Lemon Curd Sponge Tart

Anyone who has visited this blog before will probably have picked up on my love of lemons. Bright yellow citrus fruits that instantly transport my kitchen and my mood into a sunny day. Whether I use them I sweet or savoury recipes, their impact on flavour is the same. Fresh, juicy, tangy, this fruit knows how to treat your tastebuds to a flavour party! Today I am sharing my new recipe for Lemon Curd Sponge Tart. A sweet celebration of all things lemon.

 

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Since I love  Bakewell Tart I wanted to create a similar style dessert with lemon as the foremost flavour. And I have been completely successful. While homemade, buttery, shortcrust pastry provides a crisp base for this dessert, it really is all about the layers. So, on top of the pastry is a generous layer of tart lemon curd, followed by a light, lemony sponge and finally topped with a fresh lemon drizzle icing. The resulting tart is more than the sum of each individual layer.

 

Lemon Curd Sponge Tart

To Drizzle Or Not To Drizzle?

While originally I wanted to create a dessert that could be served with custard, I’m so glad I opted for the lemon drizzle instead. If you do want to serve this warm with delicious Custard that is totally possible too. Simply allow the tart to cool for at least 20 minutes after baking, leave off the drizzle, slice and serve in a bowl with lashings of creamy custard. Also as mentioned previously serving a slightly chilled slice of this tart with a hot cup of tea really allows you to experience all the separate layers as they come together in one mouthful.

 

Lemon Curd Sponge Tart

Although I do sometimes have to leave labels on things I’ve made, saying they need to be photographed before eating, this doesn’t guarantee that my family will play by the rules! Fortunately I had finished the photography of this Lemon Curd Sponge Tart before they descended upon it. Nothing makes me happier than to see a bake on the worktop gradually reducing in size as people help themselves to a slice. That tells me more than anything that could be said.

Recipe: Lemon Curd Sponge Tart Serves 6-8

350g/ All Butter Shortcrust Pastry – see my recipe here

4 Heaped Tablespoons Lemon Curd – I use Waitrose own label

For the sponge

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

Zest of 2 Lemons – scrub with nail brush under hot water before zesting

1/8tsp Salt

2 Large Free Range Eggs

100g/4oz Plain White Flour – I use Wright’s Baking

1tsp Baking Powder

For the drizzle 

75g/3oz Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)

Juice of 1-2 lemons

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, 400F, gas mark 6.

For this tart you will need a 20cm x 5cm (8in x 2in) round, fluted tart tin with loose bottom.

Note: For full step by step instructions with accompanying photographs for rolling out pastry, filling a tart case and blind baking, please see my recipe for Perfect Butter Shortcrust Pastry.

Making The Pastry Tart Case

  • First of all ensure that the pastry has been chilled in the fridge for at least one hour.
  • Lightly dust the worktop with flour and roll the pastry out to a circle that is slightly wider than the tart tin.
  • Loop the pastry over the rolling pin and allow it to fall gently into the tart tin.
  • Carefully press the pastry into the sides and base of the tin.
  • Trim away any excess pastry.
  • Dock the pastry base with a fork to stop it rising during baking.
  • Scrunch up some baking parchment and line the pastry case with it. And then fill with baking beans/ceramic balls.
  • Place the tin into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • As soon as the baking time is finished remove the tart from the oven.
  • Carefully use the baking parchment to lift the beans out of the partly baked tart shell.
  • Return the tart to the oven for a further 5 minutes.
  • And then remove the blind baked pastry from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4.
  • While the pastry is cooling make the lemon sponge.

Making The Lemon Sponge And Filling The Tart Shell

  • Into a medium sized bowl add the butter, caster sugar and salt. Whisk the ingredients together until pale and creamy.
  • Add 2 eggs and sift in the plain flour and baking powder. Whisk until just combined.
  • Now add the zest of 2 whole lemons. Stir with a large spoon to mix.
  • Spoon the lemon curd into the cooled tart shell and spread to form an even layer.
  • Next, spoon the cake batter on top of the curd in small amounts. And then use a fork to spread the cake batter, forming an even layer.

 

Making the sponge filled tart case.
  • Place the filled tart back into the centre of the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • The sponge layer is baked when it is golden in colour and springs back when lightly pressed in the centre.
  • As soon as the tart is baked remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
The baked Lemon Curd Sponge Tart
  • Once the tart is cool remove from the loose bottom tart tin and place on to a plate.

Making The Lemon Drizzle And Finishing The Tart

  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Stir as you add the lemon juice until you have a consistency that can be drizzled from a spoon.
  • Spoon the lemon drizzle over the top of the sponge, stopping at the pastry edge.
  • Leave to set. In warm weather, or to speed up the process refrigerate the tart.
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Adding the fresh lemon drizzle to the cooled tart.

Finally, slice the cooled tart and serve on a plate with a drink of your choice.

Store any leftover tart for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Lemon Curd Sponge Tart

Golden lemon layers set this dessert apart from anything you might buy in the supermarket.

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Lemon Curd Sponge Tart each district separate layer.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Lemon Curd Sponge Tart you may also like these:

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova 

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake

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Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake

As well as enjoying baking to feed my family, friends and neighbours, I also find the process relaxing. Even with the health constraints of my body, which can be very frustrating, I am still able to make a beautiful dessert such as this lemon creation. Since I break down the process over 2 days, making and baking the filled tart one day and then decorating and photographing it the next, I am able to still carry out an activity I enjoy and also achieve a sense of satisfaction. Both of which are important in maintaining a sense of independence and uplifting metal well being. Baking is a form of therapy for me.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Additionally, the bluebells featured in the photos are from our garden, yet THEY ARE NOT EDIBLE. All parts are toxic, do not use to decorate your bakes.

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Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

Finally December has arrived, heralding the start of Winter. And with it a month of festive planning, carols by candlelight and sellotape everywhere! Since, here at home, we also celebrate two birthdays this month, the celebrating can seem never ending. Because there’s only so much cake you can eat, isn’t there? Fear not, because this gluten free Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova is the perfect celebratory dessert.

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Tips For The Perfect Pavlova:

For me, Pavlovas always feel like such an elegant dessert. Yet they are simple to make as long as a few basic rules are followed. And they cannot, must not and should not be rushed. Either during the whisking or baking stage. While whisking, all of the sugar must be given time to dissolve in the egg white, otherwise it will leak out during cooling and the meringue will collapse. Likewise, once baked the pavlova should be left to cool slowly, preferably in the oven as it also cools down. As a result of rushing this stage the meringue structure is likely to crack badly.

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Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

Please do not let the previous advice discourage you from making a pavlova. Rather I hope it has the opposite effect and encourages you. Take an extra five minutes (that’s 5 minutes not forever!) to ensure the meringue is properly mixed. Another tip is to bake the Pavlova in the evening, leaving it in the oven overnight to cool. And then the meringue can cool slowly overnight without tying up the oven.

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Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

And if the meringue does crack, it will be covered with whipped cream and fruit. While no one ever need know!

Recipe: Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova serves 8

4 Large Free Range Egg Whites

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

Juice of half a Lemon

400ml Double Cream (Heavy Cream)

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – I use Nielsen-Massey 

4 Fresh Figs – cut into quarters

300g Frozen Blackberries – I buy them from Waitrose 

1-2 Fresh Pomegranates – seeds removed

Optional – Fresh Mint to garnish

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

Making the meringue base:

  • First of all draw an 8in/20cm circle on to a piece of baking parchment. Turn the paper over and place on to a baking tray.
  • Wipe around the inside of a very clean, large bowl with half a lemon.
  • Add four eggs white to the bowl and the juice of half a lemon.
  • Whisk the egg whites until they form a stiff peak.
  • Continue whisking on a medium speed, slowly adding one tablespoon of sugar at a time to the egg whites.
  • When all of the sugar is added the mixture should be thick and glossy. Rub a little of the meringue between your finger and thumb, if it feels gritty continue to whisk. Check again after a couple of minutes. As soon as it feels smooth and silky it is ready.
  • Remove a small amount of the meringue and use it as glue to stick the baking parchment to the baking tray.
  • Spoon the meringue mixture on to the baking parchment, inside the circle.
  • Use a palette knife to shape the meringue into a disc, building up the outside edge.
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Making the Pavlova base.

Baking the meringue:

  • Place the meringue into the centre of the oven and bake at the preheated temperature for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 120C/100C fan, 250F, gas mark 1/2 and continue to bake for 1 hour.
  • Do not open the oven during baking.
  • As soon as the baking time has elapsed turn off the oven and leave the meringue  to cool completely in the oven.
  • Once cooled remove the meringue from the oven.

Filling and decorating the Pavlova:

  • Pour the cream into a large bowl. Add the vanilla bean paste.
  • Whip the cream until it is thick but not stiff.
  • Carefully run a palette knife between the meringue and baking parchment.
  • Place the meringue on to a plate or cake stand.
  • Spoon the whipped cream on to the meringue.
  • Add the figs and blackberries. Finally sprinkle over with pomegranate seeds.
  • Garnish with fresh mint.
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Baking and filling the Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

Fill and decorate the Pavlova 1-2 hours prior to serving. So that the blackberries can defrost.

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Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

To serve, cut the Pavlova into slices and use a cake knife to transfer to a dessert plate.

The meringue pavlova base can be made a day in advance. Once filled and decorated keep the Pavlova refrigerated and away from strong smells. The Pavlova will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge.

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If you have enjoyed this recipe for Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova you may also like these:

Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova 

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Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova

Blackberry Nectarine Tart 

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Blackberry Nectarine Tart

Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova 

FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova
Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova

With a crisp outer shell and marshmallow centre Pavlovas are a delicious dessert. Since they can be filled with many different combinations of fruit they are perfect for using seasonal or frozen fruit. While in this recipe the meringue has a whipped cream filling, see my Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova for an alternative filling. Also all Pavlova recipes here on Feasting is Fun are gluten free (please see individual recipes for recommendations). As a result this dessert is a festive winter feast that more people can enjoy.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens at this festive time, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Today I have a real treat for you, my Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars. Packed with freshly grated apple and toasted walnuts these cake bars are full of flavour. A simple cinnamon drizzle adds just the right amount of sweetness, while the sugar nibs add extra crunch. This simple traybake is a treat on the tongue and the senses.

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Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

I adore Autumn. While gales and rain lash down, there are also the bright, golden sunshine filled days. Because of the variations in the weather, some days are perfect for gardening, having a tidy up, and picking fruit and windfalls. Yet when the weather rages I find comfort in the kitchen, baking delicious cakes that make the whole house smell warm and inviting. I am even more content when I can include produce from my own garden, such as the apples used in both the cake bars and photographs.

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Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Our Apple Trees

Due to the very hot summer we have had this year I wasn’t sure how well our two apple trees would fare. Because of the heat this years apples are sweeter than usual. While both our trees produce eating apples, one usually small, red and sweet, the other red and green, sharper in flavour. Similar to a Granny Smith apple’s flavour. As a result of the summer weather both varieties have a more intense apple flavour and are delicious to eat straight from the tree.

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Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Since we have plenty of windfalls from the recent storms I have used them in the recipe. If you have access to windfall apples make the most of nature’s opportunity. Either use them to make these cake bars or perhaps my Apple Pie? Finally, a quick note, if you like puddings, then I should mention that this cake is delicious served with hot custard!

Recipe: Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars make 16

300g/10.5oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

300g/10.5oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

1/2tsp Sea Salt

4 Large Free Range Eggs

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

375g/13oz Plain White Flour

4tsp Ground Cinnamon

1tsp Ground Ginger

3tsp Baking Powder

200g/7oz Chopped Walnuts

350g/12oz Grated Apple (peeled and cored)

For the cinnamon drizzle

225g/8oz Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)

3tsp Ground Cinnamon

2-3 tbsp Cold Water

Optional – Pearl or Nibbed Sugar – I use Dansukker Parlsocker available from Amazon

Method: Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan, 375F, gas mark 5.

For this recipe you will need a 22.5cm x 30cm x 5cm (9” x 12” x 2”) tin lined with baking parchment.

Making and baking the cake:

  • First of all add the butter, soft, light brown sugar and salt to a large bowl. Due to the quantity of ingredients I found a wide bowl easier to use.
  • Beat the sugar and butter together until creamy with no visible lumps.
  • Add the 4 eggs, 75g/3oz of flour and the spices to the bowl. Whisk everything together until fully combined.
  • Sieve the remaining flour and baking powder into the bowl and added the chopped walnuts.
  • Because some apples turn brown quickly once cut or grated I add them last.
  • Finally fold all of the ingredients together until they are just combined.
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Making the cake batter.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared tin and ensure the batter is even and the top is smooth.
  • Place the cake tin into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden in colour and firm (with only a little give) to touch in the centre.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and leave to cool completely in the tin.
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Filling the tin and baking the cake.

Portioning and decorating the cake bars:

  • Add the icing sugar and cinnamon to a large jug. Using a balloon whisk, stir the two powders to combine and break up any lumps.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of cold tap water into the jug and stir using the whisk. Add more water as needed until a thick, not runny consistency is achieved.
  • Decant the cinnamon icing into a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle. Alternatively use a plastic sandwich bag and just prior to decorating cut a very small hole in one corner, this also applies to disposable piping bags.
  • To prepare the cake for decorating first of all cut across the width of the cake, dividing it in half. Now cut from top to bottom in the middle of the cake creating 4 quarters. Cut each quarter into 4 bars from top to bottom.
  • While you can decorate the cake as a whole, I like to see the drizzle of icing on each cake bar.
  • Separate the bars and place on to a cooling rack over a baking tray, to catch any drips.
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Preparing the cake bars for decorating
  • Using gentle, steady pressure pipe diagonally across each cake bar. Continue piping until each bar is iced.
  • Sprinkle some sugar nibs over each bar while the icing is still wet.
  • Place to one side to allow the icing to set.
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Decorating the Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Finally take a photo of your creation! Because your house will smell amazing and these cake bars will not last long.

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Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars

Store the bars in an airtight container. They will keep for 5 days. Refrigerate during warmer weather.

The cake can be made a day in advance and decorated the following day.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars you may also like these:

Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe 

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Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe

Maple Drizzled Apple Blueberry Loaf Cake 

FF Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars
Maple Drizzled Apple Blueberry Loaf Cake

Autumn Apple Almond Cake

FF Cinnamon Drizzle Apple Walnut Cake Bars
Autumn Apple Almond Cake a gluten free bake

Traybakes are made for sharing:

With Bonfire Night, November 5th not far away these cake bars are perfect for sharing. Whether you are going to an organised event, holding a bonfire party in your back garden, or simply watching from your window, everything about these cake bars will elicit oohs and aahs! Because they are so yummy, they deserve to be made and enjoyed all year round.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Mint Chocolate Chip Drizzle Cake

Wow this Summer has been hot so far. So when I was asked to bake a cake I wanted to create something that was not only delicious, but also refreshing. My Mint Chocolate Chip Drizzle Cake ticks both of the boxes. A rich chocolate cake that is full of mint chocolate chips finished with a peppermint drizzle icing. This cake was a big hit with all who tried it!

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Mint Chocolate – which side are you on?

While I love the combination of mint and chocolate together, it appears that opinion is split. While there are those who wholeheartedly agree with me, there are also a group of people who really dislike the flavour combination. Since I love sharing and assume that you do too, check that those you will be sharing with enjoy fresh mint flavour with chocolate. Unless of course you want the whole cake to yourself?

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Mint Chocolate Chip Drizzle Cake

I adore the way that mint is such a refreshing flavour. In this cake it really lifts the deep chocolate flavour of the sponge, with nuggets of mint chocolate bursting in your mouth with every bite. Also, the peppermint hit in the icing merges with the cake to create a party in your mouth. I love the flavours in this cake, especially during the heat of the summer. Because of the mint, I can literally bake my cake AND eat it!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Drizzle Cake

While I have baked this cake in a loaf tin, I’m sure it would also look great baked in a square or round tin. For me the straightforward slicing of a loaf cake makes it easy to pack, ready sliced for picnics. Alternatively, it also is great for packed lunches.

Recipe: Mint Chocolate Chip Drizzle Cake serves 8-10

For the cake:

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt

5 Large Free Range Eggs 

1tsp Vanilla Extract

75g/3oz cocoa

100g/4oz Dark Mint Chocolate – cut into small chunks

175g/6oz Plain White Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

For the icing:

175g/6oz Icing Sugar

3 drops Peppermint Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

Optional – Green Food Colouring – I use Wilton Food Colouring Gel

Grean and White small sugar balls

Method: Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan for 1 hour, 350F, gas mark 4

To bake this cake you will need a 25cm x 11.5cm x 7.5cm (10” x 4.5” x 3”) 2lb loaf tin. Grease thoroughly with butter and line the base of the tin with baking parchment.

Making and baking the cake

  • First of all into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk until pale and creamy and thoroughly combined.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Whisk again until the mixture is fully combined with no lumps.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and add the chopped mint chocolate.
  • Finally, using a spoon mix all of the ingredients together until they are just combined. Take care not to overmix the cake batter as this can result in a heavy cake once baked.
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Making the cake batter.
  • Spoon the cake batter into a prepared tin and smooth the surface.
  • Place the cake tin into the centre of the oven and bake for approximately 1 hour. Baking times may vary due to oven differences or using a different size tin.
  • The cake is baked when an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and leave the cake to fully cool in the tin.
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Filling the loaf tin and baking the cake.
  • When the cake is cooled carefully run a palette knife between the cake and the tin.
  • Turn the cake out of it’s tin and remove the baking parchment.
  • Place the cake on to a cake or board ready to be iced.

Making the icing and decorating the cake

  • First of all add the icing sugar to a bowl. Gently stir with a balloon whisk to remove any lumps. I find this method much easier than sifting the sugar. Especially as sifting results in icing sugar going everywhere!
  • Add the peppermint extract and enough water to for a thick, but still slowly dripping paste.
  • Dip the tip of a cocktail stick into the food colouring gel and then swirl the stick through your icing. I opted for a very subtle mintgreen colour. Stir the icing so that the colour is even throughout.
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Making the mint flavoured drizzle icing.
  • Spoon the icing over the cake so that the top is completely covered. Use the spoon to encourage the icing to drip around the sides.
  • Finally, sprinkle the coloured sugar balls around the outside edge of the icing before it sets. And then sprinkle the white balls inside the border.
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Icing and decorating the Mint Chocolate Chip Drizzle Cake

Allow the icing to set before slicing the cake for serving.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Drizzle Cake

Slice and serve with a smile.

Store any leftover cake in an airtight container or wrapped in cling film. Also during warmer weather I keep the cake refrigerated. Eat within 5 days of making.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Drizzle Cake you may also like these:

Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake

FF Mint Chocolate Chip Drizzle Cake
Lemon Drizzle Cake

Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake 

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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

While I don’t personally eat a lot of cake, although I always taste them, I do enjoy making them. My tastebuds prefer a more savoury flavour, yet many of my family and especially my husband do have a sweet tooth. Loaf cake slices are easy to cut in half so that younger ones can have a finger of cake. My cakes are always made with love and with the minimum of artificial ingredients.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Hello everyone. I have THE most amazing recipe to share with you all today. Not only do these Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies taste incredible, they can also be made gluten free. Yippee! I absolutely love creating recipes that can be enjoyed by more people. Also, this brownie recipe has an added, optional boozy ingredient. Yet, as always this can be left out so that children and those who don’t or can’t have alcohol can also delight in these brownies.

FF Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Brownies are one of my favourite bakes. And lately I’ve been experimenting with various additions. It is important that the resulting brownie delivers both flavour and that damp, slightly squidgy texture that qualifies a true brownie. Yet I’ve found the addition of other ingredients can create a fantastic, taste bud treat, such as these Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies. Since I know that raspberries and chocolate are a great flavour combination I decided to try it in a brownie. Oh wow. I was totally unprepared for how incredible the result was.

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Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Raspberry and Chocolate Alchemy

As soon as the raspberries start to bake into the brownie batter something incredible happens. While exposed to the heat of the oven the raspberry flavour intensifies. Also the raspberries merge with the brownie so that they become as one. With the addition of raspberry liqueur the final taste is raspberry and chocolate heaven. Since the raspberries also add to the fudgey texture, creating a ridiculously good dessert.

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Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

If I were to serve these brownies at a dinner party I would top with fresh raspberries and a generous scoop of the very best Vanilla Ice Cream. Also I would warm each brownie for 10 seconds in the microwave. Doing so further awakens the combination of flavours.

Recipe: Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies, makes 15

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate minimum 35% Cocoa solids

200g/7oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa solids

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter

1/4 tsp Sea Salt (halve if using table salt)

2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

4 Large Free Range Eggs

225g/8oz Light Brown Muscavado Sugar

Optional – 2 tbsp Raspberry Liqueur

75g/3oz Plain White Flour – for Gluten Free use all purpose gluten free flour – I use Doves Farm

300g/10.5oz Fresh Raspberries (frozen raspberries also work well here, use straight from the freezer, no need to defrost.) – plus extra to serve if you wish

175g/6oz White Chocolate

3 tbsp Freeze Dried Raspberries – I buy mine from Waitrose

Method: Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

You will need a 22.5cm x 30cm (9” x 12”) deep tin, lined with baking parchment or tin foil.

Making And Baking The Rich Chocolate Fudge Brownies

  • First of all break up the chocolate and place into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl with butter and salt. Microwave on medium power for 30 seconds, stirring in between, until the butter is melted and the chocolate has started to melt. Remove from the microwave and stir continuously until all of the chocolate has melted and combined with the butter. Set aside to cool.
  • Weigh the sugar into a large jug, add the eggs, vanilla extract and raspberry liqueur (if using). Using a fork stir to combine the ingredients.
  • As soon as the chocolate has cooled, pour the egg/sugar mixture in stirring constantly.
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Creating the brownie base.
  • Add the flour and stir into the chocolate mix.
  • Finally add half of the raspberries to the brownie batter. Stir carefully to combine.
  • Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared tin.
  • Finish by adding the remaining raspberries evenly to the top of the mixture.
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Adding fresh raspberries into the batter and on top of the traybake.
  • Place the tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Halfway through the baking time open the oven and using gloves rap the brownie tin on to the shelf a couple of times. Doing so helps to release any air bubbles formed during baking. Resulting in dense, fudgey brownies.
  • The brownies are baked when the surface is shiny, with a slightly crackled appearance. Also, there should be a very slight wobble to the centre of the bake.
  • As soon as the brownies are baked remove from the oven,  leave to cool completely in the tin.
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Baking, cooling and decorating the Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Drizzling and Decorating the Brownies

  • As soon as the brownies are cooled lift them out of the tin, using the baking parchment. Pull out the sides of the parchment so the paper is flat.
  • Break up the white chocolate and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Zap for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. As soon as the chocolate starts to melt remove from the microwave and stir continuously until it is completely liquid.
  • Pour the melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag. Snip the very end of the bag leaving a small opening.
  • Starting at a corner drizzle white chocolate in a diagonal pattern over the brownie slab.
  • Sprinkle over freeze dried raspberries so they stick to the melted chocolate.
  • Leave to set.
  • Cut across the width at 3 even intervals, wiping the knife with a cloth between each cut. Follow by cutting vertically down at 5 even intervals. Resulting in 15 brownies.
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Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge

Serve chilled with a glass of something sparkling. Alternatively, warm as mentioned and serve with ice cream. However you enjoy these brownies they will taste better when shared!

Because of the fresh raspberries store in an airtight container, between layers of baking parchment, in the fridge

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies you may also like these:

Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies 

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Bakery Style Soft Triple Chocolate Cookies

Bakewell Shortbread Bars 

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Bakewell Shortbread Bars

Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes 

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Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

We have experienced a very warm start to the Summer this year and I haven’t wanted to have the oven on. Yet, when I’m baking brownies, it is such a short baking time that I haven’t minded. Similarly, meringues bake at a low oven temperature, so why not try this Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova? Finally why not try one of the many ice cream recipes here on my blog? It is so much fun coming up with new and delicious flavours!

I hope that whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, you have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

It is no secret that I love both sweet and savoury recipes that include lemon or lime. My Lemon Ripple Ice Cream is a favourite not just with me, it is also one of the most popular recipes on this blog. Lime too, with its softer and more floral flavour is also a winner, showcased here in my Lime Ripple Luxury Ice Cream. This Lemon Lime Meringue Pie combines both fruits in the curd, creating an utterly sublime dessert dish.

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

Pyrex, quality kitchenware

I was sent a Pyrex deep 26cm glass fluted flan dish and a Pyrex 3L classic glass bowl by Maha Home and I must say that both products were well packaged. When ordering online this really is of key importance to me. As soon as they were unwrapped I was keen to make a dessert that would show off both products. Pyrex have a recipe for Lemon and Lime Meringue Pie on their website and I used this as the basis for my dish. Since I naturally tweak anything I make, the recipe given is my interpretation of the original.

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Pyrex 26cm deep flan dish and 3L bowl.

Since I have been on the hunt for a deep flan dish I was particularly excited to try this out. As I have mentioned in previous posts, any new kitchen equipment has to earn it’s cupboard space in my home. Because, let’s face it, very few people have massive kitchens with tons of space! What Maha Home did not know, is that I already have and regularly use the 3L Pyrex glass bowl. I most certainly have room for 2 of these deep, hard wearing bowls in my kitchen.

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

Creating The Layers In A Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

Creating the Lemon Lime Meringue Pie involves four separate stages. First of all making and baking the pie crust shell. Zesting, juicing and cooking the lemon and lime curd. Whisking up egg whites with sugar to create the light, airy, meringue topping and finally assembling and baking the pie. While there are four stages, making this pie does not feel like a chore. Since each step is relatively quick and the pie crust and curd can be made the day before, breaking the process down even further.

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

I made this pie on an extremely hot and humid day. In doing so I learned a thing or two. Most importantly is to make the meringue topping at the very last minute, literally just before it needs to be spooned on to the pie. Making it any earlier can cause it to lose volume. Also, once baked and cooled the pie must be refrigerated. Doing so allows the curd to set and makes for easier slicing. Finally, once chilled this pie is easy to transport, making it an ideal dessert to take to friends and family.

Recipe: Lemon Lime Meringue Pie serves 8-10

For the pie crust:

450g/1lb Shortcrust Pastry – I used my Perfect Butter Shortcrust Pastry recipe.  If buying ready made ensure it is all butter

1 tsp Vegetable Oil for greasing the flan dish – I used Rapeseed oil

For the filling:

3 Fresh Lemons – finely zested and juiced

2 Fresh Limes – finely zested and juiced

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

300ml/ 1/2 pint Water

6 tsp Cornflour (cornstarch)

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks

For the topping:

4 Large Free Range Egg Whites

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

3 tsp Cornflour (cornstarch)

Method: Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan, 425F,  gas mark 7

Making the shortcrust pie case

  • First of all make the pastry and place in the fridge to chill for one hour.
  • Pour one teaspoon of oil into the Pyrex flan dish. Using a clean sheet of kitchen paper ensure the inside of the dish is lightly coated in oil, taking special care around the inner rim.
  • Remove the pastry dough from the fridge and place on a lightly floured worktop.
  • Knead the dough lightly so that it becomes pliable, taking care not to overwork it as this will result in a tough pastry crust.
  • Roll out the pastry so that it is slightly bigger than the flan dish – see photo below.
  • Wrap the pastry over the rolling pin and place over the flan dish.
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Rolling out the chilled pastry to fit the flan dish.
  • Press the pastry into the flan dish taking care not to stretch it, as this will cause the pastry to shrink on baking. Also if the pastry tears, patch using a little of the leftover pastry with a tiny amount of water.
  • Trim the pastry and dock the bottom with a fork. Add baking parchment and baking beans.
  • Place on to a baking tray and into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pie crust, immediately reduce the oven temperature to 200C/180C fan, 400F, gas mark 6.
  • Lift out the baking beans, taking care as they are hot.
  • If any cracks have appeared in the pastry patch, as before, using leftover pastry.
  • Return the pie crust to the cooler over and bake for a further 7 minutes.
  • As soon as the pie crust is baked remove from the oven.
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Trimming and baking the pie crust.
  • While the pie crust is baking make the curd.

Making the lemon lime curd filling

  • Into a large, heavy bottomed saucepan add the lemon and lime zest and juice. Also add the water, sugar and cornflour. Gently mix with a whisk until there are no lumps.
  • Cook the liquid over a medium heat, stirring continuously.
  • As soon as the liquid has thickened and has turned from cloudy to clear turn off the heat.
  • Leave to cool for 5 minutes and then whisking continuously add the egg yolks one at a time.
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Making the lemon and lime curd.
  • Pour the curd through a sieve into a wide jug. Press the liquid through using a clean spoon.
  • Place cling film directly on to the top of the curd, this will stop a skin from forming.
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Sieving the lemon and lime curd.
  • Just before you are about to assemble the pie make the meringue topping.

Whipping up the meringue topping

  • Into a large, scrupulously clean bowl add four large egg whites.
  • Whisk until the egg whites form stiff peaks.
  • Continue whisking adding a tablespoon of sugar at a time, until half of the sugar is incorporated.
  • Add the remaining sugar and one teaspoon of cornflour.
  • Using a large metal spoon fold the dry ingredients into the meringue, taking care not to deflate the air whisked into the meringue.
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Making the meringue topping
  • To assemble the pie ensure the oven is preheated to 200C/180C fan, 400F, gas mark 6.

Assembling and baking the pie

  • Remove the cling film from the curd and stir.
  • Pour the lemon and lime curd into the pie shell.
  • Spoon over the meringue so that the top of the pie is covered. Ensure the meringue touches the crust around the rim of the pie.
  • Place the pie on to a baking tray and put in the centre of the oven.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. If after 10-15 minutes the top is browning too quickly reduce the heat by 20C.
  • After the baking time has elapsed turn the oven off and leave the pie to cool in the oven for 30 minutes. This helps set the meringue and stop it from cracking.
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Assembling the Lemon Lime Meringue Pie ready to bake.
  • After the oven cooling time has elapsed remove the pie from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature.
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Caramel crusted Lemon Lime Meringue Pie
  • Refrigerate the cooled pie for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight before serving.
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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

Serve slices of chilled Lemon Lime Meringue Pie as a refreshing dessert, or an afternoon treat.

Both pie crust and curd can be made a day ahead. Cool both, wrap the cold pie crust in foil and place somewhere cool and dry. Cling film the top of the jug and refrigerate the curd.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Lemon Lime Meringue Pie you may also like these:

Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Lemon Drizzle Cake

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Lemon Drizzle Cake 

Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

Lemon Curd Sponge Tart

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Lemon Curd Sponge Tart

Good quality kitchenware is essential to me in my cooking and baking. While Pyrex is a well known brand, made from toughened glass, baking with this flan dish has reminded me why it is such a vital kitchen staple. Even the jug (which is my own), used to capture the sieved curd is used daily in our house. For everything from microwaving milk for hot chocolate, to making jelly for a trifle. I will definitely be using both the bowl and flan dish frequently in my kitchen. Anyone for quiche?

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

Maha Home sent me both the Pyrex deep flan dish and 3L large bowl for the purpose of reviewing. All opinions and views are my own. I have not been paid to write this post, neither do I receive any payment following sales of product as a result of this post.

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

 

 

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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

I adore pretty things. Whether it be polka dot plates, wild flowers in a jug, or brushing my hands on cow parsley while out for a walk. And given a choice my garden will always be full of old english roses and rambling honeysuckle, rather than neatly edged borders containing structural plants. This relaxed approach is also reflected in my baking. A drizzle of icing here and there makes a cake not only beautiful, but shouts that it is homemade. Here, my Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake not only looks pretty but tastes pretty good too!

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A rich buttery coconut cake, packed full of glacé cherries, simply decorated with glacé icing and more cherries. Yet it looks like an afternoon tea party. In fact this cake makes me want to get out my best china, string bunting everywhere and hold a garden party. Why? Because it is such a cheerful, pretty and delicious cake. THE perfect cake to share.

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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

I rather enjoy baking loaf cakes such as this Mascarpone Topped Carrot Cake. The loaf tin makes them easy to slice and perfect for packing up and taking on a picnic. Also, should the cake need to be shared further than anticipated, each slice can easily be cut in half. When I look at the photographs of this Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake they make me smile. Any cake that does that is a winner in my book.

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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake.

Recipe: Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake serves 8

For the cake:

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon halve quantity if using free flowing

1 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

4 Large Free Range Eggs

125/4.5oz Sweetend Shredded Coconut – such as Bakers available from Amazon alternatively use the equivalent weight of desiccated coconut and add 3 tbsp whole milk to the cake batter

100g/4oz Glacé Cherries halved

250g/9oz Plain White Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

To decorate:

175g/6oz White Icing Sugar (Confectioners sugar)

2 Tbsp Tap Water

10 Whole Glacé Cherries

Small Red Sugar Balls approximately 1 tsp

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

You will need approximately a 25cm x 11.5cm x 7.5cm (10” x 4.5” x 3”) 2lb loaf tin for this recipe. Grease with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

Making And Baking The Cherry Coconut Cake

  • First of all add the butter, sugar and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until the ingredients are fully combined, pale and creamy.
  • Now add 2 eggs, half the flour and vanilla extract. Whisk together until just combined.
  • Add the last 2 eggs and whisk to incorporate.
  • Finally add the remaining flour, baking powder, coconut and cherry halves. Toss the cherries in the flour, this will stop them sinking to the bottom of the cake during baking.
  • Fold all of the ingredients together (adding additional milk if using desiccated coconut) until they are combined.
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Making the cherry coconut cake batter.
  • Spoon cake batter into the prepared tin making sure the top is level.
  • Place the cake tin into the middle of the oven and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. My cake took 1 hour and 10 minutes to bake.
  • The cake is baked when golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.
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Baking the cherry coconut loaf cake.
  • Once the cake has cooled run a palette knife around the inside of the tin. Turn out the cake, remove the baking parchment and place on a rack over a baking tray.

Decorating The Loaf Cake

  • Use a whisk to mix the icing sugar and water.
  • Spoon the thick glacé icing on to the top of the cake.
  • Add the glacé cherries to the iced cake.
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Decorating the Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake.
  • Finally sprinkle over red sugar balls before the icing sets.
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The finished Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake.
  • Put the cake to one side and leave to set.
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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

Serve sliced and placed on your very best china, along with a freshly made pot of tea.

Store in an airtight container. Eat within 5 days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake you may also like these:

Black Forest Cupcakes

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Black Forest Cupcakes

Iced Bakewell Tart

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Iced Bakewell Tart.

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake

I am not the world’s best cake decorator! Yet I’ve developed several strategies for making the cakes I bake look presentable. Because we eat with our eyes first AND as I mentioned, I like pretty things, cakes being one of them. For inspiration I follow several bakers and cake decorators on Twitter and Instagram. They are an invaluable source of tips, tricks and ideas. Likewise Pinterest is also full of inspiration. For me though nature is the greatest inspirer. None more so than my beautiful back garden.

What inspires you?

Have fun making, baking and creating your feasts.

Sammie xx

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Spring and Summer for me are all about fresh berries. While, there is little that compares to a ripe, sun warmed, freshly picked Strawberry, their shop bought counterparts can be a disappointment. Whereas raspberries, have a more intense flavour that is rarely dulled, even when frozen. Being both tart and sweet, they add extra fruit intensity to this Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova.

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After receiving some Raspberry Vinegar to try, my immediate thought was to include it in a Pavlova. Since white wine or balsamic vinegar are used in my other Pavlova recipes such as this Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova, it seemed ideal. And with the addition of freeze dried raspberries it adds a subtle raspberry flavour to the baked meringue. While also creating the marshmallow inner to this meringue’s crispy, outer shell.

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Since I personally do not have a very sweet tooth the tart raspberries, along with the golden lemon curd balance perfectly with the Pavlovas sweetness. And as the meringue whites are used for the Pavlova I wanted to come up with a fresh lemon curd recipe that only needed yolks. Following research online I cobbled together half a dozen different recipes and came up with my own. Resulting in a tart lemon curd that just holds it’s shape.

 

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

I have made this Pavlova four times. Because of the fresh raspberries in the vinegar it colours very quickly if baked at the usual fan oven temperature of 140C. So, you will find in the method that this Pavlova is baked at a much lower temperature than you might normally expect. Since baking at a lower temperature results in a crispy outer and marshmallow inner for this Pavlova, without it browning on the outside.

Recipe: Gluten Free Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova serves 6-8

For the Pavlova Base:

4 Large Free Range Eggs – yolks separated from whites

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1 tsp Raspberry Vinegar – I use Womersley Foods alternatively use 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar

1 tsp Cornflour (corn starch) – I use  Doves Farm it is certified gluten free

Optional – 3 tbsp Freeze Dried Raspberries – available online and from Waitrose

For the Lemon Curd:

4 – 6 Large Unwaxed Lemons – if waxed scrub with brush in hot soapy water, rinse and dry – finely zested and then squeezed to yield 200mls fresh lemon juice

200ml Tap Water

125g/4.5oz Caster Sugar

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter cut into cubes

3tbsp Cornflour dissolved in 2tbsp Tap water

4 Egg Yolks from separated eggs

Topping:

400-500g/1lb Fresh Raspberries

Optional – 2tbsp Freeze Dried Raspberries

Method: preheat oven to 140C/120C, 275F, gas mark 1

Making The Pavlova

  • First of all, make sure the mixing bowl is scrupulously clean. I always wipe around the inside with half a cut lemon.
  • Pour the egg whites into the bowl and whisk at high speed until they hold a stiff peak. See the first image below.
  • While the whisk is still running add sugar slowly, one tablespoon at a time. Continue until all the sugar is added. Stop the whisk and rub a little of the meringue mixture between your finger and thumb. It should feel smooth not gritty. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  • Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Draw a 20cm/8in circle on the reverse of the paper. Use small dollops of meringue to stick the parchment to the baking sheet.
  • As soon as the meringue is ready stop the whisk. Add the raspberry vinegar, cornflour and freeze dried raspberries. Fold the ingredients carefully into the meringue using a large metal spoon.
  • Scoop all of the meringue on to the baking sheet. Use a palette knife to create a disc that is slightly higher around the edge than the centre.
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Making the Pavlova with added raspberry flavour.

Baking And Cooling The Pavlova

  • Place the Pavlova into the lower part of the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 120C/100C fan, 250F, gas mark 1/2. Continue to bake for a further 1 hour 50 minutes. Switch the oven off and leave the Pavlova to cool in the oven.
  • While the Pavlova is baking make the lemon curd.

Making The Lemon Curd

  • Place the lemon zest, juice and sugar into a heavy bottom saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Next add two cubes of butter to the pan, whisking gently until dissolved. Repeat as before until all of the butter has been used.
  • Pour the cornflour slurry into the pan and whisk to incorporate. Cook until the mixture is thickened and starts to bubble gently.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Whisking continuously add one egg yolk at a time. Heat from the pan will cook the yolks.
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Preparing the fresh Lemon Curd.m
  • Place a sieve over a jug or bowl and pour the lemon curd through the sieve. Any lumps or remnants of egg white will be removed leaving a velvety, smooth curd.
  • Put cling film direct on top of the curd to stop a skin from forming as it cools.
  • Place the lemon curd in a cold place to cool. Refrigerate
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Straining and cooling the Lemon Curd.

Assembling The Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

  • As soon as the Pavlova is cooled remove from the oven.
  • Do not attempt to assemble the Pavlova until the lemon curd is cold.
  • Pour the cold lemon curd on to the centre of the Pavlova. Not all of the curd may be needed. Pour any excess into a clean jar and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • Place raspberries on top of the lemon curd so that it is covered generously.
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Assembling the Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova.
  • Finally sprinkle freeze dried raspberries around the edge of the Pavlova.
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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Refrigerate the Pavlova for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. Unusually this Pavlova will sit in the fridge for a day and be perfect to serve. Making this an ideal make ahead dessert. Both Pavlova and lemon curd can be made the day before.

Slice to serve with a jug of pouring cream.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova you may also enjoy these:

Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

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Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

Raspberry Coulis Drizzled Mixed Berry Pavlova

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Raspberry Coulis Drizzled Mixed Berry Pavlova

Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova

I find that making and baking a Pavlova is easier than it may seem. And, as with anything, practice will improve technique and confidence. Since Pavlovas are incredibly easy to transport, they make an ideal dessert to take to friends or family. I take all the separate components, baked Pavlova, cream and fruit and then assemble on site. Because Pavlovas have an undeserved reputation for being tricky to make, sharing them with friends simply adds to the wow factor. Additionally this meringue is completely gluten free, enabling more people to enjoy this dessert.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

I adore Brownies. And there are numerous recipes on here for different types of delicious Brownies including these Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites. Since they are so adored, I am always trying to create new flavours and textures. for that reason, these Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies are a complete delight. Fudgey chocolate brownies topped with chopped Rolos, Caramac drizzle and a sprinkling of honeycomb.

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In one word they are WOW! While all of the brownie recipes I have are excellent, the addition of melted Rolos to the batter in these brownies sends them over the top. Since the actual brownie itself is more like fudge. Yet without the extreme sweetness that sets fudge apart. Also, I added a little extra salt to the brownie batter and this perfectly offsets the sweetness bringing balance to the flavour.

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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

Caramac love

Since I have had limited success when adding Caramac to a bake, as essentially it is caramel flavoured white chocolate, I tend to keep it as a topping. Because this way you end up with the exquisite caramel flavour and none of the bitter burnt Caramac in a bake. Also it works very well in a ganache such as these Salted Caramac Centre Toffee Cookies. Used here in these brownies it perfectly compliments the caramel flavour within the brownie.

 

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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

Because these Brownies are quite rich I have cut them into slightly smaller bars. Ensuring the there are plenty to share around! Also, I think the texture is improved when they are fridge cold. I find that the brownie itself pulls together and is firmer, although, like anything cold, the flavours are slightly muted. Finally, enough of me waffling, let’s get on to making these tasty treats.

Recipe: Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies makes 18

For the Brownies:

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate

100g/4oz Dark Chocolate

150g/ 3 tubes of Rolos

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter

1/2 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon halve the quantity if using free flowing salt

4 Large Free Range Eggs

200g/7oz Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

75g/3oz Plain White Flour

To decorate:

110g/ 1 large bag Caramac Buttons

150g/ 3 tubes of Rolos

Optional – Honeycomb – I use Art of Mallow alternatively use a Cadbury’s Crunchie

Method: preheat oven at 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

Note: you will need a 20cm x 28cm x 5cm / 8” x 11” x 2” Swiss roll tin, very lightly greased and lined with baking parchment.

Making the brownie batter

  • First of all, in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl add the butter, both types of chocolate and 3 tubes of  Rolos. Zap on medium power for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate and butter start to melt. Remove from the microwave and stir continuously until everything is melted. Set aside to cool.
  • In a separate bowl add the eggs, salt, vanilla extract and muscavado sugar. Whisk with a balloon whisk until the sugar and eggs are completely combined.
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Preparing the brownie mixture.
  • As soon as the chocolate mixture is at body temperature pour in the egg mix, stirring continuously as you do so.
  • Add the flour and fold carefully into the mixture ensuring there aren’t any lumps.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin. Rap the tin against the worktop a couple of times to release any air bubbles.

Baking the brownies

  • Place the tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 10 minutes. After the initial baking time has elapsed, carefully, protecting yourself with oven gloves, rap the tin against the oven shelf as before. It may sound crazy, however the best brownies are dense and fudgey, the opposite of cakes which are light and airy.
  • Continue baking for 15-18 minutes. Total baking time 25-28 minutes.
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Combining the brownie mix and pouring into a prepared tin.
  • The brownies are baked when the top is set and there is just a hint of a jiggle in the centre.
  • As soon as the brownies are baked remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the tin.

Decorating the brownies

  • Once cooled the brownies can be decorated.
  • First of all, using the baking parchment and a palette knife, remove the brownie slab from the tin.
  • Peel away the sides of the baking parchment and run a palette knife between the base and the parchment to separate them.
  • Place the Caramac buttons in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl and zap for 20 seconds at a time. As soon as they start to melt remove and stir continuously until completely melted. Pour the melted Caramac into a disposable piping bag, or sandwich bag. Snip off the very end and pipe diagonally across the brownie, using approximately half of the Caramac.
  • Unwrap 3 tubes of Rolos and cut in half. Sprinkle the Rolos evenly across the brownie, making sure that some are cut side up so that the caramel inner can be seen. Also sprinkle over some crushed honeycomb.
  • Finally pipe the rest of the Caramac on top, in a diagonal style as before.
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Decorating the Brownies with Caramac drizzle and Rolos.
  • Slide the decorated brownie slab on to a board and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the Caramac to set.
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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

Portioning the brownies

  • As soon as the Caramac has set you can cut the brownie into portions.
  • First of all cut across the width twice, dividing it into 3 separate pieces. Now cut down the centre dividing the brownie in half. Cut down twice on either side creating 3 sections on each side. You should have 18 equally sized brownie bars.
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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies
  • Each of the Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies has a little bit of everything, resulting in a lot of fabulous, fudgey,  flavour.
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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

Serve each brownie with a smile. I enjoyed my first taste alongside a delicious hot latte. The perfect combination.

Store in layers, separated with baking parchment, in an airtight container. During warmer weather keep refrigerated. Eat within 5 days, if they last that long!

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Baking and cooking for others is my passion. Especially seeing eyes light up, big smiles and chocolatey faces appreciating what I’ve made gives me a warm feeling inside. Sharing and enjoying feasting with others makes eating an experience, not simply a fuel-stop function. While chatting, laughing and having fun also creates shared memories that knit us all closer together. As we head towards the bank holiday weekend here in England I hope that you will take every opportunity to have fun and enjoy feasting.

Sammie xx

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

In my last post Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake, I confessed my love for cream cakes. So, I decided to make another one! A delicious White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake. Golden sponge sandwiched together with cream and strawberry daiquiri jam, topped with more cream, fresh strawberries a white chocolate drizzle and finally a sprinkling of honeycomb. One bite of this cake and you too will be smitten.

FF White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Since the very earliest of our Kent strawberries are becoming available I simply couldn’t resist buying some. Together with fresh cream they make the perfect combination. However, when used to decorate this cake, with white chocolate and crushed honeycomb, these strawberries are elevated to true celebration feasting status. And the first strawberries of the season should, most definitely, be celebrated.

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

 

Using a heart shaped tin to bake this cake creates an elegant shape. Also it reflects the romantic side of my personality. If you do not have a heart cake tin then a round tin will be perfectly suitable. While removing the Strawberry husks I cut either side to create a ‘V’ shape. Resulting in sliced strawberries that look like love hearts.

FF Overhead shot of heart shaped cake.
White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Heart Shaped Cake

Finally, using a good quality strawberry jam really adds to the finished flavour of the cake. I used a strawberry daiquiri jam with its subtle hint of white rum and lime juice. It definitely adds to the luxurious finish of this cake. Alternatively mix in a couple of teaspoons of raspberry jam. Doing so will add a hint of tartness and elevate the flavour from good to great!

Recipe: White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake serves 10

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature plus a Extra for greasing the tin

275g/10oz Caster Sugar

1/2 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon halve quantity if using free flowing salt

1 tbsp Vanilla Bean Paste/Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Eggs

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

450ml/1 pint Double Cream (heavy cream)

1 tsp Vanilla Bean Extract/Vanilla Extract

350g-400g/12-14oz Fresh Strawberries

275g/10oz Jar Strawberry Jam – I used Strawberry Daiquiri Jam available from Hawkshead Relish

100g/4oz White Chocolate

Optional – Honeycomb – I use Art of Mallow

Method: preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

Note – you will need a 22.5cm x 22.5cm/9” x 9” (approximately) heart tin that is at least 7.5cm/3” deep. I use a springform tin which allows for easy release of the cake. The tin I have is from Steamer Trading. Alternatively use a deep 22.5cm/9 inch round tin, or slightly shallower 20cm/8 inch round tin.

Making The Vanilla Cake Batter

  • First of all grease the tin with butter and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Add the butter, sugar and salt to a large bowl. Whisk until pale and creamy.
  • While whisking add the vanilla.
  • Next add 2 eggs and one third of the flour. Whisk until just combined.
  • Repeat the last step.
  • Add the last 2 eggs, the remaining flour and baking powder. Whisk until fully combined, taking care not to over mix as this can cause the baked cake to become tough.
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Making the cake batter.

Filling The Heart Shaped Tin And Baking The Cake

  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared tin. Smooth the surface of the batter.
  • Place the cake tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes – 1 hour 40 minutes. My cake took exactly 1 hour 30 minutes, however as ovens differ start checking at the earlier time.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden brown, springs back from a light touch and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and place the tin on a cooling rack.
  • Allow the cake to fully cool in the tin.
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Filling a heart shaped cake tin and baking the cake.
  • When the cake is fully cooled release from the tin.

Cutting The Cake In Half And Filling With Jam And Cream

  • Use a long, serrated knife to cut through the middle of the cake, creating two layers.
  • Place the top layer of the cake face down on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon the jam on to the sponge and spread out so that it covers almost to the edges.
  • Pour the cream and vanilla into a bowl and whisk until it just holds it’s shape.
  • Spoon three large dollops of cream on top of the jam. Spread the cream out to cover the jam.
  • Place the bottom half of the cake, cut side down, on to the jam and cream covered sponge.
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Splitting in two and filling the cake.

Decorating The Heart Shaped Cake

  • Fill a piping bag, without a piping tip fitted, with the remaining whipped cream.
  • If using a disposable piping bag cut the tip off to leave a 1cm opening.
  • Pipe approximately half of the cream on to the sponge.
  • Spread the cream to cover using a palette knife.
  • Pipe swirls around the outside edge of the cake.
  • Top the whipped cream swirls with a fresh strawberry.
  • Remove the green part (hull) of the remaining strawberries by cutting diagonally down either side creating a ‘V’ shape.
  • Slice each strawberry into 4-5 mini red hearts.
  • Place the strawberry hearts in the centre of the cake.
  • Break/chop up the white chocolate and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Zap for 20 seconds at a time until the chocolate just starts to melt. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir continuously until all of the chocolate has melted.
  • Pour the melted white chocolate into a small, disposable, piping bag. Cut the very end of the tip off, leaving a small opening.
  • Pipe white chocolate over the strawberries and then over the entire cake, encouraging some chocolate to drip from the cake.
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Decorating the White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake
  • Finally sprinkle over some broken up, golden honeycomb.
  • Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes, or longer, until the white chocolate has set.
White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Serving The Heart Shaped White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Crean Cake

To serve, cut the cake in half from top to bottom, this makes it easier to portion slices.

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Enjoy with friends, family and loved ones. For a special occasion serve with a glass of chilled champagne.

This cake is best enjoyed the day it is decorated. The sponge can be made up to 2 days ahead. Wrap the uncut cake in cling film and store in an airtight container.

Store the finished cake in the fridge and eat within 2 days.

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When strawberries are in season, warmed by the sun and picked straight from the plant they need nothing else to celebrate their sweet, juicy flavour. Yet adding them to desserts such as Pavlovas, Cream Cakes and other delights, showcases their versatility and beauty. So I get very excited about the start of the strawberry season, poly tunnels and super greenhouses making local, British fruit available earlier in the year and extending the season. While they might be available in the supermarkets all year long, which does have its benefits, nothing beats homegrown or farm fresh berries.

So whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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