Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Not me! Yet after the festive season, well, to be truthful, unwrapping and eating another choccie, can, lose its appeal. Since wasting chocolate is an option that cannot even be considered, incorporating it into bakes and desserts seems the perfect answer. Hence, I present to you my Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut topped with Fererro Rocher.

While I used Fererro Rocher to inspire and top this bake, another Christmas chocolate was also used for the drizzling. Look away now if you love Teddy Bears, I used a whole Lindt Christmas jumper bear, melted down. To say this was an indulgent bake, would be to understate. Serving this for dessert, would, without doubt, bring about happy smiles and much excitement.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut sandwiched together with whipped cream and chocolate hazelnut spread.

Creating a giant, baked doughnut, using silicone moulds, readily available online – mine were bought from Lakeland, makes an unusual and fun change from a sandwich cake. If however, you cannot source the moulds, this recipe can be baked in two, greased and lined 6 – 7 inch sandwich tins. Baking time will be approximately the same.

 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut perfect for sharing.

While a single, regular doughnut is perfect for one person, this giant doughnut is perfect for sharing. Since it is my belief that all food tastes better when it is shared, surely this can only be a good thing!

Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut serves 8

For the Doughnut Sponge

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter – softened, plus extra to grease moulds

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon

6 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

75g/3oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

1.5tsp Baking Powder

Filling and Topping the Doughnut 

200ml/8fl oz Double Cream

3tbsp Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – I use Jim Jams Spreads

100g/4oz Milk Chocolate

2tbsp Chopped Roasted Hazelnuts

8 Fererro Rocher or other chocolate to decorate

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

  • First of all, grease the insides of the doughnut moulds with softened butter. Then place them on a baking tray, ensuring that they don’t touch. The silicone mould could easily be misshapen if pressed.
  • To make the batter, start by placing the butter, salt and sugar into a large bowl. Whisk/beat together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add all 6 eggs and the vanilla extract.
  • Now sift the cocoa powder, plain flour and baking powder into the same bowl.
  • Whisk/beat all the ingredients until they have just come together. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl then give the batter a final mix.
  • Divide the batter equally between the two moulds. Finish by smoothing the surface of the batter to ensure an even bake.
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Silicone giant doughnut moulds filled, ready for the oven.
  • Place the baking tray, with the moulds on, into the centre of the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes.
  • The sponge is baked when it feels firm to touch and springs back when lightly pressed.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut perfect flat tops from low and slow baking.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the moulds and then turn the doughnut halves out on to a cooling rack. Cool completely before decorating. Since this doughnut was baked in the evening, it was stored, with baking parchment underneath and between, in an airtight container. Ready to be filled and decorated the next day.
  • Assembling the Giant Doughnut: First of all, pour the double cream into a large bowl and whisk until it just starts to thicken. Continue whisking slowly until it just holds its shape. Take care not to over whisk so that it becomes stiff, this will make it difficult to pipe.
  • Now take the half that is to be the top part of the doughnut and spread the chocolate and hazelnut spread evenly on to the flat underside.
  • Place the bottom half of the doughnut, flat side up, on to the plate or stand on which it is to be served.
  • Fill an icing bag fitted with a large star tip – I use Wilton #1M – with the whipped cream. Pipe a swirl pattern on to the bottom doughnut – as seen in the pictures. Alternatively you can spoon the cream on to the doughnut.
  • Place the top half of the doughnut on to the bottom half.
  • Pipe cream stars all around the centre, where the two halves meet. This creates a beautiful finish.
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Assembling the Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut.
  • Decorating the doughnut: Break or chop the chocolate into small pieces and place into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Zap in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring, between each heating. As soon as the chocolate starts to melt remove the bowl and continue stirring until the chocolate is liquid.
  • Drizzle the chocolate, using a teaspoon, over the doughnut.
  • Next, working quickly before the chocolate sets, add the unwrapped Fererro Rocher to the top of the doughnut. Holding each one in place for a few seconds so that it sticks to the chocolate.
  • Sprinkle over the toasted, chopped hazelnuts and allow the chocolate to fully set before serving.
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Warm, drizzled chocolate adorned with Fererro Rocher and toasted, chopped hazelnuts.

As soon as the chocolate is set this Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut is ready to be served.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut so inviting.

To serve, cut using a sharp knife, wiping the knife clean, between each cut, will keep the slices tidy. The sponge, whipped cream and chocolate hazelnut layers are clear to see.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. While best on the day assembled, this doughnut will keep for up to 2 days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut you may also like these:

Black Forest Giant Doughnut

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Black Forest Giant Doughnut

Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut gluten free recipe option available.

Raspberries Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut

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Raspberries Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut

Since something as simple as a silicone giant doughnut mould can create such fun and show stopping desserts, I highly recommend them. Most of all, if you serve up a Giant Doughnut as dessert to dinner guests, they are not only likely to be impressed, but also inquisitive about how it is made. Certainly, the variety of bakes are as limitless as our own imagination.

Baking should be fun, creative and adventurous. Best of all, it should be shared.

Sammie xx

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars

In an ideal world, all food consumed by myself and our family would be homemade. Reality dictates that is not feasible. Yet certain products, made with natural ingredients make that dream, a step closer. For example the lemon curd used in my Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars, tastes as good, if not better than that made at home. Resulting in a delicious recipe, made one stage easier by a product already available.

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars simply delicious.

Creating a bake that is sturdy enough to withstand transport in a school backpack or briefcase can have its challenges. Yet, a sturdy, buttery, shortbread base ensures these bars remain intact during transit. Since hubby does not always have time for a set lunch break, knowing he has something he can munch with a coffee makes me happy. Of course, he functions better when his energy is topped up too.

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars a tasty, not too sweet, treat.

There are a variety of traybakes here, on Feasting is Fun, including Lemon Drizzle Cake Bars and Macadamia Apricot Flapjacks. Some considered more ‘healthy’ than others. With respect, anything cooked at home, using good quality ingredients and made with love, is, in my opinion far better than a mass produced product with a shelf life of months!

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars with theee clearly defined layers.

Biting into a bar really is a taste and texture sensation for your tongue and tastebuds. Each blueberry, when baked, turns into its own little pod of jam. Yet without the added sweetness of preserves. The cake layer, moist and light contrasts beautifully with the tang of lemon and defined shortbread base. Resulting in a complete mouthful of joy with each bite.

Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars makes 12

Shortbread Base

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter softened

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt I use Maldon

1 Large Free Range Egg Yolk

1tsp Vanilla Extract I use Nielsen-Massey

275g/10z Plain White Flour

For the Sponge Topping

4-5 tbsp Lemon Curd I use Hawkshead Relish

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter softened

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

2 Large Free Range Eggs

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

1tsp Baking Powder

200g/7oz Fresh Blueberries

Finely Grated Zest of 1 Lemon

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

Line a 20cm x 28cm x 5cm (8″ x 11″ x 2″) tin with baking parchment, ensuring the parchment is higher than the sides of the tin. The tin does not need to be greased first.

  • Making the Shortbread Base:
  • Place the softened butter, salt and sugar into a large bowl. Whisk or beat until the mixture is pale and creamy.
  • Next, add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Continue to beat until all ingredients are completely incorporated.
  • Now sift the flour into the bowl and then, using a spoon gently mix all the ingredients until they just come together.
  • Spoon the shortbread mixture into the lined tin and then press into an even layer using your fingers. Use a fork to prick holes, known as docking, into the shortbread. This allows any steam to escape and create a golden base.
  • Place the tin into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Until the top is just turning golden.
  • While the shortbread is baking make the sponge topping – see below for instructions.
  • Once baked remove the shortbread from the oven. It is important to note that the shortbread is not fully cooked at this point.
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Making and baking the buttery shortbread base.
  • Making the Sponge Topping
  • While the shortbread is baking the cake batter can be made.
  • Into a large bowl, as before, add the butter and sugar. Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Next add the two eggs and continue whisking until the mixture is completely combined.
  • Now sift the flour and baking powder into the same bowl. Then add the blueberries and the lemon zest.
  • Using a metal spoon, fold the ingredients together gently, to minimise breaking up the blueberries. Set to one side.
  • Assembling the Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars
  • Once the shortbread base is baked allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then spoon over the lemon curd, spreading so that it covers the base, yet doesn’t quite reach the edges.
  • Spoon over the cake batter. Dolloping it fairly evenly across the base. Finally, gently spread the batter so that it covers the base. Pay particular attention to the edges. Aiming to seal in the lemon curd, by ensuring the cake batter is in contact with the shortbread around the entire edge.
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Building the different layers of the Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars.
  • Place the tin back into the centre of the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes. The lower and longer baking results in an even bake with a flat surface.
  • The Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars are baked when the top is golden in colour and is firm to touch. Once baked remove the tin from the oven and set to one side to allow to cool completely.
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The finished bake cooling.
  • When completely cooled, remove the entire traybake from the tin. A fish slice or large palette knife is useful. Ease the knife under the bake, using it to lift and support as you move the traybake to a flat surface.
  • Using a sharp knife cut halfway through the width of the bake. Wipe the knife between each cut, this avoids spoiling the bake.
  • Following this first cut, now cut downwards, dividing the bake into four equal quarters.
  • Finally, cut each quarter into three equal sized bars.
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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars perfect for packed lunches.

The lemon curd is perfect in these bars.

Serve the Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars with a cup of tea, on some cheerful china, with a smile.

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars taste better when shared!

Store in an airtight container. They will keep for 4 days. During warm weather, storing in the fridge is advised.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars you may also like these:

Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks

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Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks

Double Cherry Drizzle Oat Bars

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Double Cherry Drizzle Oat Bars

Bakewell Shortbread Bars

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Bakewell Shortbread Bars

 

Baking and cooking good, wholesome food for my family is very important to me. It truly is one of the ways that I show them my love. Knowing in the middle of a busy day that my hubby has something made with love, by me, to help him through. Well, it doesn’t get better than that when we are apart from each other. The oohs and aahs as each family member returns at the days end, to the comforting kitchen aromas, ensures they know that they are truly home.

Love, inquisitiveness and creating are the main motivational factors behind all of my cooking. What are yours?

Sammie xxx

Hawkshead Relish provided me with the lemon curd used in this recipe. All content, opinions, views and photography are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

 

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Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread

Nothing smells better than the aroma of homemade bread, baking in the oven. As many of my regular readers will know, I adore making bread. Yet sometimes, time is the enemy. Especially if it’s needed for breakfast and we have run out. The solution is to bake this beautiful and delicious Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread.

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Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread crowned with cherries.

An un-yeasted bread, made even easier by using a packet of Wrights Scofa Bread Mix. All this tasty loaf requires is a little mixing, shaping and popping in a preheated oven to bake. The addition of cherries and flaked almonds gives this loaf the wow factor. Especially with the almond flavour icing, temptingly drizzled over the loaf and finished with ruby red, glacé cherries.

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Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread hearty and delicious.

Since this loaf takes less than 45 minutes from start to baked, it is perfect for lazy weekend breakfasts. Still, if you are in a real rush, ditch the icing and crown of cherries and serve this sliced, warm from the oven, with butter if desired.

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Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread perfect for afternoon tea.

While this bread can be made and baked in under an hour, leaving to cool allows for simple, yet stunning decoration. Thick, almond icing, draped over the rustic loaf, simply topped with jewelled cherries. Creating a sensation for the eyes as well as the palette. Cooled and sliced, I found this delicious, hearty loaf needed no further addition. Each bite full of almonds, cherries and rustic, wholemeal bread.

Recipe: Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread

1 Packet Scofa Bread Mix available from Wrights Baking

Cold Water

150g/5oz Glacé Cherries

100g/4oz Flaked Almonds

3tsp Almond Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

200g/7oz Sifted Plain Icing Sugar

Method: Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan, gas mark 7.

  • First of all, remove 12 whole glacé cherries and set them to one side for decoration.
  • Next cut all the remaining cherries in half.
  • Place the volume of water, as specified on the packet, into a large bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of almond extract to the water. Swirl to mix.
  • Add the entire packet of Scofa Bread Mix.
  • Now add the cherry halves on top of the bread mix, lightly dusting them with the mix to stop them sticking together.
  • Reserve one tablespoon of flaked almonds for decoration and add the rest to the bowl.
  • Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until it comes together.
  • Tip the dough out on to a lightly floured work top and shape into a round.
  • Place the shaped dough on to a greased baking sheet.
  • Cut a deep cross into the dough, if not icing, sprinkle the remaining almonds over the bread.
  • Next place in the centre of a preheated oven.
  • Bake the bread for 30-35 minutes. Once baked it will sound hollow when rapped on the base with your knuckle. Note – this baking time is slightly longer than specified on the packet. This is due to the addition of cherries and almonds.
  • Once baked remove the bread from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
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Making, shaping and baking the Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread
  • Note – the bread doesn’t change colour very much whilst baking.
  • Allow the bread to completely cool before icing and decorating.
  • To make the icing: Add 2 teaspoons of almond extract to the sieved icing sugar. Now add enough water, approximately one tablespoon, to the icing and stir. It should be a thick paste that can hold a figure of eight for a few seconds.
  • Place the cooling rack with the bread on it, over a baking tray, to catch any drips.
  • Start in the centre. Spoon thick icing over the bread, encouraging it to drape down over the sides of the loaf.
  • Continue until the bread is evenly drizzled with the icing.
  • Next, place the reserved cherries on top of the bread, forming a crown-like circle.
  • Finally, scatter the reserved almond flakes over the bread.
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Icing and decorating the Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread
  • Set the decorated bread to one side to allow the icing to set.
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Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread deliciously easy to make.

Serve this delicious bread sliced, for breakfast, lunch of afternoon tea. In fact, it is perfect for anytime of the day.

Store in an airtight container. This bread is at its best when eaten wishing 24 hours of baking. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem!

If you have enjoyed the recipe for this Cherry Bakewell Soda Bread you may also like these:

Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns

Christmas Spiced Fruit Loaf

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Christmas Spiced Fruit Loaf

Toffee Banoffee Waffles

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Toffee Banoffee Waffles

Making something different for breakfast at the weekend is a real treat. Whilst most of my baking is made from scratch, the convenience of having good quality packet mixes in the cupboard cannot be denied. Balancing time spent together as a family with, the time it takes to create a feast, is important.

Do you make breakfast more of a treat at the weekend?

After all, it is the most important meal of the day?

Sammie xx

Wrights Baking supplied me with the mix to create this recipe. All views, content and photography are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits

Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits sandwiched together with a light, white chocolate ganache. These light, melt in your mouth biscuits are perfect for an Afternoon Tea treat.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits perfect for Afternoon Tea.

The first time I made Chocolate Dipped Viennese Fingers was an experience, shall we say. It was relatively early on in my blog and in my wisdom I decided to set the dipped Viennese biscuits on a cooling rack!

Most of them stuck. Badly.

I had a kitchen full of broken biscuits and managed to salvage just enough for a decent photograph.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits far more remained intact this time!

These light, meltingly delicious Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits are so yummy and are my wonderful hubby’s favourite.

As part of the #GBBOTwitterBakeAlong run by Jackie Heaton and Rob Allen, both amazing bakers and huge encouragers, I wanted to really make an effort. Each week will have a different theme, this week’s being biscuits.

Now we all know I am a self confessed Cookie Monster. In fact I think our whole family are. When I was younger my Grandad would bring my youngest Auntie, my sister and I a cup of tea, in bed, every morning. No one made tea like my Grandad. Anyway we would always get three biscuits, which we would swap so that we had our favourites – I still cannot understand the appeal of custard creams, but each to their own.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits the perfect way to start my day.

Ever since I was little, staying in the comfort and security of my grandparents home, that was my routine. It still is. I can miss breakfast and lunch, so long as I’ve had a cup of tea and a biscuit or cookie first thing in the morning. It is the one thing I would not choose to ever give up. It is part of my morning routine, so much so, that when I was in hospital last year see here, I would save my packet of 3 biscuits given out with the hot chocolate in the evening, so that I could have them with my morning tea.

Growing up, although my Grandma was an accomplished cook, I cannot recall her making biscuits. For me though, it was the very first skill I mastered in the kitchen. These days I tend towards lazy cookies rolled into balls, or scooped with an ice cream scoop. So to actually pipe biscuits, make a ganache and sandwich them together, well that’s a first for me – not the piping, I’ve definitely never made sandwiched biscuits.

I made and baked one batch of my Chocolate Dipped Viennese Fingers and then tweaked the recipe to make a chocolate version. There’s a tiny bit more icing sugar in the chocolate finger biscuits as I wanted to offset any bitterness from the cocoa.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits perfectly presented.

Tomorrow morning, I will have a luxury start to my day. A Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuit to accompany my morning cup of tea!

Recipe: Makes 18-24 Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits

200g/7oz Very Soft Unsalted Butter

60g/5.2oz Icing Sugar – sifted

Pinch 1/8tsp Salt – I use Maldon

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

15g Corn Flour – approx 1tbsp

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

50g/2oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Self Raising White Flour

100g/4oz White Chocolate – for dipping the ends of the biscuits

100g/4oz Dark Chocolate – for dipping the ends of the biscuits

For the white chocolate ganache:

100g/4oz White Chocolate

100mls Double Cream

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, gas mark 4

  • Line 2 baking trays with non stick silicone mats or baking parchment.
  • Whisk the butter until it is very soft and pale – approx. 5 minutes.
  • Add the sifted icing sugar and vanilla extract and continue whisking for 2 minutes.
  • Next sift in the cocoa powder. Whisk for a further 2 minutes until the mixture is a dark, chocolatey brown colour.
  • Sift the corn flour, plain and self raising flour into the bowl.
  • Using a metal spoon mix the ingredients together until the are just combined, with no visible white streaks present.
  • Fit a large piping bag with a large, Wilton #1M star tip.
  • Fill the piping bag with the soft, chocolate biscuit dough.
  • Pipe 3″/7-8cm lengths of biscuit dough on to the lined baking tray.
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Piped Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits ready for the oven.
  • Place both trays of piped biscuits in the centre and lower part of the oven.
  • Bake the biscuits for 12 minutes. They will be firm to touch and may have spread a little.
  • Once baked remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool completly on the tray.
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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits beautifully baked.
  • Whilst the biscuit fingers are cooling it is worth making the White chocolate ganache that will be piped on the underside of the fingers and used to sandwich them together.
  • In a heatproof, microwaveable jug add the white chocolate and double cream.
  • Zap for 1 minute on medium power.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir. If there are still lumps of unmelted chocolate, pop it back in for a further 30 seconds on medium.
  • Stir the ganache until the melted white chocolate is fully mixed into the cream.
  • Whisk the ganache to cool it and continue whisking until the ganache thickens and becomes airy – today it was so warm that I wasn’t able to get the ganache to solidify.
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Whisk the ganache until it is cool and thickened.
  • If the weather is cool the thickened ganache can be scooped into a piping bag with a medium round tip fitted – I poured the ganache into a disposable piping bag, which I then sealed with an elastic band and I placed it into the coldest part of the fridge until it had thickened.
  • Whilst the ganache was cooling I melted both the dark and white chocolate in small heatproof, microwaveable bowls.
  • Dip the chocolate fingers into the white chocolate and the vanilla fingers into the dark chocolate. Lay the dipped biscuit fingers on to anon stick silicone mat or baking parchment.
  • Not all of the biscuit fingers will be dipped in chocolate, that’s fine it is nice to have a variety.
  • Once the ganache has firmed up to piping consistency, think buttercream, then you are ready to assemble your biscuits.
  • Pipe a line of white chocolate ganache down the length, flat side upper, of one biscuit.
  • Place a similar sized biscuit on top and set aside.
  • Continue until all of the biscuits are sandwiched together.
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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits sandwiched together with ganache.
  • NOTE: Due to the fragile, melting nature of the Viennese biscuits, it is inevitable that some will break. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘taste testing’ the few breakages with our 2 daughters!
  • I ended up with 18 perfectly sandwiched biscuits.
  • Due to the heat I popped all the filled biscuits on to a baking tray and placed them back into the fridge to set, before taking the photographs.

To store I placed the Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits into a shallow tin and place them back in the fridge. With temperatures set to rise over the next few days, assuming they last that long 😉, they will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge.

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits ooh I bet you go back for seconds!

Serve on a pretty plate, adorned with flowers from the garden. These Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits are perfect with afternoon tea, or morning coffee.

If you have enjoyed these Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits here are some other recipes you may like:

Apricot Oat Crumble Cookies

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Apricot Oat Crumble Cookies

Bakewell Shortbread Bars

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Bakewell Shortbread Bars

Lemon Drizzle Cake Bars

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Lemon Drizzle Cake Bars

Sitting together with friends over a mid morning coffee, or with family for afternoon tea, doesn’t have to be a formal occasion. Yet when a little extra effort is made, for example, adding the rose to the centre of the plate, it really lifts the occasion.

All food should be feasted on and enjoyed, not just eaten for the sake of it (unless circumstances, for example illness, dictate otherwise). Food shared, tastes better and eating with company can be more fun.

Make the most of what’s left of the summer to eat outside. Watching the butterflies, listening to the birds, bees and ruffling leaves of the trees, adds an extra element of fun to our feasting.

Sammie xx

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Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies

This this week just happens to be National Afternoon Tea Week. Not that we need an excuse to enjoy a good cup of tea with a little something on the side, however, I decided to get into the spirit of things and make these Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies.

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Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies perfect for Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea is traditionally served with dainty finger sandwiches, delicate pastries, intricately decorated cakes and the like. I seem to have stamped all over tradition with these Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies!

I do not apologise for this.

For one simple reason, these cookies are really, really good.

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Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies packed full of crunchy dark chocolate mint crisps.

I seem to have got out of my regular cookie baking. There was a time when I made almost all of our biscuits and cookies along with our bread. I’m still keeping up with the bread making see here, but have been remiss with baking cookies.

Sometimes I think it is good to be reminded just HOW much better homemade food is. Instead of ripping open a packet of bourbon biscuits I made these cookies this morning. Boy am I glad I did!

Deep chocolate biscuit, flavoured with peppermint extract and chunks of Elizabeth Shaw Dark Mint Chocolate Crisps throughout, make these cookies an unforgettable experience. The crunch from the mint crisps only serves to add to the variety of textures from soft cookie, melted chocolate and crisp, crunchy mint pieces.

Yep. These are pretty much Mint Chocolate Cookie perfection in plus size.

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Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies perfect with a cup of tea.

You could of course make these smaller, but I think you’d lose the thickness and density these cookies need to conceal their hidden mint chocolate delights. Besides having one Monster cookie simply stops you going back for a second one!

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Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies with a little help from Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates.

Recipe: Makes 14 Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature

150g/5oz Light Soft Brown Sugar

1 Large Free Range Egg Yolk

1tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon

1tsp Peppermint Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

1 box Elizabeth Shaw Mint Crisp Dark Chocolates – unwrapped and broken into quarters

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, gas mark 4

  • Line 3 large baking trays with baking parchment or a non stick silicone mats.
  • In a large bowl add the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and peppermint extract.
  • Whisk/beat for a good 5 minutes until the mixture is pale and very creamy.
  • Add the egg yolk and continue to beat for a further 2 minutes.
  • Next sift in the cocoa and flour.
  • Add the broken mint crisp chocolates.
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Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies in the making.
  • Mix by hand using a large spoon until everything is combined – don’t over mix or you’ll end up with tough cookies (which make be a good personality traight but not so pleasant to eat 😉).
  • Using a large, spring loaded ice cream scoop, scoop out mounds of delicious mint chocolate cookie dough on to lined baking trays.
  • Using a damp hand press lightly to flatten the cookie.
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Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies ready for the oven.
  • Place all three baking trays in the oven, rotating them twice during the 20 minutes baking time.
  • Remove from the oven after 20 minutes and allow the Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies to cool on the baking trays.
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Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies cooling.

Once the Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies are cooled, make yourself a proper cup of tea and enjoy.

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Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies perfect for sharing.

I have to confess, deeply chocolate cookies are not my favourite kind. In general I prefer oat/fruit combinations. These cookies though, with their refreshing, lingering minty aftertaste are utterly scrumptious. Even on a hot, Summer’s afternoon, I felt thoroughly refreshed after my tea and cookie.

I like pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. Making a cookie that isn’t necessarily my ‘cup of tea’ for the children. This time they’ll have to watch out for mum raiding the cookie jar 😉

If you have enjoyed the recipe for these Monster Mint Chocolate Cookies, here are some others you may also like:

Cherry Bakewell Cookies

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Cherry Bakewell Cookies.

Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramac Caramel Cookies

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Caramac Caramel Cookies

I am known as a bit of a Cookie Monster. The cookies mentioned are but a small representation of the recipes on my site. Type cookies into the search bar and see what else you may like to make.

Thank you for you photos on Instagram and Twitter. It really makes my day to see you having fun making my recipes. I also love reading your comments.

Is there a cookie recipe that you would like to see on Feasting is Fun?

Would you like to share a favourite family recipe that has been passed down through the generations?

Let me know and I’ll do my best to create cookies for you to share and feast on.

Sammie xx

Elizabeth Shaw provided the chocolates used in this recipe. All opinions, views, content and photography is my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut

Ooh this Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut has been made twice now, once using regular flour and then using gluten free flour. Nobody could tell the difference! Delicious, light vanilla sponge, sandwiched with strawberry jam, whipped cream and topped with chocolate piped strawberries.

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    Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut perfect with fresh summer fruit.

Piping the strawberries with white and dark chocolate takes this cake to the next level in terms of prettiness. That said, beautiful, lush summer strawberries, left un piped would still look fabulous.

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut such a pretty cake.

Having made this cake with both whipped cream and whipped buttercream, I have to say we all preferred the whipped cream. I have given quantities for buttercream in the recipe for those who prefer it.

I don’t know about you, but I love making the most of our delicious, homegrown, seasonal strawberries in summer. Yes I am guilty of buying the occasional punnet of imported ones during the colder months. With the invention of poly tunnels and huge greenhouses, we are increasingly able to buy British grown berries over a longer period. Thank you farmers!

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut this is the gluten free version.

As you can see from the photographs there is no real visual difference between the gluten free and regular Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut. Only the size of the strawberries! The ones in the photo above were huge, which made them easier to pipe. Whereas the smaller ones were more tricky. If possible choose longer strawberries as they look more effective with the piping on. That said, I’d definitely choose flavour over size any day. The strawberries above may have been big, but they were also utterly delicious!

How do I tell if they are going to taste good? I smell them. If the punnet smells of warm summer strawberries they will taste delicious, however, if you can barely detect that delicious strawberry smell, move on as they will be bland.

Both of these giant doughnuts were made to go with afternoon tea and they were a huge hit. So, whether you are on a restricted diet or not, you can make this Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut and feast!

Recipe: Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut serves 8-10

225g/8oz  Plain White Flour – or gluten free flour I used Doves Farm

2tsp Baking Powder – ensure certified gluten free

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature – plus a little extra for greasing the silicone doughnut moulds.

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – or Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

10 Good Quality Strawberries

2tbsp Good Quality Strawberry Jam – I used Hartleys Best Strawberry Jam

300mls Cold Double Cream – alternatively for buttercream use 300g/11oz icing sugar and 150g/5oz butter and a drop of vanilla extract

50g/2oz White Chocolate

50g/2oz Dark Chocolate

Optional – edible glitter

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

  • Grease both the silicone doughnut moulds thoroughly with butter. Place on a large baking tray.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt.
  • Whisk/beat for a good few minutes – 5 minutes ideally – until pale and creamy.
  • Add in the vanilla bean paste (or extract) and beat until incorporated.
  • Next add all 5 eggs. Continue whisking/beating until the mixture is pale and creamy. If the mix looks as though it has split (curdled) add 1 tablespoon of the weighed flour, continue mixing and it will pull back together.
  • Sift in the flour (gluten free or regular) and the baking powder.
  • Fold in the flour until just combined.
  • Divide the batter equally between the 2 doughnut moulds.

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    These silicone doughnut moulds from Lakeland are so easy to use.
  • Place the baking tray into the centre of the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  • The sponge is baked when it is a golden colour and springs back when lightly pressed – note – the gluten free doughnut was slightly paler than the regular doughnut, this is nothing to worry about.
  • Once baked remove the baking tray from the oven and allow the doughnuts to cool for 10 minutes before turning them out on to a cooling rack.
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Leave the doughnut halves to cool completely on the rack.
  • Whilst the doughnut’s are cooling, break up the white and dark chocolate and place into separate heatproof, microwaveable bowls. Zap until just melting and stir until completely melted. Fill 2 small disposable piping bags with each melted chocolate. Snip off the very end, leaving a small hole. Place the strawberries on baking parchment or a silicone mat placed on a baking tray (helpful if you need to move them). Pipe some with white chocolate zig zags and others the same using dark chocolate. Allow to set, in hot weather pop in the fridge for a few minutes to set.
  • When completely cooled place one doughnut half, flat side up on to a board or plate.
  • Whisk the cream (or icing sugar/butter/vanilla) until it holds its shape (or until the buttercream is pale and creamy).
  • Spoon the strawberry jam on to the base of the doughnut and spread so that it almost reaches the edges.
  • Fill a disposable piping bag, fitted with a large star tip, with the cream/buttercream.
  • Pipe some cream on top of the jam.
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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut – luscious swirls of cream inside the doughnut!
  • Place the other half of the doughnut, flat side down, on top of the base.
  • Pipe swirls of cream/buttercream around the doughnut and then pipe stars around the centre, on the side.
  • Top the swirls with chocolate piped strawberries and sprinkle with edible glitter.
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Beautiful swirls of whipped cream are topped with chocolate piped strawberries.

Make sure you take a photo of your beautiful Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut, as once it is assembled I can guarantee that it will not last long!

I have specified more strawberries in the recipe than you see on the cake. This is so that everyone gets a delicious, chocolate piped strawberry with their slice.

Served with a proper cup of tea, I can think of no better way than feasting on this delicious treat any afternoon.

I bought the giant doughnut silicone mould from Lakeland at a silly price in the sale. That said, they are so much fun, I’d happily pay full price for one!

If you have enjoyed the recipe for Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut then you may like these too:

Raspberry and Cream Giant Doughnut

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Raspberry and Cream Giant Doughnut

Black Forest Giant Doughnut

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Black Forest Giant Doughnut

Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake

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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake

The idea of Afternoon Tea really appeals to me. Even if I can’t be fussed to make finger sandwiches and the like, making a treat for Sunday afternoon, where we sit down and enjoy as a family, is becoming a tradition.

Quite often I will bake the cake/giant doughnut on the Saturday, ready for icing the following day. We give a lot of the sweet treats that I make away. Primarily because as a family we love sharing, we are also conscious of our health too.

If you have family traditions I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment for me to read in the comments section?

Sammie xx

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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake

For for those of you who have visited Feasting is Fun before, you will be very aware of my love affair with lemons. I absolutely adore not only their tart, intense flavour, but also their ability to transform a sweet or savoury dish. After using lemon curd to create my Lemon Ripple Ice Cream, I decided to use it in a bake. Specifically this delightful Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake.

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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake perfect for afternoon tea.

A wonderfully moist, damp cake, the lemon curd injects a wonderful tartness in the centre that is balanced by the lemon swirled buttercream on top.

If you love lemons, then I’ll guarantee this Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake will delight you!

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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake whatever time of year brings the sunshine indoors.

Baked as a whole cake, that is then cut in two, this refreshingly flavoured cake is simple to make and decorate.

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    Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake with an added sprinkle of glitter.

I was sent a new cake tin to try out, so I decided on this Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake. The cake batter has both finely grated lemon zest and lemon extract oil in it. I’ve given an alternative for the oil in the recipe, although I do recommend buying some if you can. It brings another level of lemonyness to the cake and unlike fresh lemon juice, does not cause any curdling of the cake batter or buttercream.

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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake look at how the light shines through the lemony yellow of the cake?

Lemons have such a sunny yellow colour that they really do bring the sunshine indoors whatever the weather!

Recipe: Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake serves 8-10

You will need an 8″/20cm diameter cake tin that is 3″/7.5cm deep

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter – plus a little extra for greasing

275g/10oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Lemon Oil – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Eggs

275g/10oz Self Raising Flour (if using plain add 2tsp baking powder)

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon Sea Salt

Grated Zest of 1 Whole Lemon

4-5tbsp Lemon Curd – I use Waitrose luxury lemon curd – make sure you pick a tart one

For the icing:

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter

200g/7oz Sifted Icing Sugar

1/2tsp Lemon Oil – or 1tbsp Lemon Curd

2tbsp Very Hot Water from a kettle

Optional – Sprinkles and edible glitter

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

  • Grease with butter and line the base of the cake tin with baking parchment. I was  testing a new PushPan. I still greased and lined the tin.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, salt and sugar.
  • Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Add all 6 eggs (I crack mine into a separate bowl first) and the lemon oil/substitute with 1tbsp of lemon curd if no lemon oil is available.
  • Sift in the self raising flour.
  • Mix on a low speed until just combined.
  • Add the finely grated zest of one whole lemon.
  • Mix the cake batter until just smooth – I do this by hand using a spoon.
  • Spoon the Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake batter into the cake tin and smooth the top.

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    Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake ready for the oven.
  • Place the cake tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. The cake is baked when an inserted skewer comes out clean. My cake took 1 hour 15 minutes to bake.
  • Once the cake is baked remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the cake tin.
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Baked Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake cooling in the tin.
  • When the cake is cold remove from the tin.
  • With the PushPan tin I used, I simply popped the pan on to a tin of beans and pressed the sides down. The cake released from the tin very easily.
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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake easily released from the PushPan

Making the lemon buttercream:

  • Into a large bowl add the softened butter, sifted icing sugar, lemon oil or curd and 2 tablespoons of hot water.
  • Whisk slowly at first, increasing in speed as the icing sugar is absorbed. Continue whisking on high for a couple more minutes until you have a pale, creamy, light buttercream.
  • Scoop the buttercream into a disposable piping bag fitted with a large closed star tip.
  • Carefully cut the cake in half horizontally, so that it becomes a sandwich cake.
  • Spoon enough lemon curd on to the bottom layer to cover it generously.
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Add a generous layer of lemon curd.
  • Place the top of the cake back on and pipe six buttercream swirls around the edge and one in the centre of the cake.
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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake so pretty but there’s room for a finishing touch.
  • Add sprinkles and edible glitter (if using) and your Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake is ready to be sliced and served.
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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake sparkling deliciousness.

I do love a slice of cake for Sunday afternoon tea, or any day of the week afternoon tea, when the cake is this good!

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Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake perfect for any occasion, but especially afternoon tea.

I honestly think the pictures in this post speak for themselves. This Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake bursts with lemony yellowness once cut and tastes absolutely perfect. The soft buttercream and tart lemon curd, with a deliciously moist lemon cake.

Today will not be the only time I make this cake!!

If you have enjoyed the recipe for this Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake here are some others you may also enjoy:

Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

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Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

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Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

Lemon Drizzle Cake Bars

 

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Lemon Drizzle Cake Bars

Whilst this Loveliest Lemon Curd Cake looks pretty with the buttercream swirls, it really is the layers of lemon flavour that make this cake so enticing.

Whatever you are making and baking in your kitchen this weekend I hope that you are having fun. As I popped a couple of slices of this yummy cake over the back fence to our neighbours, almost blinded by the glitter sparkling in the sunlight, I was reminded of how much I simply enjoy sharing.

Baking for my family, friends, neighbours, postman and postlady, random delivery drivers, makes me feel good. Why?? Because it puts a smile on someones face. The heart of this blog is to share, enjoy feasting with people and have fun whilst doing so.

There is no price to making someone smile.

Who will you make smile this week?

Sammie xx

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Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake

A deliciously moist, Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake. Baked in a Bundt-style silicone mould, this cake is stunning to look at and equally flavourful to eat.

If you love cake, especially the fruity citrus types, then you must try this Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake. It is sublime!

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Swirl Lime Drizle Cake utterly beautiful and equally delicious.

This cake is so pretty, I really cannot stop looking at. Light sponge, flavoured with the juice and zest of fresh limes, draped in a tangy lime glaze and finished with sugar flowers.

I adore Bundt pans. Their beautifully detailed moulding creates a beautiful cake without the need for excessive decoration. I have the Heritage Bundt pan from Nordic Ware, which is very similar to this swirl silicone cake mould.

Nordic Ware own the trademark name ‘Bundt’ in this country. So although this beautiful Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake may look similar to a traditional Bundt pan, technically it cannot be called a Bundt cake.

The name of this creation – Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake – accurately describes exactly what this cake it. Yet only a bite can really covey the tongue tingling, luscious lime flavours, locked within it’s beauty.

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Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake full of zesty citrus flavour.

Lemon drizzle cake is one of my all time favourite cakes. This Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake delivers the same fresh, sharp flavour, softened by the buttery sponge into which the lime added.

By adding lime juice to the drizzle glaze your tastebuds are immediately awakened on biting into a slice of this cake. Next a golden, buttery sponge with a hint of lime and visible flecks of lime zest throughout the cake, give a pleasant rounded cake flavour.

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Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake the silicone mould creates the beautiful shape.

The beautiful mould that was used to bake this cake was from the Bake Box. A monthly box full of baking equipment, recipe cards and instructions.

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A monthly subscription that will expand you baking knowledge and teach you new techniques.

Each box contains:

  • Inspirational theme
  • 6-8 bespoke bakeware items
  • 1 Specialist colour, dust or glitter
  • Unique recipes with a creative twist
  • 6 Full colour recipe cards

Each box is available on a monthly subscription at £14.99 (rrp £40). Personally I think this Bake Box is a great way to learn new techniques and at an amazing price. I am thinking of buying this as a subscription for my daughter’s birthday. Take a look at their website, Bake Box 3 has a back to nature theme!

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Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake baked with the mould from Bake Box 1.

Recipe: Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake serves 8

225g/8oz Caster Sugar – plus 2tbsp butter for greasing the mould

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – at room temperature

5 Large Free Range Egg

225g/8oz Plain White Flour- sifted

2tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

2 Fresh Limes

250g Icing Sugar

Optional – sugar flowers and coloured sprinkles

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan oven, gas mark 3

  • Melt 2tbsp of butter. Brush the inside of the mould with butter, ensuring every part of the cake mould is buttered. Set to one side.
  • Place the sugar, butter and salt into a large bowl and whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Add 1/3 of the sifted flour and 2 eggs. Whisk/beat until just combined.
  • Repeat the last step.
  • Sift the last of the flour and baking powder into the bowl. Add the last egg, the finely grated zest of 2 limes and the juice of half a lime.
  • Mix gently until everything just combines.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake mould and fill no more than two thirds full.
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Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake ready for the oven.
  • Place the filled cake mould on to a baking tray and place in the middle of a preheated oven
  • Bake for an hour. The cake is baked when an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once baked remove the cake from the oven.
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Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake a beautiful even bake.
  • Allow the cake to cool until just warm, in the silicone cake mould.
  • When just warm carefully turn the cake out onto a cooling rack.
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Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake the mould gives the cake such a beautiful pattern.

Making the icing:

  • Sift 250g of plain icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Add enough lime juice, squeezed from the zested limes, to produce a thick, yet just dripping, paste.
  • Ensure you have a clean baking tray under the cooling rack.
  • Carefully spoon over the lime drizzle, scooping drizzle from the tray underneath by sliding the cooling rack along, until the entire cake is completely covered in lime drizzle icing.
  • Add little sugar flowers and/or sprinkles, whilst the icing is still tacky.
  • Set aside to allow the icing to set.
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Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake sure to impress everyone as it tastes as good as it looks!

Perfect for afternoon tea, or a celebration. This Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake certainly stands out, both for its swirl shape and delightful soft, lime flavour.

Lime has a slightly softer flavour than lemon and it works beautifully in this cake. A beautiful Spring cake that can be eaten throughout the year. The only rule is, this cake must be shared. It is too good to keep it all to yourself!

If you have enjoyed this Swirl Lime Drizzle Cake here are some other recipes you may like to try:

Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

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Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes

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Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

I hope that you’ll agree, Bundt style cake moulds and genuine Bundt Pans really do produce beautifully patterend cakes, without any extra work from the baker.

That had got to be a good thing – right??

Whatever you are making and baking in your kitchens, be sure to have lots of fun and create a feast worth sharing, As food always tastes better when it is shared.

Sammie xx

Bake Box provided me with box 1 from their monthly subscription, for the purposes of review. All opinions, views, content and photographs are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

Whilst I love a beautifully decorated cake, sometimes a delicious cut-and-come-again cake is what I crave. This delicious Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake certainly delivers on flavour. Packed full of chocolate chips and made with sour cream, it is utterly yummy!

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake simply really good cake!

This delicious cake however, was made at the request of our eldest daughter. Chocolate cake with chocolate chips and NO icing. In all fairness she has never been a lover of anything creamy, so I was more than happy to oblige and decided to make a Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake.

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake fancy icing not needed.

This cake may have a simple recipe but boy does it win in the flavour votes. It is a really chocolatey, chocolate cake. In fact served warm with custard, ooh and a scoop of Very Vanilla Ice Cream and this would make rather a delicious pudding.

I just love it when a cake can be dual purpose!!

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake however you eat this cake it is utterly yummy!

After making yesterday’s Coffee and Walnut Cake  I was really regretting not making an extra cake for us! The smell of the coffee cake cooking and the walnuts toasting, had my tummy rumbling. In truth it would only have been Hubby and me that ate it. Coffee cake is not our children’s favourite – although two of them will eat Tirimasu???

Without further ado, let’s get to the recipe so that you too can bake this delicious cake!

Recipe: Makes one Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter – at room temperature

175g/6oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paster -can be substituted with vanilla extract

3 Large Free Range Eggs

150g/5oz Sour Cream – I find it easier to measure by weight

1/4tsp Salt

125g/4.5oz Plain White Flour

50g/2oz Good Quality Cocoa Powder

2tsp Baking Powder

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate Chips/Chunks – use dark/white if preferred

Method: Preheat the oven to 155C/140C fan, gas mark 2

  • Grease and line the base of a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.
  • Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl.
  • Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Add the 3 eggs and vanilla bean paste and whisk for a further 5 minutes until all the ingredients are fully combined.
  • Add the sour cream and sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and add the chocolate chips.
  • With a spoon fold all the ingredients together until just combined.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared loaf tin.
  • Place into the middle of a preheated oven and bake for 45-50minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is firm to touch. I don’t suggest inserting a skewer, as if it goes through a warm chocolate chip you may think that the cake is still uncooked.
  • Once baked remove the Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake from the oven.
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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake don’t work about the crack on top – it proves its a good homemade cake!
  • Allow the cake to cool in the tin until it is warm, or preferably cold.
  • To remove from the tin, gently go around the outside edge, between the cake and the tin with a palette knife. Place a plate or cooling rack on top of the tin and flip over. The cake should release easily.
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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake sliced and ready to be eaten!

In complete honesty, I must say that the cake was still warm when removed from the tin. Such was our eagerness to taste it!! My family have got used to waiting for the blog photos to be taken. Two minutes after the above photo was taken, the slices of cake you see were plated and dished out with forks.

Still slightly warm, with nuggets of semi melted chocolate chunks throughout, this cake made for very nice elevenses with a cup of tea!

We seem to have got into a habit of having cake or a sweet treat such as my Lemony Strawberry Pavlova on a Sunday, not necessarily a bad thing I think!

This cake, should there be any left, will keep for 4 days in an airtight container. Actually from experience it tightens up a bit on the second day and is not only easier to cut, but also improves in flavour – I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether to wait 😉.

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

This delightful cake is perfect for picnics, afternoon tea, or elevenses in the garden, when the sun is shining as beautifully as it is today! I’m not a big fan of taking iced cakes on picnics, as the extra sugar seems to be a magnet for bugs!

Do you enjoy eating outside when the weather is nice? Do you have a favourite bake that you always make before a trip to the seaside, or picnic in the park?

Asking these questions reminds me of mug Grandma, who always spent the day before a family outing baking. The only thing I consistently remember her baking was Rock Buns. I’ll have to dig out a recipe – for those of you who aren’t familiar with them, they are fruit filled buns, halfway between a cake and scone. Any tips please let me know in the comments section?

If you have enjoyed this Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake here are a few more recipes you may like to try:

Glazed Orange Bundt Cake

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake perfect for afternoon tea.

Cherry Almond Sandwich Cake

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Cherry Almond Sandwich Cake with pretty feathered icing.

Chelsea Buns

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Chelsea Buns easy to make and easier to eat! www.feastingisfun.com

Whatever you are making and baking in your kitchens today, make each mouthful a feast and have lots of fun.

Sammie xx

 

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Classic Coffee Walnut Cake

There are many classic flavour combinations; strawberries and cream, rhubarb and custard, apple and cinnamon. They don’t need tinkering with because they work so well together. Like here in this Classic Coffee Walnut Cake.

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Classic Coffee Walnut Cake a great flavour combination.

Recently a few people have asked if I have a Classic Coffee Walnut Cake recipe and whilst it’s a cake that I’ve baked many times over the years, I realised it wasn’t on here. So, in a attempt to rectify that and make my Father – in – law’s favourite cake, here it is.

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Classic Coffee Walnut Cake a real treat.

I tried to make this cake relatively small as it will be shared between two people. In reality I failed! Even though this cake was baked in my small 7 inch sandwich tins, I have packed so many walnuts into the centre, this Classic Coffee Walnut Cake will easily feed 8 people!

If you want a slightly smaller cake (don’t laught at me) I suggest cutting down on the walnuts – not the cake 😉.

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Classic Coffee Walnut Cake a delicious thank you gift.

Hubby is, as I write this, undergoing a hospital procedure and as a way of distracting myself and thanking my wonderful in – laws for taking him, I made this cake. I am also trying to distract myself by writing this post – I’ll have to see how much editing is needed at the end to know how well I managed.

As I mentioned I have made lots of coffee and walnut cakes over the years and I do usually add chopped walnuts to the cake batter. In this instance, especially as the cake sponges are quite small, I decided to pack chopped walnuts into the centre of the sandwich cake. This cake was made to be given away, however, now I’ve made it I really fancy a slice!!! Expect another coffee cake recipe on here soon 😉.

FF Classic Coffee Walnut Cake
Classic Coffee Walnut Cake plenty of delicious, toasted, chopped walnuts fill the centre of this cake.

I also made a mistake whilst decorating this cake. After piping the 8 swirls around the edge, I piped a monstrously hideous circle in the centre. As I photographed the cake I became more and more disheartened by this huge swirl of buttercream spoiling the look of the cake. This is where buttercream is a dream to work with – using a small palette knife it lifted right off the cake. I then dusted the cake with icing sugar and replaced a single walnut half, with a dob of buttercream in the centre.

Sometimes less is more (never with glitter!) and that was definitely the case with this Classic Coffee Walnut Cake.

I have shown you a photograph of the centre of the cake as this could easily be the top. If you aren’t confident piping buttercream just use half in the middle and spread half on top of the cake. There are plenty of walnuts in the recipe, enough for you to chop and cover both the middle and top layers and your cake will still look delicious and inviting.

Recipe: Makes one Classic Coffee Walnut Cake – serves 8

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

3 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract I use NIELSEN-MASSEY

1/4tsp Salt

150g/5oz Plain Flour – self raising can be substituted DO NOT add extra baking powder

1tsp Baking Powder

2tsp Instant Coffee

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter

300g/11oz Icing Sugar Sifted plus 2 teaspoonful for dusting the cake

125g/4.5oz Walnut Halves

Method: preheat oven to 155C/140C fan, gas mark 2

  • Butter 2 x 7″ (17cm) sandwich tins and line with baking parchment.
  • Place the instant coffee into a cup and add 30ml of boiling water. Stir to dissolve and set to one side to cool.
  • In a large bowl add the butter and sugar. Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Next add the 3 eggs, vanilla extract and 3 teaspoons of the cooled liquid coffee. Whisk/beat for 2 minutes until combined.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just incorporated. This will ensure a very light sponge.
  • Divide the batter equally between the 2 prepared cake tins. Use may use digital scales to ensure your quantities are even, or just eyeball it as I did.
FF Classic Coffee Walnut Cake
Two coffee cakes ready for the oven.
  • Bake the cakes in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • The sponges are baked when they are golden brown and spring back from a light touch.
  • Once baked remove the cakes from the oven, place the tins on a cooling rack and leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes.
FF Classic Coffee Walnut Cake
Beautiful cooked coffee cakes.
  • When they are cool enough to handle turn the cakes out of their tins, ensuring one sponge is the right way up, for the top of the cake.
  • Allow the turned our sponges to cool completely before assembling the cake.
  • Place the walnut halves on to a baking tray and place in the hot oven for 5 minutes to toast. Remove and leave to cool on the baking tray.

Making the buttercream:

  • Place the butter, sifted icing sugar and 3 teaspoons of liquid coffee into a large bowl.
  • Whisk until pale and creamy. Taste the buttercream, add more coffee if desired.
  • When cooled place the bottom half of your cake, flat side up, onto a cake stand or board.
  • Using a palette knife spread half of the buttercream over the sponge, not quite reaching the edges.
  • Set aside 10 nice walnut halves to decorate the top of the cake ( it’s always good to have one spare 😉)
  • Roughly chop the remaining walnuts and place on top of the buttercream.
  • Place the top half of you cake, rounded side up, on top of the bottom half.
  • Fit an icing bag with a French star tip (or whatever tip you prefer).
  • Fill the icing bag with the remaining buttercream.
  • Pipe 8 small swirls equally around the top edge of the cake. Pipe the same small swirl in the centre.
  • Top the buttercream swirls with walnut halves.
  • Pipe little swirls around the middle of the cake, where it is sandwiched together for a pretty finish.
  • Dust with a little icing sugar.
FF Classic Coffee Walnut Cake
Classic Coffee Walnut Cake light coffee sponge with toasted walnuts.

Classic Coffee Walnut Cake such a beautifully delicious, easy cake to make and the perfect gift for any coffee cake lover.

I love my husbands parents very much. Hubby and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year. My relationship with my in – laws has not always been smooth or plain sailing. We have been through a lot together and I honestly love and respect them as if they were my own parents.

Thank you Ma and Pa, we couldn’t have gotten through the last 20 years and especially the last year without you x.

I really enjoy baking for other people. It’s such a fantastic feeling when you see the look of surprise and joy on their face when I give them a cake, or whatever goody I have baked. Hubby should be home soon and I have managed to keep myself distracted whilst he has been gone.

Do you enjoy baking for others?

If you’ve enjoyed this Classic Coffee Walnut Cake then you may also want to take a peek at these recipes:

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake 

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I’d love to see photos of any bakes that you have made as gifts. Please pop a pic on Twitter or Instagram and tag me in. Or do you have a story linked to a special bake? Tell me about it in the comments section, I love reading all of your comments.

Enjoy baking and making in your kitchen, have fun and enjoy feasting with family and friends.

Sammie xx

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