Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread

Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread, quick and easy to make, perfect for sharing.

This post hardly needs any words. Simply look at the photos? Fresh ciabatta bread baked with the ultimate topping. Three different cheeses melted together, with kalamata olives and fresh basil. Resulting in crisp, crusty bread with the most flavourful, salty, fresh herb spiked, cheesy covering, Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread.

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Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread gooey and inviting.

Since combining Philadelphia cream cheese, mozzarella and sharp cheddar gives this topping a great combination of melting gooeyness and great cheese flavour. Also adding the meaty kalamata olives and fresh basil provides an overall herby saltiness that goes well with cocktails, especially a Martini. While the topping is overly generous, it could be split to cover two open Ciabattas. Sliced thinly, or cut into squares, these would make elegant, pre dinner canapés.

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Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread irresistible!
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Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread look at the melted cheese.

Recipe: Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread

1 x Regular size Ciabatta Bread – split open

200g/7oz Mozzarella

75g/3oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese – I find own brands too watery for this recipe

75g/3oz Grated Sharp/Mature Cheddar – I use Wyke Mature Cheddar

50g/2oz Kalamata Olives – I use olives with the stones in

1tbsp chopped fresh basil

1/4 – 1/2tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper – to taste

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

  • First of all place a medium sized bowl on to some digital scales. This will make adding ingredients much easier.
  • Spoon the Philadelphia cream cheese into the bowl and break up the drained mozzarella cheese, adding it to the cream cheese.
  • Next add the grated mature cheddar to the bowl.
  • Remove the stones from the olives. Press each olive with the flat side of the knife. Easily remove the stone using your fingers from the squashed olive.
  • Chop the olives roughly, adding to the bowl until the correct weight is achieved.
  • Now chop the fresh basil fairly roughly and add to the bowl.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
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Preparing the cheese, olive and fresh basil topping.
  • Use a fork to mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Cut the Ciabatta bread in half lengthways and place on to a baking tray.
  • Divide the cheese mixture in half and cover each half of the ciabatta.
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Preparing the ciabatta for baking.
  • Place the ciabatta into the top of the preheated oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. The bread is baked when it is golden and crusty and the cheese is meltingly bubbly on top.
  • While the ciabatta is baking pour yourself a long, cool glass of your favourite drink!
  • Once baked remove the ciabatta from the oven. Also scoop any melted cheese that has escaped from the bread back on top.
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Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread fresh from the oven.
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Crunchy and oozing with cheese.

To serve, place on to a wooden board and slice the ciabatta across, dividing each half into 5 or 6 pieces. Pass around to delighted guests.

The topping can be made one day ahead and kept in a sealed container in the fridge. Once baked this bread should be consumed on the day it is eaten.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread you may also enjoy these:

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Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones

Bath Soft Cheese Chilli Tarts

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Bath Soft Cheese Chilli Tarts

Quick, easy recipes, or in some cases assemblies are an absolute wonder to have in our repertoire. Whether we are rushed off our feet with the busyness of life, or the opposite, too hot or tired to contemplate ‘cooking’, we all need a stash of no fail, easy recipes. As soon as they are assembled and baked, we can breath a collective sigh of relief, take a deep breath and enjoy our time together.

Whatever you are making, baking or even assembling in your kitchens, remember to have fun. Food tastes better when shared and the hostess is relaxed!

Sammie xx

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones

Almond Topped Cherry Scones plus a review of Andrew James Stainless Steel Set of 5 Bowls with Airtight Lids.

Summer is truly here. Sunshine, Wimbledon, Strawberries and Scones. Well except for today, as it is raining, a welcome relief for the garden. Today I bring you not strawberries, but another seasonal summer treat, cherries. Stunning, deep ruby red jewels, that hang like earrings from the tree. Preserved as glacé cherries meaning these Almond Topped Cherry Scones can be made any time of the year.

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones a classic flavour pairing.

Combining the flavours of cherry and almond in these scones is game changing. Add clotted cream and dark cherry preserve and you have yourself a delicious scone that is bursting with flavour. Honestly, I wish that I had made these scones a very long time ago, such is the pleasure obtained from the experience of eating one.

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones extra special during cherry season.

Having been sent a nest of Stainless Steel Bowls with Airtight Lids by Andrew James, I decided to see how much damage I could do to them. Seriously, when reviewing new products they need to be put through a tough regime. As mentioned before, new or replacement equipment has to earn a place in my kitchen. Since honest reviews are the only ones you will ever read on this blog, your trust is never taken for granted.

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones perfect for Afternoon Tea

Since first making shortcrust pastry in the 3500ml, the second largest bowl, then proceeding to make the scone dough in the same bowl. Again using a pastry cutter to cut the fats into the flour. I knew if anything could mess up these bowls, the pastry cutter would give them a hard time. Yet, following a full cycle in the dishwasher, the bowl came out virtually untouched.

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Tested bowl on top, nest of bowls bottom.

The result of really attacking this bowl with a pastry cutter, a few scratches. In all fairness I was very heavy handed when making the pastry and scones. What I absolutely love about these bowls is the non slip base. Whether whisking up Yorkshire Puddings, Ice Cream, or pouring homemade Tomato Sauce into them, these bowls do not shift on the worktop. Each bowl comes with airtight fitted lids, with the largest bowl having a lid with a removable centre. Perfect for splash control when whisking liquids see Lime Ripple Luxury Ice Cream. Finally, the only minor downside to these bowls is that they cannot be used in the microwave. A small price to pay for the robust Stainless Steel bowl with non slip base and airtight lid.

These bowls come as a nest of 5 in the following sizes:

  • 4500ml capacity – 26cm diameter
  • 3000ml capacity – 24cm diameter
  • 2500ml capacity – 22cm diameter
  • 2000ml capacity – 20cm diameter
  • 1000ml capacity – 18cm diameter

 

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A whole variety of uses in the kitchen.
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Some of the recipes made using the stainless steel bowls.

Even though these bowls cannot be used in the microwave, they are so versatile and robust, not forgetting to mention space saving. Since all of the bowls stack conveniently inside each other. They receive a firm 5 out of 5 from me. These bowls are a welcome addition to my busy kitchen. If you are quick and order before the end of July, use SAMMIE10 code for a super 10% discount.

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones

Time to make the scones!

Recipe: Almond Topped Cherry Scones makes 10

450g/1lb Plain White Flour

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon

40g/1.75oz Caster Sugar

3tsp Baking Powder

75g/3oz Cold Unsalted Butter cut into cubes

25g/1oz Cold Vegetable Fat – Trex

75g/3oz Natural Glacé Cherries cut into halves

250mls Whole Milk plus a little extra to brush the tops of the scones before baking

2tsp Almond Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

2-3tbsp Flaked Almonds

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

  • Line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Sieve in the flour and baking powder, then add both of the fats.
  • Using the tips of your fingers, or a pastry cutter, work the fats into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs with some larger, pea sized pieces of fat visible.
  • Next add the salt and sugar. Mix together using a balloon whisk.
  • Now add half of the glacé cherries. Toss them about in the mixture, this prevents them sticking together. Add the other half and do the same.
  • Make a well in the centre of the mix, pour in the milk and almond extract.
  • Use a butter knife to gently stir the milk into the flour mix. As the dough starts to come together switch to using your hand. Gently bringing the mix to a coherent dough.
  • Tip the dough on to a floured surface and gently knead to form a 5cm/2″ thick disc.
  • Using a well floured 5cm/2″ round cutter, cut out the scones, remembering to press straight down without twisting the cutter. Twisting can cause odd shaped or lopsided scones as they bake. Place each scone on to the lined baking tray.
  • Bring all the bits of scone dough together once the scones are cut, knead lightly and continue to cut out the remaining scones. Repeat the last step until all of the dough is used.
  • Once all of the scones have been cut out brush the tops with milk and sprinkle over flaked almonds.
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Making the Almond Topped Cherry Scones
  • Place the baking tray into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
  • The Almond Topped Cherry Scones are baked when they are risen, golden brown and sound hollow when rapped on the base with a knuckle.
  • Once baked remove the scones from the oven and place immediately on to a cooling rack to cool.
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Baked Almond Topped Cherry Scones cooling on a rack.
  • When the scones are cooled, or slightly warm then they are ready to be served.
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Serve the Almond Topped Cherry Scones on a platter.

I like to serve the scones on a large platter with ramekins of clotted cream and cherry preserve. Adding fresh cherries when they are in season, finishes the platter beautifully.

Serve with a large pot of tea and the best china you own!

All scones are at their best on the day they are made. If you wish to make ahead, you can do so by one day. Make the scones, cool completely and store in an airtight container, such as the large stainless steel bowls. The next day 20 minutes prior to serving, warm in a preheated oven, at baking temperature for 5-10 minutes. Cool slightly and serve. Rather like bread, the reheating simply refreshes the scones and they taste freshly baked.

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Afternoon Tea

Super Light Scones

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Super Light Scones

Homemade scones are a world away from their shop bought counterparts. In fact I never even liked scones before I made them myself. Essential to any Afternoon Tea they are simply the easiest treat to quickly make should visitors unexpectedly arrive. Making the scone dough in the Stainless Steel bowl made the process even easier. Especially with the non slip base and dishwasher safe factors.

If you make these Almond Topped Cherry Scones please let me know? I love and really appreciate reading the comments that you take time to leave. Pop a picture on Twitter or Instagram and tag me in. I’ll be sure to give you a shoutout from @sammiefeasting.

Do take a look at this nest of bowls and don’t forget your 10% discount code SAMMIE10, only available against these bowls from Andrew James. I highly recommend them for camping, caravaning or even taking on holiday as they are super lightweight.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in you kitchens or indeed caravans, have fun creating your feast.

I regularly bake on holiday. Do you?

Sammie xx

Andrew James provided me with the nest of 5 stainless steel bowls with matching airtight lids for the purpose of review. All comments and opinions are my own and are a complete reflection of my experience in using them. I was not paid to write this post and the discount is curtesy of Andrew James. No part of this post may be reproduced in any way without my prior permission. Please see my Disclosure Policy for further details.

 

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Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake

I love Bundt Pans. Their detailed and versatile shape, moulds cakes into edible replicas of the pan. Of course, if you are still at the beginners stage of cake decorating, the finished cake needs no more than a dusting of icing sugar. Since I have baked more than a few Bundt cakes, I have become more adventurous with how they are decorated. This Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake is glazed carefully with a thick icing and finished with sprinkles.

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Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake perfect with lemon tea.

Bundt pans are available in all shapes and sizes. From small bundtlettes such as Mini Lemon Drizzzle Bundt Cakes to larger sized pans, such as Heart Engagement Bundt Cake. While solid pans are available, Bundts are generally recognised by the hole in the centre. Here in the U.K Nordic Ware own the copyright to name Bundt tin/pan. Therefore only cake’s baked in one of their pans can accurately and legally be called a Bundt cake.

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Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake the icing emphasises the detail of the cake.

For this cake one whole lemon and lime are used in the recipe. The fragrant zest adds flavour and balance to the gin baked in the cake. While thick, white icing, made using the juice of the zested fruits, provides a sharp, citrus tang. Finally, green and yellow sprinkles hint at the cake’s flavour.

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Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake the perfect flavour combination.

Tiger Gin has underlying orange citrus notes. Incorporating this with the lemon and lime gives this cake a unique citrus flavour. Yet it is the botanicals added in the process of making this gin that really linger on the palette.

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Elegant Heart Bundt Pan

Recipe: Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake serves 10-12

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt

30mls/2tbsp Gin plus extra for icing – I use Tiger Gin

5 Large Free Range Eggs

100g/4oz Natural Plain Yoghurt

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

250g/5.5oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

1 Lemon – scrubbed

1 Lime – scrubbed

400g/14oz Icing Sugar

Sprinkles in coordinated colours

Method: Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan, gas mark 3

If new, wash the Bundt Pan in hot soapy water. Do not use anything abrasive to clean it. Dry and prior to use spray with cake release. I use Wilton. ensuring the inside is completely covered.

  • Into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk until pale and creamy.
  • Now add the eggs, yoghurt, gin and vanilla extract – wet ingredients.
  • On top of the wet ingredients sieve the flour and then baking powder.
  • Zest both the lime and lemon. Place the zest into the bowl.
  • This cake uses the all-in-one method. Whisk slowly until all the ingredients are just combined. Give the mixture a final mix with a spoon before carefully pouring into the prepared Bundt Pan.
  • Place the Bundt into the centre of the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden and coming away from the sides of the pan. Also an inserted skewer will come out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
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Preparing the cake batter, filling and baking the Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake.
  • After 10 minutes cooling in the tin, turn the cake out on to a cooling rack.
  • Leave the cake to cool completely before decorating.
  • While the cake is cooling prepare the icing.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a medium sized bowl.
  • Next, if using gin in the icing add one tablespoon at first. Now add the juice of both the lemon and lime until it reaches a very thick, yet still drops from the spoon, consistency.
  • As soon as the cake is cooled it can be decorated.
  • Place the cooling rack over, with the cake on it, a larger baking tray. This will catch the drips from the icing.
  • Spoon the icing over the top of the cake, encouraging it to drip down the sides of the cake.
  • Continue to add icing in this way until each of the dips, in the heart pattern, have icing dripped on them.
  • Take care to completely cover the inside of the heart indentation at the top and the outside of the heart point at the bottom – see photos.
  • Carefully place sprinkles across the top of the heart. Again use the photograph for guidance.
  • Allow the cake to set for 5 minutes.
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Step by step photos showing how to decorate the cake.
  • Gently run a palette knife under the cake, separating any icing that may be stuck to both cake and rack.
  • Transfer the cake to a suitable plate or cake stand and leave to fully set.
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Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake set and ready to serve.

Served sliced with a delicious cup of lemon tea and of course a smile!

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A tasty, tangy slice of Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake.
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Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake eat with your eyes first!

This cake will keep for up to four days in an airtight container. The cake was made the evening prior to icing and stored wrapped in baking parchment. In my opinion the cake is better the day after it is made.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake, then you may also like these:

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Chocolate Sunflower Bundt Cake

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Chocolate Sunflower Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake
Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Baking is fun. Especially when you gain a little experience and confidence. Mixing flavours, experimenting with different cake tins and Bundt Pans. Creating a feast that will surprise people. Making friends, family and neighbours smile. Almost half of this cake has now gone. Slices sent on paper plates, with a pretty napkin, to unsuspecting, yet thoroughly grateful neighbours, this afternoon.

Sharing is so important at Feasting headquarters. Indeed we all believe that food tastes better when it is shared.

Sammie xx

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NOTE: If baking with alcohol, you must be at least 18 years old, here in the U.K.

I am entering this cake for Bake of the Week hosted by: Jenny and Helen at

Mummy Mishaps

Casa Costello

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Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones

Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones are the best savoury scones made at Feasting headquarters so far. Sharp, mature cheddar pairs beautifully with the sun dried tomatoes and the addition of fresh basil completes the final flavour. These scones need no addition as they are moist and light.

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Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones perfectly delicious.

Two things are really important when making these scones. First of all, use great ingredients. That doesn’t mean everything has to be top of the range, but buy the best mature cheddar you can afford. While the final flavour is not overpowering, if a milder cheddar is used it’s flavour will be lost. Secondly, lightness of hand while making the scone dough. If it is worked, or handled too much the scones will be heavy.

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Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones it’s hard to stop at one!

Since the sun dried tomatoes add a depth of savoury flavour to the finished scone, they are crucial to the recipe. Dry packaged are best, however if they are only available in oil that’s ok. Simply remove slightly more than the recipe calls for and drain them thoroughly using kitchen towels. Their deep, unique flavour and texture will still work in this recipe.

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Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones the cheese melts into the scone, yet the basil and tomatoes are still visible.

Time to get baking!

Recipe: Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones makes 10-12

450g/1lb Plain White Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

25g/1oz Trex – solid vegetable fat kept very cold

50g/2oz Unsalted Butter kept very cold

250mls Whole Milk straight from the fridge – plus a little extra for brushing the tops of the scones

150g/5oz Freshly Grated Mature/Sharp Cheddar – I used Wyke Farm mature cheddar

50g/2oz Sun Dried Tomatoes preferably not in oil

Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves – approx. 10 large leaves.

1/4tsp Sea Salt Flakes – I use Maldon

Good grinding of Black Pepper to taste

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

You will need two large baking trays lined with baking parchment and a 5cm/2″ plain round cutter.

  • First of all prepare the ingredients. Grate the cheese and chop, or snip the sun dried tomatoes and basil into similar sized pieces – see photo.
  • Add your flour, baking powder, salt and a good grinding of black pepper to a large bowl. Use a balloon whisk to blend the ingredients together.
  • Next add both the fats and blend them into the flour using a pastry cutter. Alternatively rub the fat into the flour using your fingers. Finally the flour should have a breadcrumb appearance with some larger, pea sized, pieces of fat visible.
  • Add one third of the grated cheese to the bowl. Use your fingers to toss the cheese in the flour. This coats the cheese and stops it from clumping. Repeat with half of the remaining cheese. Set the unused cheese to one side.
  • Now do the same with the sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil, tossing them in the flour to coat them.
  • Make a well in the centre of the bowl and pour in the cold milk.
  • Stir the ingredients together with a dinner knife, until they form a rough dough.
  • Use your hand, shaped like a claw to pull all the ingredients together.
  • Tip the scone dough on to a lightly floured work top.
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Making the Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones dough.
  • Bring the dough together with your hands and pat into a rough circle approximately 1 inch/2.5cm deep.
  • Thoroughly flour the round cutter and cut out the scones. NOTE: Do not twist the cutter as you push through the dough as this will result in uneven/lopsided final bakes. Place the scones on to the lined baking trays.
  • Brush the top of each scone with milk and add a little of the remaining cheese.
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Shaping the dough and cutting out the scones.
  • Place the baking trays into the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • The scones are baked when they are a golden colour and similar to bread sound hollow when rapped on the base with a knuckle.
  • As soon as they are baked remove the scones from the oven.
  • Immediately place the scones on to a cooling rack, using a clean tea towel to transfer them as they will be very hot.
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Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones cooling on a rack.

Since these scones are at their absolute best when still slightly warm, there is no need to wait for them to completely cool before tasting!

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Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones delicious split with a little butter!

While delicious eaten warm, cool completely before packing into an airtight container to store.

These scones can be made ahead, cooled and packed into freezer bags. They will keep for up to one month in the deep freeze. Ideal for making ahead.

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Beauvale Cheese Walnut Scones.

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Goddess Cheese Pine Nut Muffins

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Goddess Cheese Pine Nut Muffins

Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones, such a delicious combination of flavours and texture. Also perfect for making ahead and freezing, ready to pop in the oven on a low heat when unexpected guests arrive. Make ahead recipes are my all time favourites. Especially as I never know from one day to the next how my body will be. Fortunately it’s always nice to know that there is good, homemade food in the house.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating, have fun. Please tweet me @sammiefeasting with your cooking and baking pics? I love seeing what you have created.

Sammie xx

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Double Chocolate Exam Busting Cupcakes

If you are a parent and have children, you will know that from year 6, exams become an important part of their lives. Whether it’s SATS, GCSE’s, A Levels. College or University exams. The end game always focuses on tests or exams. Since today is the start of GCSE’s here in England these Double Chocolate Exam Busting Cupcakes, are designed to lift the spirits and fill the tummies of all students sitting their exams.

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Double Chocolate Exam Busting Cupcakes with coffee – study fuel!

Of course these cupcakes could and should be made all year round, such is their delicious simplicity. Chocolate cake topped with the ultimate white chocolate vanilla frosting. Perfect for chocolate lovers everywhere.

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Double Chocolate Exam Busting Cupcakes the reflect balance of flavours.

Since these cupcakes can be made, from start to finish in under an hour, they are also handy for short notice or unexpected guests. Likewise they can be whipped up, literally, in moments. The comforting aroma of home baking, wrapping around your weary children, like a cosy, soft blanket, when they arrive home.

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Double Chocolate Exam Busting Cupcakes comfort at the ready.

While my hard working teens are sitting and studying for their exams, I can be found in the kitchen. Busy rustling up delicious, sustained energy food and lots of treats. The amount of energy burned up during studying is vast. Since this can be a tough time of year for them, their usual ‘healthy’ food intake is topped up with extra yummy goodies!

Recipe: Double Chocolate Exam Busting Cupcakes makes 12

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter – softened to room temperature

50g/2oz Caster Sugar

50g/2oz Light Brown Sugar

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

3 Large Free Eggs

60g Plain White Flower

1tsp Baking Powder

40g Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

For the frosting:

150g/5oz Icing Sugar

75g/3oz Unsalted softened to room temperature

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

100g/4oz White Chocolate

Sprinkles of your choice

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

First of all line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cupcake cases.

  • Into a medium sized bowl add the butter, both sugars and salt. Beat together until the mixture is free from lumps and smooth.
  • Now add the vanilla extract and all three eggs.
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa and baking powder.
  • Beat/whisk all of the ingredients together until fully mixed.
  • Divide the mixture between the 12 cupcake cases – approximately one dessert spoonful of mixture per case.
  • Place the cupcake tin into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • The chocolate cupcakes are baked when they spring back from a light touch.
  • When baked remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes  before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow to fully cool.
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Making, filling and baking chocolate cupcakes.
  • Preparing the frosting and decorating the cupcakes:
  • Note – due to the high chocolate content of the frosting it is advisable to make it directly before piping, while it is soft.
  • Firstly, break up the white chocolate and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Set to one side.
  • Into a separate bowl add the icing sugar, butter and one teaspoon of very hot water, from a recently boiled kettle. Whisk until almost combined.
  • Place the bowl with the white chocolate into the microwave. Heat for 20 seconds, stirring in between, until the chocolate is liquid.
  • Pour the warm, melted chocolate in with the butter and icing sugar mixture.
  • Whisk the ingredients together immediately and then continue to whisk until the frosting is light and fluffy. During the whisking add the vanilla bean paste.
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Making the frosting, piping and decorating the chocolate cupcakes.
  • Fit a large piping bag with a large closed star piping nozzle.
  • Fill the piping bag with the frosting and proceed to pipe rose swirls on each cupcake. Starting in the centre of the cupcake, pipe the shape of an ‘e’ then continue around until the cupcake has a complete swirl on top.
  • Finally, sprinkle over your choice of decoration.
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Double Chocolate Exam Busting Cupcakes so good!

Serve with a hug, smile and a hot drink!

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Double Chocolate Exam Busting Cupcakes much needed.

Store these cupcakes in an airtight container where they will last for three days.

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Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Drizzle Cupcakes

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Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Drizzle Cupcakes

Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cheer Up Chocolate Chip Cookies

While cupcakes are delicious, the cookies are for those meltdown moments when the pressure is simply too much. Firstly, so that whoever reads this blog post realises that they aren’t on their own. Sometimes it all gets too much. Fresh air, good music and a break all help. As do hugs, talking and simply letting it all out.

Wishing anyone taking exams, all the very best. If you do your best, no one can expect more of you than that x.

Sammie xx

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut

Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut, perfect any time of the year. Most especially when shared with friends and a great cup of tea. Recently having seen a list of the most popular cakes depending on season, there wasn’t any surprise when Lemon Drizzle made all four lists.

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut perfect for sharing.

Since this week is National Doughnut Week, a baked giant doughnut was the desired way to celebrate in our home. Honestly though, it’s never difficult eating a doughnut! Still this had to be a celebratory doughnut. As mentioned before, lemon drizzle is not only the Nation’s favourite, it is ours too, here at home.

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Even on an overcast day, this Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut is full of sunshine.

Light, lemon sponge, filled with the best lemon curd from Hawkshead Relish piped, whipped cream. Topped with another deliciously lemon sponge and then drizzled in fresh lemon icing. Finally, finished with colour co-ordinating sprinkles, for fun and added crunch.

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The whipped cream cuts through the delicious tart lemon flavours.

The silicone moulds needed to bake this giant doughnut are available online, Amazon or from Lakeland. Inexpensive and easy to use, I can guarantee you will not regret buying. If that is beyond your means then this doughnut can be baked in two 7-8″ sandwich, cake tins. Perhaps add the moulds to a birthday or Christmas list?

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut dessert anyone?

Due to the flavour and presentation of this bake, it is perfect to serve for dessert, or any time you have friends or family pop round.

Recipe: Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut serves 8-10

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature – plus a little extra to grease the moulds

200g/7oz White Caster Sugar

1/8th tsp Salt – I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Masey

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder – note Waitrose is gluten free

1 Large Lemon scrubbed clean – zest of whole lemon and juice of half used in the Sponge batter

Filling and Icing:

3-4 tbsp Lemon Curd – I use Hawkshead Relish

1/2 juiced lemon – see above

200g/7oz Icing Sugar

Optional – Yellow Gel Food Colouring – I use Wilton

300ml Double/Heavy Cream

Sprinkles of your choice

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

  • First of all, grease the silicone moulds well, with softened butter.
  • Now into a large bowl add the caster sugar, butter and salt. Whisk/beat until very pale and fluffy.
  • Next, add the vanilla extract, lemon juice and sift in the flour and baking powder. Lastly add the lemon zest.
  • Finally mix all of the ingredients on slow, or by hand. This is called the all-in-one method and works particularly well with this recipe.
  • Divide the mixture between the two moulds and place them on baking trays. Unless you’re trays are large enough to accommodate 2 moulds without squishing them.
  • Place the baking trays, evenly spaced in the preheated oven.
  • The doughnut sponge will take between 30 and 40 minutes to bake.
  • The sponge is baked when golden in colour and springs back from a light touch.
  • Once baked remove the moulds from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then turn out the doughnut sponge halves onto a cooling rack.
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Creating, making and baking the giant doughnut.
  • While the sponges are cooling, the lemon drizzle icing can be made.
  • Weigh the icing sugar into a bowl containing the juice of half a lemon.
  • If desired add, no more than the tip of a cocktail stick, which has been dipped in yellow gel food colouring.
  • Stir vigorously, ensuring a uniform colour. If the icing seems too thick to drizzle add a drop more lemon juice or cold tap water.
  • Cover the icing with cling film placed directly in contact with the top of the yellow icing. Doing so stops the icing from drying out.
  • For the whipped cream, pour 300mls of cold cream into a bowl. Whisk lightly until the cream just holds a stiff peak.
  • Place the whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a round piping nozzle, approximately 1cm diameter. Place the piping bag into the fridge until needed.
  • When the sponges are completely cool, decide which one will be the top and the bottom of the doughnut.
  • Place the bottom doughnut sponge, flat side up on a serving plate.
  • Spoon the lemon curd on top and spread with a knife so that it covers evenly.
  • To pipe the whipped cream, firstly see the picture below. Start just inside the outside edge, piping single ‘blobs’ around the outside. Continue with two more rows of piped cream, until the base is prettily covered.
  • Now place the top of the doughnut evenly on to the base.
  • Spoon the lemon drizzle on to the top sponge, leaving any drips as they add to the finished look.
  • Scatter sprinkles over the drizzle icing while it is still wet. This ensures that the sprinkles will stick to the icing.
  • Finally stand back and admire your beautiful handiwork!
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Building and decorating the Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut.
  • Serve this delicious doughnut chilled and with a smile.
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A generous slice of Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut.

Such a sunny and beautiful treat. Why wouldn’t you want to share it?

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut ooh so good.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for a Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut then you may also like these:

Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Giant Doughnut comes with a Gluten Free recipe included.

Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut

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Chocolate Hazelnut Baked Giant Doughnut.

Raspberries and Cream Giant Doughnut

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Raspberries Cream Giant Doughnut.

I hope these delicious recipes have shown how versatile the silicone doughnut moulds can be?

The gluten free recipe for the Strawberry Doughnut, should also work well for both the Raspberry and Lemon Drizzle. Please ensure that any decorations, baking powder are certified gluten free. I am sure that anyone on a restricted diet, would be thrilled with a giant doughnut as a birthday cake!

Sammie xx

 

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

Easter was only a couple of weeks ago. Time flies. Fortunately, Maltesers bunnies don’t! Since I had these cute, chocolate bunnies leftover from Easter, I decided to bake a loaf cake and use them to decorate. While also having a large bag of Maltesers and a whole jar of Maltesers Spread. The resulting Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake is for Maltesers lovers everywhere.

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake delicious any time of the year!

My Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake recipe is very reliable, so that is where this recipe started. However, a few ingredients were changed to suit the flavour of this cake. While still wonderfully moist, malt powder adds another level of flavour with the chocolate. Using Maltesers spread, in a thick layer, to top the cake is all the ‘icing’ that’s needed. Finishing with crunchy, Maltesers adds taste, texture and fun. Resulting in a tasty cake.

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake with added chocolate bunnies for Easter.

Tiny white pearls echo the Maltesers crunch that is in the chocolate spread, on top of the cake.

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Malteser Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake with added bunnies

Recipe: Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake serves 8-10

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter softened

175g/6oz Light Brown Sugar

1/4tsp Salt –  I use Maldon

3 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use  Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Full Fat Yoghurt

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

2tbsp Malted Drink Powder – I use Horlicks

125g/5oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

To decorate:

I jar Malteaser Chocolate Spread

1 Large Family Bag or Box of Maltesers – if you are particularly partial to Maltesers add an extra bag!

Small pearl or silver  edible balls

Packets of Maltesers Chocolate Bunnies, as many as needed – only available at certain times of the year.

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

For this bake you will need a 2lb loaf tin. Grease thoroughly with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

  • First of all sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together in a bowl. Then add the two tablespoons of malt powder. This is the dry mix.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Beat until the mixture is fully combined and has very few lumps.
  • Next add the three eggs to the bowl, the vanilla extract and also the yoghurt. Beat for one minute to break up the eggs.
  • Gently tip in the dry ingredients and beat slowly until all the ingredients have combined. Switch to a large spoon and stir, ensuring the entire cake batter is fully combined.
  • Since the batter is quite thick, spoon it carefully into the loaf tin, smoothing the top, for an even bake.
  • Place the tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is firm to touch and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once fully baked remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool fully in the tin.
  • When cooled, carefully turn the cake out of the tin, removing the baking parchment from the base.
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Making the cake batter, filling the tin and the finished, baked cake.
  • When ready to decorate, place the loaf cake on a plate or stand.
  • Using a palette knife, spread the entire contents of the Maltesers jar on top of the cake.
  • If using bunnies, these can be attached to the side of the cake using some of the spread.
  • Cover the top of the cake with Maltesers. Add as many as you can fit on.
  • Finally sprinkle over the tiny pearl/silver balls.
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Decorating the cake.

Finally, the finished cake!

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Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake ready to share.

To serve slice and serve with a smile.

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A slice of Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake

This cake will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container, on a planet where nobody lives 😉.

It lasted 2 days here at home!!!

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Maltesers Malted Chocolate Loaf Cake then you may also like these:

Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies

Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

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Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

 

Since Easter is celebrated once a year, these recipes are all designed to be adaptable. While Maltesers are easy to obtain, in the other bakes Smarties, M & M’s, or any other chocolate can be used. Due to the liquid content of caramel, or creme eggs, it is advisable to freeze these, prior to using them in a bake. As a result any frozen substitutes will bake beautifully.

I hope that you had an enjoyable Easter and wish you all the very best with your making, baking and creating.

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies

Easter weekend is finally here. Four days holiday for most people. Enjoying the good weather, lawns are mowed, kitchens prepare treats for the weekend, while teenagers prepare for upcoming exams. Whatever you and your family are doing, this Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies bake is sure to bring about a smile.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies using Wright’s Brownie Mix.

The base of these brownies is a chocolate biscuit. More like a slightly harder version of the soft, squidgy brownie on top. The advantage being that, with a firmer base these brownies are easier to pick up and hold. While developing this recipe my thoughts were directed by practicality.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies perfect for packed lunches and picnics.

No matter how practical these brownies are, they absolutely had to be fun, as well as tasty. Since the addition of pretty, pastel Cadbury’s eggs, was a necessity. So also were the party streamer, piped coloured chocolate drizzles. Resulting in a beautiful, yet fun, Easter bake.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies perfect for celebrating.

While this may look like a complicated bake, it absolutely isn’t. First of all the biscuit base is made, then baked. Once cooled the Wright’s Brownie Mix, which takes seconds to make, is poured over. Followed by a generous sprinkle of chocolate mini eggs, another quick bake. Finally after cooling you can let your creativity run wild, decorating your bake.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies. Complete fun!

A quick note: This bake will look and taste just as good if you’d prefer not to use coloured Candy Melts. Since this is your bake, feel free to add coloured sprinkles, chocolates or whatever you like. Most importantly, have fun!!!

Recipe: Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies makes 24

For the Biscuit Base

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter

150g/5oz Light Brown Sugar

1 Large Free Range Egg

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

75g/3oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

For the Brownies

2 x Packets of  Wright’ Baking Brownie Mix – available online in the U.K. – if you are unable to obtain the Mix please use this recipe Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites.  Leaving out the addition of chocolate chunks out of the recipe.

Decoration:

1 x Family Pack (326g) of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs or the rough equivalent weight in smaller bags/tubes

75g/3oz of each of the following :

White Chocolate, Rainbow Dust Pink/Blue/Purple Candy Melts -available from Party Animal Online

Any additional decorations that you like – I found a bag of really small mini eggs from Sainsbury’s.

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

First of all grease a 33cm x 23cm x 5cm (13″ x 9″ x 2″) tin with a little butter. Line the base and sides with baking parchment.

  • Starting with the biscuit base, add the butter, salt and sugar to a large bowl. Beat until fully combined and free from lumps.
  • Next add the egg and vanilla, continue mixing until smooth.
  • Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the same bowl. Starting at a slow speed mix the ingredients until combined.
  • Finally tip the biscuit base dough into the baking tin. Spread the dough, using the back of a spoon until it evenly covers the base of the tin.
  • Place the tin into the middle of the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • While the base is baking, make the Brownie Mix, according to the packet instructions.
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Creating and baking the layers of the Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies
  • The biscuit base, once baked may still be a little soft to touch, however it will be darker than the uncooked dough.
  • Remove the tin from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the brownie batter over the biscuit base. Tilt the tin to ensure even coverage.
  • Follow by sprinkling 200g of mini eggs on to the brownie batter.
  • Place the tin back in the oven and bake for a further 20-25 minutes.
  • The brownie batter is baked when it has a sheen and does not wobble in the centre.
  • Remove the tin from the oven and allow to cool completely.
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Portioning and decorating the Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies
  • Once completely cooled remove the entire bake from the tin and place on a solid surface.
  • Cut centrally through the length and width with a sharp knife. Now cut each half into 12 even sized portions.
  • Place 75g of each coloured Candy Melt or chocolate into a separate heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Heat the first bowl for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between until the chocolate is fluid.
  • Spoon the liquid into a small, disposable, piping bag. Be careful, it will be very warm.
  • Snip the very end of the bag off and pipe whatever pattern you wish over the top of the bake.
  • Continue, in exactly the same way with the second colour.
  • Follow this by adding extra mini eggs or decorations, hold a few back.
  • Prepare and pipe the third colour, allowing some to cover the newly added eggs.
  • Finally finish with white chocolate, piped all over the bake and sprinkle any remaining decorations.
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Happy Easter!

Place to one side to allow the chocolate to set.

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Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies Happy Easter.

Serve with a big smile and my preference, a glass of cold milk.

If you have enjoyed the recipe for Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies you may also like these:

Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake.

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

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Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream

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Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream

 

Since most of these recipes are designed specifically for Easter and for using left over chocolate, I hope that you will make them throughout the year. Although, that may not be a good thing for our bodies. Maybe the fun is in making them only during the Easter Holidays.

I wish everyone who reads this a very Happy Easter, please see Important Stuff.

Sammie xx

Wright’s Baking gave me the Brownie mixes to create this recipe. All opinions, view, content and photography are my own. Please do not copy it. For your information please see my Disclosure Policy.

This month I am linking up with Stuart at Cakey Boi  and Kat at The Baking Explorer  who is hosting this month’s Treat Petite .

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

Easter is nearly upon us. Shops are filled with fluffy bunnies, chocolate chicks and all manner of chocolate eggs. Amongst the vast selection, I found Galaxy Chocolate Golden Mini Eggs. Utterly perfect for decorating an Easter celebration cake. Such as this Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake.

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake, ideal for sharing.

Easter Sunday is the Christian celebration of new life. Although Jesus had died two days prior, hanging on a cross. When His friends went to visit Him the following Sunday, the tomb where He had been placed was empty. Shocked and outraged, one of the women spoke to the gardener, wanting to know where He had gone. The response came “Why look for the living among the dead.”

As the prophecies had foretold, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, had risen from the dead. He had overcome death. Forever. That we, may have life, in Him. Hence the chicks and eggs, bunnies and lambs in the shops, represent new life. Gold, for me on this cake, represents the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus. He who could not be contained by death. Even though He was brutally punished and died wearing a crown made from thorns. Is now alive, bearing the scars of death, yet as alive as you and I. Please see Important Stuff.

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake celebrating new life in Jesus Christ.

While celebrating over Easter, take a moment, to think about what it means to you. As you make and bake this cake, remember the love, His love, that He offers you. Even now, as Easter is treated as an extra holiday. Consider the real truth behind it. With Jesus their is always hope, without Him, who do you place your hope in?

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake what does Easter mean to you?

Recipe: Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake serves 8-10

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter softened

225g/8oz Light Brown Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Eaxtract – I use Nielsen-Massey

1/4tsp Salt -I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

100ml Buttermilk

150g/5oz Plain White Flour

75g Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

2tsp Baking Powder

For frosting and decorating:

3-4tbsp Salted Chocolate Spread – I use Hawkshead Relish new MUDD spread

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter

400g/14oz Plain Icing Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

2tbsp Hot Water – from a recently boiled kettle

2 x 80g bags Galaxy Golden Eggs

Optional – gold/copper sprinkles

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

Grease 2 x 20cm/8″ sandwich tins with butter. Line the base of each tin with baking parchment.

  • First of all, place a sieve over a bowl. Then sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the bowl. Set the bowl to one side. Dry ingredients.
  • Next, place the eggs and buttermilk into a jug. Whisk lightly using a fork. Wet ingredients.
  • Place the butter, brown butter and salt into a large bowl. Beat until well combined and free from lumps.
  • Next add the vanilla extract. Continue to beat until incorporated.
  • Take the jug of wet ingredients and pour on to the butter mixture. Then add the sifted dry ingredients.
  • Beat the ingredients in the bowl gently, scraping down the sides of the bowl halfway through. Continue to beat the ingredients until fully combined.
  • Divide the chocolate sponge batter equally between the two prepared cake tins.
  • Place the cake tins into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 40-50 minutes.
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Making and baking the chocolate sponge cakes.
  • The cakes are baked when they spring back from a light touch and a cake tester comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove them from the oven.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the tin for 20 minutes and then tip them out on to a cooling rack.
  • Once cooled carefully remove the baking parchment from the base of each cake.

Making the frosting and decorating the cake:

  • While the cakes are cooling the buttercream frosting can be made.
  • Place the butter into a large bowl, or the bowl of a free standing mixer with paddle attachment.
  • Next add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Now whisk or beat the butter until it is softer and pale.
  • Add all of the icing sugar to the bowl and 2 tablespoons of very hot water.
  • Start mixing very slowly and then as the butter and icing sugar start to combine increase the mixing speed. Continue until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  • Fit a large icing bag with a large closed star, or drop flower piping nozzle. I have a Wilton  #2D piping nozzle.
  • Fill the piping bag with the whipped buttercream.
  • Place the bottom of the cake on to a plate.
  • Spread the Salted Chocolate Spread over the cake. Follow by piping the buttercream so that it covers the spread. Start at the outside edge of the cake, piping in circles until the centre is reached.
  • Place the top of the cake evenly on to the bottom.
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Filling and frosting the cake.
  • Pipe buttercream on to the top of the cake, in the same way the base was covered.
  • Pipe 6 swirls, slightly set in from the edge of the cake, as in the photograph.
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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake fully decorated.
  • Decorate the top of the cake with the golden eggs.
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Finished Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake ready to serve.

Finally the cake is ready to be served.

Serve with a smile and love. Knowing that all food tastes better when shared.

This cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Refrigerate is the weather is hot.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake you may also like these:

Vanilla Mini Nest Egg Cupcakes

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Vanilla Mini Egg Nest Cupcakes

Hot Cross Buns

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Hot Cross Buns easy and delicious to make at home.

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

FF Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake
Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

Do you celebrating Easter?

If you do, what are your reasons for celebrating it?

Have fun making, baking and creating you feast.

Sammie xx

Hawkshead Relish supplied me with a complimentary jar of Salted Chocolate Spread. This is not a sponsored post. All views, opinions, content including photographs are my own. The entire content of this post is covered by Copyright and I.P. laws. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Fruit Filled Butter Scones

Today it is Mother’s Day here in the U.K. A day where mums, aunts, grandmothers and other significant women in our lives are celebrated. My Grandma had a hugely positive input into my upbringing. Indeed it was at her apron strings that I learned the basic fundamentals of baking, that I still employ today. The day prior to any beach trip, picnic, or family celebration, she would be found, busy baking in the kitchen. I am certain she would enjoy these Fruit Filled Butter Scones.

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Fruit Filled Butter Scones perfect with Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea may consist of small cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches and other sweet or savoury nibbles. Yet it is incomplete without the inclusion of delicious scones, clotted cream and jam. Also small plates are used as it is small portions that are served. Enough to keep you going until dinner, yet not enough to spoil the main meal later in the day.

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Fruit Filled Butter Scones served with clotted cream and strawberries.

Even young children, supervised by an adult of course, can easily make these scones. Also if you choose not to have clotted cream, these are light, not dry or claggy. So, perfect to eat unaccompanied. Since both the fat and sugar levels are fairly low, they can also be enjoyed by those watching their weight. As a result, these are an the ideal treat.

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Flaky layers within the Fruit Filled Butter Scones

Did I mention that they take approximately half an hour from make to bake. What’s stopping you 😉?

Recipe: Fruit Filled Butter Scones makes 12 scones

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

50g/2oz Cold Unsalted Butter cut into cubes

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon

2tbsp Caster Sugar

75g/3oz Sultanas

165mls Buttermilk – alternatively add 1tsp/5mls of lemon juice to 160mls of milk and stir. Wait 5 minutes before using.

1 Free Range Egg plus one tablespoon of milk combined for the egg wash

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

Prior to starting line a large baking tray with baking parchment.

  • First of all, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large mixing bowl. If using sea salt crumble straight into the bowl.
  • Next add in the cubed butter and rub into the flour, or cut into the flour using a pastry cutter. The mixture should resemble breadcrumbs with some pea sized lumps of butter present.
  • Now add in the caster sugar and mix lightly.
  • Make a well in the centre of the ingredients and pour in the buttermilk. Follow by mixing with a butter knife 4-5 times.
  • Add the sultanas and bring the scone dough together with one hand.
  • Tip the dough out on to a lightly floured, clean surface.
  • Knead the dough lightly until it forms a disc. Gently roll out the disc until it is 2.5cm/1 inch thick.
  • Use a 4cm/just under 2 inch deep cutter to cut out the scones. Do not twist the cutter when pushing down, as this can affect the rise.
  • Place each cutout scone on to the lined baking tray.
  • Combine leftover scone dough pat out and cut out more scones. Continue until all of the dough has been used.
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Making and cutting out the Fruit Filled Butter Scones.
  • Brush the top of each scone with egg wash and then place in the top of the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes.
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Egg washed and then baked.
  • The scones are baked when they are golden, well risen and sound hollow when tapped on the base.
  • As soon as they are baked remove from the oven.
  • Transfer the scones on to a cooling rack.
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Fruit Filled Butter Scones cooling on a rack.

Serve slightly warm or cold. Since these scones have sultanas in, they can be eaten as is, with butter or clotted cream. Also, fresh fruit is nice served alongside. Rather than one single tea, offer a selection, including fruit teas.

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Fruit Filled Butter Scones with tea and fresh fruit.

Most of all serve with a smile.

If you have enjoyed these Fruit Filled Butter Scones, you may also like these:

Iced Bakewell Tart

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Iced Bakewell Tart

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

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Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes

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Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes 100% gluten free.

Since creating the Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea for Steamer Trading, I have enjoyed creating small, bitesize treats. As well as being able to have a little taste of everything, afternoon tea is the perfect opportunity to share. Food, conversation, fun. Most importantly love and creating memories.

Sammie xxx

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