have … Continue reading

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Millionaires Shortbread

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Recently, Millionaires Shortbread was seen not once, but twice in one episode of the Great Sport Relief Bake Off on BBC, baked by both Anita Rani (the eventual winner) and Angela Griffin. This is my take on the classic teatime … Continue reading

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Hotel Chocolat Giveaway and Recipe – Gluten Free Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes! Giveaway now closed.

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A couple of months ago, I was asked if I wanted to do a review of some of the new Christmas goodies from the lovely people over at Hotel Chocolat.  I thought about it a bit, and asked if I … Continue reading

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Lets Make Christmas – Marrons Glacés

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As my third entry into Lets Make Christmas, I have made Marrons Glacés, mostly following Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s recipe from Channel 4′s River Cottage series in 2009. The first time I made these, I found the third step of the recipe … Continue reading

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Peter’s Favourite Flapjack

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My son wanted to take a snack into his school nursery this week like some of his new friends, rather than have the snack the nursery provide. The rules for snacks brought in to his nursery are that they must be “healthy and not contain nuts”. i thought that flapjack would be a great idea – oats are a slow release energy carbohydrate, and the addition of seeds and dried fruit would also be good. I didn’t want to use the usual staple ingredient of golden syrup in my flapjack, as it can be overpoweringly sweet sometimes, so I remembered back to some oaty, seedy and nutty biscuits I baked for the long commute I used to have before I became a mum, and replaced the traditional golden syrup with maple syrup. Continue reading

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Mandarin and Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes

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My son asked me to bake some cake for him today as a treat. When asked what he wanted, he said Chocolate Chip. I added in some crushed tinned mandarin segments from my storecupboard to mix things up a bit, and this is what we ended up with – deliciously moreish and moist cakes, with a hint of mandarin orange. Continue reading

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Bakewell Tarts

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A friend of mine challenged me recently to come up with a recipe for a Bakewell Tart, which she could bake for her brother who is a coeliac and cannot tolerate gluten in his diet. I tested some mini versions out on the mums at playgroup this afternoon, and they were a big hit, particularly with someone who came for the first time today, and was amazed that she could have some because she too is a coeliac! This is what I came up with…. I hope you enjoy! Continue reading

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Rhubarb Pavlova

I was trying to think of something new to do with the crop of rhubarb in the garden, when I came across the idea of putting a rhubarb compote on a pavlova. This is partly due to my Mum baking a Strawberry and Raspberry Pavlova for dessert on Easter Sunday, and also partly thanks to James Perry, one of the finalists on Masterchef 2011, who recently posted on his Facebook page about a Rhubarb Fool he had made.

The sharpness of the rhubarb cuts through the richness of the whipped cream and sweetness of the meringue quite nicely. The meringue is also marshmallowy in texture inside, which contrasts nicely with the crispness of the crust. Continue reading

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Easter Nests

This is a quick and easy treat to make with children at Easter. My son loved helping make these, but I had to stop him trying to eat everything! This recipe makes 12 Easter Nests. Continue reading

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Extra Special Cake Pops

I was asked if I could make some cake pops for the birthday party for the daughter of a friend. This is what I came up with… Continue reading

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