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Valentine Day Chocolate Tart February 13, 2018

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This looks so fancy but believe me when I say it’s easy…I don’t really do complicated.

 

Ingredients

 

1 shop bought sweet pastry tart

14 oz dark chocolate, although in this I did run out of dark chocolate so used half dark & half milk

10oz double cream

5 Tbsp butter

 

Method

 

Break the chocolate into pieces & place in a large heat proof dish with the butter.

Put the cream into a small pan & heat, but don’t let it boil.

Pour the hot cream over the chocolate & butter & cover with cling film. Do NOT stir, just cover & leave for 5 minutes.

Using a hand held whisk, whisk the mixture until smooth & pour into pastry case.

Leave in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set.

I used frozen (defrosted) berries to serve with this as there’s no sweetner added to them at all & the tartness of the berries cuts through the sweetness of the chocolate tart.

Happy Valentine’s Day, love you all x

 

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Anzac Biscuits (Norm’s Favourites) February 12, 2018

Anzac biscuits

 

Ingredients

 

1 cup plain flour

2 cups oats

1 cup brown sugar

125g butter

2 Tbsp golden syrup

1 Tbsp water

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

 

Method

 

Heat oven to 175C/gas 4.

Put the flour & rolled oats into a bowl & mix together.

Melt the butter, golden syrup, sugar and water in a large saucepan.

Stir the bicarbonate of soda into the liquid mixture.

Put the dry ingredients into the liquid mixture & mix well together.

Place walnut-sized balls of mixture on a baking sheet & bake for 15 minutes.

Leave to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

Very Berry White Chocolate Rocky Road September 30, 2017

Ingredients

 

300g white chocolate, broken into chunks

100g malted milk biscuits, btoken into small pieces

100g chopped nuts OR 75g rice krispies

200g pink & white mini marshmallows

18g freeze-dried strawberries OR 70g ruby berries & cherries (I used Whitworths berries & cherries)

 

Method

 

Line a 29cm square tin with parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate in a dish over hot water until smooth.

Put the biscuits, nuts OR krispies & most of the marshmallows into a large bowl and pour the melted chocolate over stirring well to coat everything.

Tip the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading out to fill the corners and pressing down. Scatter the remaining marshmallows and the dried strawberries OR the ruby berries & cherries on top & press down gently with the back of a spoon.

Put in the fridge for at least 3 hours then cut into squares to serve.

 

Choc/Mallow Eggy Bread anyone? September 4, 2017

Filed under: Butter,Eggs,Mini Marshmallows,Nutella,Uncategorized — dogsmum @ 10:53 pm
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Hi & hello to all new follower’s of my blog, it’s lovely to have you along 🙂

Ok so I came home after walking for 2 hours in the rain with Bertie my dog, we were both soaked through & I needed something special, this was it!

Ingredients

2 slices bread

Nutella or your favourite chocolate spread

A handful of mini marshmallows

2 eggs, beaten

Butter

Method

Pour the beaten eggs into a shallow dish

Spread one slice of bread with chocolate spread then put the marshmallows ontop of the chocolate spread. Place the second slice of bread ontop of the marshmallows & press down gently.

Put the sandwich into the beaten egg for a minute then carefully turn it over to get that sandwich covered in egg.

While the sandwich is soaking up the egg, heat the butter in a frying pan, once it’s hot add the sandwich, let cook for 2-3 minutes until a lovely brown then turn over & again give it 2-3 minutes to go brown.

Eat & enjoy!

 

 

Peach & Cherry Galette July 16, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — dogsmum @ 1:47 pm

With a few simple steps and in a relatively short time this perfect summer pastry is baked. Preferably eat it warm but not right after you take it out of the oven. If you like, enjoy some vanilla ice cream with it.

 

200g plain flour

5 Tbsp sugar

pinch of salt

120g butter

60ml iced water

2 peaches

100g cherries

 

Method

 

Put the flour, 3 tablespoons sugar and the pinch of salt in a mixing bowl and mix together. Cut the butter into cubes and add them to the mixture. Mix with the food processor until it is crumbly. Then add the ice-cold water and stir with a fork, so that the flour is completely bound. Lightly knead the dough with your hands and then form into a ball, flatten slightly, wrap in cling film and let it rest for one hour in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, cut the peaches in half and remove the stone. Cut each half in about 8 thinner slices. Cut also the cherries into halves and remove stone. Put the fruits in a bowl and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Let it stand until you take the dough out of the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Take the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a floured work surface. Make it as round in shape as possible. Now distribute the fruits on the dough, using a slatted spoon as you don’t want all that juice on the pastry or you’ll have a soggy bottom. Spare around 4cm from the edge. Fold the edge slightly over the filling. The fruits should not to be covered.

Bake the galette approximately 25 minutes on the middle rack until the dough has a nice golden brown colour. Let cool slightly before serving.

 

Cheats’s Plum Tarte Tatin February 5, 2017

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This is easier than the classic tarte tatin but just as tasty for a quick dessert.

Ingredients

25g butter

75g soft dark brown sugar

6-7 plums, or you could use nectarines

250g ready to roll puff pastry

Method

Preheat oven to 170C/gas 5.

Line a 20 – 22cm cake tin with parchment paper, so that it comes up the sides & grease it with the butter.

Sprinkle the sugar over the butter & press down lightly.

Halve & stone the fruit, then arrange them on top of the sugar (cut side facing down) packing them in tightly.

Roll out the pastry & cut a 24 – 26cm circle. Lay the pastry on top of the fruit & tuck it in around the fruit. Make 3 small holes in the pastry to let the steam out while the tarte is cooking.

Bake for 40 minutes or until golden.

Place a plate on top of the tin, then turn over, expect some juice to escape. Remove the tin & parchment paper & serve while still warm. Mmmmmmmm

 

Easy Mince Pies (Mince Pie Turn-Overs) January 3, 2017

Filed under: Mincemeat,Ready made pastry,Uncategorized — dogsmum @ 4:39 pm
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Ok these will be the easiest mince pies you’ll get to make yourself.

First off grease a 12 hole patty tin.

Unroll a sheet of ready to use pastry and place it over the patty tin, I had to roll mine out a bit to make it wider, but that’s fine if you have to do that. Then using a knife cut through the pastry, as below.

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Press gently on each piece to make a dip in the pastry and put in a teaspoon full of mincemeat.

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Using some egg-wash to hold them together, turn up each corner of the pastry. Then use the egg-wash to brush the tops before placing in the oven 200C/gas 6 for 20 minutes.

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I made 2 batches of these, one with short crust pastry the other with puff pastry & both were really good.

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If liked you could sprinkle some icing sugar over them before serving.

 

 
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