Custard and mince pie ice cream sandwiches

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Can I get a hooray for summer holidays? Sunshine, family time and of course delicious food are all on the menu for the next few weeks, and I can’t wait! Christmas is the perfect excuse to indulge a little, and I was thrilled when Ultra Mel asked me to put together a festive recipe using their vanilla custard.

 

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Fruity caramel puddings

 

Earlier this week on the Expresso Show Culinary Hotline we were chatting all about winter puddings (one of my favourite topics!) and it reminded me of this delicious recipe which I put together a few months ago. Saucy winter puddings are my favourite and today’s recipe definitely falls into that category!

 

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Self saucing chocolate whiskey pudding

 

I could think of few better desserts to whip up as I sit here on this chilly day wearing four layers and my thickest socks! When the temperature drops and the rain clouds roll in you’ll want to head to the kitchen and whip up this self saucing chocolate whiskey pud – trust me on this one!

 

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Five ingredient no churn caramel choc chip ice cream

Creamy no churn caramel ice cream

 

I have my four year old to thank for this easy ice cream recipe which was his idea! This is how it came about… every Friday my children’s school has an afternoon market and it has become tradition to go and buy a treat to celebrate the start of the weekend – ice cream is the firm favourite! There are always lots of delicious flavours to choose from and one Friday afternoon in the car on the way home it led to us having a discussion of which varieties the children would make if they had their own ice cream shop. After some ideas were thrown around my son then suggested that every time one of us has a birthday we should should make our own bespoke celebratory batch of ice cream with a different flavour (chosen by the birthday girl/boy) each time. I rather liked that idea but it was put on the back burner… until recently.

 

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Recipe round up: Divine apple recipes to try!

Apple recipes

 

Ah, the humble apple. Most commonly seen in my house either sliced up and slathered in almond butter or half eaten and deserted on a chair or counter somewhere (and usually with a similarly uneaten apple friend nearby, argh!) Today I have rounded up some of my favourite apple recipes from the blog and I hope you will love them as much as we do in our home.

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Espresso caramel millionaire shortbread and “Chocolate” recipe book giveaway!

Coffee chocolate millionaire shortbread recipe.

 

Today’s post is all about one of my absolute, favourite things. Ever. Maybe it is one of yours too… it’s chocolate! This recipe for espresso caramel millionaire shortbread (try and say that without your mouth watering) comes from the latest addition to my cookbook collection – “Chocolate” by Katelyn Williams of The Kate Tin, and it’s a goodie!

 

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Chocolate and walnut yule log

Yule log Christmas dessert

 

We are counting down the sleeps until Christmas Day and there’s just time for one more Christmas recipe and my last post for 2018! This festive showstopper looks beautiful on the table and makes a decadent and delicious dessert. What is it exactly? My version is essentially a chocolate swiss roll filled with a walnut and cream cheese filling, smothered in chocolate icing and topped with chocolate curls. And in the mandatory log format! (Apologies in advance to your dentists and personal trainers… #sorrynotsorry.)

 

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