These cookies are firm enough to hold their shape, so they work well with cookie cutters. I made an army of Darth Vader and Darth Maul for Star Wars day.
Show your support of the Rebel Alliance by making Stormtrooper cookies for Star Wars day on May 4th. These sugar cookies are vanilla and almond flavoured. They didn’t hold their shape particularly well, so half ended up as space monsters.
Packed with walnuts, these crunchy golden brown cookies have a toasted walnut flavour.
This swiss roll cooked perfectly without splitting and was light and airy. I filled it wit cinnamon cream cheese, but lemon curd or PBJ would also work well.
A sponge cake with a layer of peaches in the middle and crumble on top. This would go well with custard but I used a simple lemon glaze instead.
A traditional Mexican bread pudding made around Easter/Lent. It should really use piloncillo, a type of sugar shaped like a cone, but dark brown sugar can be used instead if you can’t find this. It uses cheese! The type of cheese is up to you – some suggest Monterey Jack while others use cheddar. Cheese tends to be more of a savoury ingredient, but there are some well known pairings in desserts – cheesecake, cheese and apples and cheese and biscuits. I used cheddar for this because it was all I could find. With hindsight, this may have been a bad choice – the taste was… interesting. This had a marmite type response with everyone who tried it – they either loved it or hated it. Good to try for Easter but not one I’d try again.
Chocolate brownies studded with Cadbury’s Creme Egg chunks. These were a tad on the gooey side, possibly due to me not cutting the Creme Eggs small enough and possibly because they should have been baked for another couple of minutes.
Carrot cake is any cake made with… carrots. I’ve made carrot cake with pineapple, carrot cake cookies and carrot cake granola but I’ve never combined carrot cake and cheesecake… until now! These carrot cake bars have a carrot cake base, cheesecake swirled with carrot jam in the middle, then carrot crumble on top.
After last years success with Simnel cake, I wanted to try something the same but different for Easter this year. Last year’s simnel cake had a biscuit/pie crust on the bottom and cake on top (with marzipan of course), but this version is more like a cake with streusel on top. Considering fruit cakes are usual heavy, this is a pretty dense cake – not too dense but not like an airy sponge cake.
I used a mix of raisins, dried apricots and cherries soaked in rum and spices overnight, but you can mix up the ratio if you prefer one fruit over another – just keep the total weight roughly the same.
Two types of chocolate in one cookies – these are half vanilla cookie with milk chocolate chips and half chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips. They’re in aid of the vernal equinox (half night/half day).