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Brownies February 6, 2017

brownies

A cold & frosty start to the day, followed by fog & then with rain for the rest of the day definitely calls for BROWNIES!

A bowl, a whisk & some ingredients are all you need

 

Ingredients

 

1 cup butter, melted

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp salt

chocolate chips for mixing in or to sprinkle on top (optional)

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4.

Line a 9” x 13” pan with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar and vanilla with a whisk until smooth.

Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Stir in the flour, cocoa and salt until combined, also add the chocolate chips now, unless you intend sprinkling them on top.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

 

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Little Chocolate Fudgy Balls December 5, 2016

fudge

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.

 

Chocolate Silk Cake November 22, 2016

silk

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.

 

Chocolate Caramel Brownies February 26, 2016

Choc Caramel

A foolproof recipe for squidgy cake squares, studded with extra chunks of chocolate for extra yumminess!

 

Ingredients

 

100g ginger biscuits

1 tin Carnation Caramel

185g butter

185g dark chocolate

85g plain flour

40g cocoa powder

50g white chocolate, roughly chopped

50g milk chocolate, roughly chopped

3 eggs

275g caster sugar

1 Cadburys Crunchie bar, roughly broken

 

Method

Line a 21cm, deep sided square tin with baking parchment.

Blitz the biscuits in a food processor and put into the prepared tin.

Make the brownie mixture

Cut butter into smallish cubes and tip into a medium bowl with the dark chocolate. Place on a saucepan of hot water to melt, stirring occasionally, once melted take off the heat and let it come to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4.

Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl.

Break the eggs into a large bowl and add the sugar, whisk until creamy and thick, like a milk shake.

Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the eggy mousse, then gently fold together with a spatula  until the two mixtures are one and the colour is a mottled dark brown.

Add the flour/cocoa mix to the eggy mixture and gently fold in, it will look dry and powdery for awhile but keep on folding in it will come to look fudgy.

Stop just before you feel you should, as you don’t want to overdo this mixing. Finally, stir in the white and milk chocolate chunks until they’re dotted throughout.

Pour half the brownie batter over the biscuit crumbs that are already in your prepared tin, then pour over 3/4 of the caramel and finish off by pouring on the rest of the brownie batter.

Bake for 30 – 40 minutes. If the brownie wobbles in the middle, it’s not quite done, so slide it back in and bake for another 5 minutes until the top has a shiny, papery crust and the sides are just beginning to come away from the tin. Take out of the oven.

Leave to cool then spread the rest of the caramel over the top, then scatter the Crunchie ontop and enjoy.

 

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake September 13, 2015

Rich Dark Chocolate Cake

Rich, soft, moist and fudgy.

After taking the photo of this I thought, it could also be covered in a lovely ganach, or maybe not, maybe that would make it too rich and chocolatey. Hmmm is there such a thing? It would also be nice if you zapped a slice of it in the microwave then topped it with ice cream and raspberries…Oh yessssssssss!

 

Ingredients

 

2/3 cup milk

1 1/2 tsp vinegar

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup of oil, I used olive oil

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or you could use extract

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 cup plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4.

Line an 9” round or square baking tin.

Whisk together the first 5 ingredients, and set aside for at least 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir together the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl until well-mixed.

Pour wet into dry, stir just until evenly mixed, and transfer to the prepared tin.

Bake 25-30 minutes on the middle rack, or until cake is light and fluffy and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Tip: the chocolate chips can be stirred into the mixture or scattered on top.

 

 

Chocolate Easter Cake April 2, 2015

Easter 1If you have children in the house they’ll love helping you decorate this. Freya, my 3 year old Granddaughter helped me decorate this one 🙂

Ingredients: for the cake

125g soft margarine

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

1 Tbsp golden syrup

125g self raising flour, sifted

2 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted

2 Tbsp milk

Ingredients: for decorating

175g milk chocolate

225g butter, at room temperature

1 Tbsp milk, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

250g icing sugar, sifted

17-20 Malteser Bunnies, depending on size of cake

1 packet of mini chocolate eggs

3-4 easter chicks

Method

Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/gas mark 4. Lightly grease/line 2 18cm/7ins shallow cake tins.

Place all of the ingredients for the cake in a large bowl and beat to form a smooth mixture.

Divide the mixture between the two tins and level the tops.

Bake for 20 minutes or until springy to touch.

Cool in the tins for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the buttercream, melt the chocolate in a heatproof glass bowl over hot water, stir occasionally until it’s completely melted & is smooth. Leave to one side to cool.

In a large bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla and icing sugar until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and beat again until thick and creamy. If it looks too runny simply keep on beating as this will thicken the icing and improve its consistency.

Sandwich the two cake together using some of the buttercream, then spread the rest around the sides and top of the cake.

Gently press the bunnies onto the buttercream around the side of the cake then, with or without a childs help, decorate the top 😉

 

Chocolate, Strawberry, Nutella Cake March 28, 2015

Choc, staw, nut

This is going to upset the chocolate lovers out there but, this cake needs to be eaten in 3, yes 3 day’s! 😉

Ingredients

240g self raising flour
60g Unsweetened cocoa
240g caster sugar
2 Eggs
130g softened butter
2/3 cup water
50g olive oil or vegetable
1 medium sized jar of Nutella or your own favourite choc/nut spread
2 Punnets of Strawberries

Method

Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4.

Line two 18cm/7ins victoria sandwich tins with baking parchment.

Put the flour, cocoa, sugar, eggs, butter, water and oil in a bowl and mix well for about 2-3 minutes.

Divide the mixture between the prepared sandwich tins and bake for 20-25 minutes, leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Once completely cold, spread nutella over one cake then cover with slices of strawberries. Place the other cake on top.

Pipe more nutella around the outer edge of the top of the cake and place either a whole strawberry or half’s, around the top.

You could if you liked dust the top of the cake with a little icing sugar. But whatever you do, remember this cake won’t keep more than 3 days due to the fresh strawberries in it.

 

 
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