Coconut rings are lovely little tasty bites of cake that are formed of creamy desiccated coconut which create a raised moat around a jam-filled centre. They’re a really easy bake to make and require very few ingredients too. In its dried, desiccated form coconut can be used to lend creaminess and body to curries and tagines as well as sweet and exotic fruity flavours to sweet dishes.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I had a couple of punnets of fresh cranberries left in the freezer which needed to be used up, so the other day when I was trying to fit fresh shopping into the freezer I took a pack of cranberries out to make some room and after a quick brainstorming session I decided to try making a cranberry sticky toffee pudding with them and, by Jove, it worked really well!
When I recently put a call out to my friends for ideas for recipes that they’d like to see on the blog, one of my friends suggested a cake recipe for Easter Sunday. I figured that’d be a great idea because it’s always nice to be able to bake something with your kids on Easter Sunday and it’s also an excellent day to celebrate the beautiful substance that is chocolate. (Perhaps eclipsed only by Halloween?)
At New Year my eldest stepson decided he wanted to make a giant jaffa cake for dessert on New Year’s Day and I was so impressed with it that I decided to have a bash at making one myself. It feels a bit naughty to put this up on the website because it’s so utterly easy to make, especially when you just buy a ready-made gluten-free sponge to use, but I can completely justify it because it’s delicious and that’s all that matters.