Recipe | Chewy chocolate oat squares

Chewy chocolate oat squares: a tasty mix of flapjack and cake

Chewy chocolate oat square flapjack white and milk chocolate cake recipe uk

This week’s recipe comes from GoodtoKnow. I’ve haven’t tried a mixture of flapjack and cake before, but this recipe produces a chocolatey treat with an incredibly moreish texture. I made one significant change to the original recipe: I put all the chocolate on top rather than inside the oat squares.

Ingredients (makes 16 to 32 chewy chocolate oat squares)

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Recipe | Jammy Shortcake Biscuit Bites

Jammy Shortcake Biscuit Bites – another no-bake tray bake which is super sweet and simple to make.

Jammy Dodgers jammy shortbread biscuit bites tray bake recipe no baking uk

I think I’m on a no-bake roll. Last week it was Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites, this week I’ve been making tray bake using one of my favourite biscuits: Jammy Dodgers.

My mum passed on the original recipe to me from one of Nadiya Hussain’s baking columns in The Times Magazine. I made a couple of changes to the recipe quantities and method, fortunately without any negative repercussions!

A note on Jammy Dodgers

If you’re not familiar with Jammy Dodgers, each biscuit is made up of two circles of shortbread, wedged together with a sticky layer of strawberry jam. The original biscuit is made here in the UK by Burtons, but a lot of supermarkets make their own cheaper versions. I used Aldi’s own version of the classic biscuit, which you can see in the picture below.

Jammy Dodgers jammy shortbread biscuits for tray bake recipe

Ingredients (makes 16 to 25 Jammy Shortcake Biscuit Bites depending on how big you cut them)

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Recipe | Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites

Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites: just 5 basic ingredients make this easy, sweet treat!

Quick Mars bar and rice krispie cake bars uk recipe chocolate and puffed rice cereal tray bake

After last week’s brownies, this week I was looking for another tray bake, although what I’ve found doesn’t actually require any baking.

These Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites are quick and simple to make. As there’s no oven involved and you can do all the melting using a microwave, they’re also a good option if you want to “bake” with the help of little people. I got the original recipe here at GoodtoKnow. I made a couple of small changes, mostly to the decorative final layer.

A note on Mars Bars and Rice Krispies

If you can only get your hands on the original brands, that’s fine. But most supermarkets do their own, far cheaper versions of both these ingredients. I used Tesco’s own version of Mars Bars (any bar containing nougat and caramel coated in milk chocolate will be fine) and Rice Krispies because they were half the price of the original brands (see pics below).

Tesco's own brand rice krispies, puffed rice cereal and mars bars crazy caramels

Ingredients (makes 16 to 32 Mars Bar and Rice Krispies cake bites depending on how big you cut them)

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Recipe | Salted caramel chocolate brownies

I need to find more words for “delicious”!

how to bake salted caramel brownies quick recipe uk

I’ve never baked with salted caramel before, but the experiment was incredibly successful. I got the original recipe from the BBC Good Food website. It’s very popular and, having read the helpful comments of other testers, I made a couple of changes to the recipe following their recommendations. I’m glad I did!

Ingredients (makes 16 to 32 brownies depending on how big you cut them)

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Recipe | After Eight mint chocolate muffins

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

Simple After Eight mint chocolate muffins recipe uk

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 | Raspberry and white chocolate blondies

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

how long will blondies keep freshly baked

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 hazelnut pastry twists

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

Chocolate hazelnut pastry twists baking with frozen puff pastry 2

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.

Chocolate hazelnut pastry twists 2

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Recipe | Chocolate peanut butter squares

 Easy to make. Easier to eat!

How to make chocolate peanut butter square recipe like Reese's pieces

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 🙂

How to make chocolate peanut butter squares like Reese's pieces

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Recipe | Jaffa Cake chocolate orange brownies

 Because sometimes you need some cake with your brownie!

Jaffa cake orange chocolate brownies recipe

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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Recipe | White chocolate blondies

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

White chocolate blondies recipe sliced white chocolate brownie recipe

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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