Archive | January, 2014

Mini Egg Cookies

23 Jan

Sometimes, you have one of those days where there’s so much to do, you barely have a minute to yourself. No time to eat, process, think, just head down and work. Ugh! So, to get my head out of work-mode, I bake! Not anything complicated or unusual, even a one-bowl bake will do it. Preferably with yummy ingredients that can be noshed on the way!

Introducing… Peanut butter, mini egg cookies!

Chewy, soft, and chocolatey!

Chewy, soft, and chocolatey!

For those of you non-Brits, mini eggs are pastel bites of delicious chocolatey goodness, encased in a sugary shell made by Cadburys. Nom.

Take another look… here’s the closeup!

Speckled shells of delight

Speckled shells of delight

Dontcha wanna make these at home? Yeah you do… and you can make it all in ONE BOWL BITCHES! From bowl to baked in half an hour, what could be better?!

Recipe (adapted from Averie Cooks)

Ingredients:

  • 113g unsalted butter
  • 80g smooth, full fat peanut butter
  • 220g light brown sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • Dollop of vanilla bean paste
  • 160g plain flour
  • 90g jumbo oats
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Family bag of mini eggs (3/4 per cookie)

Method:

  • Melt together butter and peanut butter in a bain marie
  • When it’s all melted together, add in both sugars and mix until combined
  • Set in fridge for 5 mins until cooled, then add the egg and yolk, plus vanilla bean and mix again
  • Stir in flour, oats and bicarb until combined
  • Shape cookies into balls about 1 tablespoon in shape. Doing this made 20 cookies for me
  • Push 3-4 eggs into the top of each ball
  • Bake on 165oC for approx 11 mins
  • They will look underdone but don’t fear, wait until they cool! (They will be delicious!)
  • Serve with cup of builders tea!

Brownie Cookie Dough Cupcakes

15 Jan

My two favourite things. Brownies & cookie dough, brought together… In a cupcake. OMFG get in my face now!

Sumptuously tempting

Sumptuously tempting

These are crazy easy to make in just one evening with all the ingredients in your cupboards, and taste ridiculous. There’s a heft to them, they’re like a mini meal! Not for the faint hearted…

Don't eat all the cookie dough now!

Don’t eat all the cookie dough now!

Getting ready to frost

Getting ready to frost

The finished deal!

The finished cupcake!

I based my cupcakes on this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Quantities below make 20 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • For the cupcakes:
  • 225g dark chocolate chips or chopped up
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 500g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 6 large eggs
  • 190g plain flour
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • For the cookie dough topping:
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 330g soft & light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 320g plain flour
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 235ml milk 
  • 150g milk chocolate chips

Method:

  • For the brownie cupcakes (mix by hand):
  • Melt the dark choc and butter in bain marie, set aside to cool.
  • When choc mixture has cooled, mix in sugar and vanilla.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time, until well incorporated
  • Sift in flour and salt and mix together until you have a thick, glossy batter.
  • Spoon into cupcake cases and bake on 180oC for 20-25 mins.
  • For cookie dough frosting (with hand or stand mixer):
  • Whisk together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add in vanilla and sift in flour
  • Add in milk to create a gooey cookie dough
  • Mix in chocolate chips by hand
  • When cupcakes are cooled, spoon on your frosting and fluff it up to look enticing! Decorate with smarties or sprinkles if you wish!

 

Brownies Galore!

15 Jan

I love being asked to make goodies for someone’s special day, and it means even more when I know that person… because I want more than anything to make something amazing! When a colleague of mine asked me for simple brownies and snacks for a post-wedding brunch, I knew I just couldn’t make something simple! I decided to do brownies… 4 ways!

I made:

  • Classic triple chunk brownies
  • Oreo Brownies
  • Salted Caramel brownies
  • Cookie dough brownies

Whew! I tried 4 different recipes as well as making the salted caramel and cookie dough from scratch of course! I also made my more-ish sweet n salty pretzel bites as well.

Oreo brownies

Oreo brownies

Cookie Dough brownies

Cookie Dough brownies

Just look at that thick topping!

Just look at that thick topping!

For the Classic triple chunk brownies and Oreo brownies I used my best brownie recipe – for the Oreo variation I left out the chocolate chips and instead pushed broken up oreos into the batter before baking.

For the Cookie Dough Brownies I used this recipe – I only wish I got to taste them!

I used Edd Kimbers recipe, but for the caramel I used Nigella’s method. These kinda went everywhere but tasted damn good! To make again, I would probably use this recipe!

So… I’m all brownie-d out!

 

Blueberry Crumble cake

8 Jan

This is a really quick and easy cake to whip up, especially if you have a few visitors popping over and you want a little snack!

Blueberry Crumble in a Cake!

Blueberry Crumble in a Cake!

In fact forget a little snack, like me you wont be able to stop munching it! PS make this in a loaf tin for a real tea-time treat!

EAT ME!

EAT ME!

Ingredients:

  • For the crumble topping
  • 25g (1oz) plain flour
  • 10g (⅓oz) unsalted butter
  • 15g (½oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 20g whole rolled oats
  • A sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • For the cake
  • 190g (7oz) unsalted butter at room temperature 
  • 190g plain flour
  • 190g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 25ml semi skimmed milk
  • 100g fresh blueberries
  • 50g white chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 170oC, and grease and flour the loaf tin
  • Make the crumble topping first in a bowl by mixing all the dry ingredients together, then rubbing in butter with your fingers. Set aside.
  • Then onto the cake! Using a freestanding or hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time. If it looks curdled, don’t worry!
  • Then sift in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well
  • Add in the milk and keep mixing until all lumps are gone.
  • Stir in the blueberries and white chocolate chips
  • Pour the thick batter into the tin and smooth over
  • Press crumble topping into the cake and bake for 45 mins approx
  • Leave to cool, remove from tin and serve!

Recipe adapted from Hummingbird

Weekend Brunch

6 Jan

Morning Cake Snobbers! It’s official… the holidays are OVER! 😦 Don’t cry just yet though, I have the perfect thing to lift your spirits… a spot of brunch!

I definitely overindulged this weekend (diet starts today right?!) by cooking and baking some yummy dishes that will definitely be repeated.

First up: kick off your day with this Shakshuka-style dish of eggs, perfect for picky eaters (like myself!)

My take on Shakshuka

My take on Shakshuka

I’m not a fan of all the veggies etc that go into these dishes usually, so I made my own version! (Feeds 2 very hungry people!)

Ingredients:

  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Mushrooms (optional)
  • Carton of Passta (I like the garlic+herb one)
  • Fresh or dried parsely
  • Mixed herbs
  • Paprika
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • Handful or your favourite grated cheese
  • Salt
  • Honey

Method

  • First, drizzle a generous amount of olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan
  • When hot, crush garlic and fry til brown
  • Add mushrooms and fry over
  • Add in passata, herbs, paprika, a drop or two of hot sauce, and parsley
  • Add a good squeeze of honey, a dash of salt, and mix!
  • Simmer for 10/15 mins until mixture has slightly reduced
  • Crack in your eggs and add another sprinkling of parsley
  • When your eggs are nearly done, sprinkle your cheese over and let it melt!
  • Serve immediately in the pan, with some fresh bagels or pita bread

Brunch for 2 hungry people… DONE! (And it’s even kinda healthy too!)

Next time i’d add in some spinach for added iron!

Holiday Baking

3 Jan

Happy 2014! Sorry guys i’ve been way too quiet the past month, even though the truth is i’ve been making and baking more than ever. I’ve found my new favourite snack… sweet n salty pretzel bites:

crunchy and delicious!

crunchy and delicious!

They are so addictive! I made a NYE bundt cake too… marbled, sparkly, and looks just like fireworks! (Well I hope so anyway!)

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I stayed in this NYE and made homemade pizzas and pasta for dinner – and watched the fireworks of course!

Happy New Year and here’s to 2014!