Category: Bakes and Cakes

Healthy Banana, Fig & Walnut Muffins

Usually when we have some old banana’s lying around, we reach for our usual banana bread recipe which is always gobbled up gleefully. However, last week we also had some figs knocking about so we decided to be more creative. Supremely moist and delicious, these banana, fig and walnut muffins are also incredibly healthy. We don’t want to sound too pleased with ourselves but, well, we are. You will be too when you try these beauties.   What You Need This recipe makes a dozen muffins.  11/2 cups of plain flour 2 tsp of baking powder 1/2 tsp of...

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Perfect Peanut Brittle with Sea Salt

Who doesn’t love a slice of something with their after-dinner coffee? This sweet, savoury, sumptuous slice of chocolate and caramel covered peanuts will really hit your sweet spot. If you add the sea salt it might just hit your savoury spot too. What You Need Oil for brushing 250g caster sugar 250g roasted peanuts, roughly chopped 100g plain or milk chocolate, melted Sprinkle of sea salt A spoonful of patience Method Line a baking tray with baking paper. Add the sugar, golden syrup and water to a non-stick pan and heat gently without stirring at all until the sugary...

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Tear & Share Nutella Christmas Tree

We had almost as much fun making this Nutella tear and share as we did eating it.  Oh ok then, we had marginally more fun eating it! It’s a great festive centrepiece to have and share with friends and family over Christmas. It’s best served whilst still warm from the oven.  Although who are we kidding, there’s about zero chance of it lasting 5 minutes, let alone going cold! What You’ll Need  2 flat sheets of ready made puff pastry Nutella (lots of) Crushed hazelnuts or almonds 1 egg Icing sugar to decorate Method Line a baking tray with...

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Christmas Chestnut Brownies

Brownies are big in our houses. An unwavering favourite and our ‘go to’ food for entertaining. Now, whilst we love a classic, the potential Christmas combination of chocolate and chestnut kept on whispering to us. Research led us to recipes including gluten-free Chestnut flour which, whilst a healthy possibility, but also a big fat faff as we would have to buy it especially. So all in the name of Morello Life we experimented with those handy little vacuum packed bags of chestnut puree and popped the glorious nutty mixture in the middle of our brown lava. The results speak for...

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Apple & Blackberry Sponge

Everyone likes a good sponge pudding and this is one of the easiest puddings to knock up for a Sunday lunch or family gathering at a moment’s notice. It takes less than 30 minutes to cook and is super delicious and versatile, enabling you to use up any fruit hanging around the fridge or freezer.   What You Need  For the Fruit 3 apples, either eating or baking peeled and chopped 500g of blackberries or other mixed berries 1 1/2 cups (330g) caster sugar For the Sponge 125g Butter, softened 1/2 cup (125g) of sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup...

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Chocolate Orange Mousse with Lemon Shortbread

This is a showstopper of a dessert that will win you lots of complements on Christmas Day. It’s quick and easy and can be made up to 2 days in advance so long as it is refrigerated. We made the shortbread biscuits with a tang of lemon rind but you could easily replace this with orange, cinnamon, ginger or just have them plain. To make this an even more decadent desert serve with a little jug of our dangerously versatile salted caramel sauce. Mousse – what you need 240g dark chocolate chopped (should be at least 55% cocoa – some dark chocolates...

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Rice Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

Rice pudding is comfort food pure and simple. It is simplicity defined and one that never fails to please. There are two ways of cooking it. You can either stir it continuously on the hob, rather like a risotto, or bung it all in the oven and watch the magic happen without any interference. I have to admit that we prefer the former, the stirring being rather therapeutic and incredibly satisfying. We have used our Salted Caramel sauce to give it the WOW factor, but if you prefer the old fashioned way, just throw in a large handful of...

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Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding

The best pudding for easy Sundays, hay days and holidays. This simple Salted Caramel Bread and butter pudding is a fantastic twist on the classic and as Morello Life like – it is so simple. It is simple to make and simple to eat but still looks a treat. Simples. What You Need Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding Brioche Loaf Pecan nuts Salted Caramel Sauce ( see recipe here) 3 eggs 2 tsp of Vanilla Extract 600 ml of milk (semi-skimmed and full fat are both fine) 150ml of double cream Sprinkle of Demerara sugar     If you...

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Rockin’ Rock Cakes

Rock Cakes – The Low Down. Now, there may be a slight chance these delicious scone/cupcake hybrids did not feature highly in your childhood but for us, they were a weekly staple, snuffled down with a glass of milk after school. So just in case you  missed out, here is our recipe for Rocking’ Rock Cakes. ANYONE can make these so they are also a great way to get your kids baking. Rock Cakes started out a traditional teatime treat and became a huge hit during the Second World War as they required so few rations. This is the...

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Classic Coffee & Malteser Cake

For all you coffee lovers out there, this cake is the perfect slice of heaven for your next elevenses! What’s even better is that this coffee cake is an all in one recipe – which means you really can’t go wrong. We love the light glace icing and the Maltesers crunch which also makes it easy to section the slices. Obviously you know we love a good old Malteser every chance we can get (see Cam Combo) but we did exercise great restraint when it came to the decorating. However nobody would really complain if you were to cover...

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