Lemon layer cake

Lemon layer cakeThis cake is a delightful cross between a sponge cake and cheesecake, with the lemon sauce providing a refreshing twist. So, why bother making two cakes separately when you can have all in one?

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Chocolate orange bundt cake

Chocolate orange bundt cakeThis chocolate orange cake is moist and velvety. By making it in a bundt tin, it looks more interesting, too.

The cake is perfect for an indulgent afternoon tea and if there’s any left over, you can pop the pieces in the freezer.

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Cherry delight

Cherry delightThis is a luscious dessert that’s easy to make. The sweet sauce layered between the slightly tangy quark has cherries with different textures: some are cooked, others not. This makes the sauce more interesting – and the whole dessert utterly irresistible!

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Coconut pannacotta with mango and lime purée

Coconut pannacotta with mango and lime purée This coconut pannacotta is lovely and creamy, yet no cream is used and the whole recipe is dairy-free and vegan.

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Baked plum pancake

Baked plum pancakeI love baked plums and I love baked pancakes. I thought I’d try and combine the two and see what happens. The end result is this delicious dessert that also works well as a breakfast/brunch.

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Sweetening syrups and honey as egg & sugar substitutes

Sweet FreedomHoney and sweetening syrups, such as Sweet Freedom, agave nectar and date syrup, are sticky and therefore can be used instead of egg to bind ingredients together. They can also add moisture into the sweet treats.

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Strawberry kiisseli

Strawberry kiisseliKiisseli is a popular Finnish dessert. It’s probably best described as a cross between a fruit soup and a fruit jelly.

Since I’ve had an abundance of strawberries this year, I’ve used fresh strawberries to make kiisseli. You can also use frozen ones if you prefer.

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Hazelnut and chocolate cookies

Hazelnut and chocolate cookiesThese cookies are nutty and crunchy with a chocolate and hazelnut filling (a little bit like homemade Nutella). They are easy and quick to make, so if you have children, get them involved in the fun of making them!

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Sugar substitutes

Photo of some granulated xylitol in a small glass bowlSweetness is an elemental part of sweet treats. But how do you add sweetness if you can’t eat sugar?

Fortunately, there are several substitutes to choose from. Here are some examples:

Artificial sweeteners
These are high-intensity sweeteners, such as aspartame, saccharine and sucralose. They have a negligible number of calories but some sources say they may be linked to health problems. Continue reading