White chocolate cookies with raspberry cheesecake inside?! Sounds crazy but it actually works. Put your hesitations aside when you bake these – they look messy before baking but the oven forgivesall and they come out speckled with gooey cheesecake filling.
Frangipane and raspberry jam filled tarts with hearts on top for Valentines Day. These are quick to make and look great.
These were more like mini cupcakes filled with jam. Delicious, but not as donut-hole like as the last batch I made. I’ve since learned that the key to a recognizable donut taste s nutmeg. I only used a pinch as I didn’t want to over-power the raspberry jam, which may explain the lack of donut taste.
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.
Shoofly pie is an Amish treacle tart. The name comes from needing to ‘shoo’ away the flies due to all the sugar. I added walnuts to the filing because I happen to like nuts and it seemed a smidge healthier than just sugar. Hence, my version is actually closer to a pecan pie (but with walnuts) than a traditional shoofly pie. You’re free to stick with the traditional version and omit these if you prefer.
I also had enough pastry left over to make a raspberry tart (instructions at the bottom).
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.
On the run up to St. George’s Day, this is a great British recipe and is really easy to make. A sponge cake filled with jam, best served with custard.
If you were unsure, a Roly Poly is different from a Swiss roll in that a roly poly is filled with jam and usually served with custard. A Swiss roll is usually filled with jam and whipped cream and eaten without custard.
Passover is 3rd – 11th April, and Rugelach are a Jewish pastry filled with cinnamon and raisins (and in my case, chocolate and raspberry). They’re easy to make and you can swap out the filling for endless variations. I made half cinnamon/raisin and half chocolate/raspberry.
I also made some mini flags from toothpicks to show which flavours they were (PSD below). Read more
I’ve had mixed success with brownies in the past. They usually taste fine but seem to always rise too much then the crust separates. Not these though- they were insanely chocolatey and had swirls of cheesecake and raspberries throughout. I drizzled a few squares of milk chocolate over the top for added fanciness.
Soft and delicious cupcakes with chunks of raspberry fudge and chopped cranberries. Filled with homemade raspberry jam from last summer and frosted with kirsch cream cheese and hearts. The smell when I was filling these was amazing – a kind of juicy sweet smell which wafts out when you break a blueberry muffin in half from the Starbucks or Costa.
The raspberry fudge was one of the more unusual items in a Christmas baking goodie box I received. I knew it was going in these cupcakes the second I saw it.