From fruity jams, chocolate spreads and caramel sauce, these natural toppings are all super simple and quick to make, yet so delicious and perfect to smother on all your favourite desserts. We always get lots of questions about the spreads we use in our pictures, so we thought it was time to do a collective post of the best jams & spreads for you all! This way you can all begin enjoying them too and use them to spruce up any dish. Another bonus is that they can last up to a few weeks when stored in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. We find they are the perfect condiment to have a stash of stored away. However its hard to make them last for so long, we usually end up eating these with a spoon straight from the bowl…

Chocolate Nut Butter Spread

Perfect as a topping on most cakes! We especially enjoy it on brownies, yum!!

65g nut butter (1/4 cup)

60ml maple syrup (1/4 cup)

8g cacao powder (1 tbsp)

1. Put all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon. Done!

2. Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days, however it’s at its best on the first day.

Salted Caramel Sauce

Once you make this easy caramel sauce you’ll never go back to anything else… You’ll find us eating this most weeks as we usually seem to find an excuse to make it. We recommend you enjoy this on anything and everything!

70g cashew butter (1/4 cup)

60ml maple syrup (1/4 cup)

Coconut oil (1/4 cup)

40g coconut sugar (1/4 cup)

A pinch of salt

1. Bring all of the ingredients to a boil on a medium heat, stirring constantly. Wait for the coconut sugar to dissolve.

2. When the caramel is boiling and the coconut sugar has dissolved take it off the heat and continue stirring until it stops boiling.

3. Leave to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy hot (drizzled over a desert or pancake stack),or keep it in the fridge and enjoy cool or keep it in the freezer and enjoy as a fudge.

4. Store it in an air-tight container, up to a week if it’s in the fridge and up to 3 weeks if it’s in the freezer.

Chia Jam

Chia jam is a favourite in the LK kitchen. When we used to host afternoon teas chia jam was an essential on the menu and it’s such a staple recipe to have!

100g frozen berries (1/2 cup)

2 tsp maple syrup (not always needed, depends on how sweet you like your jam)

2 tsp chia seeds

1. Heat the frozen berries on a medium heat on the stove. Stirring every now and then until they’re completely mushed.

2. When your berries start boiling take them of the heat and add the maple syrup and chia seeds. Mix so that everything’s incorporated.

3. Leave the jam to the side for 5-10 minutes until the chia seeds have soaked up the liquid and the jam has thickened.

4. Enjoy straight away or keep in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to 3 days.

 

Runny Chocolate Sauce

This one is best enjoyed on a stack of pancakes (or waffles) in our opinion!

60ml maple syrup (1/4 cup)

2 tbsp cacao powder

A pinch of salt

1. Put all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon. Done!

2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, you have to re-mix it when you get it out of the fridge.

We hope this is useful for your future baking! If you recreate anything don’t for get to tag us #LiviasKitchen

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