I start with the jelly because that takes the longest to cool!
Put 1/2 cup orange juice, the maple syrup and the drops of Foodie Flavours Natural Orange into a small saucepan and gently bring to the boil, whisking from time to time.
While that's heating, in a small bowl whisk the 3 tblsp cornflour with 2 tblsp orange juice to a smooth, runny paste
When the pan is just simmering, whisk in the cornflour mixture, still heating gently till it starts to bubble and thicken. As soon as this happens turn off the heat and set the pan aside to cool
Preheat your oven to 160 Fan / 180 C / 350 F / Gas 4
Using a spray oil or a little softened coconut oil grease a 12 hole cupcake tin.
Put the flour, ground almonds and baking powder into a bowl and give a quick stir. Mix the melted coconut oil with the maple syrup and almond milk and add to the dry ingredients, stirring well till the mixture starts to form a 'dough'
Leave to stand for a couple of minutes as the coconut oil starts to set and lets you shape the dough.
Divide into 12 equal size pieces. I do this fairly roughly - divide the dough into 4 then each quarter into 3 blobs. Roll them in your hands then flatten slightly and pop into your greased cupcake tin
Bake for 15 minutes till very lightly golden. As soon as they come out of the oven use the back of a teaspoon to push the centres down. You want a slight recess/concave shape not a domed base!
Leave these in the tin to cool completely
While they're cooling line a dish or tub with cling film and pour/scrape in your cooling jelly. If it's not too hot, put in the fridge to firm up (see note*)
Once the jelly is cold and set use a cutter to cut out little circles from your jelly. You want the cutter to be slightly smaller than the size of the base. . I used a 1 and a 1/2 inch (4cm) cutter. Gently lift the discs out and put one on each of the bases
Melt the chocolate and just using about 1 tsp per cake drizzle the chocolate evenly over the top of the jelly, pushing it to cover the biscuit base
Pop the whole tray in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set the chocolate
Try not to eat the whole tray at once!!
I used freshly juiced orange but if you have a carton of orange juice this will be fine too. Just make sure it's orange juice not concentrate or you might need to adjust the rest of the ingredients for taste!
* You can make the jelly the day before, that gives it plenty of time to cool and set and won't make the bottom of your plastic tub warp because you tipped boiling jelly in it!
Recipe by The Cook & Him at https://www.thecookandhim.com/recipes/vegan-jaffa-cakes/