Biscotti Biscuits

Biscotti Biscuits
Biscotti Biscuits
Biscotti Biscuits
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These twice-cooked, classic Italian biscuits are a fantastic accompaniment to after-dinner coffee. Traditionally biscotti are made with just hazelnuts, but this biscotti recipe can be changed by adding zest, chocolate chips or anything else you fancy.
Servings Prep Time
8 Biscuits 10
Cook Time
25
Servings Prep Time
8 Biscuits 10
Cook Time
25
Biscotti Biscuits
Biscotti Biscuits
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These twice-cooked, classic Italian biscuits are a fantastic accompaniment to after-dinner coffee. Traditionally biscotti are made with just hazelnuts, but this biscotti recipe can be changed by adding zest, chocolate chips or anything else you fancy.
Servings Prep Time
8 Biscuits 10
Cook Time
25
Servings Prep Time
8 Biscuits 10
Cook Time
25
Ingredients
Servings: Biscuits
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 150°C/Gas mark
  2. Beat the eggs with the sugar until pale and doubled in size.
  3. Stir in the nuts, flour and baking powder until the mixture forms a dough
  4. Tip out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out two flattened logs 4cm wide, 2cm high.
  5. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until pale golden and firm
  6. Once cooked, slice into 1cm thick pieces on the diagonal,
  7. lay flat on a baking sheet and bake again for 10 minutes or until crisp
  8. Allow to cool slightly and serve. Any leftover biscuits can be stored in an air-tight container
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Sticky toffee pudding

sticky toffee pudding

Sticky toffee pudding

sticky toffee pudding
Sticky toffee pudding
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Sticky toffee pudding
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 min
Cook Time
90 min
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 min
Cook Time
90 min
sticky toffee pudding
Sticky toffee pudding
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Sticky toffee pudding
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 min
Cook Time
90 min
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 min
Cook Time
90 min
Ingredients
For hot toffee sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Chop dates finely and soak in tea for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Prepare and line a 20cm (8 in) round cake tin.
  3. Cream butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs one by one.
  5. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture.
  6. Add bicarbonate of soda, vanilla and espresso to the dates and tea.
  7. Combine both mixtures to produce a loose soft dropping consistency.
  8. Turn into the prepared tin and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until skewer comes out clean.
To make the toffee sauce:
  1. Put the butter, sugars and golden syrup into a heavy based saucepan and melt gently on a low heat.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and gradually stir in the cream and vanilla extract. Return to heat and stir for 2 to 3 minutes until sauce is smooth.
  4. Pour a little sauce onto a serving dish.
  5. Place a portion of the pudding on top and pour over more sauce.
  6. Pour remaining sauce into a jug to serve, along with softly whipped cream.
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Lemon drizzle muffins

Lemon drizzle muffins in ellesmere port

Lemon drizzle muffins

Lemon drizzle muffins in ellesmere port
Lemon drizzle muffins
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Lemon drizzle muffins
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Lemon drizzle muffins in ellesmere port
Lemon drizzle muffins
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Lemon drizzle muffins
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
sponge
Lemon drizzle
Servings: muffins
Instructions
  1. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg, yoghurt, butter and lemon juice. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Take care not to overmix.
  4. Fill muffin cases 2/3 full. Bake at 200 C / Gas 6 for 20-24 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 5 minutes; leave muffins in tin. Using a skewer, poke 6-8 holes in each muffin.
  6. In a saucepan, combine the lemon drizzle ingredients. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Spoon over warm muffins.
  7. For an added extra take 500ml of double cream and grate a lemon zest into it, wip it up and pipe onto muffins, decorate with slice of lemon
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Oat Blueberry Muffins

Oat Blueberry Muffins in ellesmere port

A moist and tender blueberry muffin made with oats and flour. They last long and you can also freeze them

Oat Blueberry Muffins in ellesmere port
Oat Blueberry Muffins
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Oat Blueberry Muffins in ellesmere port
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Oat Blueberry Muffins in ellesmere port
Oat Blueberry Muffins
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Oat Blueberry Muffins in ellesmere port
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Instructions
  1. pre heat oven to 220 C / Gas 7
  2. Combine oats, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Mix in milk, egg, and oil; mix just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Fold in blueberries.
  5. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.
  6. Bake at 220 C / Gas 7 for 20 to 25 minutes.
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chocolate chip muffins

chocolate chip muffins

chocolate chip muffins

chocolate chip muffins
chocolate chip muffins
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chocolate chip muffins
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
chocolate chip muffins
chocolate chip muffins
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chocolate chip muffins
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
Servings: muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Grease a 12-hole muffin tin and dust with flour or line it with paper cases.
  2. Beat the butter with a hand mixer until very creamy. Gradually stir in sugar and vanilla and mix well. Stir in eggs one by one, stirring well after each egg.
  3. Fold the flour, baking powder and salt alternately with milk into the dough using a spatula. Finally, fold in the chocolate pieces.
  4. Fold the flour, baking powder and salt alternately with milk into the dough using a spatula. Finally, fold in the chocolate pieces.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tin. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. Use a skewer to test if the muffins are baked in the middle.
  6. Allow the muffins about 10 minutes to cool in the tin and then cool completely on a wire rack.
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Black Forest cake

Black Forest cake in Ellesmere Port

Black Forest cake

Black Forest Gateau! This may seem like a chore to make, but the end result is well worth it. Layers of chocolate sponge, black cherry topping and whipped cream icing.

Black Forest cake in Ellesmere Port
Black Forest cake
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Black Forest cake
Servings Prep Time
12 people 1 huor
Cook Time
35 min
Servings Prep Time
12 people 1 huor
Cook Time
35 min
Black Forest cake in Ellesmere Port
Black Forest cake
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Black Forest cake
Servings Prep Time
12 people 1 huor
Cook Time
35 min
Servings Prep Time
12 people 1 huor
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
sponge
cherry filling
Cream Icing
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour two 23cm (9 in) round cake tins; cover bottoms with baking parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 400g sugar, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour cake mixture into prepared tins.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Cool layers in tins on wire racks for 10 minutes. Loosen edges, and remove to racks to cool completely.
  4. To make the cherry filling: Drain cherries, reserving 125ml juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, 200g sugar and cornflour in a 2 litre saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool before using.
  5. To make the icing: Combine whipping cream and icing sugar in a chilled bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  6. With long serrated knife, split each cooled cake layer horizontally in half. Break one split layer apart into crumbs; set aside. Reserve 1/4 of the whipped cream icing for decorating cake; set aside. Gently brush loose crumbs off top and side of each cake layer with pasty brush or hands.
  7. To assemble: Place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with whipped cream icing, then top with 180ml cherry topping. Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of whipped cream icing and cherry topping. Top with third cake layer. Ice side of cake. Pat reserved crumbs onto icing on side of cake. Spoon reserved icing into pastry bag fitted with star tip. Pipe around top and bottom edges of cake. Spoon remaining cherry topping onto top of cake.
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Jam Sponge Cake

jam sponge cake in Ellesmere Port

Jam Sponge Cake

The perfect party cake, a jam sponge is a traditional bake everyone will love.

jam sponge cake in Ellesmere Port
Jam Sponge Cake
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Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 min
Cook Time
25 min
jam sponge cake in Ellesmere Port
Jam Sponge Cake
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Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
Sponge
Filling
Servings: slices
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.
  3. Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for about 25 to 30 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed.
  4. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  5. To make the filling, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, then gradually beat in icing sugar. Beat in vanilla extract if you’re using it.
  6. Spread the butter cream over the bottom of one of the sponges. Top it with jam and sandwich the second sponge on top.
  7. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.
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Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
24 10
Cook Time
15
Servings Prep Time
24 10
Cook Time
15
Chocolate Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
24 10
Cook Time
15
Servings Prep Time
24 10
Cook Time
15
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 190C / fan 170C / gas 5.
  2. Sieve your entire dry ingredient into a bowl
  3. Mix wet ingredients together
  4. Add dry to wet and mix well
  5. Dived into muffin cups and put in oven for 15 to 20 min
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