Recipe | Raspberry and white chocolate blondies

If you’re looking for a sugar rush, these raspberry and white chocolate blondies are for you!

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I got this recipe from the latest edition (March 2017) of Tesco Magazine. These blondies have a long cooking time, but if you’re looking for the ultimate sweet treat, it’s worth it!

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Recipe | Chocolate, almond and white chocolate brownies

Chocolate, almond and white chocolate brownies: for when one type of chocolate in your brownie just isn’t enough!

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I haven’t made brownies for ages. I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks: Chocolate (Australian Gourmet Traveller). I followed their recipe pretty much to the letter, but have given the quantities in different measurements to make things easier for those not using the metric system.

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Ingredients (36 small servings… or fewer larger ones!)

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Top baking posts of 2016

Friday is usually the day for a new recipe. But, for my last post of the year, I thought I’d revisit the five recipe posts which proved most popular in 2016.

Counting down to the most popular…

5. Shredded Wheat chocolate nests – with golden syrup and mini eggs!

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Recipe | Mint Oreo and white chocolate fudge

Mint Oreo white chocolate fudge. One for those with more than one sweet tooth!

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This recipe is a variation on a recipe from Jane at Jane’s Patisserie. Her original recipe is for Strawberry Oreo fudge, but I prefer Mint Oreos so decided to swap out the strawberry ones for mint 🙂

This is a quick, no-bake recipe. The hardest part is preparing the tin and then having the patience to let the mint Oreo fudge set before scoffing it!

Ingredients

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Recipe | Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

You’ve guessed it: individual carrot cakes. What more could you want?

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I got this recipe from one of my baking bibles: Nigella’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess. As usual, I’ve written the method to reflect the little changes I made as I went along.

Ingredients (makes 12-16 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Chocolate hazelnut pastry twists

Crunchy, flaky puff pastry with a smooth chocolate hazelnut filling.

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I was looking for easy thing to bake with the assistance of a toddler. I think I Googled “easy baking with kids” or something similar, and I came across this recipe at Kidspot.

This recipe uses shop-bought frozen puff pastry (defrosted prior to baking). Of course, if you want to make your own puff pastry, you can and I take my hat off to you!

I made the mistake of cutting my pastry strips too thick (more of that later), but the results were still very tasty.

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Recipe | Chocolate peanut butter squares

 Easy to make. Easier to eat!

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This no-bake recipe comes originally from Nigella Lawson’s baking bible, How to Be a Domestic Goddess. I made a couple of changes to the ingredients, simply to fit the recipe to what I had in the cupboard. More about that below…

Nigella makes the excellent comparison between these and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups/ Reese’s Pieces. For anyone who has no idea what those are, I would say that if you like chocolate and peanut butter then you can’t go wrong with these chocolate peanut butter squares 🙂

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Recipe | Jaffa Cake chocolate orange brownies

 Because sometimes you need some cake with your brownie!

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This bake came about because double packs of Jaffa Cakes were on offer in my local supermarket. Honestly, that’s how I make my baking decisions. I then put it to Twitter: should I make Jaffa Cake brownies or cupcakes? And the people spoke: two thirds of those who voted wanted brownies. So here you go!

I used the same brownie mixture I used to make my After Eight mint chocolate brownies. If you haven’t seen those already, follow the link.

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A note on Jaffa Cakes. These are made by McVities and I hope they’re widely available outside the UK. Sorry if they’re not, but with any luck there’s a local equivalent you can use. They’re a sponge base with a layer of orange jelly on top, covered with a thin coat of chocolate. They sit nicely inside the brownie mixture and give the whole lot a subtle orange flavour. This is what they look like:

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Recipe | Jane’s caramel rolo fudge

Ooo, look! I made fudge!

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As you may have guessed from the title, I got this recipe from the lovely Jane at Jane’s Patisserie. If you haven’t visited her blog yet, you really should. Everything she makes is to die for!

This is a very quick, no-bake recipe and the results are impressive. Just don’t tell anyone how easy it is to make 😉

If you’re struggling with this recipe, please pop over to Jane’s original blog post where there’s a short video showing her putting everything together.

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Recipe | White chocolate blondies

A white chocolate alternative to traditional chocolate brownies. Gooey and rich: definitely for those with a sweet tooth!

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I believe, technically, blondies don’t feature chocolate at all (vanilla is substituted for the chocolate). However, I couldn’t resist going for a white chocolate version.

I got this recipe from the BBC Good Food website. A few warnings from my experience: I had to go past the advised cooking time to get the middle to solidify and the end product was still very dense with a slightly “raw” appearance. The top cracked and it was difficult to cut the blondies cleanly. That said, they taste great. So as long as your priority is flavour, not appearance, I recommend you give this a try!

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