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Fruit mince tarts

INGREDIENTS
225g cold butter, cubed
350g plain flour, sifted
100g castor sugar
1 jar fruit mince
1 egg, beaten
icing sugar to dust.

PREPARATION
1. In a bowl, rub the butter through the flour and then add the sugar and a pinch of salt.Gently knead.

2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Set aside a 12 cup muffin tin.

3. lace golf ball sized pieces of the dough in each cup and spread to the edges.

4. Spoon the fruit mince into the cups. Take smaller pieces of the dough and pat into circles large enough to make lids.

5. Place them on the cups and pinch together the edges. Brush with beated egg and bake for 20 minutes.

6. Sprinkle icing sugar over the tops when done.

NOTES
These are so easy to make even if you have never attempted pastry before!
I used fruit mince that I found in the dried fruit section of the supermarket.
This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

French apple tart


INGREDIENTS
150g of butter
5 big sweet apples
250g of puff pastry
150g of brown sugar (regular sugar is also a good option)
A pinch of cinnamon

PREPARATION
1. Grease a baking mold with the butter, and sprinkle it with the sugar.

2. Peel the apples, and slice them into thin pieces. Sprinkle the slices with the cinnamon, and lay them evenly in the mold.

3. Cover the apples with the sheet of puff pastry, and bake for 30 minutes at 180°С.

4. Let the tart cool down, and turn it over so that the apples are facing up.

5. The best way to serve this apple tart is to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

WATERMELON STRAWBERRY LIME SLUSH

Watermelon and strawberry slush with a hint of lime for a refreshing summertime treat!

As the first watermelon enters the house, there is a rush of excitement.  Never seen out of season here, everyone gathers to fulfill their prolonged craving.  Three short months in New England, that’s pretty much it.

I actually had no plan to create slushies today, yet I found myself with a giant half watermelon completely frozen.


Because, well… it was in my freezer.

Apparently when you send a 9 year old boy down to the basement because the watermelon does not fit in the kitchen refrigerator, you need to give explicit instructions as to where said watermelon should go.


Which leads me to my advice regarding this drink.  It will make your life a heck of a lot easier if you cut the watermelon before freezing it.  Just in case you weren’t sure.

Watermelons take a really, really long time to defrost.

After hacking into that beautiful partially frozen monster, successfully avoiding a trip to the emergency room,  I tossed it in the blender with some lime juice.  It was good as is, but missing a little something.  In goes some strawberry puree leftover from recipe testing, and it added just the right touch.


I thought it was great, my husband thought it could be a little sweeter (I guess this is now a dessert drink).  So we compromised with just a teaspoon of sugar.  Totally optional, and I think it greatly depends on the sweetness of your watermelon.

Sugar or not, this is the perfect refreshing drink for a hot summer day.

INGREDIENTS
4 Cups Watermelon, Cubed and Frozen
½ Cup Strawberry Puree*
¼ Cup Lime Juice
1-2 Teaspoons Sugar, Optional

PREPARATION
1. Add watermelon, strawberry puree, and lime juice to a blender and puree until slush consistency. Taste and add 1-2 teaspoons sugar if desired for extra sweetness.

Tips
The strawberry puree can be made in the same blender with either fresh or defrosted frozen berries.

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RASPBERRY MASCARPONE TART WITH CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST

A dark chocolate cookie crust filled with whipped mascarpone and topped with raspberries.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Do you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?  We really don’t go like to go crazy for this “holiday”, our life is crazy enough 🙂  Although you won’t find us in a restaurant,  maybe I’ll make dessert.   Sometimes I’ll make a heart shaped breakfast for the kids, or some heart shaped cookies.  So creative I know!

Stepping away from the hearts this year, but I definitely think that for Valentine’s Day chocolate is a must!  That’s why I started this tart with a dark chocolate cookie crust.  The rich chocolate flavor goes perfectly well with the smooth creamy whipped mascarpone filling.  Mascarpone cheese is a little indulgent (and challenging to spell!) but what better excuse than love to bake with the best ingredients.

A few simple raspberries are the topping.  I just love the gorgeous color they gave this tart.  I went with a super simple diagonal placement zig-zag type pattern, but feel free to be creative.  If you don’t have a rectangular tart pan, this recipe will also work in an 8″ tart pan.

INGREDIENTS
For the Cookie Crust
½ Cup (3.5 Ounces) Sugar
¾ Cup (3 Ounces) White Flour
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
½ Teaspoon Salt
8 Tablespoons (4 Ounces) Unsalted Butter, Softened
½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
For the Filling
1 Cup Mascarpone Cheese, Softened
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
¼ Cup Powdered Sugar
¾ Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Raspberries for Topping

PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In the mixer bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in the softened butter and vanilla extract, mix until it starts to come together in moist clumps. Transfer the dough to a 13¾ x 4½ rectangular tart pan with removable bottom. (An 8" circular tart pan would also work). Press the dough down onto the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan.

3. Prick the bottom of the dough a few times with the tines of a fork, this will help it not bubble up while baking. Place the tart pan on a cookie sheet and then place in the preheated oven. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the dough looks pale on top. Remove from oven and place tart pan on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

For the Filling
1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Beat with the whisk attachment on a hand held mixer until stiff peaks form. This can also be done in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.

2. Scoop the filling into the cooled cookie crust and spread with an offset spatula. Top with fresh raspberries.

No-bake chocolate tart

This decadent no-bake chocolate tart tastes as good as it looks, yet couldn't be easier to make

Ingredients
175 g digestive biscuits, finely crushed
150 g unsalted butter
100 ml double cream
200 g Fairtrade smooth dark chocolate, finely chopped
40 g shelled pistachios, chopped

Method
In a large bowl, mix the crushed biscuits with ⅔ of the melted butter. Press into the base and up the sides of a 20cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin.

In a pan over a low heat, gently warm the cream with the remaining butter until just below boiling point. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate, stirring until melted.

Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes, then pour into the base. Sprinkle over the pistachios and chill for 1-2 hours until set.

Cook's tip:
mix a handful of chopped fresh mint leaves through some crème fraîche and serve with the tart.

16 delicious Easter baking treats

Why not make an afternoon of it with these fun-to-make treats?

Looking to create some fun Easter eats that the whole family can get involved with making? Fill the house with the smell of these tasty treats.

1. Easter cupcake swirls
Love icing? You'll love the icing-to-sponge ratio on these beauties. Enjoy piling it high, or simply licking it from the mixing bowl and spoon afterwards. Cupcakes rule. See recipe for Easter cupcake swirls.

2. Surprise chocolate fairy cakes
Grown-ups and children alike will love these chocolate fairy cakes with their fudge frosting, mini-egg topping and surprise centres. See recipe for Surprise chocolate fairy cakes.

3. Carrot cake cupcakes
Adorable individual-sized carrot cakes couldn't get much more Eastery (or delicious). See recipe for Easter cupcakes.

4. Easter cookies
These spicy, fragrant and deliciously fruity cookies are perfect for an Easter tea-time treat. See recipe for Easter cookies.

5. Easter flower cookies
These are really simple to make and make a fun gift too, if you feel inclined to give them away. See recipe for Easter flower cookies.

6. Iced Easter biscuits
As with the iced Easter flower cookies, you can dress these up with different coloured icing, or add chocolate chips or silver balls. For something really unique, take the wooden end of a match, dip in the food colouring and create pretty patterns. Be sure to help little ones with this when handling matches. See recipe for Iced Easter biscuits.

7. Easter bunny cookies
These oh-so-sweet bunny cookies taste just as lovely as they look. What will you nibble on first – the ears or the tail? See recipe for Easter bunny cookies.

8. Chocolate nests
We’re loving these Easter-inspired birds’ nests - great fun to make with the kids. See recipe for Chocolate nests.

9. The ultimate Easter chocolate cake
As the name suggests, this is the ultimate in chocolatey goodness. Chocolate lovers will be in utter heaven. See recipe for The ultimate Easter chocolate cake.

10. Mini egg rocky road bite
Always popular so make sure that you bake plenty of these. And because they're mini you can have another. Right? See recipe for Mini egg rocky road bite.

11. Hot cross scones
Two delicious British classics combine to create one delicious baked treat. You’ll love these seasonal treats. See recipe for Hot cross scones - fancy a savoury twist? You'll lvoe these hot cross bacon butties.

12. Chocolate cheesecake
What to eat first! Attack the crunchy biscuity base or go straight in for the kill for the smooth, chocolatey topping? Either way by following this recipe your baking endeavours will be fully rewarded in taste. See recipe for Chocolate cheesecake.

13. No-bake chocolate tart
A dense and deliciously rich tart that looks impressive and is really easy to make too. See recipe for No-bake chocolate tart.

14. Simnel cake
A fruity simnel cake is an Easter classic. It might not count towards one of your 5-a-day, but it will certainly make a deliciously fruity alternative to all that chocolate. See recipe for Simnel cake

15. Hot cross buns
A firm Easter favourite, why not have a go at creating your own? Toast to perfection and spread with some of your favourite jam or preserve for extra deliciousness. See recipe for Hot cross buns.

16. Hot cross bun and butter pudding
Want to wow your family and friends? Try this clever combination of spiced hot cross buns,with a creamy custard and baked for everyone to dive into. Is your mouth watering yet? Right, get cooking! See recipe for Hot cross bun pudding.

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