Chocolate muffins with hot-chocolate custard

Chocolate muffins with hot-chocolate custard Chocolate muffins with hot-chocolate custard A winter warmer the whole family will love, and very easily doubled if the kids have friends over after school. Ingredients SERVES 6 – 20 minutes – 2 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing. – 1 tbsp cocoa powder. – 100g/4oz self-raising flour. – ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda. – 50g/2oz golden caster sugar. – 100ml/4fl oz skimmed milk. – 1 egg. FOR THE HOT-CHOCOLATE CUSTARD – 2 × 150g pots low-fat custard. – 25g/1oz dark chocolate, chopped. Instructions…

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Bakewell trifles

Bakewell trifles Bakewell trifles Make these retro cherry-and-almond desserts individually or in a large dish. Either way they are bound to impress. Ingredients SERVES 8 – 15 minutes – 25g/1oz crunchy amaretti biscuits. – 140g/5oz shop-bought Madeira loaf cake. – ½ × 225g jar cocktail or maraschino cherries, drained, plus extra to decorate. – 200g/8oz cherry compote or jam. – 2 × 150g pots custard. – 300ml/½ pint double cream. – 3 tbsp toasted flaked almonds. Instructions Step 1:Crumble the biscuits and cake together into a bowl, roughly mix, then…

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Fastest-ever lemon pudding

Fastest-ever lemon pudding Fastest-ever lemon pudding Just add a scoop of something creamy to this hot, citrusy pud. Ideal on a cold and frosty night. Ingredients SERVES 4 – 15 minutes – 100g/4oz golden caster sugar. – 100g/4oz softened butter. – 100g/4oz self-raising flour. – 2 eggs. – zest 1 lemon. – 1 tsp vanilla extract. – 4 tbsp lemon curd. – crème fraîche or ice cream, to serve. Instructions Step 1:Mix the sugar, butter, flour, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla together until creamy, then spoon into a medium microwave-proof…

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Fruity summer Charlotte

Fruity summer Charlotte Fruity summer Charlotte Easier than a pie or crumble, but equally delicious. Any sweet or fruit bread will work just as well. Ingredients SERVES 4 – 20 minutes – 500g/1lb 2oz summer fruit (we used raspberries, blackberries and blueberries). – 4 tbsp demerara sugar. – 7 slices from a small cinnamon and raisin loaf. – 25g/1oz butter, softened. – crème fraîche or fromage frais, to serve Instructions Step 1:Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Tumble three-quarters of the berries into a medium baking dish. Whizz the remaining…

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Microwave banana pudding

Microwave banana pudding Microwave banana pudding A microwave makes very short work of a sponge pudding – perfect for weeknights when you suddenly fancy something sweet. Ingredients SERVES 4 – 20 minutes – 100g/4oz butter, softened, plus extra for greasing. – 2 ripe bananas. – 100g/4oz light muscovado sugar. – 100g/4oz self-raising flour. – 2 tsp ground cinnamon. – 2 eggs. – 2 tbsp milk. – icing sugar, to dust. – toffee sauce, to drizzle. – ice cream, to serve (optional). Instructions Step 1:Put the butter in a 1-litre baking…

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