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Upside-Down Pear Cake November 12, 2016

pear

 

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.

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies November 21, 2015

Choc peanut butter brownies

Two of my favourites right here, chocolate and peanut butter…..ohhhhh heaven!

 

Ingredients

225g peanut butter, smooth or crunchy it’s up to you

200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

280g soft light brown sugar

3 eggs

100g self raising flour

 

Method

 

Set aside 50g each of the peanut butter and chocolate. Heat oven to 180C/gas 4 and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment. Gently melt remaining peanut butter, chocolate and all the sugar in a pan, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has just about melted. Turn off heat and use a wooden spoon to beat in the eggs one by one. Stir in the flour and scrape into the tin.

Melt reserved peanut butter in the microwave on high for 45 secs, or in a pan, until runny, then drizzle over the brownie. Bake for 30-35 mins until it has a crust, but the middle still seems slightly uncooked.

Melt reserved chocolate, drizzle over the brownie, then cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

 

 

Strawberry Tarts September 12, 2015

Strawberry Tarts

These are a lovely tasty way to say goodbye to Summer and they’re easy to make too.

If you’ve visited my blog before you’ll most probably know I’m useless at making pastry, so I bought ready made all butter pastry cases. But go ahead and make your own if thats what your good at 😉 I used 8 pastry cases but you could use mini ones or make one large tart.

 

Ingredients for the strawberry filling

 

2 cups of washed, hulled and roughly mashed strawberries

1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 3 Tbsp

zest of one lemon

3 tsp cornflour

 

Ingredients for the vanilla cream topping

 

1/2 cup soured cream

2 Tbsp soft dark brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

small srawberries for garnish, optional

 

Method for the strawberry filling

 

In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until thickened.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then divide into the tart shells. Place in the fridge to chill.

 

Method for the vanilla cream topping

 

In a small bowl stir together the sour cream, brown sugar, and vanilla, until smooth.

Dollop onto the chilled tarts, and top with a mini strawberry.

Tip: This vanilla cream topping does not go thick like whipped cream. Best not to put on top of the tarts until your ready to serve. This cream is also delicious used for dipping fruit into.

 

 

 

 

 

Fudge Cake Squares September 21, 2013

Fudge cake Squares

A traditional favourite thats easy to make and even easier to eat. This would be ideal as an after school snack when the little one’s come home hungry.

 

Ingredients

 

225g self raising flour

1 tsp baking power

235g butter, room temperature

175g soft brown sugar

3 eggs

3 Tbsp milk

100g white chocolate chips

175g icing sugar

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1Tbsp golden syrup

85g caramel fudge chunks

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4. Line a shallow cake tin (or Pyrex dish, which is what I used) about 17cm by 24cm, with baking parchment.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.

Add 175g of the butter, the brown sugar, eggs and 2 Tbsp of the milk. Beat until evenly mixed. Stir in the white chocolate chips. Put into the lined tin, level the top and place in the oven for 40 minutes or until the top spring back when lightly pressed.

Leave to cool on a wire rack before turning out of the tin.

Meanwhile, sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Put the rest of the butter in a small saucepan with the syrup and 1Tbsp milk and heat gently until just melted, without allowing it to boil. Pour onto the icing sugar and mix to make a smooth icing.

Pour the icing over the cake and sprinkle the fudge chunks on top. Leave to set before slicing into squares.

 

Choc and Mint Cupcakes November 22, 2012

 

If you like chocolate, and you like mint, you’re going to love these cupcakes.

 

Basic chocolate cupcake ingredients

 

115g dark chocolate

85g butter, at room temperature

175g soft brown sugar

2 eggs, separated

185g plain flour, sifted

3/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

250ml milk, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 190C/gas mark 5.

Break the chocolate into pieces and melt it. Leave to cool.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and smooth.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks for several minutes. Add the egg yolks to the creamed mixture and beat well.

Add the melted chocolate to the mixture and beat well.

Combine the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl.

Add the vanilla extract to the milk.

Add a third of the flour to the mixture and beat well. Pour in a third of the milk and beat again. Repeat until all the flour and milk have been used.

In a clean bowl, whisk the whites until you have soft peaks.

Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter mixture, using a metal spoon. Do not beat or you will take all the air out of the mixture.

This is quite a runny batter, so take care when spooning into the cupcake cases as it can be very messy! Alternatively, pour the batter into a jug first then just pout the batter into the cupcake cases, makes it a lot easier.

Bake for 20 minutes (regular size) or 15 minutes (mini size). Leave in the tins for 10 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Ingredients for the mint topping

 

110g butter, at room temperature

60ml milk, at room temperature

1/2 tsp peppermint extract (or more or less, depending on how minty you want your topping)

500g icing sugar, sifted

A few drops of green food colouring (depending on how green you want them)

 
To decorate

Dark chocolate chips

 

Method

 

Beat the butter, milk, peppermint extract and half the icing sugar until smooth, this can take several minutes with an electric hand mixer. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat again until the buttercream is smooth and creamy. Taste the icing at this stage to see if you want to add more peppermint extract.

Add a drop of green food colouring and beat thoroughly. Add more carefully drop by drop, and beat after each addition to build up to your desired colour.

Use the icing to decorate the chocolate cupcakes, then top with chocolate chips. For a Christmassy looking cupcake you could top with crushed candy canes.

 

 

 
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