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I recently bought Luisa Weiss’s ‘Classic German Baking’ and wanted to make this very popular German treat. But, I lacked the main ingredient of these hazlenut bars; so I used what I had to hand – pecans. (The original recipe says you could use almonds or walnuts instead of hazlenuts.)

These are the most luxurious and posh gluten-free flapjacks you’ll eat.

Makes: up to 24 bars depending on size
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Marbled Cheesecake Brownies

Since I personally don’t have much of a sweet tooth, I’ve held off on making brownies. But a special occasion crowd requested them, so I turned to Rachel Allen whose recipes always work.

I’ve made them GF, scaled up for a larger tin, and added a hint of coffee, chilli, & spices for a more grown-up brownie, and to modulate the sweetness. The chunkiness of the chocolate makes these quite moreish.

Makes: 30+ depending on size
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Mandarin and Lime Cheesecake

This is an alternate take on my GF Coconut & Cherry Cheesecake, but using sweet tinned mandarins with a hint of sharp lime. There’s also plenty of toasted coconut and white chocolate to make it rich and creamy.

Start the filling the day before serving, to have time to properly chill; bake the crust and assemble the next day.

Serves: 12 – 16
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Polenta and Chocolate Spice Cake

Polenta (fine cornmeal) is wonderful for GF baking. If you prefer chocolate today instead of citrus flavours, this recipe adapted from the ever-delightful Donal Skehan will be perfect for you.

I’ve spiced it up and scaled it up for a larger tin. There are also alternate topping suggestions if you don’t fancy the salted caramel.

Serves: up to 24 depending on tin
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White Chocolate Truffles with Ginger, Lime and Coconut

Sometimes you have an excess of white chocolate, and a cheesecake, other cake, or cupcakes aren’t quite right for the occasion.

The fab Kate’s Veggie Desserts advertised these on Twitter. I’ve scaled it up & modified the ingredients slightly – you’ll have a creamy, tropical delight.

And you’ll have made truffles! 🙂

Makes: 30-40 truffles depending on size
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Orange and Chocolate Tart

I also have GF chocolate tarts which are chilli, coffee & lime and coffee & lime, but this one is the classic chocolate-orange combo.

You can use 70% or 50+% cocoa solids dark baking chocolate for the filling – or a mix of the two.

If you’d like to garnish with candied orange slices, see my Chocolate Torte recipe for instructions.

Serves: 12 – 16
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