Toffee and Chocolate Bites

My 24-hole canapé tin gets pulled out whenever I want to do something elegant and special. Some supermarkets offer Toffee Bakewell Tarts and that got me going to develop this recipe.

Gluten-free shortcrust pastry with chocolate ganache and toffee will always be a winner. Garnish with whipped cream for an extra indulgence, although these are mighty rich as-is.

Makes: up to 60 bite-sized canapés (see Kit footnote for larger sizes)
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Coffee and Hazelnut Chiffon Cake

This is adapted from Delia Smith which means I quiver at changing it. But I can’t slice round cakes in half horizontally to save my life (see Layers footnote); I had cream cheese not mascarpone; and I do like hazelnuts more than walnuts.

This GF cake was very highly rated by my tasters (who’ve all had a fair few Coffee ‘n Walnut cakes in their lives!).

Serves: 12 – 24 depending on tin/portion size
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Stollenkonfekt – Stollen Bonbons

It may be a few months until Christmas, but Luisa Weiss’s Classic German Baking Stollenkonfekt (p257) are easy-to-make, mini-cake bonbons which are spicily delicious any time of year.

I’ve made them gluten-free and suggest yoghurt for the original quark. They taste best when stored a few days before serving (but if you can’t wait – serve immediately!).

Makes: 2 dozen bonbons

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Canine Peanut Butter Crunchies

Wanting another crunchy biscuit for dogs in my repertoire, I reviewed Dog Treat Kitchen’s recipe. However, several people told me their dogs can’t digest oats, so I substituted dried carrot. My recipe uses GF flour but you could use regular.

These are minimal fuss but definitely crunchy, peanutty, & delish (for both man and beast!).

Makes: 2-3 dozen cookies depending on size

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Vinarterta (Icelandic 7-Layer Cake)

This is something quite different, and allows you oodles of scope for flavours if you don’t like cardamom/prunes (see Footnotes). I’ve made it GF for my usual tasting crowd.

Meadow Brown Bakery has a comprehensive video which I recommend you watch to see the creation/construction in more detail. It does need storing for a few days before serving.

Serves: 16
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Tahini Fudge (Maltese Helwa Tat-Tork)

Food Blogger Casa Costello posted a recipe just after I’d randomly bought a jar of tahini. I found tahini in a small-town supermarket, so you should find it easily, too. This fudge is dairy-free.

Sesame seeds are naturally gluten-free; but do check your tahini’s label to ensure the factory and/or seeds are not contaminated by gluten products if making for coeliacs.

Makes: 20-30 depending on size
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