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 you’re in the mood for a serious piece of chocolate biscuit nothing fits the bill better than a slice of chocolate traybake. This chocolate peppermint slice recipe came about because my Mum had given me a pack of three Fry’s Peppermint Creams that she wasn’t going to use and I figured I’d be able to make something tasty with them.
The other day I made dairy-free chocolate truffles and I was so impressed with the truffle mixture that fills them that I decided to try and use it in another recipe. As I was eating the dairy-free chocolate truffles it occurred to me that the truffle mixture is very similar to a ganache, a rich, creamy chocolate filling mixture that is traditionally used to fill chocolate shells. I knew that the ideal counterpart to the smooth, silky chocolate ganache would be a biscuit base, so I proceeded to make a raspberry chocolate torte with it.