Coffee And Walnut Squares

This is the other thing I did yesterday, along with the Chocolate Orange Loaf. But this one will get you jumping of the walls :D! This recipe is much much harder, as there are 3 layers you must do. But don’t let it put you off!

You will need:

For the base:

  • 100g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g self raising flour

For the filling:

  • 400g condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 25g butter
  • 3 tsp coffee granules
  • 80g chopped walnuts

For the topping:

  • 150 plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coffee powder
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 100g butter

Method:

1. The base: cream the butter and sugar in a bowl. Grease a swiss roll tray. Preheat the oven to gs mark 4/ 180*C/ 350*F.

2. Add the flours to make a firm dough (don’t worry if it seem a bit crumbly, its suppose to seem that way), press into the bottom of the tray evenly and firmly. Bake for 10 minutes.

3. Take it out and leave to cool.

 

1. The filling: In a non-stick saucepan (this is important, it HAS to be non-sick), mix together the butter, condensed milk and golden syrup.

2. Add the coffee granules and heat until boiling swiftly mix until it thickens noticeably, do not allow to burn. Add in the walnuts and continue to mix.

3. Spread the filling onto the base evenly.

1. For the topping: Mix together the flour, cinnamon, Coffee powder and brown sugar. Rub in the butter with your fingers to make a firm dough. Pop into the fridge and leave until even firmer.

2. When it’s firm enough, grate and spread over the top of the filling evenly. DO NOT PRESS DOWN, it’s supposed to be crumbly.

4. Bake for another 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!!!

Walnut & Coffee Squares

Chocolate Orange Marble Loaf!

Yesterday I went on a little baking spree, one of the things I made was a Chocolate Orange Marble Cake! It turned out perfectly! This recipe is relatively easy, BUT I did get a minor scald so be careful :(.

You will need:

  • 50g Plain or milk chocolate broken
  • 125g butter softened
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 1/2tsp orange extract
  • 2tsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

1. Put the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, stir until melted. When melted, Leave to cool but make sure it doesn’t start to set. If it does heat is up slightly again.

2. Cream together the sugar, butter and orange extract until pale and fluffy. Slowly add he eggs, beat really well after each addition.

3. Fold in the flour and orange juice, then separate the mixture in 2 halves in separate bowls.

4. In one part, add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder and gently fold in.

5. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180*C/350*F and grease a loaf tin.

6. Spoon the mixtures into the tin, alternating between chocolate and normal. Take a knife and do 1 wiggly line down the middle, DO NOT MIX.

7. Put in the oven for 40 minutes or until a skewer/ small knife come out clean!

 

Roast Dinner In A Giant Yorkshire Pudding

Little bit of a cheat here as the Yorkie isn’t made from scratch, but we had them in the freezer so thought why not?

We did a scaled down roast dinner, just roast and boiled potatoes, sliced carrots, peas, meat and gravy. Cook the Yorkshire pudding for 10 minutes and then dish the roast dinner out into them.

Quick, easy and very tasty, makes a nice change from the normal roast.

Roast Dinner in a Giant Yorkie

Chocolate Brownie Cake!

I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!! Yesterday I made a Chocolate Brownie Cake, It worked perfectly! I just wanted to make something, so I found this recipe for a Chocolate Brownie Cake and was like “YES”. We’ve all been on this new diet that consists of no preserved food, down to milk and bread which we can’t do anything about, so having the occasional treat like this is really nice!! This is a somewhat easy recipe but there are quite a few places you could go wrong, I made a stupid mistake and put 100 more grams of brown sugar so was stuck for 5 minutes getting 100 gram out…

You will need:

  • 125g Milk chocolate
  • 100g Butter
  • 1 tbsp Golden syrup
  • 175g Caster sugar
  • 75g Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 100g Plain flour
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Put the chocolate, all sugars, golden syrup and butter in a pan on a low heat. Stir continuously until there are no lumps.
  2. Take off the heat, keep stirring so it doesn’t burn. Add the flour, baking powder, eggs, cocoa powder and vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture and fold in well.
  3. Grease a 7in tin, preheat the oven to gas mark 4/ 350*C/ 350*F.
  4. Put it in the oven and bake for half an hour, don’t check on it too much as will collapse a bit in the middle and make the bottom a little bit soggy

Chicken Croquettes

Perfect as a main meal with chips or just as a snack.

Ingredients:

1lb cooked chicken -chopped

1 onion – chopped

7 fl oz milk

1 tbs cranberry sauce

2 tbs flour

Large knob of butter

Juice of 1 lemon

1 egg beaten

Pinch of mixed dried herbs

4oz breadcrumbs

Oil for frying

Seasoning

Method:

Fry the onion in the butter for a few minutes then add the flour stirring well, then gradually add the milk while still stirring until it forms a thick paste. Continue cooking for a further 3 minutes.

Fold in the chicken, cranberry sauce, herbs and lemon juice and heat through for a couple more minutes and season to taste.

Remove from heat, cool and then place in fridge until chilled. Form the chilled mixture into croquettes dip into the egg and cover with breadcrumbs. Fry until golden brown on all sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Christmas you can use leftover turkey instead of chicken.

 

 

 

 

Chicken and Veggie Broth

About a week ago I did a post on garlic croutons that I did for my Grandads Chicken and Veggie broth that he had a go at making. So I’ve had a go at this time with Grandads help. There are NO exact measurements so I’ll do my best to give the recipe. This is an easy recipe, but does include lots of boiling water!!!

You will need:

  •  6 Spring onions cut off at where the first leaf starts
  •  A small swede diced
  •  The same amount of chopped carrots and peas as swede
  •  3 Whole chicken breasts
  •  3 Sticks of celery chopped thinly
  •  1 leek chopped thinly
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Chicken stock cubed broken into a powder
  • 150g Sweet corn

Method:

1. Fill a large stock pot to about half full up with water and plop in the chicken breasts

2. Add the swede, carrots, sweet corn and peas. Add the Leek, celery and spring onions after that.

3. Add the powdered stock cube and salt & pepper and give it a quick stir.

4. Put it on a high heat until boiling then allow to simmer for about an hour until every things tender.

5. After about an hour carefully take out the chicken breast and gently break up until stringy (note: If you like large chunks of meat then break up as small or big as you want). Put the chicken back into the soup, give it a quick mix and serve!!

Chicken & Vegetable Broth with Croutons

Garlic Croutons

Yesterday we made Croutons for a soup that my Grandad had made the previous day, we think that they went very well with the soup and not only that, I reckon that thy would be a great snack. This is a very easy recipe and there are very few place you can actually mess up on! So here is the recipe:

You will need:

  • 225g bread (6 medium slices)
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil + a bit extra for the baking tray.
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 heavy pinch of salt

Method:

1. Put a bit of plain olive oil in the bottom of the baking tray and make sure at least most of it is covered.

2. Cut the bread into equal chunks, really whatever size you want.

3. Mix together in a small bowl (doesn’t have to be small) the the olive oil, garlic puree and thyme.

4. Lay the bread on the tray packed close together. Drizzle the garlic oil mixture over the bread as well as sprinkle the salt over them all, make sure everything covered.

5. Spread out the bread as much as possible. Bake in the oven gas mark 5 (373*F/190*C) for 5 minutes, take it out and turn them over.

6. Every 5 minutes check on them and turn them until golden brown.

 

Rocky Road!

I have been wanting to make rocky road for a while and yesterday I finally got ’round to doing it. It was simple and if you don’t burn the butter and have to wait for it to cool then you could probably prepare it in about 10 minutes or less! 😛 This is very simple but you DO used a saucepan most of way through with burni- I mean melting the butter, chocolate and mixing in everything else! This is pretty easy unless you are me then it is the hardest thing ever…

You will need:

  • 200g Digestive Biscuits SMASHED INTO CHUNKS (avoid powder but it doesnt matter if there is some, I had loads)
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 200g milk chocolate SMASHED INTO CHUNKS
  • 130g butter
  • 100g mini marhmallows

Method:

1. Put the butter, chocolate and golden syrup into a saucepan and melt on a low heat.

2. Once melted, turn off the heat and  add the crushed biscuits and marshmallows and gently fold them in. Tip: Let the chocolate mixture cool SLIGHTLY before adding the biscuits and marshmallows, this way the marshmallows wont melt completely like mine did.

3. Line a large dish with baking paper and put the mixture into it. Let it stand for a bit so that wen you put it in the fridge it wont heat up everything else.

4.Put it in the fridge for about 2 hours. NOM NOM NOM!!!

Fudge & Chocolate Cookies

Today I made some Fudge & Chocolate cookies, as we had some left over fudge from when my grandad last made fudge for us. We found this recipe and thought it looked good, so we gave it a go! This isn’t a hard recipe but it isn’t the easiest either.

You will need:

  • 130g unsalted butter
  • 50g maple syrup (You can used golden syrup or honey if you want)
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 240g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g white chocolate + 50g milk chocolate chopped/chips
  • 75g fudge

Method:

1. Mix together the butter, syrup of choice and sugar until soft and creamy. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/ 180*c.

2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Then add the flour and Baking powder.

3. Mix in the chocolate and fudge until it looks like there is chocolate and fudge spread evenly through out the mixture.

4. Line a baking tray or 2 with grease proof paper. Roll the mixture into balls just bigger than a walnut and flatten out of the baking tray. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

For us this worked out really nice and grandad even gave me a 12/10! 😄

Cookie Dough