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.

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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!

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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Recipe | Chocolate Butterfly Cakes

These are cute, delicious and easy to make! Growing up we called them “butterfly buns” but today I guess they’d be “cupcakes”?

Chocolate butterfly buns cupcakes photo

These are a variation on other butterfly cake recipes I’ve featured. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for links to those!

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

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Recipe | After Eight chocolate brownies

Chocolate brownies so easy to make the hardest part is not “over-sampling” the After Eights before you put them in the mix!

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First a note on After Eights. As these are made by Nestle, I’m hoping they’re available outside of UK. If not, I’m hoping you can find a substitute. They’re after dinner mints: thin dark chocolate squares with a layer of mint fondant inside. They cook beautifully inside the brownie and give a subtle, not overpowering mint flavour to the chocolate brownies. This is what they look like:

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Recipe | Foolproof mint chocolate muffins

If you love the combination of mint and chocolate as much as I do, these easy muffins are for you!

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Extra tip: if you want/need your home to smell absolutely delicious – baking these will do the job! The smell when I opened the oven to take them out was divine 🙂

Ingredients (makes 12)

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Recipe | Chocolate orange butterfly cakes

Making the most of the delicious combination of chocolate and orange, these cakes are easy-to-make and fun for kids of all ages.

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Ingredients (makes 8 buns/cup cakes – multiply up as you need! Muffins also an option…)

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