Decided to bake a chocolate cake for our New Years Day dessert, we had the whole family this year so had to do something that fed 11 adults and 1 child. This was perfect and delicious but so rich, so a little bit is all you need.
Serves about 12-14
For the Cake:-
200g unsalted butter
200g Dark Chocolate
300g Light Muscovado Sugar
4 large eggs
175g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
For the Glaze:-
300ml double cream
160g dark chocolate
Choice of nuts – I used Hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 180 deg
- Melt butter and chocolate together, either in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or in a microwave for about 1 minute. Allow to cool slightly.
- Beat Sugar & Eggs together then pour in butter & chocolate mix.
- Fold in flour & baking powder until combined.
- Pour mixture into a cocoa floured bake tin and bake for about 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile make the glaze by heating the cream gently and add the chocolate in, stir to melt. Whisk and pour over cake once cooled from oven. Sprinkle over nuts.
I had some egg white left over from a recipe that only required an egg yolk, so I decided to try patterns on meringues, turned out o.k. I thought. I’m know dying to try more patterns and colours……watch this space.
You can get my original meringue recipe here, all I done was draw lines inside a piping bag with orange food colouring and then filled the bag and piped, quite simple actually but creates a great visual pleasure.
I have been dying to try this for ages now and decided 2017 is going to be the year of experimenting. I have to say it looks easy but it wasn’t, a few more practises I think before I master it….lol! But I have to say not bad for a first time.
To make the candy:-
1. Put about 3 cups of sugar with 1 tbsp of water in a flat based pan (depending on how much you want to make)
2. Gently heat the sugar until it starts to bubble
3. It will start to go brown in colour and may lump, please do not be worried at this point this is normal. Using a wooden spoon move it around a little just to combine. You do not want to stir constantly and this will ruin it, try to leave it as much as you can.
4. If you want you can at this stage add food colouring, I added red to mine.
5. Keep moving it around until it goes quick thick but not too thick, you want to be able to lift it up and for it to drop slowly back to the pan but still thin not thick, almost just coating the back of the spoon.
6. Using anything you have in your kitchen drawers that are metal like a ladle, pizza cutter, spoon etc, it is best if you chill the metal in the fridge first. Do not use wood, I tried my wooden spoon and it stuck, it has to be metal and cold. You can then drape, twist or simply squiggle onto greaseproof paper to make your designs. ( This is the fun bit but also the frustrating bit..lol) It should harden within seconds.
Here are some of my best and worst ones……lol!
Then imply decorate your cakes. Enjoy!
Oh it’s that time of the year where cinnamon is a staple ingredient in your household and no better way to use it than to make cinnamon glazed swirls……oh so yummy!
For the swirls:-
1 puff pastry sheet
spoonful of butter melted
3 tbsp caster sugar
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
For the Glaze:-
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- Pre-heat oven to 190deg
- Roll out pastry sheet, brush with butter then sprinkle sugars and cinnamon evenly over pastry sheet
- Carefully start to roll the pastry up not too tight but not too loose
- Using a sharp knife, slice the roll into 6 or 7 sections evenly.
- Grease a baking tin or tray and place the swirls upright leaving a little space between each to allow for expansion of pastry.
- Bake for approx 20-25 mins until golden brown
- Meanwhile to make the glaze, mix the milk and vanilla essence with the icing sugar until you have a thick but not too thick consistencey, if too runny just keep adding more icing sugar. Using a spoon drizzle over swirls once removed from oven, allow to harden and serve……oh so yummy!
I have seen various different versions of this recipe and always wanted to try, so today was the day that I would have a go at these delicious little Churros. A Churro is a fried-dough pastry snack. Churros are popular in Spain, Portugal, France, the Philippines, Ibero-America and the Southwestern United States. In Spain, churros can either be thin or long and thick, basically you can have them anyway you choose.
As you can see I didn’t have the iconic star shape nozzle for my piping bag, so mine are smooth unlike most images you see online, such as below. Yes I know…..they do look better…..I will definitely be going to get one.
This recipe makes approx 8
150g Plain Flour
1 tbsp Baking powder
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup of boiling water
Oil for frying I love crisp n dry.
100g chocolate chips
120ml double cream
1/2 cup of caster sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt then add in the olive oil and water, mix together until combined, it should be like a very thick batter, it should not be runny and thin as this won’t work (trust me..my first batch was to watery and didn’t turn out at all) see my wrong batch below. wrong batch very thick batter
- Heat in a wok some frying oil to 170 deg. If you don’t have a thermometer , drop a piece of bread in about 1cm and if it goes golden brown you know its ready.
- Empty the batter into a piping bag. Slowly squeeze out the mixture into the oil making a long shape about 15cm long. You may find it easier to cut with a pair of sissors.
- Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until a golden brown colour. Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto some kitchen towel to absorb the fat.
- Place caster sugar and cinnamon in a bowl then roll each churro in until covered in sugar.
- Place chocolate chips and cream into a microwavable bowl, micro for 30 secs then stir, then another 30 secs and mix together well. (800w should be o.k.)
- Pour sauce into a serving dish and dip…Yummy!