Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Cake, is not something that we need to have in our lives. Yet how much poorer would life be without the occasional slice? Almost all celebrations have a cake at their centre; Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more. Sunday is a celebration of a day of rest for most people. Although many still have to work and where would we be without our NHS, emergency services, care givers, transport providers etc? Baking is a form of relaxation for me. So on a Sunday, if I’m able, I like to bake. Here I share my Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Recently I read a comment from a fellow Food Blogger, stating that their chocolate cakes always seemed dry. While I’ve never had that problem, in this cake there is absolute zero chance of it becoming dry. Since adding buttermilk to the cake batter ensures a beautifully moist cake, that keeps it’s moistness over the following days. Contrasting well with the crunchy caramel topping and silky icing.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Having made this chocolate fudge icing a number of times, it really is a marvel on one’s tastebuds. Essentially a chocolate ganache into which Rolos are melted, it pours easily, coating an entire cake in a few minutes. While more icing than is needed is made to cover this cake, the remaining dripped chocolate icing can be scooped into a container for later use, ensuring minimal waste.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

The Beauty Of Bundt Cakes

As with all Bundt cakes, they are a novice cake decorator’s dream. Since each Bundt pan is intricately designed. The result is a stunning cake when baked and turned out. While the best Bundt pans made by Nordicware, may not be cheap, in terms of value for money they deliver every single time. The majority of my Bundt pans have been bought for me as Christmas or birthday presents.

Recipe: Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake serves 10-12

For the cake:

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

250g/9oz Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen Massey

150g/5oz Buttermilk

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

75g/3oz Good Quality Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

For the icing:

300ml/10.5fl oz Double Cream (heavy cream)

300g/10.5oz Good Quality Milk Chocolate (semi-sweet chocolate)

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

2 Packets of Rolos

1 tub Salted Caramel Crunch by Dr Oetker (alternatively use crumbled honeycomb such as a Crunchie bar with a sparse pinch of sea salt added to tame the sweetness) – Note – while sold as salted caramel crunch I was unable to taste any salt.

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

A 10 Cup Bundt Pan is needed for this cake. The Elegant Party Bundt Pan has been used here. Also it is strongly recommended that Wilton cake release spray be used to ensure the baked cake releases easily from the pan.

Making And Baking The Chocolate Bundt Cake

  • First of all prepare the Bundt pan. Spray or brush cake release on to the inside of the pan. Use a pastry brush to ensure every part of the pan’s inside is completely covered. Set to one side.
  • In a large jug weigh the buttermilk and then add the eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk lightly with a fork to combine – liquid ingredients.
  • Next in a separate large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk the ingredients together until pale and creamy.
  • Tip the liquid ingredients into the creamed butter bowl.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the same bowl.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together using a spoon until they are just combined. Since over mixing can lead to a tough cake crumb once baked.
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Creating the moist chocolate cake batter.
  • Spoon the chocolate cake batter into the prepared bundt pan, pressing the batter into the pan. Ensure the Pan is evenly filled. Smooth the top. Note – the Bundt pan should not be more than two thirds full.
  • Place the cake into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • The cake is fully baked when it is firm to touch and shrinking away from the sides and centre. Also an inserted skewer will come out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • After the cooling time has elapsed turn the cake out on to a cooling rack.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before icing.
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Preparing the bundt pan, filling and baking the cake.

Preparing The Best Chocolate Fudge Icing And Decorating The Cake

  • To make the chocolate fudge icing: First of all place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water.
  • Add the cream, chocolate and salt. Stir until the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream.
  • Next add the Rolos and stir continuously until melted into the chocolate.
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Making the chocolate fudge icing to glaze the cake.
  • Place the cooled cake on to a rack over a clean baking tray.
  • While the chocolate icing is still warm spoon evenly over the cake. Start at the top, work in a circular motion around the cake until it is completely covered.
  • As soon as the icing has stopped dripping move the cake to a plate or board.
  • Sprinkle caramel crunch pieces on to the top of the cake before the icing sets.
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Glazing and decorating the cake.
  • Leave the icing to set for 30 minutes prior to serving.
  • Note – spoon the chocolate fudge icing, that dropped through to the baking tray, into a bowl, cover and keep in the fridge for up to one week. Warm and use poured over ice cream, or spread cold on to cupcakes.
Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Decadent, moist, rich chocolate cake, slathered in a shiny glaze and topped with complimenting caramel crunch.

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Caramel Crunch Topped Chocolate Bundt Cake

Serve sliced and accompanied with a refreshing cup of tea and good company.

Make the cake a day ahead and store in an airtight container. Once iced store any leftover cake in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Refrigerate during warmer weather.

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Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

It is said that we eat with our eyes, before anything has even touched our lips. If so, this glossy cake topped with golden nuggets definitely has my mouth drooling. Even more so, it grabbed my family’s attention straight away. Also it disappeared rather too quickly. Resulting in me setting a ban on the last slice, so that I could test it’s longevity!

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

Sammie xx

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies are a perfect party portion. Decadent, fudgy, chocolate brownies splashed with edible coloured candy and scattered marshmallows. Easy to make and bake, fun to decorate and perfect for sharing with family and friends.

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

Since it is half term this week, here in England I created a bake that children can get involved in. While adult supervision may be needed for certain stages of brownie baking process, decorating is child’s play. Whether that be children in your care, or the inner child within us all. Simply looking at these brownies screams fun and that is of upmost importance to us here at Feasting is Fun!

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

While many children are happy to share, some thrive better when given their own blank canvas (or brownie in this case) to with. Because it is easy to divide the baked brownie in half, or quarters, or however many children you have helping, decorating these brownies couldn’t be more fun! Disposable piping bags are easy to get hold of, check the baking aisle of your local supermarket. However small sandwich or freezer bags can double as a great substitute. Simply cut a small hole in one corner, once the bag is filled.

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

Likewise, should very young children be taking part, icing sugar with a little water and colouring added, removes any risk from piping warm chocolate. Be prepared. If making these brownies with children of any age, including some adults, things will get messy and get eaten! Yet that is the fun of making and eating these brownies. Make sure there are plenty of paper towels to hand.

Recipe: Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

For the brownies:

250g/9oz Milk Chocolate

250g/9oz Dark Chocolate

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter – cut into squares

5 Large Free Range Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

275g/10oz Light Brown Muscavado Sugar – I use Billingtons

1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

For the topping:

100g/4oz White Chocolate

100g/4oz both pink and red Rainbow Dust Colour Melts available from Party Animal Online

Large and Small Marshmallows

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

You will need a 34cm x 24cm x 5cm (13.5in x 9.5in x 2in) tin lined with baking parchment.

  • First of all break/cut both milk and dark chocolate into small pieces, approximately 1cm.
  • Place the chocolate and butter into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Heat in the microwave on medium for 30 second bursts, stirring after each heat burst.
  • As soon as the butter is melted remove the bowl and stir continuously until all of the chocolate is melted and combined with the butter. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a separate bowl add the eggs, salt, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk together until fully combined.
  • Pour the cooled chocolate into the egg mixture, stirring as you pour to combine both liquids.
  • Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda on to the chocolate mix. Fold the flour into the chocolate mixture until is just combined.
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Making the rich chocolate brownie batter.
  • Pour the chocolate brownie batter into the prepared tin.
  • Rap the tin hard on the worktop twice to release any trapped bubbles.
  • Place the tin in the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The brownies are baked when the top has set and there is a very slight wobble in the centre. Over baking the brownies will cause them to be dry, instead of rich and fudgy.
  • As soon as the brownies are baked remove from the oven and leave to cool completely in the tin. Any cracks or crackles on the surface of the finished bake will close on cooling. Also the top is to be decorated and so they will be covered!
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Baking the rich chocolate brownies.
  • As soon as the brownies have cooled they are ready to be cut and decorated.
  • First of all using the baking parchment lift the brownie slab from the tin and place on a board.
  • Use a palette knife, run the flat side between the base of the brownie and the baking parchment.
  • Cut across the brownie in three equal portions. Now cut downwards five times, creating fifteen equal sized brownie squares. Alternatively cut the brownies into smaller portions.
  • Into three separate, heatproof and microwaveable bowls add the coloured rainbow melts and broken up white chocolate. Since it is easy to overheat white chocolate and especially the melts, heat each bowl separately in short bursts, stirring in between. As soon as the rainbow melts, or white chocolate start to melt remove from the microwave, stirring constantly until completely melted.
  • Decant each separate colour into a small, disposable piping bag. Just prior to using cut a small opening at the tip of the bag.
  • Starting with the darkest colour first pipe across the brownies in a diagonal fashion. Continue piping with the next colour, reserving the white chocolate for last.
  • Place a large marshmallow on to each individual brownie. With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us I used marshmallow hearts. Also sprinkle over smaller, mini marshmallows.
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Decorating the brownies.
  • Next pipe the runnier white chocolate over the entire brownie, including the marshmallows.
  • Finally sprinkle over more mini marshmallows. These will stick to the melted white chocolate.
  • Set the brownies aside in a cool place to allow the chocolate to set. During warmer weather place in the fridge to set.
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Fully decorated Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

You can choose any colour combination you like. Even personalising the brownies by piping names or Happy Birthday. Also for special celebrations sprinkle over edible gold stars or coloured sugar balls. The simple rule to remember when decorating is to use the darkest colours first, finishing with the lightest. Resulting in a creation that really pops.

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Marshmallow Topped Rich Chocolate Brownies

To serve the brownies cut through the chocolate and marshmallows at the same point where the individual brownies had previously been cut.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Refrigerate during warmer weather.

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Maltesers Popping Candy Cupcakes

While making these brownies I did not have any little people to help me. Yet when writing up this blog post and especially, choosing and editing the photographs it struck me that this is exactly the sort of fun, mess filled activity that children enjoy. And yes I completely acknowledge the inner child in me and the fun I had while decorating these brownies. If you have play dates arranged, these brownies make great gifts for them to take home.

Also, it has to be said, these brownies taste amazing!

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

Sammie xx

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Welcome to a New Year and a whole host of recipes and product reviews to come here on Feasting is Fun. Easing into 2018 with a simple, yet stunning and delicious bake, is this Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake. While making the most of seasonal pomegranates which are readily available in most larger shops at this time of year. Also added is a healthy dose of lemon, helping our bodies fight off any nasty bugs. We are almost making a health food here!

 

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Since this cake has such a light texture the additional crunch from the pomegranate seeds provides added texture and flavour. Inside the cake their juices release, complimenting the lemon zest. While the garnet nuggets used for decoration provide an unexpected fresh burst of juice. Meanwhile the lemon drizzle lends an intense, lemon tang on the tongue.

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

The beauty of Bundt pans

Each bundt pan is different. Yet some share similar moulding, creating a range of pans. Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake uses the elegant heart pan which has the same deep grooves as the elegant party Bundt used here. Deep, regular grooves define the entire shape of the baked cake. Indeed a light dusting of icing sugar would enhance, in a much simpler way, the outline of this bundt cake. A useful tip should the drizzle icing be a step too far!

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Recipe: Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake serves 10-12

Cake:

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – softened to room temperature

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

4 Large Free Range Eggs

3tbsp Sour Cream

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

2 Whole Lemons – finely zested

125g/4.5oz Pomegranate Seeds – *I bought 2 packs 125g each from Waitrose

Glaze and decoration:

200g/7oz Icing Sugar – sifted

Juice of 1 Lemon

Pomegranate Seeds please see * above

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

Note: you will need a 10 cup Bundt Pan (tin) for this recipe. If using a smaller tin ensure that it is not filled more than 2/3 full. Also for guaranteed release of the cake once baked I highly recommend using Wilton cake release. Spray or brush on to the inside of the bundt pan, taking care to cover every part.

Making the Bundt Cake

  • First of all prepare the Bundt pan as detailed above.
  • Place the butter, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add all 4 eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Sift the flour and baking powder on top of the wet ingredients. Finally add the finely grated zest of two lemons and 125g of pomegranate seeds.
  • Carefully fold the ingredients together until fully combined.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Smooth the top for an even finish.
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Making the cake batter.
  • Place the cake into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes – 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden in colour, shrinking away from the sides of the tin and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once baked remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  • After the initial cooling time has passed turn out the cake on to a cooling rack.
  • Leave to cool completely before decorating.
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Baking and turning out the bundt cake.
  • While the cake is finishing cooling prepare the lemon drizzle.
  • Into a bowl containing the sifted icing sugar add the juice of one lemon. Stir until thoroughly combined and free from any lumps.
  • As soon as the cake is cool it can be decorated.

Decorating the Bundt Cake

  • Place the cake on to a plate or board.
  • To decorate, use a teaspoon to pour approximately 1/2 a tsp of lemon drizzle on to each groove of the cake. Start at the top of the cake and work around until each groove has icing reaching the base both on the inside and outside.
  • Top each indent on the cake with a pomegranate seed, adding an additional two seeds, or more, to each groove.
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A slice of Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Serve the cake sliced with a complimentary drink (lemon tea goes well) and a smile.

Store the cake covered securely in cling film, or alternatively in an airtight container and eat within 5 days. During warmer weather it is advisible to refridgerate this cake.

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Bundt Cakes are a real favourite of mine. While the pans may be on the pricey side, look on eBay for special offers, theyproduce outstandingly beautiful cakes with very little effort required from the baker. No further decoration is ever actually needed for a Bundt cake. Yet it is fun to play around with icing and additional decorations, as seen in the examples above. When baking a Bundt cake you can be sure to produce a show stopper every time.

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

Sammie xx

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Peppermint Candy Cane Topped Brownies

Chocolate and Christmas go together like strawberries and cream in summer. Add in traditional candy canes and you have an incredible combination.  So using a fantastic Classic Brownie Kit makes baking these Peppermint Candy Cane Topped Brownies easy and a super delicious Christmas treat.  And don’t worry if you can’t get hold of the kit, there’s a link before the recipe to help you make them from scratch.

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Peppermint Candy Cane Topped Brownies

While I enjoy baking from scratch, I am not averse to keeping good quality mixes and baking kits in the kitchen.  Using the Classic Brownie Kit to whip up a batch of Brownies, makes the house smell amazing. Also, adding extra mint chocolate chunks and a topping of crushed candy cane turns these into a festive treat. Especially handy during the busy Christmas holiday season.

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Peppermint Candy Cane Topped Brownies

As soon as you bite into these rich chocolate brownies a range of textures hits your mouth.  Soft fudgey chocolate brownie, crisp mint chocolate chunks, chewy crushed candy cane all blend together to create a flavour sensation.  Perfect for a quick bake when unexpected guests arrive.  Welcoming them in with the aroma of baking chocolate. Is there anything better?

Close up of broken candy cane on top of a chocolate drizzled brownie.
Peppermint Candy Cane Topped Brownies

Everything you need to bake delicious Brownies is included in the kit.  Yet, if you are unable to get hold of the Classic Brownie Kit then please use the recipe for Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites.  Either halve the recipe, or double the quantity of candy canes, chocolate drizzle and mint chocolate.

Recipe: Peppermint Candy Cane Topped Brownies makes 9

Classic Brownie Kit available from If I Knew You Were Coming alternatively use the brownie recipe for my Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites *follow the ingredient list and tin size for * recipe. You will make more brownies

2 Large Free Range Eggs

115g/4.5oz Unsalted Butter softened at room temperature

50g/2oz Dark Mint Chocolate chopped into chunks – I use Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates

100g/4oz Milk Chocolate

2 Peppermint Candy Canes

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

Making The Brownie Batter

  • First of all set out the baking tin included in the kit and place on to a baking tray.  Alternatively line a 9” x 9” square tin with aluminium foil.
  • Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof microwaveable bowl and heat on medium powder until just melted. Stir until completely liquid and set to one side to cool.
  • Whisk the eggs and sugar together until fully combined.
  • Pour the eggs slowly into the cooled chocolate mixture and stir to incorporate.
  • Sieve the cocoa and flour into the chocolate/egg mix and fold in until just combined.
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Making the Brownie batter.
  • Pour the thick, chocolate, brownie batter into the prepared baking tin.
  • Scatter over the chocolate chips from the kit and the mint chocolate chunks.

Baking The Peppermint Brownies

  • Place the Brownies into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • The Brownies are baked when the top is set and shiny with a slight crackle. There should be a very slight jiggle in the centre.
  • Once baked remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • As soon as the Brownies are cooled peel away the foil.  Cut into 9 even sized squares and place on a cooling rack, spaced well apart.
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Making, baking and cutting the brownies.

Decorating The Candy Cane Brownies

  • Melt the milk chocolate for drizzling in the microwave and transfer to a small, disposable piping bag.  Alternatively use a plastic zip lock bag and cut one corner off, leaving a small hole.
  • Take the candy canes and place in a small plastic bag.  Place on to a solid surface and use a rolling pin to break the canes into small pieces.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over each individual brownie, then sprinkle over some crushed candy cane.
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Finishing the Peppermint Candy Cane Topped Brownies

Serve straight away, while the chocolate drizzle is still gooey.  Leave to set before storing in an airtight container.  Eat within 5 days.

Brownie Pinterest image with descriptive graphs.

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Peppermint Sparkling Snowflake Cookies

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cupcakes

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Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies

Baking should be fun and not stressful. So having some reliable mixes and baking kits in the kitchen cupboard, especially during extra busy times of the year such as Christmas, simply makes sense. Also they make great presents for those who are just learning to bake. As well as being reliable the Complete Brownie Kit is also versatile see my recipe for Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake.

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

Sammie xx

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Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova

Sometimes ideas that seem to come out of nowhere, using simple, on hand ingredients, are the very best. And that’s exactly how this Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova came about. Having egg whites left over, I decided to make a meringue and throw in some chopped stem ginger. Since I knew I had some tinned pear halves in the cupboard they became the topping. Also adding whipped cream, a dark chocolate drizzle and you have an elegant dessert that looks as sensational as it tastes.

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Using leftover egg whites to make Pavlova is a really great way to create something incredible. Since they whip up to a much greater volume when not fridge cold, I leave them out on the worktop the night before I need them. While it may seem strange to add white wine vinegar to meringue, it’s use results in a marshmallow, chewy inner. Resulting in a great texture contrast with the crisp outer shell.

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Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova a celebration centrepiece.

The Beauty Of Baking A Pavlova

Baking low and slow, dries the outer Pavlova shell, whilst protecting that cloud like inner. While the chopped stem ginger provides hits of warmth in every mouthful. Cool, flavoured whipped cream is the perfect topping for any Pavlova. And soft, yielding pears, drizzled in deep, dark chocolate complete the flavour profile of this dessert.

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Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova

Glittering, sparkly and beautiful, this dessert is perfect to serve at the end of an elegant dinner party. Also, with Christmas, Thanksgiving and the holiday season coming up, not only do the flavours reflect the colder months of the year, it’s a simple dessert to pull together. Because, aside from the initial whipping of the meringue, you need do nothing while this beauty bakes away in the oven. And it’s really an assembly job, with a little whipping and a ping in the microwave, you have an outstanding dessert to share and wow your guests with.

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova serves 8-12

1/2 Fresh Lemon

4 Large Free Range Egg Whites at room temperature

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Cornflour – I use Doves Farm as it is certified gluten free

1tsp White Wine Vinegar

2 Balls Stem Ginger chopped finely

400ml Double Cream

1tsp Ground Ginger

1/2tsp Vanilla Bean Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

2tbsp Syrup from Stem Ginger Jar

2 x 415g tins Pear Halves in natural fruit juice

50g/2oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% cocoa

Optional – Edible Gold Stars available from Lakeland

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

You will need a large baking tray lined with baking parchment. Draw a 22.5cm/9″ circle, in pencil, on to the baking parchment. Flip the baking parchment over. As soon as the meringue is made stick it down with a little of it. Also an electric whisk, either hand held or using a stand mixer, will make the whole process much easier.

Making And Baking The Ginger Spiced Pavlova

  • First of all, take the bowl in which the eggs will be whisked and rub the inside liberally with the lemon half.
  • Now add the egg whites to the bowl.
  • Whisk on a high speed until the whites are light and voluminous.
  • Add the caster sugar one tablespoon at a time, continually whisking on a medium/high speed. Whisk for 2-3 minutes between each addition.
  • As soon as half of the sugar is added, up the amount to 2 tablespoons each time.
  • Continue whisking until all of the sugar is added and has a glossy sheen.
  • Stop the whisk and rub a little of the meringue between your forefinger and thumb. If it feels gritty whisk for another couple of minutes.
  • When the meringue is silky and smooth add the cornflour, white wine vinegar and chopped stem ginger.
  • Using a large spoon fold the ingredients into the meringue, taking care to knock out as little of the whipped in air as possible.
  • Spoon the meringue on to the baking parchment.
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Creating the ginger meringue base.
  • Using a palette knife spread the meringue out to fill the circle template.
  • Slightly build up the sides of the pavlova.
  • Place the pavlova into the centre of a preheated oven and immediately turn the heat down to 140C/120C fan, 275F, gas mark 1.
  • Bake for 2 and 1/2 hours.
  • After the baking time has elapsed turn the oven off and allow the meringue to cool slowly, as the oven cools.
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Making and baking the Pavlova.

Filling The Baked Meringue

  • When the meringue has completely cooled it can be filled and decorated.
  • Drain the pears from the juice and leave in a bowl to slightly dry out.
  • Chop up the dark chocolate, place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl and heat on medium power for 30 seconds at a time. Stir the chocolate after each heating burst. As soon as it starts to melt remove from the microwave and continue stirring until it is fully melted. Set to one side to cool slightly.
  • Pour the chilled cream into a clean large bowl. Add the sugar, ground ginger and vanilla bean paste.
  • Whisk the cream until it is thickened, stopping when it is still smooth and floppy.
  • Remove the meringue from the parchment paper and place on to a plate.
  • Spoon the whipped cream on to the centre of the pavlova, inside the raised rim.
  • Drizzle two tablespoons of ginger syrup over the whipped cream.
  • Arrange the pear halves on top of the whipped cream.
  • Finally, drizzle dark chocolate over the entire pavlova.
Filling and decorating the Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova
  • Finish with a sprinkle of edible gold stars, or alternatively a dusting of edible glitter.
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Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova finished with edible gold stars.

Beautiful, delicious and elegant. And most of all this dessert sparkles!

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Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova

Most importantly, assemble at the last possible moment. While the meringue can be made earlier in the day or even the night before, whipping cream, melting chocolate and assembly should, at the earliest, take place just prior to serving dinner. Also, any remaining Pavlova should be covered with cling film and eaten within 24 hours.

Since all food tastes better when shared, why not wrap up any leftovers and send them home with your guests?

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Raspberry Coulis Drizzled Mixed Berry Pavlova

Because Christmas is a time for giving, getting together and sharing, why not make and take this meringue to a family gathering, or dinner party. Almost everything can be prepared beforehand. And here are some shortcuts, use thickened cream and bought chocolate sauce. Who’s going to tell? Certainly not me. While this dessert is simplicity itself, a few added cheats are always helpful during a busy time of year. Finally it is the people with whom you share this dessert, that ultimately make it a feast.

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

Sammie xx

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Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles

Every so often I create a recipe, that is not only delicious, also it can be used in many different ways. And these Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles are a great example. Light choux buns, filled with sweetened, whipped, chantilly cream and draped in dreamy, hot, chocolate fudge sauce. Which also has a hidden ingredient, the sauce raises the game of whatever dessert it adorns.

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Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles

Choux Pastry – The Easiest Pastry You’ve Ever Made

Choux pastry is incredibly easy to work with. Fear not, I will walk you step by step through the making and baking process. First of all the dough is cooked in a saucepan and then, after the addition of beaten eggs Piped into small buns. Hot water, present in the recipe, creates steam during the baking process, causing each choux bun to puff up. Creating a hollow centre that is perfect for filling.

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Golden, puffed choux buns, ready for the hot chocolate fudge sauce.

A Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce That Takes This Desser To Another Level

Although choux pastry on its own is rather bland it is a brilliant carrier of flavours. While each bun is filled first of all with sweetened, whipped cream, the draping and drizzling of hot chocolate fudge sauce gives each bun a perfect flavour hit. Resulting in a finger licking dessert that will keep you coming back for more.

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Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles

While the profiteroles can be made a few hours ahead, as can the sauce. assembly should take place as close as possible to serving. Doing so keeps the profiteroles light and crisp. Because if left for a while they can become soggy. Also the hot sauce should ideally be poured over as they are served. However, left over, sauce covered profiteroles taste incredible when sneaked from the fridge the day after making! A post party fridge raiding feast!

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Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles

Ideally served with a spoon and fork, there will always be occasions when cutlery is not needed. Like here, during my photo shoot.

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Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles

Recipe: Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles  – makes 26-30 serves 6-8

For The Profiteroles

350ml Water

125g/4.5oz Unsalted Butter

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

4 Large Free Range Eggs – 222g out of shell

Chantilly Cream Filling 

300ml Double Cream

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – I use Nielsen-Massey

1tbsp Caster Sugar

Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce

100g/4oz Milk Chocolate

150g/5oz Dark Chocolate – min cocoa content 70%

3 Tubes Rolo’s 52g each (156g total)

300ml Double Cream

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

Making And Piping The Choux Pastry

  • First of all line 2 large baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Into a large, heavy bottomed pan add  water, butter and salt. Place over a medium heat until the butter is completely melted into the hot water.
  • Keeping the saucepan over a low heat,  dump the flour straight into the hot, buttery water and immediately beat with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until all lumps have disappeared.
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Creating the flour, water and butter choux pastry base.
  • While the flour is being beaten it also cooks slightly.
  • As soon as the dough is lump free remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • While cooling, crack the eggs into a jug and weigh them. Make a note of the weight. If it is more than 5% or 233g, than the weight of eggs stated you may not need all of the eggs. Beat the eggs together and pour any excess egg into a separate container.
  • As soon as the flour dough has cooled slightly pour in half of the beaten eggs and stir continuously with a wooden spoon. When the eggs begin to incorporate into the mix add the remaining eggs from the jug.
  • Keep beating with the wooden spoon until you have a smooth, sticky paste.
  • Spoon the choux pastry dough into a piping bag,  fitted with a 1cm round nozzle.
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Eggs added to the choux pastry base, beaten in and spooned into a piping bag.
  • Pipe 2.5cm/1 inch rounds on to the baking parchment. Using a clean, damp finger press down any peaked tops on the piped profiteroles. Allow space between each profiterole as they will expand while baking.

Baking The Profiteroles

  • Place the baking trays into the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Check after the initial baking time. Each profiterole should be golden, with a firm outer. Bake for a further 5-10 minutes if necessary.
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Piped profiteroles before and after baking.
  • Once fully baked remove from the oven. Taking care, as they will be very hot, cut or snip a 1cm hole on the side of each profiterole. Doing so allows any steam to escape.
  • Place the baking trays back into the oven and bake for a further 5 minutes.
  • Remove the crisp, dried profiteroles from the oven and immediately place them on to a cooling rack.
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A small slit allows any steam to escape, then cooled on a baking rack.
  • Allow the profiteroles to fully cool before filling.

Whipping Up The Chantilly Cream And Filling The Profiteroles

  • To make the sweetened whipped cream, pour the cream, vanilla bean paste and sugar into a large bowl. Whisk until the cream has thickened but not become dry and stiff.
  • Fit a piping bag with a 1cm round nozzle and fill with the sweetened, whipped cream.
  • Pushing through the slit made earlier, fill each profiterole with cream.
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Whipping cream and filling each profiterole.

Making the Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce

 

  • Fill a small saucepan with 2.5cm/1 inch of water. Put a heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan, taking care to ensure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Place over a medium heat.
  • Place the cream and broken up milk and dark chocolate into the bowl. Do not add the Rolo’s at this stage.
  • Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted and combined into the cream.
  • Now add the Rolo’s and stir continuously until it becomes a slightly thicker, smooth sauce.
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Making the Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce.
  • To keep the sauce warm, for example to serve dessert after dinner, turn the heat down to very low, add extra water to the saucepan as needed. Keep the bowl on top of the saucepan and stir thoroughly when ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, either portion the profiteroles, as in the photos above and spoon a generous amount of sauce over them.
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Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles served in a deep bowl.
  • Alternatively, place each of the cream filled profiteroles into a deep bowl and pour over the Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce. Ideal for buffets or serve yourself occasions.
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Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles

Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles are the ultimate sharing food. Eating as soon as possible after making should not be a problem.

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Multi Millionaires Shortbread Squares

Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Drip Cake

Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce, is so versatile; pour over profiteroles, spoon it on to ice cream, use to cover as cake such as this Dreamy Chocolate Fudge Cake. One incredible tasting, easy to make Sauce that can be used in a variety of ways. Recipes such as this create the backbone of our cooking repertoire. What would you create using this recipe?

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

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake

Another week and another theme. #ChocolateWeek is upon us, demanding chocolate bakes from all who are part of the Twitter baking community. How fortunate for me then that I made this beautiful Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake yesterday. Since it is always chocolate week here at home, this hidden chocolate cherry cake fits the bill perfectly.

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Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake

First of all, I absolutely adore Bundt pans. Their beautiful designs and intricate moulding create the most exceptional looking cakes. While my cake decorating abilities are improving, especially as I am practicing more, using a Bundt pan really does take away the need to decorate. A simple sprinkle of edible glitter is all that was needed to finish this cake.

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Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake

Cherry and chocolate are a classic flavour combination. Using chocolate cherry naturally flavoured cocoa powder gives this cake the base flavour. The addition of tinned cherries and ground almonds creates a moist cake with surprise, hidden cherries inside. During baking the cherries drop to the bottom of the cake, which when turned out, becomes the top. Resulting in a jammy like topping.

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Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake up close.

The looping scalloped design of the Chiffon Bundt Pan is very elegant. Flickers of light from the glitter, sparkle and accentuate the design. Aside from covering in a very thin glaze, as done here, this cake really is best left as is. Indeed, left un-iced, dare I say this would be utterly delicious eaten with hot custard.

Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake serves 10-12

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

275g/10oz Light Soft Brown Sugar

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

1/2 tsp Almond Extract

5 Large Free Range Eggs

4 tbsp/60ml Whole Milk

100g/4oz Ground Almonds

75g/3oz Chocolate Cherry Cocoa Powder* – available from Sugar and Crumbs

125g/4.5oz Plain White Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

*If you are unable to obtain chocolate cherry flavour cocoa powder, use plain cocoa and add cherry flavouring available from Foodie Flavours

Half of a 400g Tin of Cherries or Cherry Pie Filling

1/4 tsp Edible Glitter to decorate

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

For this recipe a 10 cup Bundt Pan is needed. I have used the Chiffon Bundt Pan available from Nordicware.

To ensure successful release of the cake from the pan cake release is highly recommended. This is available as a spray, or a liquid that is brushed on with a soft pastry brush. I recommend Wilton.

  • First of all add butter, sugar and salt to a large bowl. Whisk until the sugar is fully beaten into the butter.
  • Next add both vanilla and almond extracts. Also add 5 eggs and milk.
  • Now add ground almonds, cocoa powder, flour and baking powder.
  • Whisk everything together until fully combined. Take care not to over whisk as the resulting cake will be tough.
  • Prepare the Bundt pan, spraying, or brushing liberally with cake release.
  • Spoon the prepared cake batter into the pan, pushing the mixture into the base to avoid air pockets.
  • Finally, spoon half of tin of cherries on to the top of the cake batter, making sure that none of the liquid touches the side of the Bundt pan.
  • Place the Bundt pan into the lower middle part of a preheated oven and bake for 1 hour 20-30 minutes. Low, slow baking results in an evenly baked cake.
  • The cake is baked when it feels firm to touch and an inserted skewer comes outs clean.  Note: the cherries sink to the bottom (top when turned out) during baking.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
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Making and baking the Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a cooling rack.
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Turning out the baked Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake.
  • Leave the cake to cool completely.
  • Finally when cooled, place the cake on to a board or stand. Using a teaspoon, carefully sprinkle with glitter from a height.
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Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake ready to serve.

Since this cake is so elegant, it could be used for any celebration, such as Christmas. Alternatively, if someone you know has a birthday, this would be a delicious surprise. Adding candles would simply make the cake sparkle more.

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Chocolate Cherry Chiffon Bundt Cake.

Serve sliced on a plate with a cake fork and a smile.

Store in an airtight container and eat within 5 days. Keep refrigerated if the weather is particularly warm.

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake.

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Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake.

Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake

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Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake.

Bundt pans are available in a variety of different shapes. Creating a beautifully shaped cake without any extra effort required from the baker. While also allowing for creativity when decorating. From a simple dusting of icing sugar or glitter, to more precise icing, accentuating the features of each Bundt cake. Resulting in an exceptional, celebration worthy, unique cake every time.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, enjoy preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Caramel Crunch Rocky Road Bars

As much as I enjoy baking, sometimes it is nice being able to whip up a sweet treat, without putting the oven on. Especially these Caramel Crunch Rocky Road Bars, requiring nothing more than a spot of microwave melting and chilling before being ready to eat. Resulting in a perfect, last minute party contribution, or satisfying Saturday evening hunger fest.

FF Caramel Crunch Rocky Road Bars

Using two packs of the ‘relatively new’ digestive nibbles gives these bars a really satisfying crunch. While the addition of Rolo’s add a not too sweet caramel bite. Mixed with mini marshmallows and set within a delicious chocolate base, every possible texture pops in the mouth. Crunchy, chewy and melting. The combination of all of the ingredients is incredible. Finished with the perfect white chocolate drizzle.

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Caramel Crunch Rocky Road Bars.

So quick and easy to make, perfect for sharing.

Recipe: Caramel Crunch Rocky Road Bars makes 12 large or 18 small

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate

100g/4oz Dark Chocolate

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter

2tbsp Golden Syrup

150g/5oz Mini Marshmallows

3 packs Rolos approximately 150g

2 Packs McVities Digestive Nibbles – 240g combined available from Waitrose, Sainsburys, Ocado, Tesco. – alternatively substitute with an equal weight of shortbread or digestive biscuits

200g/7oz White Chocolate

Method:

Making the rocky road

  • First of all, line a 20cm x 28cm x 5cm tin (8″ x 11″ x 2″) with baking parchment.
  • Into a large, heatproof, microwaveable bowl add the butter and broken up milk and dark chocolate. Heat in the microwave, on medium power, for 30 second bursts. Stir after each heating burst. As soon as the chocolate and butter are melted remove the bowl from the microwave. And then add the golden syrup and stir continuously until the mixture is fully combined and glossy.
  • Next add 2 packets of Digestive nibbles.
  • Follow by adding the marshmallows and Rolos.
  • Stir until everything is slicked in chocolate.
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Combining ingredients for Caramel Crunch Rocky Road Bars.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, taking care to fill evenly.
  • Now break up the white chocolate and place into another heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Again, heat on medium for 30 seconds stirring after each heating burst. Take care not to overheat the chocolate. As soon as it starts to melt remove and stir continuously until it is completely liquid.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle the white chocolate over the rocky road mixture in the tin.
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Filling the tin and drizzling over white chocolate.
  • Place the tin in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has completely set.

Two portion sizes

  • As soon as it is set, remove the slab of rocky road from the tin using a palette knife to lift beneath the baking parchment.
  • Using a sharp knife cut across the width, creating 3 evenly sized portions. Then cut through the centre. For smaller bars divide each half into 9 squares, as on the left. Divide into 6, as on the right, for larger bars.
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Slicing into bars.

Finally some advice, if you are making these for a party, place in a baking parchment lined, airtight container and hide them!

During warm weather keep in the fridge. While they will keep for up to one week, however I very much doubt, if you have children or teenagers around that you will have any left after 48 hours. I speak from experience.

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Caramel Crunch Rocky Road Bars.

So incredibly delicious and surprisingly not overly sweet, these Caramel Crunch Rocky Road Bars are perfect for parties and family gatherings.

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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies.

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Multi Millionaires Shortbread Squares.

Chocolate Vanilla Vienesse Finger Biscuits

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Chocolate Vanilla Viennese Finger Biscuits.

Over the years I have made many different versions of this recipe. Digestive biscuits work well, when broken up. Because their slightly salty, wholemeal flavour balances the sweetness from marshmallows and chocolate. And Digestive Nibbles have that same quality. While they also bring a uniform shape to the cut bars, resulting in less crumbling when handled.

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

Sammie xx

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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake

Lemon flavoured anything is always a hit with me. And judging by the number of page views and pins, it is the same with my readers too. Having made a delicious, gluten free lemon cake for friends, a lemon hit was needed here at home too. Since I very rarely make the same cake twice, adding shredded, sweetened coconut seemed like a good idea. Good it wasn’t, fantastic it was. So welcome to my Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake.

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Light, golden, lightly flavoured sponges sandwiched together with tart lemon curd and creamy, lemon buttercream. Additionally, topped with more buttercream and sprinkled with coconut, this cake is a flavour feast in every bite. While the coconut is ordered from Amazon UK, it is never a faff. The moist, sweet bite of every single strand is worth the small extra effort. Alternatively you can, if you must, make this cake using dessicated coconut.

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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake served with Afternoon Tea.

Eating And Enjoying A Well Made Cake

While the photograph above shows a slender slice of cake, know that this is near impossible to achieve. And so it should be! Photographic aesthetics aside, please do cut a decent portion when serving. Otherwise you and your guests will be left longing for another slice, or two, such is the more-ish-ness of this sweet treat. Enjoy the satisfaction of not only seeing a decent slice of cake on your plate, but also from eating it.

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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake sandwiched with tart lemon curd and creamy buttercream.

Cake is not something that most people eat everyday. Although I cannot think of a single reason why it shouldn’t be, considering the consumption of biscuits and chocolate, we as a population eat our way through. Rather, cake and the eating of it, is a celebration. Perhaps of the moment, days gone by, or memories brought to mind. Eating cake, in itself is a feast. And a feast should never be eaten half heartedly.

Recipe: Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake serves 8-10

For the cake sponge:

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Sea Salt (halve for free flowing) – I use Maldon

4 Large Free Range Eggs

Zest of 2 Lemons

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

150g/5oz Sweetened Shredded Coconut – I use Baker’s Angel Flake available from Amazon UK – alternatively use dessicated coconut and add 3 tbsp of milk to the cake batter

For filling, frosting and decorating:

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

200g/7oz Icing Sugar

1/2tsp Lemon Extract (optional) I use Nielsen-Massey

1tbsp Very Hot Water from a recently boiled kettle

3tbsp Good Quality Tart Lemon Curd – I recommend Hawkshead Relish

50g/2oz Sweetened Shredded Coconut

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

Butter and line with baking parchment, two 20cm/8″ round sandwich tins.

Making And Baking The Lemon Coconut Sponge Cakes

  • First of all, place the butter, caster sugar and salt into a large bowl. Whisk until pale and creamy.
  • Next add all 4 eggs and the zest of two lemons.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into the same bowl. Now add the sweetened, shredded coconut.
  • Whisk briefly until everything is fully combined.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the 2 sandwich tins. Smooth the surface of the batter with a spoon.
  • Place the tins into the centre and lower parts of the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes.
  • The cakes are baked once they have turned golden brown and spring back from a light touch.
  • As soon as they are baked, remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
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Filling the tins and cooling the baked cakes.
  • After cooling in the tin for 10 minutes, turn the cakes out on to a cooling rack.
  • Carefully remove the baking parchment from the base of each cake.
  • Set the cakes aside to cool completely.

Filling And Decorating The Layer Cake

  • While the cakes are cooling make the buttercream.
  • Add the butter, hot water, icing sugar and lemon extract to a large bowl.
  • Starting on a slow speed whisk the ingredients together, increasing the speed until the mixture is very light and creamy.
  • For ease of decorating, fill a piping bag, without a nozzle fitted, with the lemon buttercream.
  • To fill and decorate the cake ensure it is fully cooled before starting.
  • Place the bottom sponge flat side up, on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon over the lemon curd and spread to cover the cake just inside the edge.
  • Tun the top sponge so that it is flat side up. Pipe half of the buttercream in a swirl on to the cake. Spread so that the buttercream covers the cake, similar to the lemon curd.
  • Turn the top sponge over and gently place on top of the lemon curd covered bottom Sponge.
  • Pipe the remaining buttercream on to the top of the cake and spread evenly, so that the top of the cake is covered.
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Filling, assembling and covering the cake.
  • Finally sprinkle over the sweetened, shredded coconut, so that it evenly covers the top of the cake.
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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake ready to serve.

Serve generously sliced, to friends, family and neighbours. Likewise, include a fork as this cake is delectably soft, more so on the day of making.

If you know someone who loves the combination of lemon and coconut, why not bake them a cake as a surprise.

Store this cake in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Refrigerate during warm weather.

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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake served with Tea.

 

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Coconut White Chocolate Snowball Cupcakes 

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Coconut White Chocolate Snowball Cupcakes

Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake 

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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut

Finally, should you want to indulge your love of lemon recipes further, why not visit Pinterest at Sammie | Feasting Is Fun? All of my recipes are easy to find on one board and I also have one board dedicated to Lemon Love. Whether sweet or savoury, lemon is an ingredient I am never without in my kitchen. From coleslaw to cakes, there are a myriad of recipes using lemon to inspire you.

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

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies

If you are a fan of nuts and brownies I can guarantee you will be mad for these Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies. Since they are packed with an almost obscene amount of chocolate, giving the dense fudgey texture and taste required in all great brownies. Also add in a ridiculous amount of chopped and whole hazelnuts and the resulting flavour is Ferrero Rocher in a brownie. Resulting in a gooey, crunchy combination of chocolate and hazelnut flavours.

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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies.

Since eating a brownie is an indulgence, it makes sense to eat only the best. Made using 400 grams of good quality chocolate, dark, treacly sugar and aromatic vanilla extract, the basic brownie is already exceptional. In addition, by adding roasted, chopped hazelnuts to the brownie batter, not only does the flavour resemble Nutella, the hazelnuts add crunch to the texture. Finally, whole hazelnuts, roasted during the baking process, completes the exceptional flavour profile.

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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies

Preparing The KItchen For Brownie Making

While brownies are fun to make, things can get messy! So wearing an apron, or if you are like me with chocolate in the kitchen, overalls, is advisable. Also a sink full of soapy water is handy. Furthermore, mentally preparing for a ‘bit’ of kitchen mess relaxes the mind for the chocolate bomb to come! Since it is impossible for me to make brownies without creating a mess, I assume the same of everyone. Finally, know that the clean up process takes less time than baking the brownies. 😉

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Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies makes 15

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

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

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

4 Large Free Range Eggs

1/4tsp Sea Salt – 1/8tsp Free flowing salt – I use Maldon

225g/8oz Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar – I use Waitrose as their dark sugar’s are made by Billingtons 

75g/3oz Plain White Flour

1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

100g/4oz Ready Roasted Chopped Hazelnuts

100g/4oz Whole Blanched Hazelnuts

Method: Preheat the oven 170C/150 fan, gas mark 3.5, 325F

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

Making The Hazelnut Studded Brownie Batter

  • First of all break or chop the chocolate into chunks and place in a medium, heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Add the butter to the chocolate.
  • Heat, using a microwave, on medium power, for 30 second bursts. Stir between each heating period.
  • As soon as the chocolate starts to melt remove the bowl from the microwave. Continue to stir until all of the chocolate is melted and combined with the melted butter. Set to one side to cool.
  • Next, into a separate bowl, add the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  • As soon as the chocolate mixture is cooled to body temperature pour the egg mixture in and stir constantly until the mixture is combined.
  • Sieve the flour and bicarbonate of soda on to the combined mix. Now add the chopped, roasted hazelnuts.
  • Stir the flour and nuts into the chocolate mix.
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Nutty brownie batter ready for the baking tin.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin.
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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies ready for the oven.

Tips On Baking The Ultimate Brownies

  • Unlike baking a cake, where air bubbles are needed to help the cake rise, brownies are rich and dense with very little rise. To encourage an even bake, rap the filled baking tin sharply on the worktop. Doing so encourages any air bubbles present to rise to the surface of the batter.
  • Place the baking tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 10 minutes exactly.
  • Remove the baking tin after the initial baking time has elapsed. The surface of the brownies will have just started to set.
  • Sprinkle over the additional whole hazelnuts, use the back of a spoon to gently press into the surface of the brownie. Take care as the brownie tin will be very hot.
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Whole hazelnuts give crunch to the finished bake.
  • Return the tin to the oven and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • The brownies are baked when set, with only a hint of a wobble in the centre.
  • As soon as the brownies are baked remove from the oven and place the tin on a cooling rack.
FF Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies
Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies cool in the tin.
  • Leave the brownies to cool in the tin. Or if you simply cannot wait, cool slightly, scoop portions of brownie into bowls and top with vanilla ice cream!

Serving Suggestions

Cut the cooled brownie slab into 3 even sized widths, then cut across at 5 evenly spaced lengths. Use a palette knife to slide between the base of the brownie and foil. Although the foil/baking parchment should easily peel away.

FF Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies
Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies very tasty.

Serve slightly warmed (20 seconds in the microwave) with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. Alternatively, serve with a cold tumbler of milk.

Once cooled keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Although, who’s kidding that they will last that long? Definitely not in this house!

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I really enjoy baking cakes, brownies, muffins and cookies at home. And once I have mastered a particular recipe I can then adapt it to include other ingredients. Since you are the baker, you get to decide if hazelnuts or alternatively peanuts are used in your bake. As a result you get to create your own, personalised feast. And that is part of the fun of baking at home!

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

Sammie xx

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