Tag Archives: traybake

Lemon Bars with Mint

Lemon Bars with Mint A

I remember lemon bars vividly as they were something I made many years ago from a cookbook and I was very unsure what to expect. What emerged from the oven was indeed something I couldn’t have foretold. This is a recipe that makes lemons sing; oven baked curd atop a shortbread base and I’ve spruced it up with some fresh mint thrown into the mix. A little tip is not to dust with icing sugar too far ahead as the bars will soak it in and you won’t be very impressed with the look!
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Hazelnut Cake with Orange

Hazelnut Cake with Orange A

Nuts are such a beauty to bake with, they enhance cakes with extra moisture and, as in this case, add depth of flavour when toasted. I’ve paired toasted hazelnuts with orange zest for a lovely traybake which is easy to whip up. Once baked and cooled a bit all that’s missing is an accompaniment, vanilla ice cream as I’ve suggested below or a refreshing dollop of yoghurt – yum!
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Apple Crumble Cake

Apple Crumble Cake ASome call it coffee cake (hate coffee!), some call it streusel cake (yeah, I like that…), I’ll call it crumble cake (spot on!). Crumble is undoubtedly one of my favourite puddings, and you can make it with whatever fruit you like, although I’ll say classic apple is best. Call me classic, I don’t mind. So of course, this take is straightforward and simple, combining a vanilla and cinnamon sponge with sweet caramelised apple and crunchy golden crumble. It’s like a hug in bowl, well… with plenty of custard it almost is!
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Malted Chocolate Cubes

Malted Chocolate Cubes B

I love this chocolate cake recipe, it’s rich and moist and super-chocolatey! Topped with malted frosting and a Malteser for good measure, they make quick and easy petits fours. I particularly like these chilled, amping up the luxury factor!

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Lemon Meringue Traybake

Lemon Meringue Traybake A

Lemons and meringues were just meant to be together. The sharp plus the sweet equals heaven on a plate. Here I’ve taken those marvellous flavours and thrown them into a traybake which is both easy to make and easy to eat!

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Chocolate & Hazelnut Steamed Puddings

Chocolate & Hazelnut Steamed Puddings A

I cannot lie, this recipe was inspired by an incredibly tasty dessert I had a beautiful [sourdough] pizza restaurant. A rich chocolatey sponge enhanced with ground hazelnuts and topped with chopped hazelnuts. I’ve done this as a steamed version but if you wish to experience something closer the original place the cooked puddings in the fridge overnight and serve chilled. One word: lush!
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Blackcurrant & Vanilla Swirl Cake

Blackcurrant & Vanilla B

This is a recipe I shall never cease using: it’s simple to do and highly interchangeable. I first did it using strawberry jam and star anise to flavour, and I’ll be sure to do it again using different flavours, perhaps blueberry conserve and lemon zest or damson plum conserve and ginger. Just pick a preserve you like and a flavour to pair it with and you can make up your own wonderful combinations!
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