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Smarties Easter Tray Bake

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Happy Easter Sunday Everyone!

I wanted to bake something nice for my mother in law as she’s had a bit of a rough time recently, and as her favourite sweet is Smarties and it’s Easter Weekend, this is what was produced.  Think slightly caramel sponge flavour with a super crunchy smartie frosting. Yummy!

Perfect with a lovely cuppa.

 

Makes 12 large slices (or 24 smaller ones)

60g Butter, softened

250g Brown Sugar

1 tbsp vanilla essence

3 eggs, 1 egg yolk

250g Self Raising Flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

For the Frosting

60g butter, softened

200g icing sugar

1 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp milk

1 bag of Smarties eggs

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 deg. Line a 9 x 9 baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Add the butter to a large bowl and add in the brown sugar, mix together until light & Creamy.  Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix through. Add in the flour, salt & baking powder, gently fold in until everything is combined. Spread into your baking tin. Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile to make the frosting, cream the butter in a bowl and add the icing sugar (beware your worktops and everything around will be covered with icing sugar…lol!)                                                                                                    20190419_105924
  4. Add the milk, maple syrup, vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Using a rolling pin gently break down the smartie eggs until you have small pieces then add to the frosting mix and mix through. Refrigerate until needed, this helps thicken the frosting up.                                                                                        20190419_110510
  6. Once your cake has COMPLETELY cooled, top with frosting spreading evenly.    20190419_134337
  7. Cut up into squares and serve. Yummy!

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Snacks and nibbles

Crunchy Rocky Road Bites

 

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I’m not a fan of marshmallows but I was cleaning out my kitchen drawers and came across a bag (not sure why they were in there…lol!), they had to be used up, so Rocky Road was the only thing I could think of where I had all the other ingredients and it was quick and easy to put together. My partner was absolutely delighted, he has a very sweet tooth.

 

Makes 6

100g milk chocolate chips – melted

30g butter – melted

1 tbsp Maple Syrup

40g mini marshmallows

80g Crunchy Weetabix bran (you can of course use digestive biscuits or other biscuits of your choosing)

 

  1. Put the crunchy bran or biscuits into a food bag and using a rolling pin, crush till you have a good mix of crumbs and smaller pieces.                                      20190323_152239 20190323_152251
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwaveable bowl for about 50 secs at power 900w. Mix in the crunchy bran biscuits, marshmallows and maple syrup until coated.                                                                                                                   20190323_152510
  3. Pour into a small tin or a muffin tin and press down.  Chill in the fridge for about 2 hours.                                                                                                                   20190323_155439
  4. These need to be kept in the fridge after as they will melt at room temperature, allow to sit at room temperature for about 1 minute before eating. These will keep for about 1 week in an airtight container.

 

 

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Irish Potato Cakes

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After my recent visit to Ireland and just had to try a proper Irish Potato Cake. They are also known as Fadge or Farl in Northern Ireland and Tattie Scones (potato scones) in Scotland.  These are a traditional breakfast item.

 

Makes about 8

4 potatoes (preferably a starchy potato, such as russet)

3 tbsps plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

Salt & pepper to taste (I use rainbow peppers, more flavour)

1 tsp onion powder

30g melted irish butter

30g irish butter to cook with

 

  1. Cook and mash potatoes, leave to cool
  2. In a bowl mix the potatoes, flour, baking powder, onion powder, melted butter, salt & pepper into a soft dough like ball.                                                                      20190216_092606
  3. Flour a work surface and gently flatten to about 1cm thick
  4. With a 3″ cutter, cut out circles.                                                                    20190216_094013
  5. Heat up a fry pan with the butter or preheat the crisperplate for 2 minutes then add the butter.
  6. Place the potato cakes onto the plate or pan and cook for 3 minutes each side if using a fry pan, or 3 minutes on crisperplate, turn, then a further 2 minutes.                                                                                  20190216_100034
  7. Serve with breakfast items or with a delicious poached egg on top.

 

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Chocolate & Walnut Cake

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OMG, this was so yummy! We had a soup ‘n’ pudding kinda day and this is what I decided to try.

Serves about 8

110g plain flour

2 tbsp cocoa powder

110g golden caster sugar

50ml olive oil

50ml walnut oil

55g dark chocolate, chopped

55g chopped walnuts

2 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

100g melted chocolate for topping

30g chopped walnuts for topping

 

  1. Preheat oven to fan 170 deg. Grease a baking tin (approx 12″)
  2. Blitz the walnuts until fine. Transfer to a bowl and add in the sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt then mix.
  3. Add in the caster sugar, oils, chopped chocolate, eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well blended.
  4. Spoon the batter mix into the baking tin and bake for approx 25 minutes.
  5. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  6. Melt the chocolate in a microwave and spoon on top of the cake, crumble the remaining walnuts on top. Serve. Yummy!

 

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10 minute pineapple cake

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Oh I know I keep going on about it, but this Crisperplate is just magical, it has saved me so many minutes in my kitchen and has given me perfect cooking results every time. This time it was a little afternoon treat.

 

Makes a 12″ cake

150 g Caster Sugar
225g Self Raising Flour
100ml milk
110g butter softened
2 eggs
1 tin of pineapple rounds (drained)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whipping cream to serve
1. Mix everything together (except pineapple) in a mixer until smooth
2. Preheat Crisper for 2 mins, then pour on batter evenly
3. Place pineapple on top
4. Bake on Crisp setting for 10 minutes.
5. Serve with a large dollop of whipped cream.

 

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Parmesan & Tomato Stars

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OMG! These are so delicious and perfect for the party season. Little bite size pieces of deliciousness.

 

Makes about 12

8-10 Vittoria Tomatoes
Dried Thyme
150g plain flour
75 g soft butter salted
40 g grated parmesan
1 egg
250g mozzarella
Green pesto
Paprika & poppy seeds

 
1. Pre heat oven to Fan 160 deg, Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl, add the butter and parmesan, add in half the whisked egg, slow speed on mixer mix together.
3. Tip onto a non stick surface and bring together with your hands until you have a dough, flatten slightly. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, heat crisper plate and cut tomatoes in half, sprinkle with salt & thyme and cook for 2 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly.                                                    20181117_143712
5. Take a small 3cm star cutter and cut the mozzarella into thin stars.
6. Remove the dough and roll out and cut with a 5-6cm star cutter, place on baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 mins or until slightly browned.                                      20181117_143313
7. To serve, once stars are cooled, spread a little pesto on star then place mozzarella star, a little more pesto then the tomato half.
8. Yum!  Gorgeous with some prosecco.

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Mini Christmas No Bake Puddings

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These are perfect for a little bite size treat at Christmas and they look the part too. I first saw this recipe from Madaboutmacarons and just had to try.

I added a little orange liquor for a different flavour and they were delicious. (optional)

 

Makes about 12

50g raisins
40g dried apricots, finely chopped
40g dates, finely chopped
5 tbsps orange juice (or 2 tbsp orange liquor and 3 tbsp orange juice)
60g desiccated/shredded coconut
60g caster sugar
40g Scottish oats
40g candied orange peel, finely chopped
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

50g coconut oil – melted if solid

2 tsp Christmas Spice – See below for recipe mix.

(Spice Mix:- 2tbsp ground cinnamon, 2 tbsp ground ginger, 2 tbsp ground all spice, 1 tbsp nutmeg, 1/2 tbsp ground cloves, pinch black pepper) This can be stored in an airtight container.

50g White Chocolate – melted.

 

  1. Put all dried ingredients into a large mixing bowl, then add in the coconut oil and orange juice and mix to combine.
  2. Taking small amounts roll into a ball and place on greaseproof paper on a baking tray and refrigerate.
  3. Melt 50g of white chocolate in a microwave for about 1.5 mins and drizzle over the puddings. To decorate add a cranberry and edible holly decorations. (or you can cut some icing or marzipan for this)

Yummy!