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Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 12.04.2017

I know, I know. Easter is all about chocolate. But that doesn't mean you can't mix it up a little and try something completely different! This triple-layered Speckled Egg Coconut Cake is the perfect show-stopper to end your Easter meal. It's made with light and fluffy coconut flavoured sponge cake, and iced with a coconut cream buttercream. Phyllo pastry works fabulously as a nest to hold the pretty speckled eggs that decorate the cake (so you will get some chocolate after all!). The fun part of course is the speckling. A little head's up - things are gonna get messy! So be...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 06.04.2017

Warming spices and a touch of citrus, then a burst of fruitiness - nothing says "Easter" like freshly baked Hot Cross Buns. Let's be honest though, they take a fair bit of time to make. These Hot Cross Cookies have all the spicy, fruity flavour of a hot cross bun, but can be made in a fraction of the time. This is a fun recipe for kids to get involved in - they can lend a hand by rolling the balls of dough and icing the crosses. If, like me, you are not a fan of raisins then try adding chopped dried apricots or cranberries instead. Ingredients: Cookies: 200g...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 31.03.2017

Plenty of lovely chocolates around at Easter time. Plenty. Almost an annoyingly large amount. So why would make your own? There is something incredibly satisfying about making your own chocolates. Seeing the fruits of your labour, staring at the pretty, glossy shapes and thinking "I made those". There are so many beautiful chocolate moulds at baking stores these days (especially at Easter) that you're sure to find something you love. I think the best thing about making your own chocolate is choosing the chocolate/filling combinations! You can really tailor-make your very own personal favourite. I'm crazy about Belgian chocolate seashells filled with hazelnut praline, so I was...

Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 23.03.2017

Oreo truffles - the original cookie truffles! I couldn't exactly post the other two varieties (Lemon Cheesecake Truffles and 3 Ingredient Strawberry Cheesecake Truffles) without posting the original, and in my opinion best. A wonderfully simple treat composed of a soft Oreo centre wrapped in creamy, sweet chocolate. Just like the other cookie truffles, these are super-easy to make. Ingredients: 1 x 176g box Original Oreo's 100g full fat cream cheese eg Philadelphia block, softened 200g white or milk chocolate Directions: Blitz the cookies in a food processor until you have quite fine crumbs. Remove a tablespoon of the crumbs and set aside for later. Add...