Jaffa Cakes

It’s been a while. In fact it’s been 41 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes and 49 seconds at the time of writing this post since I lasted uploaded something. Apologies for that. To be honest, I don’t really have an explanation, it’s just been one of those times when life takes over and my poor little baking blog gets pushed to one side. Nevertheless, I’ve still been in the kitchen and am finally ready to start sharing some of my baked treats with you. For this weeks post I’ve decided to go for something a little different to what I’d usually opt for and have a go at making my very own Jaffa Cakes. I know there’s the debate as to whether a Jaffa Cake is a cake or a biscuit however, since my own turned out HUGE, I think for now, I’ll settle on them being a cake.

INGREDIENTS
Orange Jelly Cubes
1 Orange
50g Plain Flour
50g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
200g Dark Chocolate, melted

RECIPE

1. Zest the orange and set to one side. Dissolve the jelly in roughly 300ml of hot water and squeeze in the juice of the orange.

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2. Line a shallow baking tray with cling film. Pour the jelly mixture in and pop in the fridge to set.

3. Preheat an oven to 180ºc/Gas Mark 4, ensuring the shelving is centre.

4. Boil a pan of water and reduce to simmer. In a bowl over the water, whisk together the sugar, eggs and orange zest until pale and fluffy. This should take around 10 minutes.

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5. Carefully fold in the flour until throughly combined.

6. Grease a muffin tin with a little butter. Divide the mixture equally.

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7. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 10 minutes until golden and they spring back when touched.

8. Ease the sponges loose once cooled but keep them in the muffin tin.

9. Using a small circular cutter, cut 12 discs from the jelly sheet and place one on top of each cake.

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10. Melt the chocolate in either the microwave or over a pan of simmering water. Drizzle the chocolate to that it completely covers the top of the Jaffa Cakes.

11. Pop the Jaffa Cakes back in the fridge to set before removing them from the muffin tin.

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

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Diggers

These are a chewy, coconutty, delicious kind of flapjack. I had never heard of diggers before, but they’re definitely worth a try!

INGREDIENTS
120g plain flour, sifted
225g caster sugar
100g oats
80g desiccated coconut
120g butter, melted
1tbsp golden syrup
1 level tsp of bicarbonate of soda
2tbsp boiling water

METHOD

1. Grease and line a square tin. Preheat the oven to gas mark 3/ 160°c ensuring the shelving is centre.

2. Mix together the flour, sugar and oats.

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3. Melt the butter in a small pan along with the golden syrup. Gently heat until melted.

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4. Mix the bicarbonate of soda with tablespoons on boiling water. Add to the butter and syrup mix.

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5. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together throughly.

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6. Tip and press down the mixture in the tin. Alternatively, you can shape into small cookies and place ion a boing tray.

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7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden. If making as cookies, bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

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8. Cut into squares.

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 Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

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American Cookies

You must know by now that I like a cookie or two. To me an American Cookie is one of the best, the crunchy outside is perfect against the soft, chewy centre that’s oozing with chocolate. It’ll always be a winner to me!

american cookies

INGREDIENTS
250g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
170g unsalted butter, melted
200g dark brown soft sugar
100g caster sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
Milk & White Chocolate Bars (As much as you like!)

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas mark 3. Grease and line two or three baking trays.

2. Sift together the flour and salt. (The recipe also said bicarbonate of soda, but reviews said it gave the cookies a strange taste, so I left it out!)

3.In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar and caster sugar until well combined. Beat in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk until light and creamy.

4. Mix in the sifted ingredients. Break the chocolate into chunks and stir into the mix. (Roughly I used a big bar of milk chocolate and a big bar of white chocolate.)

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5. Place a generous tablespoon of the cookie dough on the tray, making sure there is plenty of room between the cookies to than can spread as they cook without getting stuck together. The recipe suggests 18 cookies, I think I managed about 14, so just judge as you go how far you can stretch the dough to.

6. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Don’t be tempted to bake them longer as you’ll lose the chewy texture. Cool on baking trays before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

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