It’s that time of year again… Yes its Easter but it’s also Passover, which means I can’t eat the lovely easter egg I got from work last night, boo!!
Passover means I can’t eat anything leavened for a whole week (what, no cake?!) So it means I have to be a little more creative with my baking! One thing that is in abundance at Passover is Matzah, a cracker that pretty much tastes like cardboard! So I decided to take matzah and transform it into something everyone wants to eat!
Toffee Chocolate Matzah
It’s so easy, ANYONE can make it!
- 220g unsalted butter (I used kosher for passover rose butter)
- 215g brown sugar (I used demarera but ideally a finer sugar is better)
- 5 matzah
- Bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- Assemble 2 trays lined with foil, then baking parchment, and arrange your matzah on them, filling all gaps
- Preheat oven to 180oC
- Melt together butter and sugar over a medium heat, until it is bubbling away.
- After cooking for a few minutes, take off heat, add a big pinch of salt and vanilla and mix
- Pour caramel mixture over matzah and put on oven
- The mixture should bubble up but not burn, so bake for 12-15 mins
- Remove from oven and sprinkle over chocolate chips immediately
- Leave for a few minutes, then use a spatchula to smooth the now melted chocolate into a thick layer over the caramel
- Leave to harden then break up and serve to your guests, preferably with a cup of tea!
Layers of goodness!
I can’t even taste the matzah!
You know those little chocolate krispy cakes of goodness that you used to much when you were little? Made with dark chocolate when you were told to be healthy, and milk or white as a treat?
Yeah… addictive RIGHT?! Also one of the easiest things to make when you need a quick chocolate fix!
I’ve made 2 of these beauties recently, one a classic milk chocolate with white chocolate drizzled on top:
Classic milk chocolate
So scrummy and brought me straight back to my childhood! I also made a second batch which was slightly more gourmet: White chocolate and peanut butter with salted caramel topping…
These were totally addictive and went down extremely well. All I did was add a dollop of natural peanut butter to melted white chocolate and mixed well, then poured some of my homemade caramel sauce (recipe here) on top and put in the fridge to set. I will definitely be making these again when I need a quick choccy fix!
Tell me, do you still make rice krispy cakes as a guilty pleasure?!
Todays cupcakes are the cupcakes I made for my own birthday (no cake is as good as homemade cake!) I’m a massive chocoholic as well as loving a challenge so I decided to make some cupcakes I had never attempted before.
I love the cake!
Chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Salted Caramel Marscapone buttercream. Makes 36 approx.
For the cake:
- 375 ml Guinness
- 330g butter
- 130g cocoa powder
- 400g plain flour
- 350g caster sugar
- 2 tbs baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 eggs
- 200g sour cream
For the buttercream:
- 150g caster sugar
- 150g light brown sugar
- 75g unsalted butter
- 200ml single cream
- 75ml golden syrup
- pinch of salt
- 220g marscapone
- 110g butter
- 750g icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Melt together the guinness and butter in a saucepan over a low heat
- When melted, sift in cocoa powder and leave to cool
- Sift in plain flour and baking powder, then add rest of cake ingredients into a bowl and mix well, using a hand or stand mixer.
- Add in chocolatey guinness mixture when cooled and mix well again.
- Scoop the batter (it will be quite wet) into cupcake cases with an ice cream scoop.
- Bake on 180oC for 15 minutes approx.Take out of pan and leave to cool.
- To make the salted caramel, put caster sugar into a pan with 25ml water and let boil (do NOT stir!) until sugar becomes darker. (Approx 8 mins)
- Add in butter, when that is melted add in brown sugar, cream and golden syrup.
- I made a softer sauce, so I let the caramel boil until 113oC then poured into a container.
- To make the buttercream, sift in icing sugar, then add in butter and marscapone, and 2 large scoops of caramel. Save the rest for drizzling!
- Mix well with a hand or stand mixer for about 4 mins, then pipe on top of cupcakes, and drizzle the caramel syrup on top.
- Top with a sprinkle of fleur de sel, and optionally, some glitter!
Look at these lovelies!
I like these cupcakes as they were moist and very rich, as well as being a proper dense yet satisfying cupcake, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and I recommend you have one with a cuppa… in fact that’s what im going to do right now!
Morning! I’ve got the perfect breakfast post for you today, and it’s Pumpkin-themed, what better?! I’ve missed big american-style breakfasts on my healthy eating kick, so I thought I’d give it a go, and i’m happy I did because I had 2 very yummy breakfasts this weekend. First up, Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes with caramel drizzle
These were delish!
- 1 cup (american measurement) of pureed pumpkin (you can find the brand Libby’s in Waitrose)
- 2 dollops (heaped tablespoons) of fat free greek yogurt
- 8 eggs
- half a tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- some vanilla bean paste
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- Whisk all wet ingredients together, then stir in the dry ingredients until the batter comes together. It should be quite thin
- I used a few sprays of fry light but you can use butter in a frying pan
- Scoop the batter in (I used an ice cream scoop)
- When the pancake bubbles up on one side, flip it
Serve whilst hot! I stacked berries in the middle of my pancakes for an extra healthy kick, plus drizzled my sugar free caramel syrup on top. My mum’s boyfriend positively guzzled them down and he isn’t even on a healthy kick!
Stacked with berries and drizzled with sauce
These definitely fuelled my snowy 7-mile walk on the heath!
Walking with Kolo the snow dog
On Sunday morning I wanted to use up the rest of my pumpkin, so I called on Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe for healthy baked oatmeal (That’s porridge to us Brits!)
- 35g porridge oats
- Quarter american cup pureed pumpkin
- Splash of skimmed milk
- Tbs sweetener such as splenda
- 100 ml water
- tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- splash of vanilla esscence
- Combine all ingredients and mix until combined
- Pour into a heat-proof ramekin
- Bake on 200oC for 20 mins
- Turn up to 250oC for last 5 mins for a crispy top
- Serve warm, I put some berries in the top and obviously also drizzled on some of my favourite caramel sauce!
Tastes like a big breakfast cookie!
I hope you enjoy! Whats your favourite weekend breakfast?
Chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch Cupcakes… what a mouthful! But seriously, these cupcakes were ADDICTIVE, right down to the last buttery mouthful!
I made these cupcakes for a close friends’ leaving party, he’s going to Australia so we sent him off in style! I topped these roof-sticking peanut buttery cupcakes with red, white and blue sprinkles as well as Australian red white and blue M&M’s!
The filling definitely made these cupcakes, a mix of peanut butter, butterscotch and golden syrup formed a sweet and salty cupcake, topped with Marscapone cream cheese frosting. Not for the faint hearted!
Happy Tuesday Cake Snobs! If, like me, you have a genuine Tuesday face, (sad and droopy) this post should cheer you up! Continuing on my healthy eating theme (I’ve now lost a stone and a half in 12 weeks) and feeling a bit american, this weekend I made the classic american dessert Pumpkin Pie. With pumpkin (obviously) being the main ingredient, I turned this usually calorific pie into a low fat delight!
I made this pie by mixing together a mish mash of different ingredients and hoping it would work! With one can of Libby’s pure pumpkin (I found this in a lovely grocery store in High Street Kensington) I added a tsp of cinnamon, half a tsp of ginger, half a cup of milk, a packet of Quaker quick oats (27g) as well as splenda and calorie free caramel sauce to taste. Then I mixed vigorously and put in a tinfoil pie dish.
I baked it at 180OC for 45 mins, then left to set overnight (a few hours in the fridge should usually do it) and sliced it up the next day. You can have this hot or cold, but i think I like it best served hot with a dollop of yoghurt. Don’t worry, it wont last very long, but with hardly any calories, its guilt free!
So you wont mind if I have the last slice?
Hi Cake Snobs! As some of you may know, I’ve changed my diet since the end of August this year to try and be a bit healthier. Of course i’m still making/baking cupcakes which means still having a taste but it means that the other aspects of my diet are better. Yesterday I reached my Club 10 award in Slimming World, which means I’ve lost 10% of my body weight. I’m really happy and hope it will spur me on further! So without further ado, here’s some recipes I made for last night’s SW buffet:
Lemon Meringue Pie:
Syn free LMP
- 500g Quark (fat free cream cheese)
- Juice & zest of 1 and a 1/2 lemons
- 6 tbs sweetener (I use splenda)
- 5 egg yolks
- Beat this in a bowl and spoon into silicone cupcake cases or ramekins
- Bake in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for about 14 mins
- Whilst this is happening, whisk remaining egg whites (5) with a squeeze of lemon juice until it forms soft peaks, then add in about 4tbs sweetener and vanilla essence.
- Once “pies” have been baked, pipe or spoon this mixture on top and bake for a further 8 mins.
- Serve once slightly cooled.
Take a bite of pie!
I’ve also been enjoying breakfast, and my favourite weekend treat is to kick back with a bowl of special porridge, which I make as normal but add a dash of cinnamon to the oats/milk/water whilst cooking. Once the porridge is made, I drizze some Walden Farms sugar&fat free caramel syrup over it and add a handful of fresh raspberries. DELISH!
For a pimped up version – bake your porridge oats for half an hour, it tastes like a muffin!
In case you’ve been on another planet for the past few months, a new craze has taken the dessert world by storm! The new pastry du jour is none other than the humble French macaron, made famous by such big names as Pierre Herme, Laduree and have even been brought over the channel to the UK by chefs such as Edd Kimber.
My choco-caramel macarons!
The macaron, although unassuming is a daunting challenge! A mix of meringue and almonds make this dessert one tricky little sandwich!
I used a Pierre Herme recipe to make a box of macarons for my friend’s engagement party this weekend, and I can tell you now, they were difficult to make, the steps and timing are all precise, but I got there in the end!
Caramel chocolate macarons with a choc-caramel ganache and crushed salted chocolate
The inside view
Enjoying our macarons after all the hard work!
Get your hands on one whilst you can!
If you want to order these beauties please let me know by emailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org