These were lovely, it was a recipe I was testing, now I’m not much of a chocolate or brownie fan but I have to say I did have more than 1…..lol!
375g cubed unsalted butter
300g Dark Chocolate, I used 70%
375g Caster Sugar
75g cocoa powder
6 large eggs
100 g plain flour
200g cherries in kirsch, drained, chopped
Cherry Syrup from jar (8-10 tbsps)
Icing sugar to decorate and finish
- Preheat oven to fan 160 deg. Line a baking tin with baking sheet and grease. Approx 33 x 23 x 2cm tin
- In a large pan, melt the butter and chocolate over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 2 minutes. If you have Induction hob, put on at level 1.
- Beat the eggs and sugar together until pale.
- Slowly pour the melted butter & chocolate into the egg mixture, stiring all the time.
- Fold in the flour & cocoa, then add the cherries and 5 tbsps of the cherry syrup.
- Pour the mixture into your baking tin and bake for about 35 minutes or until you get a light wobble in the middle.
- Remove from oven and drizzle remaining syrup over the brownie and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then place in a freezer for 1/2 hour to allow to set.
- Slice up into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar to finish, then just devour! Yummy!
O.M.G! What can I say…..super tasty and fluffy!
I attended a Doughnut Master class recently and thoroughly enjoyed it, so this weekend was the time to put my new found skills to the test and it was a success. I was so pleased with myself, although I am a perfectionist so I’ll give these 9/10, always room for improvement…..lol!
The flavour ideas going through my head just now are buzzing, so look forward to experimenting in the future.
For the Doughnuts:-
500g Strong White Flour
60g Caster Sugar (plus 60g for finish)
10g dried yeast
4 Whole eggs
180g cold water
125g unsalted butter
- Add all the dry ingredients to a mixer the add the eggs and water. Mix on low setting for 30 seconds then on high for 5-7 minutes until the dough comes together.
- Let the dough rest for a minute, then cut up the butter into cubes and add to the dough. Mix on high for about 5 minutes.
- Once mixed transfer the dough to a large bowl and allow to rise/prove until double in size. If you have a setting on your oven great, if not cover with cling film and leave in a warm place.
- Once doubled, knock the dough back and allow to rise again in the fridge for a couple of hourse, ideally overnight though. (doing this in the fridge gives a stronger flavour)
- Remove dough from fridge, knock back and roll into 55g balls then cover with flour. Lay onto a baking tray, making sure you cover the tray generously with flour or the balls will stick. Allow space in between for them to double in size. Prove the balls until doubled in size.
- Preheat some rapessed oil in a pan to between 175-180 deg. Gently place the balls in the oil and fry for about 2 minutes each side. Remove, allow to cool slighty and roll in the sugar. Set aside.
For the Creme de patisserie:-
6 egg yolks
80g strong bread flour or plain
125g caster sugar
- Whisk together egg yolks in a bowl then add in flour & sugar, whisk together
- Gently heat 500ml milk – do not boil. Warm enough to touch. (60-70deg)
- Slowly add the milk to the egg mixture, ensuring you whisk at all times to prevent curdling.
- Then add mixture back to the pan and whisk continually on a medium heat until the mixture thickens up (this will take about 10 minutes)
- Remove from heat and put into a dish, cover with cling film ensuring film is touching crem pat. This is to prevent a hard crust forming. Allow to cool then chill in fridge for around 2 hours.
- Remove and add in your choosen flavours. I used Lemon Curd in 1 and Nutella in the other. Transfer crem pat mixture into a piping bag.
- Take the doughnuts and gently push your finger into the side where it is white making space for the filling. Gently push the piping bag in a fill.
- Nothing else to do then get the kettle on and devour! Oh so Yummy!
We have had a rather wet weekend here in Cumbernauld, Glasgow, so nothing better than getting in the kitchen and baking! Wanting to carry on with the summer, I decided that we were going to have an indoors picnic. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe from Jamie Oliver for a while now so today was that day. It was absolutely delicious, so refreshing and light, perfect for my picnic.
250g unsalted butter at room temperature
250g Golden caster sugar + 4 tbsp for syrup
4 large eggs
275g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g poppy seeds
- Preheat the oven to 180 deg. Grease a 23cm cake tin and line bottom with greaseproof paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs in 1 at a time, mixing thoroughly before adding each one.
- Grate in the zest of 2 lemons then squeeze in the juice and combine.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold gently until combined.
- Add in the milk and poppy seeds and mix through.
- Pour mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
- Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then remove and place on a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, slice very finely the other 2 lemons.
- Put 4 tbsps water and 4 tbsp caster sugar into a pan, add the lemons and heat gently on a medium to low heat for about 15 minutes or until the lemons are translucent and you have a lovely syrup.
- Spoon the syrup over the top of the cake and serve.
Having loads of bananas left, I decided on my favourite Banana Bread Recipe . This time I tried my Automatic settings on my oven, and it baked perfectly. I do love new technology.
These Automatic Recipes are a full proof way of cooking if your not sure, I love them and I’ve learned to experiment with recipes I might not have done before.
Looking for something nice to have with a coffee this afternoon, I decided to have a go at Choux Pastry again. The first time I tried they didn’t puff up, so I was so pleased when these came out lovely and airy. Thought I would try doughnut shape instead of the traditional way. Very tricky to eat this way but then again I did make extra large man size ones……lol! They were absolutely delicious. Perfect for our afternoon coffee.
115g Strong Flour
4 tbsp milk
Pinch of salt
Pinch of caster sugar
55g unsalted butter
3 medium eggs
300ml double cream
100g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or any other flavouring you wish)
100g Chocolate (if using on top)
- Preheat your oven to 200 deg.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and flour
- Put the water, milk, salt, sugar and butter into a pan and bring to the boil on a medium heat until the butter is melted.
- Remove from the heat and sieve in the flour and beat vigorously until it forms a dough then cook on a very low heat for 5 minutes.
- Leave to cool slightly. Beat the eggs then add in little at a time beating well between each egg. You want a smooth glossy finished dough.
- Spoon the dough into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 4 rings, approx 4 inch diameter onto the baking tray.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 200 deg then turn down to 170 deg for 10 minutes or until they have risen well and golden brown. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, pour the cream and vanilla into a bowl and whisk until just slightly thickened, then add the icing sugar and continue to whisk until desired thickness. Spoon into a piping bag with the star nozzle.
- Cut the cooked Choux in half and pipe the cream into the middle then place the top on. Dust with some icing sugar. If using chocolate, melt chocolate in a microwave for 2 minutes then spoon on top and refrigerate to harden (about 10 minutes). Serve.
I found this lovely little pot of Tutti Frutti Jam from The Artisan kitchen recently, so nothing better on a bank holiday weekend than to make a Victoria Sponge for afternoon coffee. The Flavours of this jam were absolutely delightful, APPLES, STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, BLACKCURRANTS, LEMON JUICE and ORANGE OIL………so fruity!
Basic Victoria Sponge:-
200g unsalted butter, softened
200g golden caster sugar
4 medium eggs
200g self raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
250ml double cream, whipped
1 vanilla pod
- Preheat oven to 170 deg. Grease 2 cake tins approx 20cm each.
- Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together in a mixer
- Slowly beat in the eggs, 1 at a time.
- Gently fold in the flour, keeping as much air as possible. Don’t over mix.
- Divide the mixture between the cake tins evenly and bake for about 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clear. Allow to cool.
- Whisk the cream with the vanilla until you get stiff peaks.
- Spread the jam on top of one of the cakes then spread over the cream, sandwich with the other cake and sieve some icing sugar over the top. Serve! Yummy!
When life gives you snowy days…………..JUST BAKE!……….Coffee and Cake can never go wrong in my house, especially on a snowy day. I used my sponge recipe from my pistachio cupcakes, and I just omitted the pistachios. I baked half with chocolate chips inside and the other half I used some Unicorn Chips (coloured white chocolate chips). I then decided to use what I had in my cupboards with regards to decoration and went a bit creative……lol! Think the boredom was getting to me……lol.
This is definitely my best cupcake mixture to date, always light and fluffy and full of flavour.