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Fun & festive BAKING

These deliciously joyful bakes are sure to spread a little Christmas cheer!


Swedish sticky cake


150g (5½oz) butter, plus extra for greasing

150g (5½oz) good-quality white chocolate (or milk or dark chocolate), broken into pieces

2 free-range eggs

200g (7oz) caster sugar

150g (5½oz) plain flour

a pinch of salt

2 tsp vanilla sugar OR extract OR use the seeds from 1 vanilla pod

½ tsp grated lemon zest optional toppings (see method)

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm (9in) springform round cake tin with baking parchment.

2 Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the white chocolate pieces (or alternative, if using) until melted. Set aside.

3 Beat together the eggs and caster sugar until pale and fluffy in a stand mixer or using a hand-held electric whisk. Sift the dry ingredients into a separate bowl and fold gently into the egg and sugar mixture. Fold in the lemon zest and chocolate-butter until combined.

4 Pour into the prepared cake tin and place in the preheated oven immediately. Bake for 15-17 minutes until the cake is just under-baked. The middle should still be really sticky and only the side should be fully baked. Keep an eye on it, as baking times will vary. If it wobbles, it still needs a little more time in the oven. A skewer inserted 2cm (¾in) from the edge should come out clean.

5 Leave the cake to cool in the tin for at least an hour before transferring to a serving plate. If you think you have overbaked it, then remove from the tin immediately to stop the baking process. Serve the kladdkaka on its own or with one of the toppings below (optional):

Double chocolate: Finely chop 50g (2oz) of your favourite chocolate and mix with whipped cream and ½ tsp cocoa powder. Works with milk or dark chocolate kladdkaka.

Mixed berries: Top with fresh redcurrants and blueberries and dust with icing sugar. Serve with whipped cream. Works with all types of kladdkaka.


Rum treats

MAKES 10-15

500g (1lb 2oz) leftover Danish pastries and/or cake – ideally a mixture of both

2-3 tbsp good-quality raspberry jam

100g (3½oz) icing sugar (add less if your cakes are a really sweet variety)

100g (3½oz) softened butter

2 tbsp cocoa powder vanilla extract, to taste

2-3 tsp rum extract or essence (I use quite a concentrated one – you may need to add a bit more, as you want it to have a good punchy flavour)

a handful of oats (optional) dark or light chocolate vermicelli strands, to decorate

1 Roughly tear any Danish pastries into bite-sized pieces and crumble up any cakes you are using. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment or in a food processor, blend the torn and crumbled pastries and cakes with the rest of the ingredients (apart from the oats and the chocolate vermicelli) until evenly mixed. Alternatively, you can do this by hand with a wooden spoon in a mixing bowl, but it will take longer.

2 Taste the mixture – it may need more cocoa powder, rum extract/essence or icing sugar.

3 Because this is made with leftovers, the taste will vary a bit. If you feel it needs more texture, you can add a handful of oats.

4 Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour to firm up.

5 Roll into balls a bit larger than the size of a golf ball and roll in the chocolate vermicelli strands to evenly coat.

6 Chill again in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

7 Rum treats will keep well for 2-3 days wrapped in clingfilm and stored in the refrigerator.

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