Rum, Raisin & Chocolate Ice Cream

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An easy, no churn ice cream recipe that’s full of the¬†excellent combination of rum and raisins with the added twist of orange zest and chocolate. Top with some chocolate curls and cool down in style!

Make this recipe in a 1lb loaf tin or your own plastic container, I guessed at a 2lb size but it’s too big. Don’t worry about the rum being strong flavoured as it’s heated with the raisins so you tone it down a bit (but not too much ūüėČ )

Oh excuse the pictures!¬†The¬†end product photo¬†was left in my eldest son’s hands and his artistic abilities are somewhat limited ….

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Lemon & Elderflower Drizzle Cake

A delicious and light sponge cake with both an elderflower¬†buttercream and lemon curd in the middle and topped with a simple lemon icing glaze. The secret to creating such a moist and Mmmmm response in every bite is the lemon and elderflower syrup which is drizzled over the cake while it’s still warm and let soak through.

Originally this is a Stork recipe and I found I had to change some of the proportions of ingredients to get the taste I felt was perfect. It’s a quick and simple recipe with the added bonus of only using a wooden spoon to make, even for the buttercream!

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Chocolate Orange Cookies

There’s a lovely baker called Jane who adores anything that has the combination of chocolate and orange and she regularly uses Terry’s Chocolate Orange to create wonderful recipes! I find Jane’s Patisserie a great source for those recipes that tend to create lasting memories and her Chocolate Orange Cookies are certainly one of those!

They are a wonderful combination of crispy edge and soft, chewy centre and are seriously, seriously good! I bought a second box so I could place a wedge on top of each cookie but that’s up to you. They do add something very special to the finished product though ….

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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

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I’ve always preferred no bake cheesecakes and¬†choose to make¬†ones that don’t contain gelatin. That’s why I like Jane’s Patisserie as she doesn’t use gelatin in her recipes and I’ve made several of her cheesecakes with each one always working well. As long as you follow the instruction and get the right ingredients, this will work out perfectly for you and is sure to impress.

You can decorate as elaborately as you like or keep it simple but either way, the lovely mousse like chocolate orange flavour will be a big hit with everyone. I used one box of Nestle Chocolate Orange and that gave me enough for the main cheesecake and some left to decorate.

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Lime & Coconut Macaroon Cheesecake – Gluten Free

I always think of hot summer days with this dessert. It’s got the perfect combination of two ingredients which just scream “summer”!¬† I saw John Whaite make the recipe on a show one afternoon and thought, yes that’s my type of dessert and the fact it’s gluten free is an added bonus.

Using lime curd with the cream cheese gives just the right balance of sweetness and tartness for the filling. Using melted marshmallows with the coconut for the base is a stroke of genius!

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Strawberries & Cream Cake

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I spotted this lovely, traditional style loaf cake on the front of¬†the Easy Food¬†magazine and it immediately caught my attention. Topped with fresh cream and delicious strawberries, it’s perfect for a summer tea.

I took a quick peek inside to see how they made the cake and was delighted to see they used layers of fresh strawberries in between the batter mix which gives such a lovely red and cream marble effect when you cut slices. It’s a dense enough sponge cake so it will take an hour in the oven to bake.

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Orange Drizzle Cake – Gluten Free

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This recipe originally called for a chocolate coating but it was so light and delicious that I felt it would have ruined it to cover it completely with chocolate and that you might miss out on the lovely citrus kick.

Now I know some of you may think I’ve lost the plot, there’s never a time chocolate ruins anything, but I would be very traditional when it comes to cakes and specially anything with citrus will always win out with me! So if you want, after you make this, see what you think. If you feel it would benefit from a chocolate coating, then by all means, melt and drizzle away. A few suggestions before you start baking:

  • Go for an extra citrus kick by using the¬†zest of 2 oranges or one each lemon and orange
  • Make the cake dairy free by using almond, coconut or soya milk and dairy free spread
  • You could add a good handful of chocolate chips to the batter at the very end but fold gently

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