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olive’s 31 best ever Hero recipes

Presenting the 31 most popular HERO recipes on olivemagazine.com. From a show-stopping maltesers chocolate chiffon cake, to a prawn massaman curry... every one is a HERO!

Lemon self-saucing pudding

Lemon self-saucing pudding, also known as lemon surprise pudding, is easy to whip up and can be ready in an hour. Make one simple mixture and as it cooks it separates into a light sponge on top and zesty lemon curd beneath.

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Italian baked meatballs

Meatballs baked in a cheesy sauce – this recipe is all about comfort food. They’re perfect for freezing, making it a great option for when you don’t want to cook mid-week. 


Lemon drizzle cake

A classic afternoon tea lemon drizzle cake that sounds as good as it tastes. If you fancy some enjoyable baking, with a great reward at the end, then this recipe is for you.


Maltesers chocolate chiffon cake

Chiffon cake is notoriously tricky, but with our recipe you can make the light, fluffy sponge in under two hours. The Maltesers give a fun twist. Thank you olive reader Sarah Howe for the recipe!


Mojito cake

Our reader Joanne Middleton’s mojito cake was inspired by the classic cocktail, so it’s perfect for entertaining. Soaked in a mojito-infused sugar syrup and covered with lime buttercream.


Strawberry dream

The best recipe for strawberry layer cake. This dinner-party dessert is made with vanilla sponge, filled with strawberry mascarpone cream with Italian meringue frosting.


Toulouse sausage and butter bean casserole

This sausage, bacon and butter bean one-pot has all the flavour of a slow-cooked casserole, but is so easy to make and takes under 1 hour to cook – perfect for a comforting midweek meal.


African chicken, sweet potato and peanut curry

This African curry makes for a delicious family meal. It also freezes well: Cool the curry completely, then transfer to freezer containers or food bags to freeze completely. The night before eating, defrost in the fridge overnight.


Sesame seed encrusted naan

Follow our best naan recipe and make your own from scratch. The ideal accompaniment to any curry dish, this naan is kicked up a notch with the crunch of sesame seed.


Coffee loaf cake with mocha fudge frosting

If your daily coffee shop treat is always a mocha, you’ll just love this coffee cake. It has a really indulgent icing made with dark chocolate and coffee – yumm!


John Torode’s beef rendang 

This rich, coconut based curry originated in Indonesia but it’s also popular in Malaysia. Beef shin is cooked slowly with lemongrass, spices, chillies and coconut cream until meltingly tender.


Raspberry and milk chocolate cheesecake

Who doesn’t love cheesecake? This chocolate raspberry version makes a really indulgent dessert. Use good-quality chocolate and leave the raspberries out if it’s the wrong time of the year.


Korean courgette pancakes with dipping sauce

Easy idea for a dinner-party starter. Give a courgette fritter a Korean-style makeover with a delicious Asian ingredient dipping sauce. Makes enough for 4.


Courgetti with pesto and balsamic tomatoes

Who needs pasta when you can have spiralized courgette? Try our easy ‘courgetti’ recipe, made with baby plum tomatoes, garlic, pesto, pine nuts and a lot of courgette noodles. 


Best ever chocolate layer cake

We have the recipe for the best ever chocolate layer cake and it’s easier than you would expect. Simply make the chocolate cake mixture, divide into four, and sandwich together with shiny chocolate icing. From our April 2011 magazine.


Korean slow-roast shoulder of pork

This is a great way to serve a big crowd of people – get all the accompaniments ready and let everyone dig in and make their own lettuce wraps. Cook the pork a day ahead if you like, then glaze and reheat to serve – just make sure it’s piping hot all the way through.


Fall-apart bourbon ribs

Few things are more satisfying to eat than tender, sticky ribs. This recipe adds a bourbon kick to the sweet glaze, providing a real depth of flavour. It will be a family favourite.


Muscovado carrot cake

Everyone loves the spiced flavour of carrot cake. We’ve added muscovado sugar for a richer flavour, golden sultanas and pecans for texture and a shot of syrup to sweeten the frosting.


Skinny pizza

On a diet but craving pizza? This skinny version has a thin and crisp base, a rich but light tomato sauce and is topped with creamy mozzarella, rocket and a little parmesan. And still only 360 calories for half a pizza!


10 minute beef stroganoff

Beef stroganoff is a comforting midweek meal. This version is super quick and easy – on the table in just 10 minutes – perfect if there’s just two of you. If you usually serve this with rice, try it with pappardelle.


Chicken saag 

This chicken saag recipe proves that you can eat healthily without having to miss out on your favourite foods. This comes in at under 500 calories and is ready in under an hour. 


churros with hot chocolate sauce

Everyone loves Spanish churros and they won’t be able to believe these are homemade! The rich, indulgent hot chocolate sauce is also delicious over ice cream.


skinny lasagne

Our low-calorie lasagne is a delicious dinner recipe for six people. Serve with a green salad for a healthy version of this classic Italian dish.


hot and sour aubergine with sticky rice

Sticky rice with aubergine in a hot and sour sauce, made from very simple ingredients: red chilli, soy sauce, vinegar and a little sugar. 


triple chocolate caramel cake

This chocolate caramel cake is what’s known as an ‘ombre’ cake; each layer has a different shade with dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel flavours.


one-pot chicken with cannelloni beans and chorizo

This recipe for one-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo is really easy to make and requires minimal hands-on time. What’s more, it comes in at under 300 calories, making it a great midweek meal. 


coconut chickpea curry

The best quick vegetarian curry. Full of good-for-you ingredients: butternut squash, chickpeas, spinach and spices, this will tempt any veg-phobic family members to dig in. Serve with rice on the side.


easiest ever chocolate fudge cake

This chocolate fudge cake recipe is super easy and quick to make so it is perfect for when you need to bake a last minute simple yet decadent cake for a special occasion.


lamb and spinach curry

A classic lamb and spinach Indian curry – this would make a great economical, and much tastier, alternative to a Friday night take away. Serve with rice or naan.


baked spanish rice with chicken and chorizo

A spicy Spanish one pot. Made with chicken and chorizo and plenty of hot smoked paprika, this is a gutsy rice dish that is sure to impress friends and family.


prawn massaman curry

Massaman curry comes from southern Thailand and is not as fiery as green or red Thai curries. We love the fragrant flavours and the texture that the peanuts add.


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