Recipe | After Eight mint chocolate muffins

Delicious, easy-to-make After Eight mint chocolate muffins!

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My only tip for this recipe would be to make sure to keep some chocolate out of the mixture and pop it on top of each muffin before they go in the oven. Most of the chocolate will sink to the bottom of the muffin, so don’t skip this step if you want a better distribution of After Eight mint chocolate and some on the top.

Ingredients (makes 12 After Eight mint chocolate muffins)

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Easter baking and spring recipe ideas, featuring mini eggs and lots of chocolate!

Rather than post a new recipe this week, here’s a round-up of a few recipes which are ideal for Easter and/or to celebrate the arrival of spring.

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4. Double chocolate Easter cake with chocolate buttercream and mini eggs

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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.

Recipe for brownies with jaffa cakes

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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