What would a birthday be without Colin the Caterpillar? This delicious cookie dough is easy to prepare and perfect for parties, picnics and indulgent snacks.
65g plain flour
50g caster sugar
20g golden syrup
15g cocoa powder
1 tbsp milk
40g white chocolate chunks
40g milk chocolate chunks
40g chocolate brownie mini bites, cut into sixths
M&S jazzie sprinkles
Mini Colin faces
Put the flour in a microwaveable bowl and heat on high for 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds to avoid burning, until an internal temperature of 75°C/167°F is achieved. Allow to cool. (This step is important as there’s a risk of using raw flour, heating kills any potential bacteria.)
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, caster sugar and golden syrup until light and fluffy.
Sift in the cocoa powder and cooled flour, then whisk until combined. Add the milk and continue to whisk until smooth.The mixture should now resemble cookie dough.
Stir in milk and white chocolate chunks and ¼ of a jar of jazzie sprinkles.
Gently fold in the brownie pieces, being careful not to overmix as they’ll break down.
Scoop the dough into a bowl and decorate with mini Colin faces before serving. Chill in the fridge if you prefer a firmer cookie dough.
Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Lightly grease a 28cm/11 inch flan tin. To make pastry put flour, butter and caster sugar into a mixing bowl and rub through with finger tips until the mixture is course breadcrumbs. Add the egg and sufficient water and mix to a stiff dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 10 minutes.
Roll out pastry on lightly floured surface and use to line the prepared tin. Prick the base of the pastry using a fork. Line pastry case with grease proof paper and fill with rice or ceramic baking beans.
Place in oven and bake blind for ten minutes. Remove the grease proof paper, beans or rice, and return to oven for another 10 minutes.
Meanwhile make the filling by putting all ingredients into mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Spread a thin layer of mincemeat on the pastry and spoon the almond mixture on top. Bake for 30-40 minutes until filling is set.
After 20 minutes gently shake the flaked almonds over the almond filling and finish baking. Serve hot or cold with cream, custard brandy butter or ice cream.
This recipe is by Irish blogger Niamh O’Sullivan and turned out delicious. I enjoyed two Nutella Swirls each morning served with some natural yoghurt and granola. These Nutella Swirls are a great breakfast option if you’re feeling like something sweet, snack or dessert and I look forward to making them again.
1 sheet puff pastry
Two heaped dessert spoons of Nutella
1 beaten egg
Icing sugar to decorate
Preheat oven to 190C.Spread Nutella over pastry.
Roll-up pastry and cut into pieces.
Brush the egg mixture over the seal of the pastry and add a little on top of the pinwheels. Place on a parchment lined oven tray and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until golden and puffed.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, sift icing sugar over the top of the swirls. Enjoy!
This Christmas recipe by Odlums turned out amazing, it was eaten by my family in two days. I may make another one before Christmas❄️For a larger log, you could make 2 sponge rolls and use one as the tree and the other as the branch.
Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Line a swiss roll tin 33x23x3cm with greaseproof paper.
Put the egg whites into a large clean dry bowl, add a pinch of salt. Beat until mixture is stiff and dry looking in appearance. Add the sugar and continue beating until thick and shiny. Finally beat in the egg yolks until thick and trail of beaters remain.
Sieve the flour, cocoa and baking powder together and gradually add to the egg mixture folding it in with a metal spoon.
Transfer to the prepared tin and spread evenly. Bake on the top shelf for 10 minutes.
When the cake is baked, turn it onto the paper, remove the lining paper, and trim the edges with a sharp knife.
Roll the cake up from its longest edge with the paper inside. Leave to cool.
Whisk the cream until stiff. Remove the paper from the cake, spread the cream and carefully roll up again into a log.
Make the icing by beating butter, sugar and cocoa powder together until smooth. Once this is done spread the icing over the outside of the log.
Use a fork to mark the icing to give the effect of tree bark. Dust with icing sugar to resemble snow and decorate with holly leaves or fresh cranberries.
This recipe is by bbcgoodfood and turned out great- I would definitely make it again. This coffee cake is a lovely dessert that would go well with your favourite beverage☕
170g butter or margarine, plus extra for the tins
170g caster sugar
3 large eggs
170g self-raising flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water (add more if you like it stronger)
225g icing sugar
100g butter or margarine
1½ tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water
strawberry jam (optional)
walnuts or cherries, to decorate (optional)
Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line and butter two 18cm sandwich tins. Add the sugar and butter to a bowl and whisk until very fluffy and pale.
Whisk the eggs in a mug with a fork, then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tbsp of flour each time. (Make sure you don’t use all the flour.)
When the eggs have been fully combined into the mix, add the rest of the flour and the baking powder and fold it in gently.
Add the dissolved coffee to the mixture, still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 25-30 min until risen and firm and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Can be frozen at this stage.
Meanwhile, make the icing by beating the icing sugar with the butter until light and fluffy, then add the dissolved coffee. Whisk, then cover and set aside until ready to ice the cake.
Spread half the icing on the bottom of one sponge and spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the other, if using. Sandwich together, then spread the remaining icing on top. Decorate with walnuts or cherries, if you like.
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and dust with flour.
Put the McVitie’s Digestives in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Combine the McVitie’s Digestives, flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar, ideally using an electric mixer, until fluffy and light.Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla to the butter and sugar with the mixer on low.
Beat until combined, then add a third of the flour mixture along with half of the milk. Beat until combined again, then add another third of the flour and the remaining milk. Beat again. Add the rest of the flour and the chocolate chips. Stir in thoroughly.
Spoon the batter into the cake tin and spread out evenly. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool completely and cut into bars before serving.