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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Recipe | Pink and white iced finger buns

Not bad for a first attempt at baking something bready!

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After my attempt to make bread a few months back was fairly successful, I returned to The Big Book of Bread to find a finger bun recipe. They didn’t have one, so I used the one for “Devonshire splits”, figuring that a sweet bun recipe is just that and I could roll the dough into long shapes rather than rounds.

All-in-all I was pleased with the results although, when I make these again, I think I’ll leave the dough to prove for even longer because I’d like the end result to be a little lighter.

Ingredients (makes 10-12 finger buns depending on how big you make them)

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Recipe | Lemon drizzle cupcakes

These lemon drizzle cupcakes are just about perfect.

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These lemon drizzle cupcakes are light and fluffy while also moist and tangy. They’re just about perfect and very easy to make.

I adapted the recipe from Mary Berry’s lemon drizzle traybake recipe. So if you want to make a bigger cake, you might want to take a look at Mary’s original recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz / 115 g butter at room temperature or baking margarine straight from the fridge
  • 4 oz / 115 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Finely-grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 oz / 140 g self-raising flour, sifted

For the glaze

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 oz / 85 g granulated or caster sugar

Method

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Recipe | Blueberry muffin cake

The fluffy goodness of a blueberry muffin, large enough to share!

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I found the original recipe for this blueberry muffin cake over at Fine Cooking. I made a couple of small changes to the recipe and converted the weights so hopefully you’ll all be able to use them whatever measurement system you use. I also added a step if you want to make sure you get a crunchy, genuine muffin top on the cake.

Ingredients

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Recipe | Easy chocolate biscuits – a Valentine’s Day baking idea!

Cute Valentine’s Day chocolate biscuits from only four ingredients!

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A quick search for easy chocolate biscuit recipes turned up this one over at allrecipes. The original recipe suggested rolling the dough into small balls and pressing them down with a fork before baking. I went a little fancier in my decoration in honour of Valentine’s Day. But whether you make your chocolate biscuits heart-shaped or not, you’ll only need four ingredients.

Ingredients (makes approx. 12 biscuits – double up if you have hordes to feed!)

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Recipe | Nutella cookie cups – soft chewy biscuits with a chocolate hazelnut centre

Soft, chewy biscuit with a soft heart of chocolate hazelnut cream. Delicious!

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I found the recipe for these delicious treats at Sweetest Menu, which has loads of great recipes and is well-worth checking out. However, while the original recipe is to make 12 cookie cups using a muffin tin, I decided to use a mini muffin tin and so get 24 cookie cups from the same amount of ingredients.

So the size of your cookie cups is up to you!

Ingredients (makes 24 mini Nutella cookie cups or 12 large cookie cups)

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Recipe | Chocolate marshmallow penguins – cute winter treats!

Cute marshmallow penguins: sweet all year round and not just for Christmas!

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Firstly I have to thank Louise at Pink Pear Bear for featuring this idea on her blog. I saw it on her Facebook feed and knew I had to give it a go. The original recipe and instructions comes from Grace at Eats Amazing. I had to change a couple of points in the instructions because I couldn’t find suitably shaped marshmallows and had to improvise and make do!

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Ingredients (for 12 penguins)

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Recipe | Christmas reindeer biscuits (and some Christmas trees too)

These cute reindeer biscuits are a great example of simple, yet effective decoration. An easy way to bring some festive cheer to your baking!

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Back to biscuits this week. I got the idea for the reindeer decoration from here, but the recipe is my easy vanilla biscuits recipe. While I was at it, I also decided to use my Christmas tree biscuit cutter to make a few trees.

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Ingredients (makes 30 – 40 biscuits depending on how big you cut them)

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Recipe | Red velvet swirl brownies (with cheesecake layer!)

Red velvet cake, chocolate brownie and cheesecake in a single traybake. It must be Christmas!

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No, I haven’t messed with the colour in these photos. The red is just that red!

After the success of last week’s red velvet mini bundt cakes, I was keen to continue the red velvet theme. I came across this recipe for red velvet swirl brownies here on the Food Network website. I’ve made a few little tweaks to the recipe and converted all the amounts for UK readers and other bakers who don’t follow the US cup measuring system.

Ingredients

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Recipe | Red velvet mini bundt cakes

Already looking for festive baking ideas? These red velvet cakes are bright, fun and delicious!

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I’ve made a circular, two-layer red velvet cake before. Unfortunately I used ordinary red gel food colouring from the supermarket and the result was a cake with a red tinge, rather than the deep red I was hoping for. So this time I’ve taken a tip from Jane over at Jane’s Patisserie and invested in some Sugarflair Extra Red colouring.

Ingredients (makes approx. 10 mini bundt cakes as long as you don’t over-fill your mould)

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