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Cheese & chive welsh cakes

Cheese & chive welsh cakes

These are a lovely savoury twist on a sweet tea-time classic. You don’t have to limit them to afternoon indulgence though – these have proved very popular for breakfast and brunch topped with fried or poached eggs. You can use any hard, medium-fat cheese you […]

Chocolate, hazelnut & coriander shortbread

Chocolate, hazelnut & coriander shortbread

Since I changed the name of this blog I’ve been thinking about how it’s maybe a bit strange that there aren’t actually that many recipes on here that use coriander. It’s my name so I feel a little bit like it should be my trademark. […]

Peanut butter millionaires shortbread

Peanut butter millionaires shortbread

Soft tender peanut butter shortbread topped with crunchy peanuts, rich caramel and smooth creamy chocolate. What’s not to love? I can pretty much guarantee that I will never turn down a piece of caramel shortbread when it’s on offer and these are certainly no exception. I’m also a peanut butter fiend so these get a double thumbs-up from me. I was a little bit trepidatious about using it in the shortbread base at first, I wanted to be sure that I kept the crumbly texture and not end up with peanut butter cookies but I think it’s worked really well. And what goes better with peanut butter than chocolate? Except maybe caramel….

Ingredients
makes a heap
base
120g softened butter
120g smooth peanut butter (use one without palm oil)
75g sugar
225g plain flour
30g cornflour
150g unsalted peanuts
caramel
1 tin condensed milk (about 400g)
200g butter
60g soft brown sugar
big pinch of seasalt
topping
300g chocolate (anything you like)

Pre-heat your oven to 150°c and lightly grease a baking tin. I have a 13″x 9″ tin which is fairly deep and is ideal for this but you can pretty much use any shape/size tin you like, it’ll only make a difference to the thickness of the layers.
Make sure that your butter is fairly soft and cream it together with the peanut butter and the sugar. Sift in the flour and cornflour and then rub it in with your finger tips to create a mixture like fine breadcrumbs. Press this firmly into the base of your prepared tin, prick it all over with a fork and bake it for 10 minutes. Scatter the peanuts over the surface and then return the shortbread to the oven for a further 10 minutes before leaving to cool.

For the caramel, combine the condensed milk, brown sugar, seasalt and butter in a medium, heavy-based pan and melt it all together over a low heat. Give it a stir and increase the heat a little to bring it to a gentle bubble. Let it continue to gently bubble away until it has thickened a little and darkened to a rich caramel colour.
Pour the warm caramel over the cooled shortbread, spread it evenly and leave to set.
For the final layer simply melt the chocolate and then spread it over the caramel layer, marbling it if you’re using a few types. Leave to fully set before slicing.

Sultana & pine nut cake

Sultana & pine nut cake

I’ve never been much of one for rich dark fruit cake. I love dried fruit but I always find fruit cakes to be a bit too sweet and full-on. Something like this is much more my cup of tea, more cake than fruit and a […]

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are such a classically British snack. I was always quite surprised that they weren’t more popular in the States given how much they love pork but I guess their sausages aren’t quite the same as a good old British banger. Back in the […]

Apple and cranberry chelsea buns

Apple and cranberry chelsea buns

You just can’t go wrong with a Chelsea bun. Soft enriched dough crammed full of rich, sweet fillings and covered in finger-licking sticky glaze. Always a winner!
I love these warm for wintry breakfasts or with a cup of piping hot tea on a chilly afternoon. The soft sweet apple and tart, chewy, jewel-coloured dried cranberries are a perfect combination for this time of year.

Ingredients
makes 8
dough
150g strong white bread flour
80g wholemeal flour
7g easy blend yeast (1 sachet)
1 tsp sugar
big pinch of salt
25g butter
125ml warm milk
1 egg
filling
250g(ish) cooking apples
2 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tbsp cornflour
35g soft butter
75g dried cranberries
pinch of ground allspice

icing sugar and milk or warmed honey to glaze

Sift the flours into a large bowl and mix through the salt, sugar and yeast. Rub the butter into this mix. Warm the milk a little (so it’s just tepid) and use a fork to beat the egg into it. Gradually pour the egg/milk mixture into the dry ingredients and bring it all together to form a soft dough. Remember that the flour may not be able to absorb all of the liquid, so it’s a good idea to add the wet ingredients a little at a time.
Once you have a nice soft ball of dough, turn it out onto a very lightly floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until if feels smooth and springy.
Wash and dry the bowl you mixed the dough in so that it’s nice and warm and lightly oil it. Pop the dough in the bowl, cover with oiled cling film and put it somewhere warm for about an hour, until it has doubled in size.

Whilst the dough rises you can prepare the filling. Peel and core the apples before chopping them into quite small pieces. Whisk together the sugar, cornflour and allspice in a large mixing bowl and then toss the apple and cranberries in it.
Once the dough has risen take it out of the bowl and knead it again for a minute or two on a lightly floured surface. This means that all the air bubbles will be evenly distributed throughout it. Roll the dough out into a rectangle, a little bigger than a piece of A4 paper. Spread the surface with the butter and then scatter over the filling mixture. Roll the dough up tightly, starting at the long edge. Cut it into eight even-sized pieces and place these, cut-side down into a generously buttered baking dish. Re-cover with cling film and put the dish back in a warm place for another hour until the buns have risen and are sitting quite snugly in the tin.
Pre-heat your oven to 190°c. Bake the buns for about 30 minutes until they are golden brown.
Make a simple glaze by combining a couple of tablespoons of icing sugar with a splash of milk and brushing onto the buns or simply warming some honey and drizzling it over them.

 

Raspberry and Earl Grey Madeleines

Raspberry and Earl Grey Madeleines

Oops! Somehow another madeleine recipe has made it onto this blog… These are like my perfect Anglo-French treat. The floral earl grey tea goes really well with the sharp sweet raspberries and the little sponges have a wonderful melt-in-the-mouth texture. There may have been an […]

Cherry and mascarpone pasties

Cherry and mascarpone pasties

I think this post might be my biggest tribute to my Grandmas baking yet. She was a pretty decent cook, although she mostly stuck to the ‘meat and two veg’ type recipes of her era, but my goodness was she a good baker. This was […]

Garlic and herb flatbreads

Garlic and herb flatbreads

When other women go to New York they head to 5th Avenue to buy designer shoes and handbags. Not me. I head to The Bowery and trawl through the restaurant supply stores. When we went recently Mr Colonial Cravings treated me to a tortilla press (in my world this totally counts as a romantic gift!) I used to see these all the time in our local thrift store when we were living in Maryland but I never thought to buy one because ready-made tortillas were always pretty cheap and pretty good. Something I really regretted when we moved back to the UK.
I realise that I don’t actually need a tortilla press to make my own tortillas but it does make the process a bit more fun! I’ve also been using it to make some delicious flatbreads for summer picnics and barbecues.
Freshly made flat breads really are so much nicer than anything that you’ll buy in a supermarket and they really are so quick and easy to make, with or without a fancy-pants tortilla press.

Ingredients
makes about 8
225g plain flour
75g wholewheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp seasalt
2 tbsp mixed fresh herbs, finely chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
30g butter, melted
100ml water
60ml milk

Sift together the flours and baking powder. Whisk in the salt, crushed garlic and finely chopped herbs. Combine the melted butter, milk and water and then use this to bring the dry ingredients together to form a soft dough. Add it a little at a time, you may not need all of the liquid and you don’t want the dough to be sticky. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and briefly knead it. Divide it into eight equal chunks and then roll them into thin flat discs with a rolling-pin, or if you’re fancy like me then squish them into shape with a tortilla press!
Set a heavy based frying pan over a low heat and dry-fry the flat breads until the outsides are golden. It’s easiest to do this immediately after you’ve shaped them as they do tend to spring back a bit. Serve warm or cooled with your favourite dip, they’re especially good with this channa dal hummus!

Beetroot & cannellini bean dip

Beetroot & cannellini bean dip

I love hummus as much as the next person but summer barbecues when you don’t eat meat can get a bit hummus heavy so it’s nice to have a bit of a change every now and then. This recipe is ludicrously good for you! It’s […]