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Chocolate Dipped Candied Oranges

This has to be the absolute easiest dessert to whip up for any occasion and yet it never fails on its wow factor! This is a great recipe to teach the kids or the useless cook so you’ve got that extra set of hands next time you’re busy in the kitchen.   Ingredients Candied orange quarters Good quality dark chocolate   The quantity of the ingredients really depends on how much you want to make, and neither will go to waste if they are left over (another magical touch to this recipe!!!)   Instructions 1. Slice candied oranges into strips, about 1/2 – 1 cm in width. 2.  Line a tray with greaseproof paper. 3.  Gently melt the chocolate in the microwave until it is at a dipping consistency. 4.  Dip the strips into the melted chocolate, to about half way.  Place on the tray and in the fridge to dry.     So easy

Panforte recipe

  Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts. The name literally means ‘strong bread’ and refers to its spicy and strong flavour. This traditional desert dates back to at least 1205 when it was used a tax payment to monks and nuns. If only we could pay our taxes with baking still! Panforte will add a sense of class to your Christmas gatherings and you can impress your guests with your historically important baking! Ingredients 5 tablespoons (40g) Dutch cocoa powder 2 1/2 cups (325g) mixed nuts eg. pistachio, almonds, macadamias, toasted and very coarsely chopped 3/4 cup (110g) flour 1 cup (200g) chopped candied citron or quality mixed candied fruit 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper pinch of grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder 85g dark chocolate, chopped 1 cup (200g) honey 1cup (200g) sugar extra cocoa powder for dusting powdered sugar for

Stained Glass Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients 380g dark or white chocolate (good quality) 100g candied orange, diced 12 red glace cherries, diced 75g pistachios, chopped 100g candied figs, diced Optional chilli powder or ginger powder pearl sugar   Instructions 1. Line a sandwich loaf tray with baking paper. 2. Melt the chocolate 3. If using chilli or ginger powder, mix it through 4. In the bottom of the tin spread half of the following ingredients: candied oranges, glace cherries, pistachios, candied figs and pearl sugar 5. Pour the chocolate on top. Spread the other half of the ingredients on top of the chocolate 6. Shake and tap the tin to make sure everything will set in the chocolate 7. Place in the fridge until cool 8. Remove from the tin and slice on an angle.

Cherry Varenya

This Russian inspired cherry syrup will add a unique twist to your morning or afternoon tea.  Traditionally used to sweeten hot drinks, it can also be used to make an iced tea blend or play with some decadent cocktails.   Ingredients 1/2 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 cup Italian Amarena Cherries 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice   Instructions 1. Boil the water and sugar to make a simple sugar syrup.  When the liquid is clear, add the cherries and let it boil for a further 10 – 20 minutes until a thick syrup forms.  The time will depend on the thickness of the cherries and syrup to begin with. 2. Once boiled, add the lemon juice which will help preserve and brighten the syrup.

Easy Lavender Scone Recipe

These scones will make anyone’s day that little bit nicer. Very easy to make and you will be glad you put the time into making these little lovelies. The addition of French lavender makes this classic scone recipe just perfect! Ingredients 2 1/2 cups self raising flour 1 tablespoon caster sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 30g butter 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup water 2 teaspoons French lavender   Yield 16 scones   Instructions 1. Preheat over to very hot (250ºC). Grease a deep 19cm square cake pan. 2. Sift flour, sugar, and sald into a large bowl, add lavender then rub in butter with fingertips. 3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture; add milk and almost all of the water. Using a knife, ‘cut’ the milk and water through the flour mixture to form a soft, sticky dough. Add remaining water only if needed for correct consistency. 4. Turn dough onto a