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What you need:

1 cup dark chocolate or milk chocolate
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp corn syrup
3 cups vanilla wafers, crushed into crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup of dark rum (or brandy or whiskey)
Coatings: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, and/or sprinkles

What you do:

In a  saucepan, melt the chocolate on low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the icing sugar and corn syrup. Beat in the vanilla wafers (and nuts if you are using them). Next stir in the salt, vanilla and rum until well combined. Refrigerate the mixture until firm.

Form the mixture into small 1″ balls. Roll in the coatings of your choice.

Store in an airtight tin or they will dry out quickly.

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What you need:

8 oz. dark (plain) chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, chopped into small pieces

Coating:
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

What you do:

Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add butter and stir until melted. Add chocolate to saucepan. Stir until completely melted and smooth.

Remove from heat and pour the chocolate mixture into a shallow bowl.

Cool, then cover and refrigerate until firm, at least two hours.

Roll mixture into 1″ balls.

Roll each ball in the coating.

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What you need:

3 eggs
1 x 5 oz/ 125 g tin of condensed soup ( asparagus, celery or mushroom work well )

What you do:

Pour the condensed soup into a saucepan, then add the eggs & whisk vigorously with a fork into the soup.
Stirring continuously over a medium heat until the eggs have absorbed all the soup & have become thick & well flavoured.
Serve with toast.

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What you need:

150 g plain flour, sifted
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
300 ml milk

For the filling:

1 punnet of  fresh strawberries (sliced) ( or 1 tin of strawberries)
8 oz of Whipping cream

What you do:

In a large mixing bowl, place the sifted plain flour and a pinch of salt . Make a well in the centre, and pour in the milk and the eggs. Use a balloon whisk to beat all together to make a smooth batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In the mean time, Whip the cream until its really thickened.

Heat an 18-20 cm crepe pan or small non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Lightly grease with butter. Pour 1/4 cup (60ml) batter into the pan and swirl to coat the base. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden and lacy. Toss over and cook for a further 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
place a pancake open on a plate and spoon on the strawberries on one half only. Fold the other half of the pancake over the strawberries.
Repeat the process again so you have 2 pancakes with strawberries on the plate.
Place a large spoon of whipped cream at the side of pancakes.
Serve warm.

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What you need:

150 g plain flour, sifted
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
300 ml milk
1 jar of lemon curd

1 small tub of vanilla ice cream

What you do:

In a large mixing bowl, place the sifted plain flour and a pinch of salt . Make a well in the centre, and pour in the milk and the eggs. Use a balloon whisk to beat all together to make a smooth batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat an 18-20 cm crepe pan or small non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Lightly grease with butter. Pour 1/4 cup (60ml) crepe batter into the pan and swirl to coat the base. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden and lacy. Toss over and cook for a further 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.

Place a pancake open on a plate  and spread the lemon curd on half of it. Place a scoop of the ice cream on the top then fold the other half over the top , then fold again (so its like a cone shape)

Serve warm.

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What you need:

150 g plain flour, sifted
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
300 ml milk
2 banana’s ( thinly sliced)
1 jar or squeezy bottle honey

What you do:

In a large mixing bowl, place the sifted plain flour and a pinch of salt . Make a well in the centre, and pour in the milk and the eggs. Use a balloon whisk to beat all together to make a smooth batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat an 18-20 cm crepe pan or small non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Lightly grease with butter. Pour 1/4 cup (60ml) crepe batter into the pan and swirl to coat the base. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden and lacy. Toss over and cook for a further 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
Lay a pancake on a plate, then layer one half of it with banana then fold the other half over the the banana’s. Drizzle some honey over the top.
Serve hot.

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What you need:

100 gm butter (softened)
100 gm caster sugar
2 eggs
100 gm self-raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder

For the butter cream:

250 gm butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
600 gm icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 180C /350F / gas mark 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs a little at a time & with the last of the egg add a little of  the flour ( this will stop the eggs from curdling )  then add the rest of  the flour & the cocoa powder &  cream all together.  (Add a drop of milk to the chocolate mix if it is too stiff.)
Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper cases .

Bake for around 8 minutes.

A tip to test if cooked is to gently touch the top with your finger , if it springs back up then its done.

Cool on a wire rack.

Butter cream:

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition.

Gently add the milk , and continue mixing until light and fluffy.

Decorate with chocolate eggs.

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What you need:
4 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp butter
¼ tsp vanilla essence or peppermint
1 tbsp choc chips (optional)
1 large mug

What to do:

Add dry ingredients to the mug, and mix well.

Crack an egg and add it to your mug. Make sure you  mix it well to avoid any pockets of flour in the corners. Pour in the milk and mix well. Add the vanilla essence.

Pop your mug into the microwave  for 3 minutes on maximum power . Wait until the cake stops rising, and sets in the mug.

Run a knife around the sides of the mug, and tip the still warm cake out of the mug and onto a saucer.

Serve with cream or custard.

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What you need:

4 large bananas ( sliced)
55 g / 2 oz brown sugar

60 g / 2 1/2 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, ( divided into 2  2tbsp)
340 g / 12 oz crumble  mix
2 tbsp sugar

55 g / 2 oz cocoa powder
55 g / 2 oz milk, divided
225 g / 6 oz  whipping cream
2 tbsp icing sugar

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200C /400F / gas mark 6

Lightly grease a sandwich baking tin.

Mix together the banana slices, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and 2 tbsp  butter in a bowl. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

In a different bowl mix together the crumble  mix, sugar, cocoa powder, remaining 2 tbsp butter, and 2 tbsp milk . Using your fingers or a fork, combine until you get a moist crumble. Spread the topping evenly over the banana mixture. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool.

When you are ready to serve, whip the cream with the icing sugar. Serve the crumble topped with the whipped cream or Serve with crème fraîche

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What you need:

For the shortcake
230 g / 8oz  plain flour
60 g / 2  1/2 oz caster sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
Pinch salt
80 g / 3 oz  butter, cut into  cubes
160 ml/ 5  1/2 thickened cream

For the filling

1 punnet of  medium-sized strawberries, hulled and halved lengthways
250 ml / 8 oz  whipping cream
2 tbsp caster sugar
125 g /5 oz ricotta
1 tsp vanilla essence
Icing sugar for dusting.

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4
To make the shortcakes  mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add the butter and mix until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
Add the cream and beat until the mixture comes together.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 15 cm square about 3cm thick. Refrigerate for an hour.
Using a 5 cm biscuit ring, cut out 9 cakes.
Place on a baking tray and bake for around 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire  rack.

Make the ricotta cream by whipping the thickened cream with the sugar.
Fold in the ricotta and vanilla.
Slice each shortcake in half and fill with the strawberries and ricotta cream.
Dust with icing sugar.

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