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Little Chocolate Fudgy Balls December 5, 2016

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These are lovely but, maybe too rich for the kiddies.

They would make nice Christmas gifts if placed in small, pretty cellophane bags with a ribbon around them😉

 

Ingredients

 

120g walnuts

220g stoned dates

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

A good pinch

100g chocolate chips (optional)

 

Method

 

Blend all ingredients together in a blender.

Place in a plastic bag and squish well together, then break small pieces off and roll into small balls and put into mini paper cupcake cases.

 

Sticky Orange Marmalade Cake November 30, 2016

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It’s a freezing cold morning here in Wales, so keep on baking to keep warm!

A big hello! and welcome to new followers of my blog, I hope you find something that inspires you to bake too🙂

 

Ingredients

 

For the sponge

175g butter, softened

175g caster sugar

3 lrg eggs, at room temperature and beaten

175g self-raising flour

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 Tbsp thick cut marmalade

2 Tbsp milk

 

To finish

2 Tbsp marmalade

100g icing sugar, sieved

2 Tbsp water

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4. Line the base of a 20cm cake tin and grease the sides.

Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk until the mixture becomes paler and fluffy.

Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition, add a spoonful of the flour with each addition of egg. Sift the remaining flour, salt and baking powder into the bowl and whisk again. When thoroughly combined add the marmalade and milk and stir in.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch.

Run a round bladed knife around the tin to loosen the cake, then carefully remove and turn onto a wire rack (with parchment paper under the rack). Gently warm the second portion of marmalade and brush over the top of the warm cake. Leave to cool completely.

Put the sifted icing sugar into a small bowl and add the water to mix to a smooth runny mixture. Pour the icing over the cake – letting it run down the sides. Leave until completely set before cutting.

If stored in an airtight tin this cake will will keep for 5 days.

 

 

Slow Cooker Smoked Pork and Vegatables November 27, 2016

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Smoked pork gives a lovely amount of smoky flavor. Cooking it in a slow cooker only requires a few ingredients to produce a flavorful dish. You can add just about any veggies to this dish, cabbage, bell peppers, onion, and anything else, and wait for your meal to be ready.

Just a shame I didn’t have any celery or garlic to add to it as I think it would have been even better!

 

Ingredients

1 medium savoy cabbage, shredded

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

1 onion, diced

450g smoked pork, diced, but not too small

300g potatoes, diced, but not too small

300ml cold water

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1 Oxo cube, or similar

 

Method

 

Pour the water into the slow cooker, crumble the Oxo cube over the water.

Add the peppers, onion, pork and potatoes, season to taste with the salt and pepper.

Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.

After that, add the cabbage and continue cooking for 1 more hour.

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Silk Cake November 22, 2016

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This is a lovely cake, although more dense than your usual sponge cake.

 

 

Ingredients

100g butter, softened

300ml single cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g light brown soft sugar

100g dark chocolate, chopped

2 eggs

225g plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

 

For the Dark Chocolate Buttercream

100g dark chocolate, chopped

150g butter, softened

150g icing sugar, sifted

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm tins  with parchment paper.

Warm the cream, vanilla and 150g of the brown sugar in a pan, stirring until the sugar has melted, then heat until just steaming. Add the chocolate and stir until melted, set aside.

In a separate bowl cream the butter and reamaining brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs a little at a time until incorperated, then mix in the melted chocolate mixture. Sift in the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and beat to a smooth batter.

Divide between the 2 tins and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean, cool in the tins for 10 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool completely.

For the buttercream, melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water, cool for 10 minutes.

In a seperate bowl, cream the butter and icing sugar until smooth, then beat in the cocoa and a pinch of salt. Stir in the cooled, melted chocolate, if the icing is too soft, chill for 5 minutes in the fridge.

Place one of the cakes on a plate and spread half the buttercream over. Place the second cake on top and either pipe or spread the rest of the buttercream on top.

 

Banoffee Mountain November 18, 2016

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Keep the cream simple or add a hint of coffee, it works lovely with the caramel and bananas.

 

Ingredients

 

1 x 175g pack coconut cookies

50g digestive biscuits

75g butter

1 level tsp instant coffee (optional)

1 x 397 tin Carnation Cook with Caramel

4 bananas (ripe but firm)

1 tsp lemon juice

300ml double cream

 

Method

 

Grease and line the base and sides of a shallow round cake tin.

Put the coconut and digestive cookies in a processor and blitz into crumbs. Or into a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling pin.

Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat. Remove from the heat, add the biscuit crumbs and stir together well. Transfer to the tin and press firmly against the base and sides to form a flan case type base. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

If using coffee, dissolve in one teaspoon hot water, leave to cool.

Spread half the caramel over the bottom of the biscuit base. Peel and slice the bananas, then mix gently with the lemon juice – this helps to stop them going brown. Arrange on top of the caramel, as evenly as possible. Then drizzle the rest of the caramel over them

Lightly whip the cream, with the coffee mixture until it just holds its shape, then pile on top of the bananas.

 

Banoffee Roll-Ups……OH YES!!! November 13, 2016

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These are definately a ‘Must Make’!

 

Ingredients

Serves 1, although I could have eaten another.

2 slice’s white bread

1 Banana, sliced

caramel sauce, I used Carnation Caramel

6-8 digestive biscuits, smashed into crumbs

1 egg, beaten

 

Method

Cut crusts off the bread then using a rolling pin, roll that bread nice and flat.

Spread caramel on the bread, then pile some banana slices on one end.

Roll that up, starting from the end where the banana’s are.

Dip into the egg until covered then into the roll in the crumbed biscuits, again until well covered.

Fry until golden all over, a couple of minutes.

And enjoy!🙂

 

Upside-Down Pear Cake November 12, 2016

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This is nice as cake or you could eat it warm with custard for a pudding.

 

Ingredients

100g stork or whatever margarine you use

125g soft brown sugar

1 x 411g tin Pear halves in juice, drained

50g peanut butter

2 eggs

115g self raising flour

75g natural yoghurt

 

Method

Pre heat oven to 180C/gas 4

Line the base of a 20cm shallow cake tin.

Mix together 25g of the margarine with 25g of the sugar then spread it over the base of the lined tin.

Arrange the pears, rounded side up, in the tin.

Beat together the rest of the margarine and sugar with the peanut butter until creamy.

Beat the eggs into the mixture one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour with the second one.

Gently beat in the rest of the flour and yoghurt, until just combined.

Pour over the pears and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Leave in the tin fo 5 minutes, then turn out onto a plate to serve.

 

 

 
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