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Top Ten 2015 Recipes – Your Favourites

Top Ten 2015 Recipes

Roundup Posts | 4th January 2016 | By

Hello and Happy New Year. After a brief blogging break over the festive period, I am back and raring to go. But first, I thought I’d let you know what the most popular top ten 2015 recipes were on Tin and Thyme.

It’s been a momentous year for me and the blog. Chocolate Log Blog moved over to its new home at Tin and Thyme early in the year. It had a change of focus as well as name which has enabled me to explore a wider range of ingredients and recipes. The blog has remained vegetarian and continues to offer nourishing home cooked recipes, both sweet and savoury. Chocolate has not been forgotten and my quest to find accessible good quality ethical chocolate continues.

Thank you to all those who visit Tin and Thyme, especially to those who read, comment, share and make my recipes. It is this that makes all the hard work worthwhile. I had the great pleasure to find out last month that Tin and Thyme had been shortlisted for the Food Reader Awards. However, with the rather hectic festive period I didn’t get around to letting my readers know. So with today being the last day of voting, it would be grand if you’d take a few minutes to vote for Tin and Thyme in the blog category today.

So, to the bit you’ve all been waiting for – your favourite top ten 2015 recipes in reverse order:

10. Cauliflower Rice and Jerk Sweet Potatoes in Coconut

Turning cauliflower into rice was a revelation. It’s a great way to enjoy a low carbohydrate meal and get more vegetables on your plate at the same time. The accompanying spicy vegan curry was delicious too.

Cauliflower Rice with Jerk Sweet Potato Curry


9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I can’t take the credit for this recipe, which came from the rather wonderful book Homemade Memories by Kate Doran. I adapted it to make the cups a little less sweet and was bowled over by the results – eat your heart out Reese’s Pieces.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


8. Rose Syrup and what to do with it

I’ve been making rose syrup for years, but my recipe was hidden away in an old post, so I thought I’d give it the spotlight it richly deserves. Made with fresh unsprayed rose petals, it works wonderfully in all sorts of ways and in summer it makes a refreshing cordial.

Rose Syrup. How to make it and what to do with it.


7. Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff Cookies

Marshmallow fluff was not something I’d tried before, but whilst developing this recipe, I came to appreciate just why it’s so popular. Ooey, gooey, sweet and sticky, I found eating it from the jar with a spoon was almost as nice as sampling one of these cookies.

Marshmallow Fluff cookies


6. Vegetarian Strawberry Blancmange

When given a vintage jelly mould from my mother in law, there was nothing for it but to have a go at making a blancmange – a vegetarian blancmange of course. I used fresh strawberries which gave an intense flavour to the blancmange, but I omitted to sieve the fruit, which, we all agreed, detracted from the expected smooth mouth feel.

Strawberry Blancmange


5. Nettle Tonic Smoothie

Enamoured by my new Optimum 9200A power blender, I was very keen to try a raw nettle smoothie. Nettles are just brilliant in the spring. I like the flavour and always feel good after eating them. A nettle smoothie was a new one on me, but it worked so well, I repeated it a number of times while the nettle season was in full swing and look forward to making it again this year.

Spring Tonic Nettle Smoothie


4. Chocolate Biscuit Birthday Cake

Tiffin, fridge cake, call it what you will, is always a popular item in our house and so it seems with my readers too. This one was made with coconut chips and coconut liqueur and went down exceedingly well with the birthday boy.

Birthday Tiffin


3. Chocolate Cashew Nut Spread

I’ve made raw chocolate cashew spread and this one with roasted cashew nuts. Both were very different in texture and flavour but equally delicious.  I couldn’t decide which one I liked best, though CT favoured the raw version.

Chocolate Cashew Nut Spread


2. Spiced courgette fritters

The humble fritter proved to be your second most popular post of 2015. They were very popular in the Tin and Thyme household too and are a brilliant way to use up any surplus courgettes. They are easy to make and very moreish.

Courgette Fritters


1. Raspberry and White Chocolate Flapjacks

And coming in at top place, I was surprised to see just how popular these flapjacks were. True, flapjacks are a bit of an all round winner and these were very tasty and also simple and quick to bake.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Flapjacks


Other top ten 2015 recipes from blogs you might like


  1. Isabella

    4th January 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Fab round up o your top ten, fantastic recipes – I must make that rose syrup it looks delicious!

    • Choclette

      4th January 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Isabella. It’s so simple to make and so good – it’s amazing just how powerful one rose can be.

  2. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    4th January 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Aaaaah, these all look gorgeous! Definitely going to give the courgette fritters a go.

    • Choclette

      4th January 2016 at 8:10 pm

      They’re really good Cathy, but summer seems such a long way away now.

  3. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    4th January 2016 at 5:29 pm

    What a lovely assortment of recipes, you could enjoy a delicious day or two of meals from these! I like the look of the fridge cake but will be good and try the courgette fritters instead 🙂

    • Choclette

      4th January 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Hahaha Lucy, as delicious as the courgette fritters are, a bit of decadent fridge cake is good for the soul 😉

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    4th January 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I love all of them! My husband will be really happy if I make some white chocolate raspberry bars for him.

    • Choclette

      4th January 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Angie. I think my husband would be happy too. He’s already moaning about the lack of goodies around the house 😉

  5. Heidi Roberts

    4th January 2016 at 9:00 pm

    The chocolate peanut butter cups look wonderful – they are one sweet I cannot resist!

    • Choclette

      5th January 2016 at 12:04 pm

      I’m with you there Heidi, although there are quite a few I’m unable to resist 😉

  6. Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    4th January 2016 at 9:37 pm

    They all look and sound delicious! If I had to choose though, I would probably go for a slice of that Chocolate Biscuit Birthday Cake 😀

    • Choclette

      5th January 2016 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Nadia. I hate having to choose – I prefer the little bit of each approach 😉

  7. Made With Pink

    4th January 2016 at 9:37 pm

    What a great collection of recipes. You’ve made so many I’d like to try – especially the peanut butter cups and the biscuit cake! Can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for you.

    • Choclette

      5th January 2016 at 9:24 am

      Thanks very much Andrea. Both of those I found irresistible.

  8. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

    5th January 2016 at 6:05 am

    The trouble is I want to try ALL of these recipes!

    • Choclette

      5th January 2016 at 9:18 am

      It’s no trouble, go right ahead Emma 😉

  9. Kate | The Veg Space

    5th January 2016 at 2:06 pm

    What a fab collection of recipes Choclette, hope you’re suitably proud of a great year of blogging, and some lovely ideas. Thanks for linking to my Top 10 too!

    • Choclette

      5th January 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks Kate. It’s always quite a surprise, I find, to see just what’s been done at the end of the year.

  10. Helen at Casa Costello

    6th January 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Happy New Year to you! Hope you had a good break. I think my favourite of yours has to be the Birthday Biscuit Cake!

    • Choclette

      7th January 2016 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Helen and Happy New Year to you too. The biscuit birthday cake won me a Kenwood mixer, so it’s definitely one of my favourites 😉

  11. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    7th January 2016 at 6:21 am

    Great to see the favourites – and many well deserved posts there – from the curious to the mouthwatering (which are not necessarily mutually exclusive). Look forward to seeing what you have on offer this year – and am enjoying the expansion beyond chocolate – much as I love chocolate. JHappy new year Choclette

    • Choclette

      7th January 2016 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Johanna. I too am enjoying the break from chocolate, though as you can see from the favourites, it is by no means forgotten 😉 Happy New Year to you too.

  12. Henk Kooiman

    7th January 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Choclette, best wishes for the New Year, with lots of inspiration for more delicious recipes and to keep your health at the same time :))

    • Choclette

      9th January 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you very much Henk and Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  13. Nayna Kanabar

    7th January 2016 at 5:52 pm

    What a lovely round up of some wonderful and tasty recipes. Wishing you lots more wonderful blogging in 2016

    • Choclette

      8th January 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks very much Nayna – Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  14. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    8th January 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Some fab recipes here – I LOVE the look of that chocolate biscuit cake!! Great year you’ve had 🙂

    • Choclette

      9th January 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Becca. That chocolate biscuit cake is dangerous stuff 😉

  15. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    8th January 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Yep! There’s definitely some keepers there! And I’m sure theres plenty more to come out of that creative kitchen of yours…… Looking forward to reading all about them xx

    • Choclette

      9th January 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Ah thank you Kate, you say the nicest things 🙂

  16. Sarah James

    14th January 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Food Reader Awards Choclette. Great recipe round up, I make your Rose syrup every year, it’s delicious. All the best for 2016 x

    • Choclette

      14th January 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you Sarah. I’ve been invited to the grand award ceremony later this month, which is rather exciting. So pleased to hear you make the rose syrup – it’s one of my favourite things.


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