Christmas Biscuit Tree

This image and recipe are courtesy of Waitrose.com Make a sweet centrepiece no one can resist with this Christmas biscuit tree. The individual biscuits are flavoured with Christmas spices and decorated with white chocolate – this is one the kids can help make too Ingredients SPICED WHITE CHOCOLATE BISCUITS  300g unsalted butter, softened  150g demerara sugar  150g golden caster sugar  ½ tsp fine sea salt  3 tsp ground cinnamon  2 tsp ground nutmeg  2 tsp…

Mulled Wine Cheesecake

This image and recipe are courtesy of Sainsburys.co.uk   Starting to feel festive nut not quite there yet? Try out this sweet and spicy seasonal twist on a cheesecake! Ingredients: 350g dark chocolate digestives 75g unsalted butter, melted 2 tbsp cocoa powder 6½ sheets leaf gelatine 350g mascarpone 250g sour cream ½ tsp cinnamon 2 medium eggs 115g caster sugar 175ml mulled wine 100g smooth dark chocolate, melted Method 1Line the base of a loose-bottomed 20cm cake tin. Crush the biscuits until they are a fine crumb….

Bonfire ‘Bang’ Cookies

This image and recipe are courtesy of Waitrose.com Kids and adults alike will enjoy these spiced biscuits — and they’ll never guess the secret vegetable ingredient! Ingredients: 150g butternut squash, deseeded and skinned weight 150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp ground mixed spice 100g salted butter, softened and diced 75g light brown muscovado sugar 1 medium egg yolk 1 kiwi fruit Chocolate writing icing or coloured writing icing White…

Chocolate Spiced Pumpkin Pinata Cake

This image and recipe are courtesy of Sainsburys.co.uk   Ingredients For the cakes: 550g butter, plus extra for greasing 200g cocoa, plus extra for dusting 500g caster sugar 500g light brown muscovado sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 8 large eggs 680g self-raising flour 4 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp mixed spice 2 tsp cinnamon To decorate: 450g soft unsalted butter 1 tbsp vanilla extract 800g icing sugar 6 x 10g tubes orange gel food colouring…

Chocolate, Popcorn and Salted Caramel Cake

This image and recipe are courtesy of Tesco.com Whatever the occasion, celebrate in style with this showstopper of a cake! Layers of light chocolate sponge sandwiched with a dark chocolate ganache, all encased in a mascarpone icing and topped with a sensational caramel drizzle and gooey, sticky salted caramel popcorn. This stunning cake recipe is surprisingly simple but looks and tastes divine. Ingredients 250g butter 250g light brown soft sugar 4 eggs 175g self-raising flour…

Blackberry, Hazelnut and Spelt Cake Bites

This image and recipe are courtesy of Sainsburys.co.uk There is a small amount of honey in these delicious little bars, but no refined sugar – most of the sweetness comes from the fresh and dried fruit Ingredients 130g dried, stoned prunes Zest and juice of 1 orange 1 apple, cored and finely chopped 50g sultanas 100g jumbo or rolled oats 3 eggs 25g set honey 50g olive or rapeseed oil, plus 1 tsp for greasing…

Nectarine or Peach and Plum Tart

This image and recipe are courtesy of Aldi.co.uk Light, sweet and irresistibly fruity.    Ingredients 1 tbsp Creamy Butter Unsalted 1 x 375g pack Ready Rolled Shortcrust Pastry 2 x Nectarines or Peaches 200g Plums 2 x Medium Eggs 1 x 500g pack Custard 184ml Fresh Double Cream 100g Ground Almonds   Method Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Lightly grease a 9inch/23cm tart or flan tin with the butter and then line with…

Rainbow Ice Lollies

This image and recipe are courtesy of Tesco.com   These colourful ice lollies are the perfect fruity treat for a hot day, and you can learn how to make them in just 5 easy steps. Made with only fresh fruit and no faffing about freezing different mixtures, these healthy lollies are just right for the kids, too.  Ingredients 1 medium banana 180g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped 150g fresh mango chunks 180g blueberries Method 1….

Mini Spiced Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This image and recipe are courtesy of Tesco.com These delicious mini spiced cupcakes are a great twist on a classic sponge and the cream cheese frosting adds a zingy and refreshing alternative. You’ll need a couple of piping bags with plain nozzles for this – though you can use a fun star nozzle for the frosting if you wish. Ingredients For the mini cupcakes 95g (3 1/2oz) self-raising flour 30g (1oz) plain flour 4 tsp…

Jam Shortbread Biscuits

This image and recipe are provided courtesy of Tesco.com.   Ingredients: 200g plain flour, sifted a little plain flour, for dusting 150g margarine, softened 75g caster sugar ½tsp vanilla extract ½tsp bicarbonate of soda 200g apricot jam  50g icing sugar, for dusting Method: Pre-heat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line baking trays with nonstick baking paper. In a mixing bowl, cream the margarine and sugar until pale and fluffy using a handheld electric whisk….

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