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No-Bake Cookies & Cream Bars July 24, 2016

Cookies & cream bars

Perfect for those hot days when you don’t want to put the oven on.

 

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 1/2 cups finely crushed (I used a food processor) cream filled chocolate biscuits, can use Oreos or Bourbon biscuits

16oz cream cheese, room temperature

1 7oz jar Marshmallow Fluff

1 cup coursely crumbled cream filled chocolate biscuits

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method

 

Stir together the melted butter and crushed cookies in a medium bowl. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with baking parchment. Press the cookie mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Beat the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla extract in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Gently fold in the coarsely crumbled cookies. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pan, spreading it evenly over the cookie crust. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours.

This will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.

 

Peanut Butter & Jam Thumbprint Cookies July 17, 2016

Thumbprint PB&J

 

If you like sweet and savoury together, you’ll like them. If you like Peanut Butter, you’ll love them!

 

Ingredients

 

1 1/4 cups icing sugar

1 cup smooth/creamy peanut butter

4-5 Tbsp butter, melted

1 1/2 cups finely crushed pretzels

strawberry jam

 

Method

 

Beat the icing sugar, peanut butter, and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add crushed pretzels, and stir until well mixed. (Mixture will be crumbly.)

Shape mixture into about 20 (1½-inch) balls, pressing firmly so the dough holds its shape. Place the balls 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Press your thumb into each ball, forming an indentation. Spoon about ¼ teaspoon strawberry jam into each indentation. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve. Cookies will keep stored in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.

 

Rainbow Swiss Roll Cake July 1, 2016

Swiss

The rainbow craze is crazy, but lets just go with it…

 

For this rainbow swiss roll I’ve gone with the Victoria Sponge Cake recipe again

175g/6 oz butter, at room temperature

175g/6 oz caster sugar

3 eggs, beaten

175g/6 oz self raising flour

pinch of salt

7 food colours

For the buttercream

175g icing sugar, sifted

85g butter, softened

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Tbsp  milk to soften if needed

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4

Line two swiss roll tins with baking parchment.

Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is pale, light and fluffy.

Add the egg a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour and salt and carefully add to the mixture, folding it in with a metal spoon or spatula.

Divide the mixture equally between 7 small dishes. Add a small amount of differnt colour to each dish and mix in well, adding a little more colour if needed.

Transfer the mixture from the small dishes into seperate piping bags, snip the end of each bag and starting at an angle, pipe a line of each of the different colours across the pans.

Bake for 10 minutes after that time the cake should just be coming away from the sides of the tin, if not leave for another 3 – 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes.

Loosen the cakes from the tins. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Whisk the butter in a bowl until nice and soft then add half of the icing sugar, whisk well, add the extract and the rest of the icing sugar and again whisk well. If the buttercream is a little too stiff to spread easily, then add the milk and whisk again.

Place the two cakes end to end, spread with the buttercream and roll up starting with a short end.

If liked you could add coloured sprinkles to the buttercream and mix in.

 

Raspberry Mousse June 27, 2016

Raspberry Mousse

 

This lovely sweet raspberry mousse is light and full of a tangy berry flavour. Made with fresh raspberries, this tasty mousse serves 6-8 people and is perfect for parties. It takes 15 mins to make and a little time to set – and is well worth the wait. Top with fresh whipping cream and handfuls of berries for an even naughtier treat.

 

Ingredients

 

135g raspberry flavour jelly

600g frozen raspberries

2 Tbsp icing sugar

170g evaporated milk

 

Method

Dissolve the jelly in 300ml boiling water. Pour the hot mixture over the raspberries and whizz in a blender until well mixed and the fruit is squashed. Tip into a sieve and push the mixture through to get rid of the pips. Stir in the sugar.

Whisk the evaporated milk in another bowl to a thick foam and then mix well into the setting raspberry jelly. Pour the raspberry mousse into a serving bowl and leave to set. Top with more raspberries for serving.

 

 

 

 

Granny’s Peanut Butter Cups June 13, 2016

Peanut

Oh so much better than the Reece’s one’s, simply because they are made with Cadburys chocolate. If you love peanut butter, you will love these!

 

Ingredients

 

12 miniture paper cake cases

340g Cadburys milk chocolate

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup icing sugar

 

Method

 

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water.

Using a teaspoon put a small amount of the melted chocolate into the center of a paper case, and using the back of the spoon draw the chocolate up and around the side of the paper case, coating the entire of the inside of the cake case. Repeat with all the cake cases, then put in the fridge to harden.

Mix the peanut butter and icing sugar together well in a bowl.

When the chocolate shells have hardened, warm the peanut butter mixture in the microwave for a minute, this will soften it, makeing it easier to use.

Spoon the peanut butter mixture into each of the chocolate shells, leaving room to add more chocolate on top. Put back in the fridge for an hour to harden up.

When the peanut butter has hardened, re-melt the rest of the chocolate and using a teaspoon, spread the melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter.

Place back in the fridge to harden.

These will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for a couple of weeks, they’re also good to give as gifts…if you can stop eating them yourself😉

 

 

Toffee Crisp Bars June 8, 2016

Toffee Crisp Bars

I’ll start off today by saying a big ”Hi!” to my new followers, thanks for being here and I hope you enjoy the recipies.🙂

 

Ingredients

 

125g Rice Krispies

125g butter

5 Mars Bars, roughly chopped

200g milk chocolate

 

Method

 

Line a 7 x 10 inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Place the butter and Mars Bars into a saucepan and melt gently over a low heat, stirring frequently.

Once melted, beat well to get rid of any lumps.

Add the Rice Krispies and mix well to make sure they’re all covered in the butter/Mars Bar sauce.

Pour into the prepared dish and press down well, ensuring its pressed into the corners of the dish, then smooth off the top as flat as possible.

Leave in the fridge for an hour.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water, then pour the chocolate over the top of the hardened crispy mixture.

Return to the fridge for an hour then cut into bars.

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge to keep them crispy.

 

 

Cake Pops June 5, 2016

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Cake pops

Following on from the previous post, where we had a cake to put in the freezer, here’s something easy to make with that cake. Or you could use any shop bought cake if you wanted to.

 

Firstly, if using cake you’ve previously frozen, defrost it overnight.

Using a food processor, turn that cake into fine crumbs

Add a tablespoon or two of either cream cheese frosting or butter cream frosting (I’ve usually got some in the fridge or freezer). Start with just the one tablespoon, add it to the cake crumbs and whizz up in the processor until all the crumbs are mixed into a dough. Using your hands, make small balls out of the dough, leave to cool in the fridge for an hour.

Meanwhile melt some chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water.

Push a cake pop stick or lolly stick into each cake pop and firstly using a teaspoon drizzle a small amount of chocolate over the stick end of the cake pop and let it set, this will help keep the cake pop on the stick when you dip it into the chocolate to cover the rest of it. Once all done, place in the fridge to set, or you could add assorted sprinkles

 

 
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