Like most good things, Arden’s has its roots in a friendship. Long-time friends and travel lovers Tim and Derek went on a quest across the continent for the best baked goods, then set up in Tim’s back garden, determined to bring their finds to the UK.
A lot has changed for Arden’s since then. “Well, firstly, we’re no longer in Tim’s back garden!” laughs Lesley Robertson of Arden’s. The range has grown, too, (you can find them in Waitrose stores across the country) and includes these amazing little snacks, which are baked in France to a traditional recipe – but with an Arden’s twist. Good food is at the heart of everything Arden’s does, and they continue to value quality and innovation. The motto “Never Ordinary, Always Delicious” certainly applies to every single treat that comes out of their kitchen.
The beautiful Arden’s Mini Salted Caramel Sablés in August’s Bubble Box are a super-indulgent twist on the French classic. With hazelnuts ground into the cookie and divine salted caramel chunks, the sablés are also dipped in chocolate to make this treat ultra-amazing.
But how are they best enjoyed? “Straight from the box,” says Lesley. “They don’t last long at Arden’s HQ! But if you have more patience and willpower than we do, our Mini Salted Caramel Sablés can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.”
Check out these three fizz-friendly ways to share these delightful little biscuits.
On top of strawberries and cream
What’s the only way to make a British classic more indulgently delicious? Crumble Arden’s amazing Mini Salted Caramel Sablés on top! You’ll take a summer staple from ordinary to extraordinary, and there’s no simpler end to an amazing outdoor dinner.
Alongside a fab French cheeseboard
Sweet and savoury together? Absolutely! With a buttery-rich base balanced by the moreish complexity of salted caramel, these little beauties are a beautiful and unique addition to any cheeseboard. Soft cheeses alongside savoury crackers, crisp fresh veggies and sweet Arden’s Mini Salted Caramel Sablés are appetizer perfection – especially with a glass of fizz!
In this decadent salted caramel cheesecake
Crumbly and buttery, Arden’s Mini Salted Caramel Sablé biscuits are the perfect base for a super-simple (and totally scrumptious) salted caramel cheesecake. All you need are a refrigerator, some of your delicious sablé biscuits and the below ingredients to make a showstopper dessert for your next dinner party – or night in watching Netflix with a buddy and a bottle of bubbly!
No-bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake
(Fills 2 small glasses)
For the base:
45g Arden’s Mini Salted Caramel Sablés
15g salted butter, melted
For the cheesecake:
115g soft cheese
1/2tsp vanilla extract
50g granulated sugar
120ml double cream
For the salted caramel
60g golden caster sugar
1-2 drops vanilla extract
30ml double cream
6g unsalted butter
A small pinch of sea salt, to taste
Start by making your base. Combine the crushed biscuits and melted butter in a large bowl and mix until they form a sand-like mixture. Press into the bottom of two ramekins and put in the fridge to firm up.
Put your soft cheese, sugar and vanilla extract in a mixer and combine, adding the double cream slowly. When a cohesive mixture, divide between ramakins and return to the fridge.
To make the salted caramel, combine the water and golden caster sugar in a medium-sized non-stick pan and bring to the boil. Allow to cook without stirring until the sugar has turned golden brown (about five minutes). Take off the heat and whisk in the cream and vanilla; then pour out of the pan. Whisk in the butter, then the salt.
Allow to mostly cool before pouring over your cheesecake, then put your cake in the fridge to set, preferably overnight.