Tiffin

When I think of tiffins, I just think of these sweet treats in a rusty old biscuit tin all wrapped up in baking paper. It has a very nostalgic feel to them and something that you would have sitting waiting for you at you grans house.

I really like tiffins as they have a bit of everything in them (which is great for a fatty like me!) they have so much different textures which makes your taste buds go crazzzzyyyyyy. The other thing about tiffins which make them great is the that you can adjust it and add what you want to to make the suit your taste. Actually there is more plus points, they are no bake, quick and easy to make too. These could possibly be made vegan as well which is great for the vegans out there.

These are delicious, this recipe worked well and everything stayed intact.

 

Tiffin
Yields 12
Delicious crunchy, chocolatey, crispy, fruity and nutty bar
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 145g - unsalted butter
  2. 60g - Golden syrup
  3. 25g - Caster sugar
  4. 10g - Cocoa powder
  5. 225g - Milk chocolate
  6. 50g - Cornflakes
  7. 225g - Hobnobs/oat biscuits
  8. 70g - Cranberries
  9. 50g - Salted peanuts
  10. 50g - Desiccated coconut
  11. 200g - Milk chocolate
Instructions
  1. 1. Line 8" square/rounf cake tin with baking paper.
  2. 2. In a saucepan melt the butter, golden syrup, caster sugar, and cocoa powder together in a large saucepan over a gentle heat.
  3. 3. While they’re melting, roughly crush your biscuits (either by putting them in a sandwich bag and bashing them, or blitzing them in the food processor) until you have a mixture of fine crumbs and some fairly big chunks.
  4. 4. When you the butter mixture has melted to a glossy dark liquid and the sugar has dissolved, take the pan off the heat. Then add all the rest of the ingredients in, the crushed biscuits, cornflakes, cranberries, salted peanuts, and coconut. Make sure everything is well combined.
  5. 5. Place all the mixture into your prepared cake tin and press it down in an even layer. Pop the tin in the fridge to chill while you melt the chocolate. Melt your chocolate either in the microwave on low heat or in a glass bowl over gently simmering water. Pour melted chocolate over the cooling base and give it all a shake so the chocolate is even, then put the whole thing back in the fridge to set for around 1 hour, or until the chocolate is firm.
  6. 6. Cut, serve, try to resist eating whole thing at once by yourself.
Notes
  1. You can add or change any of the ingredients.
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Crunchy Peanut Butter Oat Caramel and Nut Crumble Bars

These bars.

One word. AAAAAAaaaaaaammmmmmmmmazzzzzzing.

Actually, there is more then one word to describe these but I could go on for ages and ages.

I am a huge fan of peanut butter but even more bigger fan of oats, so if your a fan of oats and peanut butter then you’ll love these. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed eating these, they are probably one of the best bars I’ve made (and I think my new favourite, yes I said it!) and I have made plenty. My other favourites have included is the Mincemeat crumble bars, (one of my aunts fav) these are pretty good, they’re eggless and quite similar to shortbread. The other bars I made which were quite popular was Oat and coconut gooey caramel barsPecan pie bars, Peanut butter pretzel bars (these are pretty awesome, also eggless and no bake). There are others as well but it just takes to long to type them all!

Back to these beauties, I just don’t think I can comprehend how great they are and I don’t think I have been addicted to a bar just as much I was to this one! They are salty, sweety, caramely, chocolatey, oaty, like what else do you need right? The original recipe called for dulche de leche and used caramel as a replacement but feel free to use it if you have some lying round. I also added my own twist on it, to be more caramely and slightly more chocolately by using rolos. I think even typing this up also made me really want to eat bake them again, which is saying something! They are not the most healthiest of bars so I do need to control. These are quite similar to the mincemeat crumble bars in the way there are two layers and one mix. The bottom layer is pressed down and the top is crumbled on top (the best bit). 

I actually made these for my sister in law and cheekily kept some for my blog post but I’m so glad I did. Hopefully she liked them, she’s a peanut butter and oat fan like me. I’m so happy I came across this recipe and will definitely be making these again and again!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Oat Caramel and Nut Crumble Bars
Yields 16
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
For the base/crumble
  1. 113g - soft butter
  2. 1/2 cup - sugar
  3. 1/2 cup - brown sugar, packed
  4. 3 tbsp - peanut butter
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 tsp - baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp - salt
  8. 1 tsp - vanilla extract
  9. 11/4 cups - old fashioned oats
  10. 11/2 - cups plain flour
For the filling
  1. 70g - chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar
  2. 11/2 - packets of rolos chopped
  3. 3 tbsp - caramel sauce*
  4. 1/2 cup - salted peanuts
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 175°C, line and grease a 8" square cake tin.
  2. 2. In a stand mixer cream butter and sugars until thoroughly mixed, scrape sides of bowl and add eggs and peanut butter; beat until fluffy. Then add vanilla, soda, and salt. Add flour one cup at a time and beat after each addition. Add oatmeal and mix well.
  3. 3. Divide the dough in half and place in the square tin, spread and press in bottom of pan and bake for 15-18 minutes until edges are golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  4. 4. Drop tablespoons of caramel on top of crust and allow the heat to soften the carmel until it is easy to spread. Layer with chocolate peanuts then crumble remaining half of dough on top and return to oven. Continue baking for 18 - 22 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is set. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.
Notes
  1. *use dulche de leche to replace the caramel if you have that at hand.
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Vegan Orange, Hazelnut, Chocolate and Cardamon Biscotti

I can’t believe these biscotti are vegan they’re amazing! The biscotti worked really well without the eggs and the flavours were incredible, I love all these flavours anyway but by putting them together worked even better!

I made these as my second giveaways for Diwali food.

Like with all biscotti they take time to make, but it’s quite simple to make, I enjoy making them as they are an unusual process.

Eggless Orange, Hazelnut, Chocolate and Cardamon
Yields 20
A crunchy, orange and hazelnut biscotti with a hint of cardamon
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Prep Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
1 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups - plain flour
  2. 1 tsp - baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp - baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp - salt
  5. 113g - non-dairy butter
  6. 1 cup - sugar
  7. 1 tbsp - orange zest
  8. 1 tsp - vanilla extract
  9. 1 tsp - orange extract
  10. 2 tbsp - chickpea flour
  11. 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp - water
  12. 1 cup - hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  13. 1/4 cup - chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. 1. In a small bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. 2. In a mixer with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add orange zest and extracts, beat to combine.
  3. 3. Stir together the chickpea flour and water until creamy and thick - for best results you can use a small blender or coffee grinder. Slowly add the chickpea mixture to butter/sugar mixture and beat to combine, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  4. 4. Add flour mixture and beat to combine. Fold in the cacao nibs and hazelnuts.
  5. 5. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  6. 6. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Divide dough in half and roll into logs on a floured surface about 1½ inch diameter. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten to about 1 inch thick. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  7. 7. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before slicing each log into 10 cookies. Lay flat on baking sheet and return to the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  8. 8. Let cool for 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container
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Mary Berry Viennese whirls

I have been meaning to make these bad boys for a while now since they made their appearance on GBBO as one of the technical tasks. I didn’t bother making my own jam, can’t be bothered with that and I have too many jams to use up at home.

Whilst making the biscuit dough was pretty straight forward (please bear in mind to avoid loss of arms by using an electric mixer!). I did find pipping these little monsters was so so difficult. I mean really difficult, I remember everyone struggled on the program but I didn’t realise it was that hard. I managed to some how pull through and pipe all the biscuits, in the end I wouldn’t say my whirls would get a very good score, being the very big critic of my own food I would say  in Paul and Mary’s words…’although the biscuits taste nice, I notice there isn’t much definition in your whirls’. So yeh they do taste nice and are ‘short’ but definition is so not there! 

I’m in two minds if I would make these again, my parents loved them but it’s just the piping but I just don’t want to feel like I’ve been defeated over some whirls…maybe I should make them again (just for my parents).

Mary Berry Viennese whirls
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For the biscuits
  1. 250g - very soft unsalted butter
  2. 50g - icing sugar
  3. 225g/ - plain flour
  4. 25g - cornflour
For the filling
  1. 100g - unsalted butter, softened
  2. 200g - icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  3. 1/2 tsp - vanilla extract
For the biscuits
  1. 1. Line 3 baking sheets with non-stick baking parchment. Using a 5cm/2in round cutter as a guide, draw 8 circles on each sheet of paper, spaced well apart. Turn the paper over so the pencil marks are underneath.
  2. 2. In a stand mixer add the butter and icing sugar into a bowl and beat until pale and fluffy. Sift in the flour and cornflour and beat well, until thoroughly mixed.
  3. 3. Place the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a medium star nozzle. Pipe 24 swirled rounds (not rosettes), inside the circles on the baking sheets.
  4. 4. Leave the trays in the fridge for 30mins-1hr*
  5. 5. Preheat the oven to 190°C and bake in the centre of the oven for 13—15 minutes, until a pale golden-brown. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely and harden.
Buttercream
  1. 1. add the butter into a bowl and sift the icing sugar on top. Add the vanilla extract and beat with until very light and smooth. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.
  2. 2. Spoon a little jam onto the flat side of 12 of the biscuits and place jam-side up on a cooling rack. Pipe the buttercream over the jam and sandwich with the remaining biscuits. Dust with icing sugar to finish.
Notes
  1. *I did this but it's not in the recipe.
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Eggless Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream are a perfect couple.

As well as many others, wine and cheese, bread and butter, gauc and tortilla chips, burger and fries the list can go on and on!

These cupcakes were the best eggless cupcake I’ve made, I was really impressed. They were light, fluffy and moist. I would happily make them again and again and feel happy in the process! They also tasted so yummy, I especially loved the frosting as I tweaked it to be made with cream cheese instead of buttercream. 

The other great thing about these cupcakes was how easy they are to make. So this recipe deserves an extra *gold star*. Happy, happy me :).

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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Yields 12
Creamy cookies and cream cupcakes
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the cupcakes
  1. 350ml - coconut milk
  2. 165g cup - sugar
  3. 80ml cup - canola oil
  4. 1 tsp - Apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 tsp - vanilla extract
  6. 240g - all purpose flour
  7. 3 tbsp - Cocoa powder
  8. 3/4 tsp - baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp - baking powder
  10. 1 cup - roughly chopped Oreo cookies
For the frosting
  1. 250g - Philadelphia cream cheese
  2. 250g - softened/room temp, good quality unsalted butter
  3. 350g - icing sugar
  4. 2 tsp - vanilla extract
  5. 1 cup - ground oreos
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 180C (356F) or 160C (320F) for a fan forced oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cocoa powder, plain flour, salt, bicarb soda, baking powder and sugar. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together).
  3. 3. Next, add coconut milk, canola oil, apple cider vinegar in a jug and whisk until well combined.
  4. 4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl, add chopped oreo cookies and mix for another 20 seconds.
  5. 5. Fill each paper 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons).
  6. 6. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

For the frosting
  1. 1. In the stand mixer add the butter and icing sugar, beat until fluffy.
  2. 2. Add the cream cheese and then fold in the ground oreos.
  3. Pipe the
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Eggless Sticky Date Cake

So, I’ve come to a conclusion, that this sticky date cake, is basically a little bit like a sticky toffee pudding. It has dates (tick), it has the caramel sauce (tick) but the only thing is, it’s not as smooth and it’s a light as your normal sticky toffee pudding but half way there is good enough I thought.

I really enjoyed making this cake as it’s been a while since I made a sticky toffee pudding and it wasn’t like your normal procedures of making a cake. I wish I thought of putting spice in the cake, like cinnamon and mixed spice (note to myself for next time I make this cake) this would have elevated the flavour of the cake a lot more. Even so, the cake was nice enough, but be warned this cake is quite rich so a little goes a long way!

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Eggless Sticky Date Cake
Yields 12
A rich, sticky, date cake perfect with sticky gooey caramel sauce
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
For the pudding
  1. 300g - dates
  2. 250ml - boiling water
  3. 1 tsp - baking soda
  4. 1 cup - self-raising flour
  5. 1 cup - brown sugar
  6. 113g - butter
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease and line a 8"square baking tin.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, add the dates, boiling water and baking soda and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes until the dates have softened.
  3. 3. In a stand mixer beat the brown sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. In another bowl, add the self-raising flour, brown sugar and margarine.
  4. 4. Drain the dates, keep the liquid and pour this in the butter/sugar bowl. Add the flour and mix.
  5. 5. In a food processor, add the dates and pulse until finely chopped. Scoop the finely chopped dates into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  6. 6. Use electric beaters to beat the mixture until smooth and creamy.
  7. 7. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and allow to bake for 45 minutes until risen and a skewer comes out clean when poked into the centre.
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Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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I enjoy eating cupcakes (apart from overly sweet buttercream) but I’m not very good at making them, the best ones I’ve made were my Red Wine Cupcakes and Guinness Cupcakes these were chocolate based surprisingly and turned out well, but my attempts of normal vanilla cupcakes haven’t gone down so well :s.

I usually leave the cupcakes to the experts, I know the trend of cupcakes is dying out slowly but I want to be great at making them as I have been asked a number of times to make cupcakes. The perfectionist in me wants to get them right first before I can say I’m finally happy for them to be given to people, so I’m on a quest to find that perfect recipe to make cupcakes. 

I have tried a number of american recipes out and looked into the recipes in detail, reading their reason why they think they have the perfect recipe but it all depends on how it works when you try it. 

The original recipe was based on a chocolate cupcake but I used the basic vanilla recipe and made these into salted caramel as I was visiting my family and I know my sister in law has a major obsession with salted caramel. I would say this recipe is easy to follow and the mixture turned out fine, my only flaw with this recipe was that I found they were over baked. So I want to try them again and bake them for less time. I did think it was odd that the temperature was set low at 160°C fan, usually it’s about 175°C. I do need to experiment on the buttercream as I did find it overly sweet, although the texture was great and held well.

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Yields 24
Vanilla cupcakes with a salted caramel filling, salted caramel buttercream and topped off with crunchy caramel biscuits
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Cupcakes
  1. 430g - plain flour
  2. 3 tsp - baking powder
  3. 265g - granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp - salt
  5. 375ml - milk
  6. 125ml - vegetable oil
  7. 125g - butter
  8. 2 tbsp - greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)
  9. 1 tsp - vanilla extract
  10. 2 - large eggs
Buttercream
  1. 250g - softened unsalted butter (room temperature)
  2. 500g - icing sugar mixture (sifted)
  3. 2 tbsp - milk
  4. 1 tsp - vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 cup - caramel sauce
Optional
  1. 6-8 crushed lotus biscuits or any other caramel tasting biscuits
  2. caramel sauce for drizzle
Cupcakes
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low and allow it to mix for a couple minutes.
  3. 3. In a large jug combine all of the wet ingredients (except the butter) oil, milk, yoghurt, vanilla and eggs in a large jug and whisk well.
  4. 4. Add softened butter into dry ingredients and mix until the batter appears grainy with a sand-like texture to it. Next, add 2/3 of your wet ingredients in a slow and steady stream to the bowl until no dry ingredients are visible, stop the mixer. Mix on slow until the batter appears smooth. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
  5. 5. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake papers and fill each paper 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20-30 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. 6. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Buttercream
  1. 1. In a stand mixer soften the butter and mix for 5 minutes so it gains some volume and goes pale in colour.
  2. 2. Add half the icing sugar and caramel sauce and mix on medium for 5 minutes. Then add the rest of the icing sugar along with 2 tbsp of milk and a tbsp of vanilla extract.
  3. 3. Continue mixing for 5 min until it's all well combined.
Piping
  1. Using a piping bag and tip, pipe the cupcakes according to how desire. Sprinkle with crushed
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Baked Chocolate Orange Doughnuts

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I recently brought a regular size doughnut pan and was so excited to try it out. I do owe a really mini doughnut pan but I found most recipes use regular sized pan.

I’ve really got a taste for chocolate and orange baked goods and I thought this would be perfect to try on my first regular sized doughnuts. I love doughnuts but love it more knowing that these are baked and not fried so less fattening! So maybe instead of having one, you can have two right??

In the original recipe, the didn’t use ganache but I wanted a bit of luxury added to these babies so I added the ganache! with luxury added comes more calories but oh well! 

These doughnuts, I felt weren’t as fluffy as the first mini cinnamon doughnuts I made but they still tasted nice. I’m still excited to try more different doughnut recipes! So watch this space!

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Baked Chocolate Orange Doughnuts
Yields 12
Chocolate and Orange Moist baked doughnuts with a thick ganache
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
13 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
13 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup + 2tbsp - plain flour
  2. 5 tbsp - cocoa powder
  3. 3/4 tsp - baking powder
  4. 1/4 tsp - baking soda
  5. 1/4 tsp - salt
  6. 43g - butter
  7. 1/3 cup - chocolate chips
  8. 1 tsp - espresso coffee (diluted in a little bit of water)
  9. 1 - egg
  10. 3/4 cup - buttermilk
  11. 1 tsp - vanilla
  12. 3 tbsp - orange juice (I added)
  13. 1 tsp - orange extract
  14. zest of 1 orange
Icing
  1. 4 oz - chopped dark chocolate
  2. 1/2 cup - cream
  3. 1 tbsp - orange juice
  4. knob of butter
  5. Extra zest for decoration (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  2. 2. If you need to make buttermilk, make and let it sit.
  3. 3. In a small saucepan heat the butter until melted (whilst that's melting go to step 4). Add the chocolate chips, coffee, orange juice and vanilla and mix until combined. Leave to cool for a few mins. Then add the brown sugar, orange zest and egg. Stir until combined.
  4. 4. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
  5. 5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold, don't over mix. Pour the ingredients in a zip lock bag and make a small incision. Pipe each doughnut hole until it's 2/3 full.
  6. 6. Bake for 13-15 min, until springy. Leave on a wire rack to cool.
Ganache
  1. 1. Whilst it's baking, make the ganache. Place the chopped dark chocolate a heatproof. In a small saucepan add the cream and bring it a simmer. Add the cream to the chocolate and stir and add the orange juice, stir a little more. Then leave for 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Leave to cool.
To decorate
  1. 1. Wait until the doughnuts were completely cool before applying the ganache.
  2. 2. Holding the doughnut, dip the doughnut in the ganache, then swirl and then pick it up.
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Mini Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts

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This is the first time I used this doughnut pan even though I have had it quite a while tut tut!

I decided to give a basic doughnut mix a try, just simple but I knew it would be tasty. I really like the taste of cinnamon. 

These mini doughnuts were amazing, light, fluffy and very doughnut like but without the extra added calories, what could be better?

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Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts
Delicious cinnamon baked version of doughnuts soft with fluffy texture
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 125g - plain flour
  2. 1 tsp - baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp - baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp - salt
  5. 1/2 tsp - ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp - ground nutmeg
  7. 1 large - Egg
  8. 65g - light brown sugar
  9. 60ml - milk
  10. 60g - yogurt
  11. 30g - unsalted butter, melted
  12. 1 1/2 tsp - pure vanilla extract
Topping
  1. 200g - Castor sugar
  2. 1 tsp - ground cinnamon
  3. 115g - unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 175°C and spray/grease a donut pan.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. In a another bowl whisk the egg, brown sugar, milk, and yogurt together until smooth. Add the melted butter and vanilla, whisking until fully combined.
  3. 3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix, the mixture will be very thick.
  4. 4. The best way to fill each donut cup is by using a piping bag, filling each doughnut cup 2 ∕3 – 3 ∕4 of the way full.
  5. 5. Bake for 9–10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned, allow to cool for about two minutes and transfer to a wire rack set. Allow donuts to cool down until you can handle them.
  6. 6. In a two bowls big enough to dip the doughnut in, combine the sugar and cinnamon in one and melt the butter in another. Dip the donuts in the melted butter first then dunk into the cinnamon/sugar mixture coating all sides. Donuts are best served immediately.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
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Panforte Squares

Panforte Squares are an italian Christmas fruit cake, originating from Siena Italy, it’s traditionally served after a meal with coffee or dessert wine. It’s filled with nuts, dried fruit and has the taste of Christmas. It’s sticky, rich, nutty and taste sooooo amazing and I love it. It’s really addictive. 

It’s quite simple to make and doesn’t take very long. I seen this in the Asda magazine and it looked so tempting and as I really love nuts it made me what to make it more. This little square is quite the little luxury.

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Panforte Squares
Fruity, nutty Italian Panforte squares
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 100g - hazelnuts
  2. 150g - blanched almonds
  3. 75g - walnut pieces
  4. 75g - shelled pistachios
  5. 200g - dried figs
  6. 200g - mixed Peel
  7. 75g - plain flour
  8. 2 tbsp - cocoa powder
  9. 1 tsp - ground cinnamon
  10. 1/4 tsp - nutmeg*
  11. 225g - caster sugar
  12. 225g - honey
  13. 50g - butter
  14. Icing sugar, to dust
Instructions
  1. 1. Either preheat the oven to 160°C or a place the nuts in a dry frying pan and cook for 7-9 minutes until golden. Once cool, roughly chop all the nuts. Also line a 8 or 9" square tin.
  2. 2. On a chopping board cut the figs into raisin-sized pieces, discarding the stems. Once the nuts are cool cut them as well.
  3. 2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. 3. In a medium saucepan put the sugar, honey and butter in a pan and heat slowly, stirring, until all the butter melts and the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. 4. Once all melted add the flour mix, chopped figs, mixed peel and nut mixture to the saucepan and mix well. Turn into the tin and level the top. Bake for 40 minutes at 160°C. Leave to cool. To serve, dust with icing sugar and cut into squares.
Notes
  1. *I used mixed spice instead of nutmeg.
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