Buttermilk quickbread (that’s bread without yeast) with cranberries, walnuts and orange zest. These have a sweet yogurt topping and grated orange zest on top.
Last year’s ‘Bonfire Muffins’ were a good learning experience, but this years attempt was 100x better. This is now going to be my ‘perfect’ sponge recipe – it turned out light, but solid enough to hold together with the frosting. The orange buttercream on top is two-tone (red in places, orange in others). I sprinkled popping candy on top just after piping the swirl, which with hindsight might have been a bad idea because it started popping straight away. If you’re making these for a party, you could either add the popping candy just before serving or serve it on the side for people to sprinkle on themselves.
Chocolate and orange are a great combination. I prefer mini loaves to individual Jaffa cakes – they’re easier to decorate and you can slice them for different serving sizes. I topped these with chocolate ganache and candied orange peel.
A chewy cookie with pieces of white chocolate and cranberries scattered throughout. You can swap the cranberries for cherries, raisins or nuts if you prefer. I did half with white chocolate/cranberry and half with chocolate/orange raisin. Makes 15 cookies.
A courgette recipe which doesn’t involve chocolate. I paired this with an unusual recipe for orange frosting using sour cream for an awesome citrus combination.
A tart frosting which sets after being spread onto cupcakes. Goes well with carrot cake and nuts.
- 240g powdered sugar
- 80ml sour cream (full fat)
- 20g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tsp grated orange peel
- Beat everything until smooth, then spread over the cooled cupcakes.
An almond biscuit base with chocolate custard on top. Makes an 8″ round pie.
A rich, chocolate biscotti heavily flavoured with orange from orange raisins and orange juice.
These were easy to make and were easy to flavour with orange raisins and white chocolate. I made some orange butter as well by creaming unsalted butter, orange zest and orange juice.
This was all that was left from a batch of 12 by the time I’d finished washing dishes…