Summer Garden Cake

This image and recipe are courtesy of Aldi.co.uk The perfect cake for a taste of summer Ingredients Sponge 200g butter, softened 200g caster sugar 200g self-raising flour 50g ground almonds 2 eggs & 2 yolks 2-4tbsp milk 150g blackberries Meringue 3 large egg whites 180g caster sugar Lemon Cream 600ml double cream 200g clotted cream 4 heaped tbsp lemon curd Strawberry Puree 150g strawberries 10g caster sugar squeeze of lemon juice Assembly 250g strawberries, a…

Golden Milk Turmeric Energy Balls

This image and recipe are courtesy of Sainsburys.co.uk   Made with cardamom, ginger and turmeric, these golden milk bombs are bursting with exotic flavour and natural energy   Ingredients 4 tbsp coconut oil, in solid form ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 4 tbsp maple syrup 250g desiccated coconut 1 tsp ground turmeric 2 cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed 100g dark chocolate (or not if you’d prefer sugar free) Method 1Place the coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, maple syrup, coconut, turmeric and cardamom seeds in a food…

Lemon Posset with Rhubarb and shortbread

This image and recipe are courtesy of Waitrose.com A refreshing and ever-so pretty finale. Make it all a day ahead and spoon over the rhubarb just before serving. Ingredients Lemon posset: 600ml double cream 120g caster sugar 2 lemons, zest and juice Shortbread: 90g unsalted butter, just softened 30g caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp for dredging 100g plain flour 30g rice flour Poached rhubarb: 200g rhubarb, cut into 3cm pieces 50g caster sugar Method 1….

Hot Cross Bunnies

This image and recipe are courtesy of Tesco.com Kids will love this adorable twist on traditional hot cross buns, shaping the dough into cute, long-eared bunnies instead. What’s more, the orange-scented dough is also flavoured with white chocolate chips for extra sweetness!  Ingredients 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast 175g caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp extra 300ml milk, warmed but not hot or steaming, plus 3 tbsp for decorating 600g strong white bread flour 1 tbsp…

Vegan Coconut Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas

This image and recipe are courtesy of Tesco.com Thick fluffy pancakes make a great weekend breakfast, and these vegan coconut pancakes are no exception. Served with sticky, sweet caramelised bananas and cool coconut yogurt, these should be the star of your next brunch for family and friends. Ingredients For the pancakes 225g self-raising flour 2 tbsp golden caster sugar 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 30ml coconut oil, melted, plus extra for frying ½…

Lemon Drizzle Pancake Cake

This image and recipe are courtesy of Tesco.com This stunning lemon drizzle pancake cake is just as at home as a dinner party dessert, as it is as a Pancake Day treat. The cake is made with layers of wafer-thin crêpes and tangy lemon curd yogurt, before a final decoration of fresh lemons and sweet lemon sauce. It easily feeds a crowd and a slice makes a low calorie dessert choice, too Ingredients 250g plain…

Love Cake

This image and recipe are courtesy of Tesco.com Topped with juicy figs and creamy white chocolate shavings, this stunning showstopper is a modern spin on a classic Persian love cake, so sit back and enjoy a heavenly slice with a cup of fresh mint tea. Ingredients butter, for greasing 200g plain flour 300g caster sugar 2 tsp baking powder 6 cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract 5…

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…

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