27 Aug 2016

Gizzada

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Somewhere between a pecan pie and a macaroon, Gizzada is a Jamaican coconut tart which has a spiced coconut and brown sugar filling on top of a pastry crust.

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31 Jul 2016

Coconut & Ginger Bites

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Everyone loves things on sticks – lollipops, hot dogs, kebabs… cake is no exception. These cake pops are a light coconut and ginger sponge coated in white chocolate and sprinkled with desiccated coconut.


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03 Jul 2016

Nanaimo Bars

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Nanaimo bars are a Canadian bar from the city of Nanaimo. They have a biscuit and walnut base, custard in the middle and chocolate on top. They’re a good ‘make-ahead’ dessert for Canada Day on July 1st and a change from the predictable maple syrup and pancakes.

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26 Mar 2016

Carrot Cake Crumble Bars

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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.

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05 Mar 2016

Samoas

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Girl scout cookies“, as these are known, conjures up images of poor kids selling cookies to raise money for whatever it is girl scouts do. These shortbread cookies have a caramel and toasted coconut topping and are drizzled in chocolate.

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05 Jan 2016

Manchester Tart

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Similar to a Bakewell tart but with custard instead of frangipane topping, a Manchester tart consists of an almond shortbread crust with raspberry jam and vanilla creme patissiere, coconut and cherries. This recipe makes anough pastry and custard for the equivalent of 3 x 20cm tarts, but I made two 15cm tarts and two 10cm tarts. You can also mix the recipe up by using half of the pastry to make banana custard tarts. This is where Dr Oetker’s Banoffee Sprinkles add a nice finishing touch.

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02 Oct 2015

Monster Cookies

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Halloween means monsters, and I prefer the type I can eat to the type that eat me. These use the same recipe as the Wookie Cookies I made for Star Wars day (coconut and oats) but I added cocoa powder to half the batch for a chocolate twist.

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12 Sep 2015

Tricolor Coconut Macaroons

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In honour of Her Maj’s 64 year reign (the longest since Queen Vic), I made red, white and blue coconut macaroons. This recipe is also paleo friendly. Long live The Queen!

Tricolor macaroons

Tricolor macaroons – before and after baking

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06 Jun 2015

Chokladbiskvier (Swedish Chocolate Biscuits)

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Coconut and almonds biscuits from Sweden. These are like almond teacakes with a chocolate filling. They’re usually filled with chocolate buttercream but I found an alternate version which uses raspberries. I’ll have to wait until our forest of raspberries is ripe later in the year to try it. The recipe is below.

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30 Apr 2015

Wookie Cookies (Anzac Biscuits)

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These are an Australian favourite which I adapted to make Wookies for Star Wars day (May 4th). The coconut and oats kind of look like fur, but they’re just Anzac cookies. As cookies go, these are quick and easy, they don’t need to chill overnight and you don’t need a mixer to make them. The chocolate chips are supposed to be the ammo belt Chewie wears and the desiccated coconut is supposed to look like teeth – I was never very good at art…

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