Lemonade Scones (3 Ingredient Recipe)

Once you’ve baked these 3 ingredient lemonade scones you’ll never go back to baking ordinary scones ever again! This recipe produces super light and fluffy scones without all the fuss and hassle. Top with cream and jam to make your own classic British cream tea. 

Scones are a traditional British tea time treat, you’ll find them in bakeries, supermarkets, farm shops and tea rooms all over the country. As you might know already, I’m trained chef. I’ve worked in a lot of different catering environments since graduating and one of my first jobs out of culinary school was working as a baker/chef at a tea room in my home town.

This was my dream job because in between being in charge of the kitchen and sending out orders throughout the day I was baking lots of treats for the customers visiting the tearoom. We’re talking delicious cakes, the gooiest chocolate fudge brownies, savoury tartlets, sausage rolls and homemade gluten-free scones.

If you ever visit the UK then a trip to a British tearoom is essential during your time here. In Britain there’s debates around scones and cream teas – if you didn’t know already, the UK has several different accents and dialects and all over the country we pronounce our words differently to one another. Do you pronounce scone to rhyme with ‘cone’ or ‘gone’? I’m from down south (Eastern England), so I pronounce mine to rhyme with ‘cone’.

Also, what goes first the cream or the jam? In Cornwall it’s the jam first and cream on top and the other way around in Devon. I don’t really mind whether the cream or the jam goes first, all I know is that I love scones and don’t want to waste any time from devouring them!

The ingredients used in this scone recipe I’m sharing today make this recipe totally different to the majority of sweet scone recipes which typically include butter, sugar, flour and buttermilk/milk or eggs to bind it into a dough. The process usually involves rubbing the butter into the dry ingredients, however with this recipe minimal effort is required as you simply mix all the ingredients together until a dough forms.

The butter is replaced with double cream and the sugar is replaced with full sugar lemonade. Just be sure to use full sugar lemonade, I say this because we’re not adding any sugar to the scone dough, so all the sweetness will come from the sugar in the lemonade. I used a supermarket own brand lemonade and that worked wonderfully.

Tasting these scones transported me back to short breaks I’ve been on in the UK and eating scones in beautiful British destinations including lovely Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. I’ve enjoyed a lot of afternoon teas, some with family and friends and most recently I attended a baby shower afternoon tea for my cousin. We enjoyed some of the most delicious scones there – this is my favourite part of an afternoon tea selection and I could definitely eat scones with cream and jam all day long!

So there’s a few points to take into account when making scones. The most important thing to remember is to handle the dough as little as possible. Avoid over mixing the scone dough otherwise your scones will be dense and tough. Also, scones aren’t meant to look picture perfect – they’re supposed to be odd shapes and not uniform in appearance, this is all part of their charm!

From the photograph above I wanted to slice a scone open and show you just how fluffy these scones are. I found this recipe in the food section of a magazine I read every month and thought it looked interesting enough to bake. I was dubious of how well this recipe would go, but still I decided to go ahead and bake the scones just to see. We tasted one before I decided to quickly set up all my food photography props and grabbed my camera to take some snaps to share with you!

What a treat to bake your mum this upcoming Mother’s Day in less than a weeks time. Serve your freshly baked scones with pots of clotted/whipped cream and curd or jam. My sister and I are preparing a little afternoon spread for our mum to celebrate and we’ll be baking a batch of these scones and we can’t decide between baking this yummy Carrot Cake Traybake, Carrot Cupcakes or Pumpkin Cake (all three are our mum’s favourites) – which cake would you pick?

(Makes 10-12)

Ingredients:

400g self-raising flour, sifted

175ml double cream

175ml full sugar lemonade

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C / 200°C Fan / 425°F / Gas Mark 7. Line 2 large baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, put the flour in first and then add the wet ingredients. Mix gently until a dough comes together. Tip the dough out on a lightly floured work surface and press out until it’s 2cm in thickness.
  3. Using a 6cm cutter gently cut out the scones. Dipping the cutter in flour will stop the scones from sticking and will avoid twisting the cutter,  as this will stop them from being uneven, cut  10-12 scones from the dough – you will need to carefully re-roll the  leftover dough.
  4. Evenly space the scones out on the baking trays and bake for 12-15 minutes until they’re risen and lightly golden in colour.
  5. Transport the scones to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely before serving. I highly recommend topping the scones the British way with lashings of cream and strawberry/raspberry jam.

Scones will keep stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. They’re best eaten on the day of baking.

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Mini Cheesecakes

Made in a muffin tin, these mini cheesecakes are a yummy bitesize dessert with whipped cream and decorated with various toppings. This easy recipe makes a dozen delicious mini vanilla cheesecakes – I dare you not to eat the whole batch!

Originally posted in January 2015, recipe and photographs updated March 2020.

We’re pressing fast forward and jumping straight from 2015 to 2020 with the recipe re-do I’m sharing today! Back in 2015, little did I know many times I would bake these divine (and super adorable) mini cheesecakes. I had so much fun going back and baking an older blog recipe and I’m really pleased with the updated photographs I’ve taken of these cheesecakes.

These mini vanilla cheesecakes are scrumptious little bites of creamy cheesecake bliss and what’s so amazing about this recipe is that you can bake a cheesecake in a muffin tin! I even adapted the recipe by adding lemon juice and zest to the cheesecake filling to make Mini Lemon Cheesecakes (one of the most viewed recipes on my blog).

It’s not really a secret, I think I’ve probably told you a million times already that cheesecake is my favourite dessert? Chocolate brownies/cake is a very close second, but cheesecake (something I used to hate when I was younger) takes the crown for my most loved dessert ever.

I usually prefer No-Bake Cheesecake, but lately I’ve been really enjoying baked cheesecakes, as when made well, they’re super light and creamy and a gourmet dessert that’s pretty hard to resist.

This recipe perfect for when you don’t have the time to make a whole cheesecake, they take less than half the time to make compared to a full-sized cheesecake baked in springform tin does! These mini cheesecakes taste remind me of my favourite New York Baked Cheesecake, but you won’t have to wait as long to devour these. I love cheesecake a lot, but sometimes I don’t want a big cheesecake hanging around in my kitchen – it’s too tempting for a massive cheesecake fan like myself to fight the urge to grab slice after slice of cheesecake straight from the fridge!

Mini Baked Cheesecakes

As the cheesecakes bake they will rise slightly and upon cooling the cheesecakes will sink a little and may even develop a dip in the centre. But don’t worry too much about this as you can pile on toppings and hide this and if your cheesecakes do happen to crack you can cover it up very easily!

Once baked the cheesecakes will need to be left to cool completely to room temperature, then cover the tray tightly and chill the cheesecakes for at least 4 hours or overnight for best results. I do recommend chilling overnight if you have the time, as this will make a lot of difference regarding the taste and texture of your cheesecakes.

I chose to top my batch of cheesecakes with various toppings like homemade raspberry sauce, whipped cream, chopped strawberries and because it’s nearly Easter, I topped a few of my cheesecakes with Cadbury mini eggs. Decorate the cheesecakes right before you’re planning to serve them otherwise the toppings will go soft from the moisture in the cheesecake.

Because these are vanilla cheesecakes they suit lots of flavours. Instead of a fruit coulis/sauce why not drizzle the tops with caramel, chocolate sauce or a spoonful of curd or jam. You could even sprinkle over some chocolate chips or curls, top with pieces of your favourite chocolate bar or scatter over chopped nuts.

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

Biscuit Base:

150g digestive biscuits (1 and 1/2 cups of biscuit crumbs), crushed – alternatively you can use graham crackers

2 tablespoons caster or granulated sugar (optional)

70g (5 tablespoons) butter (salted or unsalted), melted

Cheesecake Filling:

450g (16 ounces / 1lb) full-fat cream cheese, softened – I leave mine out at room temperature for an hour to soften

130g (2/3 cup) caster or granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 170°C / 150°C Fan / 325°F / Gas Mark 3. Line a 12-hole cupcake/muffin tin with 12 paper liners.

2. Mix together the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter until well combined. Using a tablespoon measure distribute the biscuit crumbs into the muffin cases and press down with a teaspoon until level. Bake the biscuit bases for 5 minutes until lightly toasted. Take out of the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

3. Whilst the biscuit bases are cooling make the cheesecake filling. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer beat the cream cheese for to soften. Gradually add the sugar and once it’s all added continue to mix for another minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix through – at this point make sure you scrap down the base and sides of your mixer to make sure the batter and ingredients are all well incorporated.

4. Evenly distribute the cheesecake batter between the paper liners – spoon roughly 3 tablespoons of the batter into each prepared mini cheesecake base making sure you fill 2/3 of the way up of each. (I start with a tablespoonful in each case and go round again until the batter mix is used up.)

5. Bake the cheesecakes for 22-24 minutes or until the centres are just set. Once set take out of the oven and leave to cool in the tin completely. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, gently run a butter knife around the outside of the muffin case to help release the cheesecakes from the tin, as the biscuit base can sometimes release some butter which makes the case stick slightly. The cheesecakes will keep stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes: 

  • For the biscuit base I like using a plain flavoured biscuits like digestives or rich tea. Graham crackers are a good substitute for overseas readers.
  • To save you time weighing out ingredients: 150g of digestive biscuits crumbs is exactly 10 digestive biscuits and that’s 1 and 1/2 cups of biscuit crumbs for anyone using cup measurements.
  • I like adding a couple of tablespoons of sugar to my biscuit base to sweeten it, however this is optional and you don’t have to add any sugar to the base ingredients if you prefer not to.

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Chickpea Tikka Masala

Tasty and filling chickpea curry is a quick weeknight vegan dinner served with rice, chapatis, naan bread or poppadoms. Lunch/dinner will be ready and on your table in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.  

Curry is one my many favourite meals and it’s become a staple dinner of mine. It’s delicious, full of vibrant flavours, but I’m sure you’d probably never have guessed how easy and quick it is to make yourself?

One of my work colleagues is extremely kind and often brings me in authentic vegetarian Indian curries and chapatis to take home and have when I finish work for the day. It’s something I really appreciate as once I get in from work, having been on my feet all day long I don’t usually feel like cooking anything for myself.

Her chickpea and potato curry is especially amazing and it tastes so good. I love making vegetable curries myself, but the recipe I usually make takes a long time (a couple of hours) for the sauce to simmer before it’s ready to serve. I wanted to make a curry that wouldn’t take as long to prepare, but didn’t lack any flavour.

I’ve made a lot of chickpea curries myself, but this one is my favourite yet. I found the recipe on Loving It Vegan and made just a couple of small changes to the original recipe by adding curry powder as well as garam masala and some mango chutney for sweetness – I love adding mango chutney to my homemade curries and if you’ve never tried it then you must!

Once all the curry ingredients are in your saucepan just cover the pan with a lid and leave your curry to simmer away for 10-15 minutes. Then, when it’s ready, garnish your bowl of curry with lime wedges, chopped green or red chillies and fresh coriander/cilantro.

The curry has a nice light spiced flavour and the coconut milk adds incredible creaminess making this curry a fusion between a korma and tikka masala.

I know this recipe is one I will make often from now on and I’m considering changing it up and adding different vegetables like bell peppers, green beans, mushrooms and potato the next time I make it, which I’m sure will be just as yummy.

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons coconut oil – adds amazing flavour but you can substitute with vegetable oil

1 red or white onion, finely diced

3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon curry powder – I use medium tikka curry powder

1/4 teaspoon garam masala

1/2 teaspoon cumin – ground or seeds

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 x 400g (14 ounce) cans of chickpeas, drained

400ml (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes

400ml (14 ounce) can coconut milk – I use full-fat

1 tablespoon mango chutney or sugar

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. On medium heat, melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes until softened. Now add the spices (curry powder, garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric and cayenne) and toast the spices off for a further 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add the drained chickpeas, tomatoes and coconut milk along with the mango chutney or sugar and season with salt and black pepper. Cover the curry and leave it to simmer for 10-15 minutes until it’s thickened slightly and the flavours have all blended together.
  3. Serve the curry over rice with chapati, naan bread or poppadoms. We like squeezing fresh lime over the top before eating. The curry will keep stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

More vegan recipes to try next! 

Roasted Vegetable Couscous – a great Mediterranean inspired meal served with falafel

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Patatas Bravas

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Vegan Banana Bread

This easy and simple banana bread is a delightfully good vegan treat that uses everyday ingredients and tastes like it’s been made in a bakery! Vegans and non-vegans alike will rave about this recipe. 

 

I’m finally back after a bit of time off over the festive season with my first recipe of 2020 and I guarantee that you’ll go bananas for it!

This year I’m partaking in Veganuary, for the 31 days of this month (at least) I’m going entirely vegan and I’m eating a completely plant-based diet. So far I’ve been really enjoying veganism. Before going vegan I’d been vegetarian for a while and wanted a new challenge to take on.

My sister has gone vegan too and as a family we’ve all been thoroughly enjoying sitting down at the end of the day to devour a vegan feast each night for dinner. This is actually the first time in ages I’ve felt super excited about baking/cooking, for a while I’d felt uninspired but going vegan has encouraged me to really think about what exactly I’m eating and where it’s sourced from.

I also wanted to set myself the goal of sharing more vegan recipes on my blog as I only have a few on here and want to expand the collection. I’ve worked hard in my kitchen at home to bake some vegan treats. Whether you’re following a vegan lifestyle, cannot eat dairy/eggs or simply just want to try some vegan food, then I hope you’ll like the recipes I will be sharing.

I’ve trialled this banana bread recipe out a couple of times as I wanted it to be perfect before posting on here. Every time I’ve baked it, it’s disappeared within a couple of days and as soon as the last slice has been eaten, I’ve been craving it all over again!

This vegan banana bread uses no out of the ordinary ingredients that are sometimes found in vegan bakes. You’ll just need overripe bananas, sugar (either caster/granulated or brown sugar), oil, vanilla extract, non-dairy milk (I use soya), apple cider vinegar, flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. The soya milk was literally the only ingredient I had to go out and buy to make this recipe, but since going vegan my fridge is now full of plant milk!

My taste testers all agreed that this vegan banana bread is identical in taste and texture to my classic banana bread recipe – dare I say it that I think this version is even better! I’ve adapted this recipe slightly from Betty Crocker’s Vegan Banana Bread recipe and highly recommend you give it a try if you’re as crazy for banana bread as I am.

Mix the recipe up as much as you want by adding extra ingredients such as chopped nuts (hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts) or even some good quality dark chocolate.

Also, if you like spices in your bakes, try stirring a touch of ground cinnamon or mixed spice into the batter.

I have one successful vegan sweet recipe ticked off my list, now on to the next!

Ingredients:

60ml (1/4 cup) unsweetened plant milk – I like using soya milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

3 overripe bananas – you’ll want the skin to be spotty and turning black

200g (1 cup) sugar – you can use a mix of caster/granulated or dark/light brown sugar

120ml (1/2 cup) oil – you can use coconut, canola/vegetable or even melted vegan butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

240g (2 cups) all-purpose/plain flour

3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Method:

  1. Line a 900g / 2lb loaf tin with parchment paper, leaving some paper overhanging the edges of the tin so you can lift the banana bread out easily once it’s baked. Set the tin aside for later. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4.
  2. In a small bowl or jug, add the soya milk and apple cider vinegar, stir and leave it for 5 minutes – this helps the cake to rise.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas until they’re smooth. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract and the milk/vinegar mixture and beat until smooth and completely combined. Now sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt over the top of the other ingredients and gently fold until no lumps of flour remain – be careful not to over mix the batter.
  4. Transfer the batter into the tin and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a cake tester when inserted into the centre comes out clean without any uncooked batter attached to the cake tester. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove the banana bread from the tin and leave it to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Once the banana bread has cooled to room temperature, slice it up and enjoy. The banana bread will keep stored in an airtight container for up to one week. The banana bread is delicious served as it is or spread with vegan butter, chocolate hazelnut spread or peanut butter.

Enjoy!

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White Chocolate Coconut Snowball Cheesecake

Get into the Christmas spirit with a slice of this white chocolate cheesecake with a coconut biscuit base and topped with desiccated coconut, white chocolate and Raffaello truffles! 

Today, I have another Christmas recipe to share. I eat cheesecake a lot throughout the year, but even more so around Christmastime! I couldn’t let 2019 come to an end and not share one last cheesecake recipe this year in time for Christmas Day and the New Year.

I’ve taken this No-Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake I made for my blog in April 2016, having made that cheesecake on a whim for a dessert to serve for family friends we had coming over and because it proved so popular with our guests, I quickly changed my mind and declared it a blog-worthy recipe!

That certainly was a good decision as the cheesecake soon became (and still is) one of the most popular recipes on this website, it’s a recipe I always get brilliant feedback on from people who’ve made it and hearing people say that this white chocolate cheesecake is one of the best cheesecakes they’ve ever made puts a big smile on my face. So since this recipe receives many positive reviews, I’ve come up with the idea of putting a festive spin on it.

This coconut and white chocolate cheesecake will be the star the show on your Christmas table without a doubt, it’s a cinch to prepare and tastes amazing.

So to make this cheesecake different to my other recipe I made just a couple of changes. The biscuit base is made with Nice biscuits instead of digestives. If you’re not familiar with Nice biscuits, they’re coconut flavoured and have crunchy sugar crystals baked on the top and they’re very delicious! I believe they’re available in most supermarkets.

I think you’ll agree that coconut and white chocolate work well and really compliment each other.

To finish, decorate your cheesecake creation however you wish to. I didn’t want my decoration to be too elaborate so I stuck to a few simple finishing touches as sometimes less is more.

For the photographs I decorate the cheesecake with the Raffaello truffles which were the snowballs. For the slice of cheesecake pictured, I placed some white chocolate chips around the edge, then sprinkled the slice with desiccated coconut and popped a white chocolate coconut truffle on top just before serving.

(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Coconut Biscuit Base:

300g Nice biscuits or other coconut flavoured biscuits

140g butter (salted or unsalted)

White Chocolate Cheesecake: 

600g full-fat cream cheese, softened – I leave mine out at room temperature for about an hour to soften

45g icing sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

300ml double cream, chilled

300g white chocolate, broken/cut into small pieces

Decoration: 

Desiccated coconut

White chocolate chips or curls

Method:

  1. To make the biscuit base: Break the biscuits up into smaller pieces. Place in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin or place the biscuits in a food processor and process until they’re fine crumbs. Mix together with the melted butter. Press the biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cheesecake tin until compact and firm. Leave in the fridge whilst you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. To make the cheesecake filling: Melt the white chocolate over a bain-marie or in a heatproof bowl in the microwave in 20-second intervals. Leave to cool slightly.
  3. Beat together the softened cream cheese with the icing sugar and vanilla. Now add the melted white chocolate and continue to mix until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the cream until soft peaks form. Fold the cream in two batches into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Spread the cheesecake filling on the prepared biscuit base and smooth over with a palette knife or spatula. Cover and leave to set in the fridge for at least 6-8 hours or preferably overnight.
  6. To serve, decorate the top of the cheesecake with desiccated coconut, white chocolate chips/curls and Raffaello truffles.

The cheesecake will keep stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

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Gingerbread Caramel Dodgers

Christmassy gingerbread biscuits with a decadent caramel filling. A seasonal twist on the British biscuits, jammy dodgers! 

Christmas is now less than a month away and December only a few days away. Christmas is a wonderful time of year for many, I really love the festivities and getting together with family and friends. Being a foodie, I also have a great time baking and eating lots of my favourite foods.

This year I’m really looking forward to having Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off work, last year was my first experience working on Christmas Day but this year I’m really happy to be spending the day catching up and relaxing with my family at home.

Since I was a kid, our family tradition on Christmas Eve is spending the entire day in the kitchen baking and getting all the preparation done for Christmas Day. My sister and I have tonnes of fun decorating a gingerbread house and then the evening we spend lounging around watching Christmas films and TV.

By the end of this blogging year I have plans to share a couple more Christmas recipes, the recipe I shared before this one is for Cinnamon Rolls and those are perfect your Christmas Eve/Day breakfast.

Today I have a scrumptious Christmas biscuit recipe for you, pop a plate of these on the table and they’ll be gone in moments.

I’ve baked different ginger biscuits for my blog, sharing these Gingerbread Men and Gingernuts previously. I’m a massive fan of anything gingerbread related and even more so over the festive season. I’m not a lover of a few typical Christmas foods like Christmas cake/pudding, mince pies or chocolate-mint/peppermint flavoured bakes/confectionery, so that’s why I always celebrate gingerbread over Christmas!

I love the idea of putting a delicious, Christmassy spin on the British classic, jammy dodgers! I’ve shared a recipe for classic Jammy Dodgers on my blog, but this Christmas version has the traditional gingerbread flavour from a combination of ground ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice and instead of jam it has a sweet caramel filling – are you swooning yet?

These homemade biscuits look cute and they’re such a special treat served with ice cream or dunked into a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

gingerbread caramel dodger recipe

(Makes 18-24)

Ingredients:

Gingerbread Dough:

100g butter (salted or unsalted), softened

75g dark or light brown sugar

3 tablespoons golden syrup

1 large free-range egg yolk

225g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

Caramel Filling:

Approx. 18-24 teaspoons caramel/dulce de leche

Method:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and mix until combined. Now sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice. Mix until a dough comes together. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and flatten into a flat disc, leave to chill in the fridge for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Line two large baking trays with parchment paper and set aside. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it’s approx. 1/4-inch in thickness. Using a 8cm cutter (mine has fluted edges) stamp out 36-48 rounds (how many you get depends on the size of the biscuit/cookie cutter you use) and arrange on the baking trays leaving some space between each biscuit.
  3. Using a smaller biscuit/cookie cutter (heart or star shapes are my favourite) and stamp out the centre of half the rounds. Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Leave to cool on the baking trays for a few minutes, then transport to a wire rack and leave the biscuits to cool completely. Bake off the mini biscuit/cookies for a little less time than the other biscuits as they’re smaller and won’t take as long to bake – I’d recommend 5-8 minutes depending on how crisp you like them.
  4. Assemble the biscuits by placing a heaped teaspoon of caramel on the whole biscuits and sandwich with the cut-out biscuits. Dust each biscuit with icing sugar and serve.
  5. The biscuits will keep stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes:

  • The biscuit dough needs chilling for at least one hour. The gingerbread dough can be made and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days before baking or frozen for up to a month. If the dough is frozen when you’re ready to bake the gingerbread, leave the dough to defrost for 3-4 hours until it’s soft enough to roll out.
  • Bake the biscuits for a few minutes less if you prefer a softer textured biscuit.
  • If caramel isn’t your thing, alternatively fill the biscuits with apricot jam or lemon curd.

The original Jammy Dodgers recipe I’m sure you will like just as much

Love gingerbread just as much as I do? Try these cute and festive Gingerbread Men next

Gingernuts are another traditional British biscuit perfect for Christmastime

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Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade from scratch cinnamon rolls. Wake up to these tempting rolls for breakfast or brunch for a delicious start to your day! 

 

A batch of freshly baked cinnamon rolls is my go-to breakfast treat on weekends off work and the smell of these baking in the oven is simply so enticing.

I’ll quite happily admit that I’ve baked (and still do!) those super scrumptious pre-made cinnamon rolls that are cross-between bread and pastry and come with a small pot of sugar to make into icing. When I’m not too busy and have some spare time to be the kitchen, then I really do love baking bread and preparing enriched dough.

I have a handful of bread recipes on my blog, mostly savoury, so for a change I felt like baking a sweet bread recipe. Making enriched dough was one of my first patisserie lessons at culinary school. Back at the start of my first year, myself and my fellow classmates/chefs in training were set the task of baking Chelsea buns and various bread recipes to develop our dough and bread making skills – I learnt a lot in those classes and was inspired to continue baking bread.

I’m yet to meet anyone who doesn’t enjoy cinnamon rolls. I can’t get enough of the soft, pillowy dough filled with a yummy cinnamon-infused butter and sugar mixture. I figured you’d probably share the same love of cinnamon rolls as I do?

You’ll start this recipe by preparing the dough. Take strong white bread flour and add salt, dried yeast, sugar, softened butter, an egg and milk. I also add the zest of an orange to my dough as I really like the flavour it adds, but this is an optional ingredient.

Mix all the ingredients and knead your dough until it’s well elasticated. Leave the dough until it’s doubled in size – this recipe is one that takes a bit of time and patience, but I promise you it’ll be worth the wait.

While the dough rises, you can prepare the buttery cinnamon sugar mixture. Take the same quantity of butter and light brown sugar and add a tablespoon (you can add more if you’re a super fan) of ground cinnamon, after giving it a good mix it’s ready to spread evenly over the dough.

Now roll the dough up tightly lengthways and cut 12 pieces from the dough – don’t worry if each piece is not identical or the same size/shape as that really won’t matter once your cinnamon rolls are baked. Generously butter a baking tin (exact measurements listed in the method below) and place the cinnamon rolls in the tin – there will be space between each roll and enough room for them to expand and join up on the second rise.

Once the rolls have all joined up and have doubled in size, now they can be baked. You don’t want these to colour too much on top as they dry out very easily in the oven if baked for too long. Leave the rolls to cool slightly and in the meantime you can get all your ingredients ready to prepare the icing to top the cinnamon rolls with.

The cinnamon rolls right in the centre are my favourite – I love how extra soft they are and like how slightly crisp cinnamon sugar filling goes on top when baked

I decided this time to decorate these cinnamon rolls with a zingy orange drizzle icing. I absolutely adore cream cheese frosting, however since the recipe I shared before this one was covered in a generous layer of cream cheese frosting, I decided something different would be a nice choice for these cinnamon rolls.

I recommend eating these cinnamon rolls on the day of baking to truly experience them at their best, but they will last for up to 2-3 days at room temperature. That being said, we thought these rolls tasted just as good on the second day as they did on the day of baking.

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

Dough:

500g strong white bread flour

1 teaspoon salt

50g light brown sugar

14g fast-action dried yeast (2 x 7g standard UK packets)

1 large orange, zested (optional)

75g butter (salted or unsalted), softened and cut into small cubes

200ml milk, luke warm – this must be warm to the touch, but not boiling hot otherwise the yeast will not activate

1 large free-range egg, at room temperature

Cinnamon Filling: 

125g light brown sugar

125g butter (salted or unsalted), softened

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Orange Drizzle Icing: 

150g icing sugar

2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice or water – start by adding a little at a time until the icing reaches your preferred consistency

Method:

  1. To make the dough: In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, salt, sugar, yeast and orange zest (if using). Mix to combine and add the softened butter. Using your fingertips, rub the butter in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the warm milk and the egg and mix until a dough forms.
  2. Knead the dough by hand or with a dough hook attachment in a stand mixer for 10 minutes until smooth and elasticated. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and leave the dough somewhere warm for 80-90 minutes until the dough has doubled in size.
  3. To make the filling: Cream together the sugar, butter and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Set aside for later.
  4. Grease the base and sides of a 23cm x 30cm / 13 x 9-inch baking tin with extra butter. When the dough has doubled in size, tip it out the bowl and knock the air out. Lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough out into a rectangle, the thickness of a pound coin. The long side of the dough should measure approx. 30cm / 12-inch long.
  5. Evenly spread the cinnamon mixture over the dough, ensuring the mixture reaches all the edges.
  6. Starting with the long side of the rectangle, roll the dough up into a sausage shape. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 rolls.
  7. Place the rolls side by side in the baking tin, with the spiral facing upwards. Cover and leave somewhere warm until they’ve all joined up and have nearly doubled in size – this should take approx. 45-60 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 200°C / 180°C Fan / 400°F / Gas Mark 6. Bake the rolls for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4 and bake for a further 15-20 minutes until the rolls are a light golden colour on top. Leave to cool in the tin for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. To make the icing: Mix together the icing sugar and enough orange juice/water until the icing reaches your preferred consistency. Drizzle the icing over the top of the cinnamon rolls and leave to set for about 5-10 minutes.
  10. Once the icing has set, the cinnamon rolls are ready to eat. The rolls will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days.

Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Homemade pumpkin cake filled with cosy spiced flavour is both easy and quick to make. Decorated with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and dusted with extra cinnamon, this cake is a quintessential autumn treat. 

Autumn is well and truly here now with the arrival of the cooler weather and darker evenings. We’ve said goodbye to summer and now we’re all looking for comforting, cosy and warming recipes. I’ve already been indulging in lots of my favourite autumnal recipes and I always look forward to the start of a new season.

I love all seasons, but spring/summer are my personal favourites. In summer we’re eating lighter meals that aren’t too heavy, whereas in the autumn and winter months it’s all about devouring (savoury and sweet) pies, stews and indulgent desserts and puddings – I’m certainly not complaining about the last part…

A recipe I think is just perfect for autumn is this pumpkin cake and if you’re a lover of carrot cake then this cake will hit the spot for you! I really enjoy cakes that are full of spices, so much so that I shared this Spice Loaf Cake recipe earlier this year and after sharing that recipe I wanted to make a pumpkin spice traybake for my blog.

Compared to carrot cake this pumpkin version is SO much easier and quicker to prepare, no peeling and grating carrots and best of all it takes a matter of minutes to rustle up and have in your oven baking!

Whilst this cake is scrumptious on its own, my favourite part of this recipe is still the incredible frosting that tops it. For me, no frosting pairs better with pumpkin cake than cream cheese frosting does.

My cream cheese frosting is rich and smooth, it’s not too sweet and pipes wonderfully – this is a recipe I learnt while studying at culinary school and it’s totally fail-proof if you follow the instructions closely and take your time while preparing it.

This truly is one of my family’s favourite cakes, it’s always a huge hit with everyone and goes down a storm (it’s definitely something to do with the amazing cream cheese frosting)! Perfect for an autumn treat, serve the cake at Halloween parties this week, take along to a firework display on Bonfire Night or for any readers celebrating Thanksgiving in the States next month, this could be your showstopper dessert to serve on the special day!

(Serves 12-20)

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Cake:

4 large free-range eggs, at room temperature

350g caster sugar

240ml vegetable oil

425g (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin

300g plain flour

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting: 

100g butter (salted or unsalted), softened

100g icing sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

300g full-fat cream cheese, softened – I leave mine out at room temperature for an hour to soften

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Line a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33cm) tin with parchment paper.
  2. To make the cake: In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil and canned pumpkin until well combined. Now over the top of bowl sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix until all the ingredients are completely incorporated.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the cake tin and smooth the top over evenly with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake – my cake took around 35 minutes before I was happy with it being baked all the way through. Now leave the cake to cool in the tin completely before preparing the frosting.
  4. To make the cream cheese frosting: Cream the softened butter in a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes to soften. Now add the sifted icing sugar and vanilla and starting on a low speed mix to combine. Continue to cream for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Once creamed add the softened cream cheese. Turn the mixer up and whisk on high speed for another 1-2 minutes or until the frosting is creamy, thick and smooth. You need to use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with a whisk attachment to make sure the frosting reaches the correct consistency.
  6. Decorate the cake as desired, either spread the top of the cake with the cream cheese frosting or slice the cake up into pieces and pipe the top of each piece with the frosting.
  7. This cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days – without the cream cheese frosting the cake itself will last for up 5 days. We prefer ours chilled and eaten straight from the fridge, but it’s also great served at room temperature.

Similar recipes to try!

Spice Loaf Cake

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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The White Isle Revisited: A Fortnight In Ibiza

A last glimpse of summer: today I’m sharing photos from my summer vacation to Ibiza. I love photography and travel and this holiday has been a highlight of my year. I hope you enjoy this blog post as much as I enjoyed putting it together. 

Santa Eulària des Riu

No new recipe, but instead I’m checking back in with a travel blog post today. During mid September I went away on a fortnight holiday to Ibiza, I had an absolute blast and it was really lovely returning to one of my favourite places and spending some quality time with my family.

I first visited Ibiza (or Eivissa in Catalan) 3 years ago, since then in the last couple of years I’ve shared blog posts about other destinations I’ve visited including Cyprus and Puglia. This is something I’d like to continue doing as travel is such a big passion of mine along with photography – I love sharing my recipes, but it’s also nice to share some different types of posts on my blog too.

Ibiza is a beautiful island and aside from its famous party reputation, this island has so much more to offer like secluded coves, stunning vistas, fantastic hikes and beach walks and a vibrant cuisine. All the ingredients for a wonderful holiday and somewhere you’ll always go to and have a good time! Once you’ve been to Ibiza there’s something that draws you back again and makes you dream of living there someday…

Blue skies and palm trees – a view of our villa’s garden. Ibiza is true bliss and somewhere I definitely recommend adding to your travel bucket list!

This year we changed our holiday schedules around and at the moment I’m lucky to go away 3 times a year. Earlier this year in March we visited Wiltshire, Somerset and the Dorset coast, then in June we travelled all the way up to Edinburgh, Scotland. Normally, we have our fortnight summer holiday in June, but this year we thought it would be nice to have summer at home and then an extended summer somewhere with guaranteed sunshine and warmth in September.

It’s been a real shock coming back home to the UK and going from summer straight into autumn! I’m not going to lie, I’m finding it hard to adjust to the cooler, darker weather and getting into the swing of going to work, but saying that I know there’s so much to look forward to and I already can’t wait to start planning all the trips I want to go on next year.

A beautiful sunrise at the villa

We managed to visit many places we’d been to on our last trip to Ibiza and we got to see some new places too, including Es Vedrà (pictured below). I love a mix of activities when on holiday, I like time to relax and recharge my batteries, but I also want to get out and about and explore as much as I can in the limited time I have. The Cala d’Hort beach is close by and from the beach you will be able to see a view of Es Vedrà just off shore, so once you’ve taken some photos of the rock afterwards you can pop down to the beach and take a dip to cool off!

Es Vedrà

Dalt Vila, Ibiza Town

Ibiza Town was just as lovely as we remembered. There’s the modern part of town to walk around and if you’re in good health and are fit you can wander up to the Dalt Vila which is the old town. The streets are beautiful and you get completely lost in the atmosphere and vibe – you can sit in one of the many cafés and enjoy some refreshments and even a plate of Pan con Tomate (toasted bread topped with tomato). This is a popular breakfast in The Balearic Islands and I eat it quite often for breakfast or lunch at home. 

Ibiza Stonehenge

Ibiza Stonehenge

Last time we didn’t manage to see Ibiza Stonehenge, but this time visiting it was definitely on our Ibiza bucket list. This was a great attraction to go and see, Stonehenge Ibiza-style is located on the South West coast of the island and has stunning blue sea views. Definitely worth taking the time to visit!

Cala Benirrás – one of our favourite beaches on the island!

There are many gorgeous beaches in Ibiza, but one of our favourites is Cala Benirrás. This was one of the beaches we visited most during our stay and it didn’t get too crowded thankfully, but at weekends the beaches do get busier at times. My favourite time visiting was quite early before anyone else turned up and there was literally no one there and we had the beach to ourselves. The water was beautifully refreshing and the peace and tranquility along with the scenery was nothing short of amazing.

Sea views in Ibiza Town

We stayed in a villa which was a short drive from Santa Eulària des Riu, the same place we stayed last time we visited Ibiza. Each year when we’re abroad we all enjoy shopping for ingredients and making food at the villa – it’s fun and all part of the experience for us! My family is just as adventurous when it comes to eating and we all love Spanish food, so we couldn’t get enough of patatas bravas, tortilla de patatas and our favourite sweet treat was magdalenas (pictured below).

Magdalenas Azúcares 

These are traditional Spanish sugar muffins popular in bakeries with a light citrus flavour. You can buy small magdalenas, but the bakery-style ones (also available from the supermarket bakeries too) I do believe are the best. I’m working on recreating these muffins and once I get the recipe perfected I hope to share them.

Ice cream is essential all year round, but it’s even better eating it when on vacation! I highly recommend Gelateria Miretti in Santa Eulària des Riu – the shop sells traditional Italian-style gelato and there are so many yummy flavours to choose from. On one occasion I had hazelnut and white chocolate and on another I chose strawberry and yoghurt. We like to take a walk each evening and treated ourselves to ice cream or frozen yoghurt from Llaollao most nights. The last time I had fro-yo was in New York City about four years ago and hadn’t had it since so I was super excited to find a fro-yo shop in Ibiza!

A holiday is never complete without churros con chocolate sprinkled with lots of sugar!

You cannot go to Spain and not treat yourself to churros! In Ibiza I recommend churros from Cafeteria Royalty. We get our churros from here and the fresh juices are delicious too, between us we had fresh orange juice and an apple, strawberry and orange juice. A nice, relaxing morning sitting back devouring churros whilst watching the world go by – what could be better?

Santa Eulària des Riu by night

That’s it, another wonderful holiday and lots of memories made. Ibiza will always hold a very special place in my heart, there is still so much I want to discover and see in Ibiza, so I know I’ll definitely be returning and hopefully I won’t leave it as long next time!

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this and have a passion for travel, then give these other blog posts I’ve written a read!

Puglia, Italy

Cyprus

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Butterscotch Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Indulgent homemade cupcakes with butterscotch and caramel flavour in every tasty bite. Each cupcake is individually garnished with a drizzle of caramel and decorated with fudge chunks. 

I’ve baked traditional British sponge cakes for as long as I can remember – it was the first recipe I learnt to bake and I’m the most confident with baking this kind of cake.

I love the classic sponge cake, but what’s really wonderful is how versatile it is. With this new recipe, I’ve revamped a plain sponge cake batter by swapping caster sugar for brown sugar and added a packet of Butterscotch Angel Delight, which is butterscotch flavoured mousse – I don’t mind it served as mousse, but I prefer mine baked into a cake!

One taste of these cupcakes and you’ll be in caramel heaven. Adding butterscotch mousse/pudding to the cupcake batter brings another dimension, but if you can’t find it where you live or just don’t feel like adding it then omit from the recipe. Also, use up some of the leftover caramel/dulce de leche and give your cupcakes a caramel filling.

The cake itself is beautifully airy, light and moist. I topped these cupcakes with caramel buttercream made from four simple ingredients (butter, icing sugar, a pinch of salt and caramel (homemade or readymade). Whilst the caramel buttercream is super delicious, equally a (milk or white) chocolate, cinnamon or vanilla buttercream would be complementary too.

I might just bake these cupcakes again to try out all the different buttercream ideas I suggested!

Surprise any caramel and cupcake lover with this special treat. Trust me, you’ll be baking a second batch of these cupcakes without hesitation!

(Makes 12)

Butterscotch Cupcakes: 

150g butter (salted or unsalted), softened

150g dark or light brown sugar

3 large free-range eggs, at room temperature

150g self-raising flour, sifted

1 x 59g packet Butterscotch Angel Delight – this is one standard UK packet (optional)

4 tablespoons milk

Caramel Buttercream: 

125g butter (salted or unsalted), softened

350g icing sugar, sifted

Generous pinch of salt

100g caramel or dulce de leche

Method: 

  1. To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole cupcake/muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition. Fold through the flour, butterscotch mousse/pudding (if using) and milk – the cake batter will be quite thick.
  3. Evenly distribute the cupcake batter between the paper cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cupcakes are well risen, golden and a cake tester when inserted into the centre of one of the cupcakes comes out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tin for a few minutes then transport them to a wire rack and allow the cupcakes to cool completely.
  4. To make the buttercream: Cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy – this should take about 3-5 minutes. Now add the salt and caramel/dulce de leche and continue mixing until they’re incorporated.
  5. Decorate the cupcakes with the buttercream as desired, you can spread the buttercream on with a small palette knife or pipe the buttercream on the cupcakes like I did. Garnish with extra drizzles of caramel/dulce de leche and fudge chunks. I especially love decorating my bakes with Cake Angels Salted Caramel Fudge Pieces or the yummy Zillionaire Sprinkles.

The cupcakes will keep stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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