Apple caramels
Bonfire night / Christmas (and leftovers) / halloween / holidays / No oven / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Apple caramels

Another caramel thing, but who’s complaining? I’ve wanted to try this recipe for years and here it is: soft golden caramels with a cosy apple flavour. It’s coming up to Bonfire Night, which is when British people set things on fire when it is cold (as opposed to summer, when we set our food on fire to make the … Continue reading

Salted Caramel Brownies
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Salted Caramel Brownies

Okay, so, make these. I know at this point salted caramel is a cliche foodie thing which has become more of a gourmet marketing label and not necessarily an indicator of delicious caramel, but this bakes up into a tray of something friendly, inviting, and genuinely very good. Recently I made these for a party. I was a bit nervous, … Continue reading

Black tahini cookies, with optional eyeballs
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Black tahini cookies, with optional eyeballs

Spooky, delicious cookies, and a bit of a change from the sticky sweet candy. To be clear, I don’t think it is better–I do not buy into the whole wellness nonsense, and this holiday is all about the candy, after all!–but it’s nice to have variety. These are roasty with black sesame and, if you … Continue reading

Brownie cookies, which are ridiculous in the best way
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Brownie cookies, which are ridiculous in the best way

Brownie cookies. Forget any vaguely brown, sticky-sweet double chocolate cookies you might have had: these go full-on with plenty of melted chocolate, cocoa powder, and chocolate chunks. I have to say one of my favourite textures in baking is melted chocolate and butter. It’s just so glossy and is the perfect colour. And when you … Continue reading

Small batch vanilla bean marshmallows for your hot chocolate
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Small batch vanilla bean marshmallows for your hot chocolate

Vanilla is my favourite spice. Forget thinking of it as timid and beige–forget it, alright? It’s beautiful, dark, full, and rich, and should be respected. Marshmallows bear this perfume wonderfully. These ones have a fluffy egg white base, which means they melt slowly and perfectly into a mug of hot chocolate. There are a bunch of ways to make … Continue reading

Black sesame & honey no knead brioche braid (small batch)
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Black sesame & honey no knead brioche braid (small batch)

A truly low-effort and completely buttery brioche with swirls of toasted black sesame, all lightly sweetened with honey. Oh, England, what happened to the sun? I enjoy this weather in its own way, though. It’s not too cold where I am. The rain is long, but soft and gentle. By the time I got round to baking … Continue reading

Black sesame shortbread, small batch
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Black sesame shortbread, small batch

Let me introduce you to my new favourite biscuit: black sesame shortbread. I wasn’t expecting them to be a favourite; it just happened. I fiddled with a recipe, ate the resulting biscuits, and was delighted. Just sweet enough. Crisp, with the lightest crumb, and richly fragrant with earthy black sesame. They’re also very simple to make, even in a … Continue reading

Salted golden caramel sauce + ginger hot chocolate
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Salted golden caramel sauce + ginger hot chocolate

My favourite salted caramel sauce, made with a goodly amount of golden syrup, and my second-favourite hot chocolate, the sort actually made from scratch. I’ll be straight with you: my favourite hot chocolate is a powder mix and I make it in a microwave. I sincerely love it, not just the associated nostalgia. Now, I … Continue reading

Pear, dark chocolate & black sesame brownies
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Pear, dark chocolate & black sesame brownies

I dunno what you’re doing (or not doing) for Enforced Romance Day. However you look at what people say about Valentine’s Day, there’s always an undercurrent of, ‘If you really cared about your partner, you’d show your feelings in x manner.’ And then a sub-undercurrent of: ‘If you had any self-respect, you would behave in … Continue reading