Franklins Fruity Summer Drink

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink a delicious, refreshing drink packed full of fruit and flavour. Alcohol free this fun drink is perfect for picnics, parties, barbecues and summer gatherings!

Summer is almost here. In fact a few days ago I was convinced it had arrived early, but the weather was just teasing us Brits! During the brief, sunny, warm spell I created a fantastically fruity, refreshing tipple bursting with Summer flavour. Have a glass of Franklins Fruity Summer Drink on me!

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink the perfect tipple for enjoying outdoors.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink the perfect tipple for enjoying outdoors.

Bursting with flavour, Dandelion and Burdock gives this fabulous drink wonderful spicey base notes, lifted by the slightly sour Scicillian Lemon Tonic and  sweetened by juicy, ripe, British strawberries.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink is incredibly easy to make, using nothing more than fresh fruit and Franklin & Sons soft drinks.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink refreshing and alcohol free, this drink can be enjoyed any time of the day or night!!
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink refreshing and alcohol free, this drink can be enjoyed any time of the day or night!!

You may recognise this drink as looking incredibly similar to a well known British summer tipple?

That was the idea! To create a non alcoholic version of a very traditional summer drink, associated with Wimbledon, picnics, summer parties and Polo matches, held across our beautiful, British Isles.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink is perfect for those who want to have fun, yet cannot, or choose not to drink alcohol.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink packed with fresh fruit and ice.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink packed with fresh fruit and ice.

I love a glass of something wonderfully refreshing, clinking with ice and full of flavour, whilst sitting in the garden or attending a family barbecue on a hot, summery day.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink is incredibly thirst quenching, delicious and so pretty to look at too!

The addition of fresh mint is not used simply for garnish. It’s fresh, clean flavour works so well with the fruit and Franklin’s soft drinks combination, to lift this from a great summer drink to a must have Summer drink.

Make this once and you will have friends and family begging you for the recipe!

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink making the most of our British Summer.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink making the most of our British Summer.

Whilst arranging a party with family and friends, no longer will it be –

“Who is bringing the beer, wine, and oh we should probably get something in for the drivers?” the first question on everyone’s lips will be –

“Who’s bringing the Franklin’s?”

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink it's simple not a summer party without a jug of Franklin's fun.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink it’s simply not a summer party without a jug of Franklin’s fun.

 

Recipe: Makes approximately 1 litre Franklins Fruity Summer Drink

300g British Strawberries

1tbsp Caster Sugar

275 ml 1 x Franklin’s Bottle Dandelion and Burdock

600ml 3 x Franklin’s Sicilian Lemon Tonic

200ml 1 x Franklin’s Tonic Water

Ice cubes

1 of each Lemon, Lime, Orange

1/2 Cucumber

Handful of Mint leaves  – plus extra to garnish

Method:

  • Hull and quarter the fresh strawberries and place in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of caster sugar. Cover and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours (if they are prepped earlier then cover the bowl in cling film and pop in the fridge for up to 8 hours).
  • Note: Having made Franklins Fruit Summer Drink twice, I would suggest assembling the drink at least 15 minutes before serving. This gives the mint and fruits time to release their oils/juices and really give the drink a fuller flavour.
  • Slice all of the citrus fruits, halving if very large.
  • Slice the cucumber and cut each slice in half.
  • Fill a large jug 1/4 full with ice cubes.
  • Add half of the sliced citrus fruit, cucumber and strawberries to the jug.
  • Pour in the bottle of Dandelion and Burdock, 2 bottles of Sicillian Lemon Tonic and Tonic Water.
  • Stir with a long spoon (sundae spoons are great).
  • Take a hanful of mint leaves and gently scrunch them up in your hand. This will help them to release their wonderful oils.
  • Add the mint leaves to the jug and give a final stir.
  • Top up with extra Sicilian Lemon Tonic, strawberries and citrus/cucumber slices, until the jug is almost completely full.
  • We are going for a look of abundance here, this is a party in a jug after all!!!
  • Allow the drink to sit for 15 minutes. If possible double up on the quantities and keep a ready made jug in the fridge
  • To serve, pour the Franklins Fruity Summer Drink into tall, highball glasses, ensuring each glass receives a generous serving of fruit. Top each drink with a sprig of mint and serve with a smile 😉
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink serve with sunshine, good company and great food.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink serve with sunshine, good company and great food.

I love sparkling water, with ice and a slice of lemon, yet I have become completely hooked on Franklins Fruity Summer Drink. I think it’s because it is not sickly sweet, like some soft drinks can be.

When I found out that Franklin & Son Ltd. made Dandelion and Burdock, THE drink of my childhood I was uncontrollably excited and yes it tastes just as good as it did back when I was a nipper!

Everyone who has tried Franklins Fruity Summer Drink has loved it and some have mistaken it for another well known, alcoholic summer drink! What is great about this drink, is that those who do not drink alcohol can still have a glass full of refreshing, thirst quenching liquid that will have the ‘drinkers’ begging for a taste.

I love the odd glass of champagne at special occasions, yet due to my medication, I really cannot drink alcohol, apart from the odd sip. Finally I have created a drink that allows me and others to party with the best, instead of sitting on the sidelines nursing a super sweet warm cola.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink is THE drink of Summer 2016.

Whatever your plans make sure you have a freezer full of ice, fresh fruit in the fridge and a case or two of Franklins soft drinks, ready to create the ultimate summer party in a glass!

Top Tip: If you are going on a picnic, place some  plastic still water bottles in the freezer over night. Pack the sliced fruit and strawberries into plastic containers. Pack the frozen water bottles around the Franklin soft drink bottles. Pop some mint into a plastic jug with a lid and remember to pack plastic glasses. Assemble as above, pouring away (or drinking) any defrosted water and then using a heavy implement to break up the ice in the plastic bottles (cricket bats are good!).

You now have the drink of this Summer wherever you go – beach, park, woods, anywhere!

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink serve this and you will be the hostess with the mostest!
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink serve this and you will be the hostess with the mostest!

Here’s looking forward to a Summer filled with fun, feasting, family, friends and Franklins Fruity Summer Drink.

Sammie xx

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Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Summer is near, not that you’d know it, with certain parts of the country blanketed in snow and with it heralds the start of the soft fruit season. I do like all fruit, but soft fruits are my favourites; strawberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums, as well as many others. To celebrate this I have made this utterly divine Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake.

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Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake the perfect no bake dessert.

No bake cheesecakes are incredibly easy to put together. So whether you’re an experienced home cook, or just starting out, I can guarantee that you can make this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake.

All you need, aside from the ingredients is a 10″ (25cm) springform cake pan.

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
A slice of delicious Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake?

Oh yes please!!

As promised, I am making a conscious effort to include more desserts on Feasting is Fun. I have been making cheesecakes for many years and the recipe has adapted over time. When I was younger I would whip vanilla angel delight into mascarpone and single cream. It makes an utterly delicious cheesecake, however, I can no longer find angel delight in the shops.

This has been a good thing! As good as the cheesecake of years passed was, this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake is better!

Whipping melted chocolate into cream cheese and cream gives this cheesecake a wonderful lightness. This Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake is perfect to serve at any time, however, it is beautifully light after a large Sunday Roast Dinner like my Redcurrant Glazed Roast Lamb.

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake a delightfully light dessert.

One of the most important parts of a cheesecake to me, is the crust. I don’t want some flimsy – can barely hold it together, low carb nonsense – I need a thick, crunchy base, that is delicious and contributes to the cheesecake as a whole. Digestive biscuits are the answer! Not too finely broken up either. A few small chunks makes for incredible texture against the smoothness of the softly whipped cream cheese and cream.

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake ooh look at this layer – delicious!

The crunchy, crumbly, golden base also gives this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake a very slight, salty hit. Not as salty as pretzels, just enough to balance out the sweet tang of the chocolate cheesecake that covers it. To conclude, this cheesecake is more than the sum of it’s individual parts. Eating a little of each layer together will give your taste buds a flavour party like never before!

Before we start, I should mention that there are a few hours chilling in the fridge required, so it’s best to plan for that. If this cheesecake is needed for the same day, start the base in the morning, if you have a little more warning, I suggest making the base the night before. Actual time spent hands on making this cheesecake is very little, but it’s worth knowing about the chilling times before you start.

Recipe: Makes one Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake serves 8-10

300g/11oz Digestive Biscuits – Graham Crackers can be used as an alternative

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter

560g/2 tubs Philadelphia Cream Cheese

600ml/1 pint Double Cream

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate – at least 35% Cocoa – or use plain chocolate if you want a richer chocolate flavour

1tsp Caster Sugar

10 Strawberries – or more

1tsp Icing Sugar to finish

Method: Line the base of a 10″ – 25cm Springform Pan with aluminium foil.

  • Place the digestive biscuits into a freezer bag and whack with a rolling pin until they are almost completely broken up. You can also you a food processor to blitz them, I’m just too lazy to get it out for a few biscuits 😉.
  • In a medium sized saucepan gently melt the butter. Note: if you melt the butter too fast it could spit and burn you, also the butter may burn. I have learnt this from experience!
  • Once the butter is melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the crushed biscuits to the melted butter.
  • Stir well, ensuring all the biscuit crumbs are covered in melted butter.
  • Tip the butter slicked biscuit crumbs into your foil line springform pan.
  • Press the biscuit crumbs into a uniform layer using the back of a metal spoon.
  • Cover the pan with cling film and place into the fridge to chill and set the biscuit layer – I actually made the base the night before – a couple of hours should be sufficient to set the base.
  • Once the base has set the cheesecake layer can be made.
  • Break or chop up the chocolate and place into a heatproof microwaveable bowl.
  • Zap for 30 seconds at a time stirring in between. When almost melted remove from the microwave and keep stirring until completely melted. Set the chocolate to one side.
  • Into a large bowl add the cream cheese, 200mls of double cream and 1tsp of vanilla extract.
  • Whisk until light and creamy – approx 3 minutes.
  • Next, whist whisking add the melted chocolate to the cheesecake mix – it helps if you have someone to hold the whisk whilst you add the chocolate, alternatively add the chocolate in thirds, whisking well after each addition.
  • Spoon the chocolate cheesecake mix on to the biscuit base. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.
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Once you have smoothed the top of the cheesecake lick the spoon!!
  • Cover the pan with cling film and pop back into the fridge for an 2 hours. This allows the chocolate to set the cheesecake layer. The cheesecake layer does not set to a firm consistency, rather it is able to hold its shape and support the whipped cream a strawberries on top.
  • When set and ready to decorate, run a palette knife that has been dipped in very hot water, between the pan and the cheesecake. Place the springform pan on to a large can (of beans or whatever you have in the cupboard) and release the spring latch. Allow the sides of the pan to drop down.
  • Place the cheesecake – still on the foil covered pan base – on to a cake stand or serving plate. Note: I have never successfully transferred an entire cheesecake off of its base, so I cover the base in foil to protect it from knife marks and keep the cheesecake on the pan base!
  • Into a large bowl add the remaining 400mls of double cream, 1tsp vanilla extract and 1tsp of caster sugar. Whisk until the cream holds its shape.
  • Fit a large piping bag with a large star tip – I use Wilton #1M.
  • Fill the piping bag with the whipped cream.
  • Pipe swirl roses – start piping the letter e and continue round – around the outside edge of the cheesecake. Fill in the empty spaces with simple piped stars.
  • Place a strawberry on each of the piped swirls – I removed the green stalks for these – and place three strawberries, with their stems still on, in the centre of the cheesecake.
  • Dust the Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake with icing sugar – I use a clean tea strainer – and serve.
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Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake a fantastically easy, yet sensational dessert.

How enticing does this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake look?

It is said that we eat with our eyes first. Well this is certainly a feast to be gazed upon – and then eaten 😉.

This cheesecake travels well too. Simply prepare the cheesecake without the whipped cream and strawberries, take to your destination and complete the decoration there!

Once fully decorated this cheesecake is best eaten straight away, although it will keep for up to two days wrapped in cling film, or stored in an airtight container, and placed in the fridge.

Cheesecake for breakfast anyone??

I hope that you have enjoyed this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake recipe, here are some others you may like too:

 

White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

FF Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

 

Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

FF Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

 

Strawberries and Cream Cake

FF Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
Strawberries and Cream Cake

 

Thank you for all your lovely comments, please keep them coming I love reading your views on what I am posting. Again it is wonderful to see so many of you cooking and baking my recipes and popping a photo on Twitter or Instagram. I always feel genuinely honoured that you have chosen to make one of my recipes.

I am working hard to balance Feasting is Fun with a few more savoury recipes. Is there anything you would particularly like to see more of on here?

Have fun making and baking in your kitchens and enjoying the memories that you are making whilst feasting together with friends and family.

Sammie xx

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake

There is something about the colour orange that I am drawn to. Orange can be warm and vibrant, bright yet soft. My first bedroom, when I was a little girl was orange, I loved the colour then and 40 years later I still love it. Especially when it is the gorgeous orange of the navel oranges used in this recipe for Glazed Orange Bundt Cake.

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake so vibrant and full of orange flavour.

Orange also happens to be Peeta’s favourite colour in the Hunger Games Trilogy, not the bright orange of Effie’s hair, but the colour of a sunset.

No apologies, I’m a huge Hunger Games fan, although very few, if any,  of the citizens of District 12 would have had the luxury of eating cake. Never mind this totally delicious Glazed Orange Bundt Cake.

If you have absolutely no clue as to what the last few lines mean, don’t worry – just know that I love the colour orange in all its shades!

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake perfect for afternoon tea.

Our son adores oranges and he is going to be absolutely thrilled, when he gets in from school tonight and sees that I’ve made another Orange Cake. Using Wright’s new Orange Cake Mix to make this beautiful loaf, makes baking this cake so easy. From opening the packet to popping the cake into the oven takes less than 10 minutes.

10 minutes – yes I’m repeating it because the reward for a few minutes measuring and mixing is massive. This delicious cake has such a tender crumb and is packed  full of dried fruit. The orange glaze further enhances the tangy orange flavour. Baked in my pretty Citrus Bundt Tin from Nordicware, the detailed markings are clearly visible through the glaze.

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake baked in the Citrus Bundt Tin with it’s beautiful markings.

After making the Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt I immediately wanted to make this Glazed Orange Bundt Cake. Since I had made a Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake I knew an orange glaze would also showcase this wonderful cake.

This new Orange Cake Mix from Wright’s has received a massive thumbs up from both my family and our neighbours. I do like to share!!

If you are not a fan of cake mixes, try this one and I bet you will change your mind? This is the second time I have baked with it and it is consistently good. Perfect for keeping stashed in the cupboard for when the urge to eat cake hits, or when unexpected visitors arrive. I am sure that they would be delighted by a slice of this Glazed Orange Bundt Cake and a hot drink.

Recipe: Makes one Glazed Orange Bundt Cake serves 10

1 packet of Wright’s Orange Cake Mix

4tbsp Vegetable Oil – as directed on the packet

200ml Water – as directed on the packet

Cake release spray if baking in a Bundt tin, alternatively use a loaf tin which has been greased and lined with baking parchment.

200g/7oz Icing Sugar

1 Orange – you will need the juice of half

Edible glitter – optional

Method: Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan, gas mark 2.

  • Spray the Bundt tin with Cake Release Spray.
  • Make up the cake batter according to the packet instructions.
  • Pour the orange cake batter into the Bundt tin.
  • Place the tin in the middle of the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  • The cake is cooked when it is a golden colour and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once baked remove the cake from the oven.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a cooling rack.
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Beautiful Orange Cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before decorating.

To make the glaze:

  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Add the juice of half an orange – the glaze should be thick, but still drip from the spoon.
  • Place the cooling rack on top of a clean baking tray – this is important as the glaze that drips through will be used to cover the sides of the cake.
  • Spoon the orange glaze over the top of the cake.

WB Glazed Orange Bundt Cake

    Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake and allow it to gently drip down the sides.
  • Allow the glaze to drip down the sides of the cake.
  • Ensure the entire top of the cake is covered in glaze.
  • Carefully lift the cooling rack a little and scoop teaspoons full of glaze, from the tray underneath. Use this to cover the sides of the cake.
  • When the cake is completely covered in glaze leave to set.
  • Transfer the Glazed Orange Bundt Cake to a serving plate.
  • Sprinkle with edible glitter if desired.
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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake utterly delicious.

Slice and serve the cake with a lovely cup of tea or coffee, ooh and guests. I always think cake should be shared!

If you have enjoyed this Glazed Orange Bundt Cake then you may like these other fruity bakes:

Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt

WB Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt
Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt easy to make and easier to eat!

Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

FF Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake
Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes

FF Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes
Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes full of lemon zest and juice.

I hope that sharing some quick, easy, yet still completely delicious bakes helps you in your kitchen?

I would love to know your thoughts and really appreciate you taking time to leave comments.

Have fun while you are feasting!

Sammie xx

 

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Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

Hello my lovely readers. I have a rare recipe on my blog for you today – a dessert. I was shocked when I realised just how few dessert recipes I have. It just goes to show, we may have cake or cookies in the tin, but I rarely make dessert, much to my Hubby’s disappointment. So in order to correct this I have made a delicious Lemony Strawberry Pavlova!

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Lemony Strawberry Pavlova so light and refreshing.

As you may be aware, I love lemons, especially in cakes like my Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes. This lemon pavlova is the stuff of fairies, rainbows and dreams. It is incredibly light, with a crisp, outer shell that hides a soft, marshmallow like interior. It really does melt in your mouth!

Slathering the top with dreamy, lightly whipped cream, fragrant strawberries and finishing with a limoncello sticky drizzle. This Lemony Strawberry Pavlova is the perfect dessert, especially on a Sunday after a roast.

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Lemony Strawberry Pavlova a generous slice!

Having made a few pavlovas now, I think that I’ve got them pretty much nailed. Yes I know that the weather, in particular humidity, can play havoc with them, but they are a fairly easy, foolproof dessert. The way I see it is this; if the worse happens and they crack and crumble, then make an Eton mess – whipped cream, crumbled meringue and fresh fruit. Altenatively if the cracking isn’t that bad, slather them with whipped cream and fruit and nobody will notice the disaster you have managed to avert 😉.

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Lemony Strawberry Pavlova look at the marshmallow inner, utterly melt in the mouth.

Fortunately this Lemony Strawberry Pavlova behaved. Today is a sunny dry day and apart from me using a new baking tray that was just a teeny bit too wide for our oven, hence this pavlova was cooked on a slant, it turned out beautifully. Better than that it tastes amazing. If you’ve ever eaten lemon roulade, then that has a similar texture to this pavlova.

When I first started making pavlovas I hadn’t any pictures to guide me through the process, so I’ve included a few so that you will know how things are supposed to look!

Also I managed to get hold of some early season British strawberries, they smelled so fragrant. This pavlova would also work well with Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries, so use whatever fruit is in season.

Recipe: Makes one Lemony Strawberry Pavlova serves 8

6 Large Free Range Egg Whites – the yolks will keep for a day in the fridge and I’m making ice cream tomorrow which they will be perfect for!

300g/10.5oz Caster Sugar plus 1tablespoon for the drizzle

2 Lemons

1tsp Corn Flour – also known as corn starch

1tsp White Wine Vinegar

300ml Double Cream

300g/10.5oz Fresh Strawberries

50ml Limoncello – optional use water if preferred

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/165C fan, gas mark 4.

  • Make sure the large bowl you will be whisking the egg whites in is scrupulously clean.
  • Cut 1 lemon in half and wipe around the inside of the bowl with it.
  • Separate the egg whites from the yolks and place the egg white into the clean, lemon wiped bowl.
  • Squeeze the juice of the cut lemon into the bowl with the egg whites, ensuring pips and pulp are caught by a sieve.
  • Start whisking on a slow speed and gradually build up to high.
  • Keep whisking until the egg whites have reached the stiff peak stage.
  • This is where, if you hold the whisk up the whisked egg white will not flop over
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This is a stiff peak – now time to start adding the sugar.
  • I couldn’t take a photo and hold the whisk up, but you can see the peaks in the bowl stand up and the egg white on the whisk didn’t move whilst I stopped to take a snap.
  • Resuming whisking on a high speed add the caster sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, or do as I did, pour it from a jug in a slow gentle stream so that it all becomes slowly incorporated into the egg whites.
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Beautifully glossy, satin meringue.
  • Once the meringue looks glossy, with a satin sheen, the meringue is mixed.
  • Add the corn flour and vinegar and gently fold into the meringue, so as not to knock out any of the air.
  • Draw a 25cm circle on a piece of baking parchment that fits onto a baking tray.
  • I drew round a 10″ cake pan.
  • Flip the baking parchment over and secure to the baking tray with a dob of meringue in each corner.
  • Scoop half of the meringue onto the middle of the disc.
  • Using a palette knife spread the meringue out so that it fills the marked circle, ensuring it is fairly level.
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The pavlova base.
  • Fill a large piping bag, fitted with a large star tip, with the remaining half of the meringue.
  • Pipe a swirl pattern around the edge of the pavlova base.
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Piped swirls around the edge of the base give this pavlova a very pretty finish.
  • Place the meringue into the hot oven and immediately turn the heat down to 150C/130C fan, gas mark 2.
  • Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes – 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • When baked the pavlova will have a hard outer shell with a hint of soft marshmallow deliciousness inside.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking tray.
  • Once cooled use a palette knife to slide under the pavlova and separate it from the baking parchment. Transfer to a cake stand or serving dish.
  • When ready to decorate, place the limoncello, juice of 1 whole lemon and tablespoon of caster sugar into a small pan. Bring to a bubble and reduce the heat until the liquid is about a quarter of its original volume.
  • Whilst the lemon drizzle is reducing, pour the double cream into a bowl and whisk until it has reached the floppy stage. It will not be stiff, just thickened enough to hold a figure of eight.
  • Spoon the whipped cream onto the inner part of the pavlova.
  • Decorate with strawberries.
FF Lemony Strawberry Pavlova
Concentrated lemon luscious drizzle.
  • The concentrated lemon drizzle should look like the picture above.
  • Drizzle it over the strawberries, for an intensely lemon flavour.
  • Serve immediately.
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Lemony Strawberry Pavlova pretty delicious.

The lemon pavlova can be made, unfilled a day in advance. Store on the original baking parchment, but loosen it first with palette knife, wrap in cling film. The cream can be whipped ahead of time and stored covered, in the fridge. Make the drizzle and assemble just before serving.

This Lemony Strawberry Pavlova is sure to wow any dinner party guests and your family. It is so light and the lemon so refreshing, it is absolutely perfect for dessert after a heavy meal, such as a roast or curry.

One bite of this delicious delight and my mouth felt cleansed and ready for a second, third……. 😉.

Whilst I am unreliable at the best of times, I really am going to try to make one dessert a month. Yes really, a proper pudding, or lighter dessert during the warmer months. My husband will be a very happy man!

Are you a dessert person? Do you look at a restaurant menu, pick your dessert and plan your meal around it??

If you have enjoyed this Lemony Strawberry Pavlova here is my other pavlova dessert for you to try:

Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova

FF Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova
Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova soo good.

I love reading your comments, thank you for taking the time to leave them and keep them coming please? I’m usually around on Twitter most days, so if you have any cooking/baking dilemmas send me a tweet and I’ll do my best to get back to you? I may not always have the answers, but I belong to an awesome community of amazing cooks and bakers. Between us there isn’t usually much that we can’t help with!

Have fun whilst you are cooking/baking and remember a feast can be improved with good company.

Sammie xx

 

 

 

 

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Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes

I love Spring and all the promise that it holds. Finally the sun is shining for longer than it is dark. Each tree and shrub holds on tightly to their buds, until bursting open to reveal blossom and lime green leaves. Daffodils still abound, their bright sunny faces shining, even when the sun is hidden by clouds. Yellow, for me is a warm happy colour and maybe that’s why I love these Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes so much?

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Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes gloriously lit by the warm spring sunshine.

Does this photograph make you feel happy? It certainly does me!

Lemon Drizzle is such a popular cake recipe and for good reason. The lemon in cakes wakes up our tastebuds in a sweet/sour heavenly combination. Whether in a large cake thickly drizzled with lemon icing or a thinner icing that soaks into the warm cake,  as here in my Lemon Drizzle Cake. There are many different methods and recipes for this delightful fruit and cake combination.

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Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes light and lemony.

For me though, these Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes completely steal the show in terms of cuteness!

The correct name for these individual portions of lemony loveliness is Bundtlettes. Slightly larger than a cupcake, with a central hole that is a common element of most Bundt cakes, these individual Bundts are adorable. They are certain to create avid conversation amongst whom ever they are served.

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Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes full of lemon zest and juice.

Remember you only see shadows on a sunny day!

Recently I joined a Food Photography Group on one of the social media platforms – and no I’m not going to say which one! Anyway, photographing my creations is a hugely enjoyable part of food blogging for me. Recently I tweeted that the most ‘cropped out’ feature of my photos were my feet! So in a bid to learn how to improve I joined this group.

FF Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes
Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes they are soo inviting!

Well, let’s just say, I don’t think we were of the same mindset!

I left after I’d posted my second photograph. It seems that whilst I was more than willing and still am, to learn by constructive criticism, there was a dogmatic sense of what was right or wrong. That’s fine, some people are very black and white, but I certainly did not join the group to be bullied!

The reason I mention it, is because, to me and others, the photograph above is perfect, precisely because it is imperfect – I’ll explain. Shadows are bad in food photography, neutral light against a soft background works best. Well maybe, yet it was a gloriously sunny day when I made these Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes and through my eyes, that is reflected in the photograph. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I hold no resentful feelings against the group.

I have giggled over one photo of mine that has received numerous positive comments and shares!! I’m an inclusive person and bullying, whatever the form it takes, will never be allowed to have a place in my life.

Recipe: Makes 12 Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes – halve the quantities if you only want 6.

You will need a Bundlette tin like this from Nordic Ware

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Bundlette pan from Nordicware

Cake Release Spray – I use Wilton’s or alternatively use melted butter & flour to grease the tin (see note below)

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

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

4 Large Free Range Eggs

225g/8oz Plain Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

2 Lemons – scrubbed with a nail brush under hot water if waxed, then zested using a grater/lemon zester and squeezed.

200g/7oz Icing Sugar

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

  • Prepare the Bundlette tin by spraying with Cake Release. If you choose to use melted butter, brushed on and then coat in flour – NOTE there is a slight chance that the cakes may stick. I have had mixed results so recommend cake release.
  • In a large bowl add the caster sugar and butter.
  • Whisk/Beat until pale and creamy.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl – dry ingredients.
  • Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and 2 eggs to the butter/sugar.
  • Mix together until just incorporated.
  • Repeat the last 2 steps.
  • Add the final 1/3 of dry ingredients and the zest of 2 lemons.
  • Mix until all of the ingredients are combined.
  • Spoon the lemon cake batter into each individual mould in the Bundlette tin.
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Fill each mould no more than two thirds full.
  • Smooth the top (actually it will become the bottom!) of each mould with a teaspoon.
  • Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden brown and springs back from a light touch.
  • Once baked remove the cakes from the oven.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Making the lemon drizzle:

  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Add the juice of 2 lemons and whisk until smooth.
  • Whilst the cakes are still hot, spoon the lemon drizzle over them (saving half for the other 6 Bundlettes).
  • The lemon drizzle will be absorbed into the hot cake and creates a fantastic crunch on cooling.
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Drizzling the lemon glaze over a hot cake.
  • Rinse the Bundlette tin, dry, prepare, fill and bake the other 6 cakes – spooning the rest of the lemon drizzle over them whilst they are hot.
  • Leave the cakes to cool – if you can wait!

The texture of these Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes is wonderful. Beautifully light sponge with the added crunch that comes from the soaked in lemon drizzle. If you like lemon cake I guarantee that you will love these cute Bundlettes!

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Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes perfect portions of sunshine in a cake.

With warmer weather promising, these Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes are perfect for taking on picnics, afternoon tea in the garden, o just because they taste soo darn good!

As soon as the weather warms up I love to spend time in our garden, listening to the birds, watching busy bees going about their business, enjoying the warmth that the sun brings. Oh and trying not to notice all the ‘jobs’ that need doing. I’ve got a trick for that, I just lay down on our swing seat and close my eyes 😉.

Do you feel better in yourself when the sun shines and the warmer weather arrives? I know I do!

If you have enjoyed these fruity Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes here are some more recipes you may like to try:

Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt Cake

WB Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt
Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt easy to make and easier to eat!

Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

FF Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake
Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

FF Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake
Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

I love baking in the sunshine with the back door open and in the midst of winter with the heating on. Today most certainly is on the chilly side, yet these Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes have brought some sunshine indoors!

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, please keep them coming? It is one of the best things about writing Feasting is Fun, interacting with you, my amazing readers. Also I’m on Twitter and Instagram, so put up a photo of your make or bake and tag me in. I love to see what you’re up to in your kitchens and I’ll be sure to give you a shoutout or retweet.

Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope you have lots of fun and enjoy feasting on delicious home cooked food!

Sammie xx

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

It is Monday and although the sun is shining, a cold wind is whipping through the air. This beautiful Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake was made to cheer us all up on chilly days.

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake such a sunny colour and delicious flavour.

I absolutely adore the combination of lemon and blueberries together, in fact my Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes are one of my favourite recipes.

This time however, I wanted to make a Bundt cake and actually mix the blueberries into the cake batter, breaking them up as they were whisked in. Of course I saved a few whole blueberries, to put in the batter and bake into little pods of jam within the cake.

What I hadn’t bargained for was, the extra moistness the broken blueberries would add to this cake. With plenty of fresh lemon zest added this Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake delivers moist, flavourful, cake perfection, in every bite!

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake every bite is utterly delicious.

After baking the beautiful Flower Vanilla Bundt Cake for little baby Florrie and her mum, I wanted to make another cake with a sunny, Spring theme. So I chose my Blossom Bundt by Nordic Ware and set about creating the recipe.

I always prefer to use lemon zest in a cake, as it imparts a wonderful, zingy, lemon flavour. The lemon juice, from the zested lemons, has its own starring role. Added to icing sugar to form the glaze for this cake, it is the first taste to hit your tongue as you bite into this cake, jolting your tastebuds awake!

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake after one slice you’ll be coming back for more!

Bundt tins are a great investment, especially if you aren’t very confident with your cake decorating skills. These beautifully shaped tins do all the work for you. This Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake would still have looked pretty and tasted delicious with a light dusting of icing sugar.

With a little care and proper preparation a Bundt tin will give you years of beautiful cakes, with no extra effort required by the baker!

That doesn’t mean you can’t choose to decorate them though! This is the first Bundt cake that I have fully glazed with a thicker icing. My Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake is fully glazed, with a thinner, lighter icing – still completely delicious.

I knew I would need a thicker icing to cover the dark blueberries near the surface of the cake. What I hadn’t envisaged was the thickness of the icing, along with it’s pretty yellow colour, actually looked just like custard as I was spooning it onto the cake!!

We all had a giggle at the similarity – that’s what baking and experimenting with decorating is all about for me. Fun!

Let’s get on with making this cake!

Recipe: Makes one Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake serves 10-12

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

250g/9oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

5 Large Free Range Eggs

2 Lemons – Zested and Juiced

300g/11oz Fresh Blueberries

250g/9oz Plain White Flour

2.5tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

Cake release spray – I use Wilton’s or extra butter & flour for preparing your Bundt tin

450g/1lb Icing sugar

Optional – Yellow Gel Food Colouring I use Wilton food colouring gel

Apperiels, white pre made sugar flowers – these are readily available in supermarkets and online.

Method: Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan

  • Into a large bowl add the sugar, butter and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk or beat until pale and fluffy – approx 5 minutes
  • Into a separate bowl sift the flour, baking powder and salt together (dry ingredients).
  • Add one third of the dry ingredients and two eggs to the creamed butter and sugar, whilst whisking/beating on a slow speed.
  • Repeat the last step.
  • Add two thirds of the blueberries to the batter, the zest of two lemons, one egg and the final third of the dry ingredients. Whisk/beat on a slow speed until just combined.
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The cake batter should be smooth with broken up blueberries throughout.
  • Prepare the Bundt tin by spraying well with Cake Release, or brush with melted butter, ensuring you completely cover all the groves in the pan – then add 2tbsp of plain white flour and rotate the tin ensuring the entire inside has a flour coating. Tip any excess flour out of the tin and dispose.
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My Blossom Bundt Tin prepared with cake release spray.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the Bundt tin, pressing down as you do so to ensure the batter fills all the little dips and grooves.
  • Only fill the Bundt tin 3/4 full. Any excess batter can be baked as cupcakes once the main cake is cooked.
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Press the remaining third of the blueberries into the top of the cake.
  • Place the Bundt tin into the middle of the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or until an inserted wooden skewer comes out clean.
  • Once cooked remove the cake from the oven.
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Allow the Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake to cool in it’s tin for 10 minutes.
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After 10 minutes turn the Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake out onto a cooling rack.

See how beautiful this cake is?

A light dusting of icing sugar and this Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake would be perfect to serve alongside a nice, hot cup of tea or coffee.

To Glaze the Bundt Cake

  • Ensure the cake is completely cold before icing.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.
  • Add the lemon juice and stir thoroughly to form a very thick paste – additional water can be added. The icing should hold a figure 8 for a few seconds.
  • Using a cocktail stick add a tiny amount of yellow gel icing, mix thoroughly, add more colouring until the desired colour is achieved. Mine really was the consistency and thickness of really good custard.
  • Place the Bundt cake on a rack over a tray – I used a roasting tin, as you will see.
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Yellow, lemon flavoured, thick icing.
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Carefully spoon the thick, lemon icing over the cake.
  • Starting at the top of the cake, spoon over the thick icing evenly.
  • Allow gravity to work and let the icing slowly drip down the cake.
  • Fill in gaps with more icing until the whole cake is completely covered.
  • I did spoon some of the icing, from the tray underneath, back over the cake to fill in gaps – just beware of cake crumbs!
  • As soon as the cake is completely covered and has settled – the icing is no longer moving – carefully place the cake onto a board/cake stand.
  • Add any further decorations whilst the icing is still slightly wet.
  • Set the cake aside to dry.
  • Take lots of photographs and give yourself a big pat on the back for creating such a beautiful Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake.
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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake covered in a delicious lemon glaze.

This Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake is certain to cheer up anybody’s day and they get a vitamin C boost as well!

It may sound silly, but looking at this cake makes me smile. In some ways it is a reflection of my personality, sunny whatever the weather.

I really hope I have inspired you to make this cake. Please send me a photo on Twtter/Instagram I absolutely love seeing your cakes and bakes?

Have fun whilst you are baking and if you feel a little blue just take a look at this cake. Spring is on its way and with it, warmer weather and more sunshine – hopefully!

If you enjoyed making this Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake and have been bitten by the ‘Bundt Bug’ here are some other recipes for you to make and enjoy:

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake 

NW Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
The Crispearls give this moist Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake a crunchy topping.

Lime Coconut Blossom Bundt Cake

NW Coconut Lime Blossom Bundt
Coconut Lime Blosson Bundt deliciously pretty.

Florrie’s Flower Vanilla Bundt Cake 

Florrie's Flower Vanilla Bundt Cake
Flower Vanilla Bundt Cake perfect for celebrating the safe arrival of a baby girl.

Sammie xx

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