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Oatmeal and honey cake

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This hearty, oaty cake could not be easier to make. Using store cupboard basics, it costs just 26p per slice – a cheap treat for all the family.

  • Serves: 6-8

  • Prep time: 15 mins

  • Cooking time: 50 mins

  • Total time: 1 hr 5 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Top tip: Try adding some chopped walnuts to the oat topping for an extra crunchy texture.

Ingredients

  • 300g butter
  • 100g honey
  • 150g oats
  • 50g medium oatmeal
  • 100g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 4 medium eggs, beaten

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Grease and base line a 20cm round loose-bottomed cake tin.
  2. Melt 100g butter with the honey and add the oats.
  3. Mix together the oatmeal, sugar and flour in a large bowl. Melt the remaining butter and stir into the dry ingredients with the eggs. Pour into the cake tin.
  4. Sprinkle the oat mixture on top and bake for 45-50 mins or until golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. Serve warm with a drizzle of honey.

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Mini key lime and ginger pies

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This month, our baking blogger Anneliese Giggins has created deliciously tangy mini key lime pies. Made with a spicy ginger base, these tasty little puds are so easy to make and are perfect for all occasions

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Anneliese says: ‘If you bake fairly regularly it is worth paying a little more for your bakeware. Cheap tins can bow in the oven, providing an uneven bake. Investing in a few stronger and heavier tins will make such a difference to your cakes and bakes and they can last you a lifetime.’

Ingredients

For the biscuit base:

  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 200g gingernut biscuits

For the topping:

  • 397g condensed milk (you can use the light version, 405g tin – it doesn’t make any difference. I tried it with both)
  • 284ml double cream
  • The juice from 5 limes and the finely grated zest from 1 lime.

Method

  1. First of all place the muffin cases into your muffin tin.
  2. Weigh the butter, then place into a small saucepan over a low heat to melt. While you wait for the butter to give in to the heat, weigh your biscuits then place into a sandwich or freezer bag. You can use a blender or food processor to produce fine crumbs, but I quite enjoy using a rolling pin to bash the living daylights out of the biscuits. Be warned, gingernuts are quite firm, so you may have a sore arm and a red face by the time you have finished! Once the butter has melted you can pour the biscuit crumbs into the saucepan and mix to combine. The mixture is now ready to be spooned as equally as possible into the base of each muffin case. Be sure to press the buttery biscuit mixture firmly into each case with the back of your spoon.
  3. While you leave the biscuit bases to set you can get on with the simple filling. Pour the condensed milk and double cream straight into your mixing bowl. As you require the grated zest from one lime, add this before adding the juice. I have discovered that it is quite tricky to try to remove the zest once the lime has been cut in half and emptied of juice! Also, make sure it is grated very finely otherwise you will have big lumps of zest in your pies. Once all of the juice and zest have been added to the condensed milk and double cream, use a balloon whisk to combine it all together. The mixture will start off very runny. DO NOT PANIC!! Within a few seconds it will thicken up like magic!
  4. Once your biscuit bases are set and firm, they are ready to receive the delicious lime topping. Dollop generous spoonfuls on top of each base until all the mixture has been used up. Smooth the surfaces with the back of your spoon, then place into your fridge for a minimum of two hours. I know waiting is torture but you can console yourself by licking out the bowl!
  5. When the time has finally passed you can remove your pies from the tins and peel off the paper. The topping is meant be on the soft side but it should hold its shape once the paper has been removed. Your work is done and you can now reward yourself with one, or more likely two, mini key lime and ginger pies. I really hope you enjoy making and most importantly eating them!

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By Anneliese Giggins

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Hairy Bikers’ chocolate yule log

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The Hairy Bikers’ make great comforting Christmas recipes and this chocolate yule log is no exception. Serve as an alternative Christmas pudding or as a Christmas Eve treat – no-one will be able to resist!

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Decorating the yule log with desiccated coconut gives it an extra Christmassy look

Ingredients

  • Soft butter for greasing
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 50g cocoa powder

Icing and filling

  • 200g plain, dark chocolate, broken into squares
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 200g butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Camp chicory and coffee essence

Decoration

  • Fresh holly leaves or leaves made from ready-to-roll coloured icing
  • Icing sugar or desiccated coconut

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Line a 23 x 33cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment, grease with a little butter and set aside.
  2. Put the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl and whisk with an electric beater until thick and creamy. Sift the cocoa powder over the egg mixture and whisk in thoroughly. Wash and dry the beaters and whisk the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold a third of the egg whites into the cocoa mixture, then gently fold in the rest until evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into the tin and spread gently with a spatula. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until well risen and beginning to shrink away from the sides of the tin.
  3. Remove the cake from the oven, loosen the edges with a round-bladed knife and leave to stand for a few minutes. Place a piece of baking parchment on the work surface, turn the cake onto the parchment and leave it to cool completely – 30–40 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the icing. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave. Remove from the heat and leave to cool, but do not allow it to set. Put the icing sugar in a food processor, add the butter and blitz until smooth. Add the coffee essence and 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate, then blend until smooth. Make sure the chocolate is cool, or it will melt the butter. 
  5. Take just over half the icing mixture out of the processor and put it in a bowl to use for the filling. With the motor running, slowly add the remaining chocolate to the icing mixture in the processor and blend until smooth. This will be used for icing the cake.
  6. When the cake is cool, trim off the crusty edges. Using a palette knife or spatula, spread the filling over the cake, taking it right to the edges. Starting at one of the long sides, gently roll up the sponge, keeping the first roll fairly tight so it forms a good spiral shape. Spread the icing evenly over the cake and drag a fork through it to resemble the ridges on the bark of a tree.
  7. Chill for at least 30 minutes to allow the icing to set. Decorate with sifted icing sugar.

This recipe is taken from

The Hairy Bikers’ 12 Days of Christmas,

which is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20.00.

By The Hairy Bikers

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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