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Chocolate Pistachio Brownie Cookies

28 Aug

A mouthful to say, but worth it to eat! These cookies are a delicious mix of salty and sweet, soft and chewy. This is the first recipe I attempted from my fave new cookbook, the Honey & Co: Baking Book. I’m so glad this is the recipe I chose as it was totally delicious, and definitely one of the best recipes I’ve ever made!

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I also made some with just chocolate chips for the non-nut lovers! I also doubled the recipe below to make WAY MORE. Because, cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 50g unsalted butter (I used margarine and it was fine)
  • 2 eggs
  • 60g white bread flour
  • 175g light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 200g chopped pistachios (I coated mine in a tbsp of olive oil, salted, then roasted for 10 mins)
  • 200g choc chip of choice if desired

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180oC
  • Cover baking trays in baking parchment or use silicons cookie mats
  • Melt the chocolate and butter (or marg) in a bain marie
  • Whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Fold the melted chocolate (once cooled) into the egg & sugar mixture
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt and fold until just incorporated.
  • Put mixture in fridge for 15 mins (30 if mixture doubled.)
  • Lay the pistachios or chocolate out on a tray
  • Use a cookie/ice cream scoop to scoop balls of the dough into your hands and then roll in your nuts of chocolate
  • Place on tray and flatten slightly.
  • Place about 3 cookies per baking tray
  • Bake for 12 mins at 180oC
  • Wait until cooled to lift off trays and serve!

Pistachio white chocolate shortbread

14 Aug

Salty & sweet, nutty and nice, this is the biscuit (or cookie) to have with a cuppa tea. Deliciously easy and quick to whip up, you’ll want to keep a batch of this on hand for every unexpected guest, or every time you just need a small nibble!

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Ingredients:

  • 300g plain flour
  • 225g unsalted butter (or margarine)
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 150g roasted salted pistachios – coarsely chopped (if you can only find unsalted & unroasted, put your pistachios in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and salt to your taste. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250oC for 10 mins)
  • 100g white chocolate chunks

Method:

  • Put flour, sugar and butter into a stand mixers (or use a hand mixer) and combine until it looks like breadcrumbs
  • Add egg yolk to help form mixture
  • Add pistachios and chocolate and combine
  • Shape dough into a ball and cut into 2 equal halves
  • Roll each half into a log and cover with cling film
  • Put in freezer for 30-40 mins
  • Once chilled, unwrap and slice
  • Lay on covered baking trays and bake for 12 mins at 175oC
  • Once baked, remove from oven and leave to cool on rack
  • Serve these with a cup of something hot and enjoy!

Another Bake Sale

21 Oct

Another weekend, another bake sale! Hi bakers, cakers and foodie fanatics. I’ve now fully moved into my new place, and after a couple of baking trial runs, I was ready for a MAMMOTH day of baking, in aid of my mum’s 115km trek for charity (for amazing kid’s charity One to One.)

For this occasion, I baked:

One very berry Victoria Sponge (with homemade berry coulis of course!)

One very berry Victoria Sponge (with homemade berry coulis of course!)

Melt in the mouth chocolate chip shortbread

Melt in the mouth chocolate chip shortbread

Pink vanilla cupcakes

Pink vanilla cupcakes

Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

Chocolate Overload Cupcakes

As well as some gorgeous gooey salted caramel brownies (not shown as they were gobbled up before I even got to take a picture!) We also had a velvety cheesecake, soft white choc and raspberry cookies, passion walnut cake, gluten free cupcakes, gingernut creams and a fabulous marble bundt cake!

Everyone had a brilliant time, and we raised nearly £350 for charity

Lots of other yummy bakes too!

Lots of other yummy bakes too!

Everyone loved the brownies and the choccy cupcakes, so i’ll be posting a recipe for those soon! What baking did you get up to this weekend?

Garden Tea Party

6 Sep

Farewells are a difficult thing, they are happy (if someone is embarking on something they have always wanted to do) and sad at the same time.  Last weekend was one of those bittersweet goodbyes, so of course there was a leaving party in the form of a garden tea party.

For this occasion, I baked 70 cupcakes in 2 different flavours, as well as 25 shortbreads and made a fruit salad!

Farewell cupcakes

Farewell cupcakes

 

Chocolate and Speculoos cupcakes accompanies by a Victoria Sponge cupcake

Chocolate and Speculoos cupcakes accompanies by Victoria Sponge cupcakes

 

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

The vanilla cupcakes had a spoonful of jam inside to make them into Victoria Sponge cupcakes, and I topped my chocolate cupcakes with a made up speculoos buttercream and drizzled them with a homemade salted caramel sauce. YUM!

Tea Table

Tea Table

 

Cupcakes on mini stands

Cupcakes on mini stands

We gave the gorgeous Sammy the send-off (to Australia!) of a lifetime, and I hope she’s amazingly happy over there! Good Luck!

Saying goodbye to the beautiful Sammy

Saying goodbye to the beautiful Sammy

And of course it’s never goodbye, it’s only Ta Ta for Now!

Cookie Monster Cake

7 Aug

C is for cookie… and also for cake! Last weekend I made a wonderfully fun cookie monster cake for a birthday. It was my first time making it and im so pleased with how it came out!

COOKIE!

COOKIE!

It was a chocolate sponge cake, with vanilla and cookie buttercream in the centre and iced with cookie monster blue vanilla buttercream! I made the eyes and mouth out of chocolate and the cookies out of cookies! What do you think?

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All boxed up and ready to go

OM NOM NOM!

OM NOM NOM!

I hope the birthday girl enjoyed her cake as it travelled from Finchley to Clapham as a surprise! Get in touch if you’d like this cake for your celebration.

I leave you with the inspiration for this cake…

C is for cookie…. and cookie is for ME!

The BEST chocolate chip cookies

22 May

The best chocolate cookies… a very daring expression but I believe it’s definitely justified! I have made a lot of cookies in my time, from soft and gooey to crunchy and chewy (ha!) But these… these…. just WOW!

Take a bite...

Take a bite…

Hard and slightly crunchy on the outside to chewy and soft in the middle, littered with chocolate chunks and a sprinkling of fleur de sel. Well, the cookie monster would definitely take a bite out of these!

I got the recipe from my favourite cookbook of the moment, Lily Vanilli, and adapted it slightly but adding more chocolate and using muscovado sugar to make sure it had that chewy middle!

A delicious closeup

A delicious closeup

I still have about a third of the cookie dough sitting in my freezer, just waiting to be made into fresh cookies! That’s the great thing about this recipe, you don’t need to wait for the dough to chill, and the whole process of making and baking the cookies takes under an hour from start to finish!

I will be making these for my upcoming bake sale on 26th June, let me know if you want any more info!

One more shot, I couldn't resist!

One more shot, I couldn’t resist!

Triple Creme Egg Brownies

22 Mar

These brownies are the epitome of decadence. Three layers. Plus some little extras. Oh and did I mentioned they have CREME EGGS baked into them? Yes. Get ready. These are the mother of all brownies. Slutty brownies, RELOADED!

 

Slutty Creme Egg Brownies

Slutty Creme Egg Brownies

 

Top view, melty creme egg goodness!

Top view, melty creme egg goodness!

 

Mmm stacked brownies!

Mmm stacked brownies!

 

And enjoy!

And enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • For the cookie dough base:
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 300g light brown sugar
  • 180g melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 300g milk chocolate chunks
  • 1 packet Oreo Cookies
  • 1 packet cadbury mini eggs (optional but worth it!)
  • For the Brownie Layer:
  • 45g cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons instant coffee mixed with:
  • 140ml boiling water
  • 60g dark chocolate, broken up
  • 60g melted unsalted butter
  • 140ml sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 500g caster sugar
  • 220g plain flour
  • 8 Creme eggs

Method:

  • Make the cookie layer first by creaming together brown sugar and butter.
  • Whisk in eggs and vanilla bean paste until all combined
  • Sift in the dry ingredients and mix well
  • When ingredients are just combined, stir in chocolate chunks
  • Butter or grease 2 9×9 dishes (I used tinfoil)
  • Layer on the cookie dough base
  • Layer oreos on top and scatter on mini eggs
  • Make the brownie base by brewing the coffee, and siting in the cocoa powder, then melting the chocolate into the coffee mixture
  • Whisk in eggs and yolks until the mixture thickens
  • Add sugar and vanilla paste, and sift in the flour.
  • Mix well until everything is combined
  • Layer this on top of the brownies and bake for 40 mins at 1750C
  • After 40 mins, cut your creme eggs in half and layer on top, bake for a further 5-10 mins

If you can wait, leave to cool, then consume.. trust me you wont be able to stop! These are perfect for Easter, or just about any time of the year! I took inspiration from the Eric Lanlard creme egg brownies but adapted them to be even more delicious!

Are you baking anything special this weekend?

Biscoff Brownies

13 Mar

Have you tries Biscoff yet? Have you?! Or Lotus spread, Cookie butter, Speculoos, whatever you like to call it! What is it? Only one of the best things to come in a jar… like EVER! It’s basically the spread version of those little biscuits you get with your coffee in Europe.

This stuff. Oh yeah.

This stuff. Oh yeah.

This stuff is like the holy grail… and I found it in Waitrose! (Of course – my favourite supermarket right now!)

I decided to make a few different things with it, so here’s the first recipe, frosted brownies!

Biscoff Brownies

Biscoff Brownies

The Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 115g dark chocolate
  • 300g caster sugar
  • Tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 130g flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • For frosting:
  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 340g biscoff spread
  • 190g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon greek yogurt
  • Chocolate to decorate (optional)

Method:

  • Melt chocolate and butter in a bain marie
  • In your stand mixer, mix together sugar, eggs and vanilla bean paste
  • When chocolate mixture is cooled, mix into the sugar and egg mixture
  • Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix until well incorporated
  • Pour the mixture into a buttered or lined brownie pan and bake on 175oC for 30-35 mins
  • Leave brownie to cool and make frosting by sifting icing sugar, and adding softened butter and biscoff spread.
  • Whisk until well incorporated, then add yogurt to make the frosting nice and fluffy
  • When the brownie is cooled, spread the frosting and decorate as desired (I grated chocolate on top!)

These brownies were literally IMMENSE, no one could stop eating them!

Endorsed by the Metropolitan Police!

Endorsed by the Metropolitan Police!

More brownie action!

More brownie action!

I made these for a volunteering event, and they definitely kept everyone going. I would recommend these for a large party, as they will definitely keep everyone happy!

Chocolate ginger sandwiches

27 Feb

This weather is craaaayzee! Horrible and cold, snow and rain. PLEASE bring the spring soon! To comfort myself on another cold night, I decided to spice it up with an ingredient I don’t normally use… Ginger. I was inspired by the Domestic Sluttery Just Desserts theme of Fred and Ginger.

Of course, every Ginger needs her Fred, a delicious bite of chocolate! So here they are, my choco-ginger cookies, sandwiched together with a marscapone cream cheese stuffing!

Fred and Ginger biscuits

Fred and Ginger biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 290g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 170g softened unsalted butter
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 60g dark chocolate chips
  • Granulated sugar, to roll the dough in
  • One package marscapone cheese
  • Tsp vanilla bean paste/syrup
  • More golden syrup!

Method:

  • Whist together brown sugar and softened butter in bowl and add the egg and golden syrup until all combined
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, spices and bicarb
  • Mix well until all ingredients are combined
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Shape into round balls, you should make about 30
  • Roll in granulated sugar
  • Place onto baking parchment covered tray and bake in a preheated oven at 175OC for 12 mins, or until cracks form in the tops of cookies
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes then transfer onto cooling rack
  • Make the filling by whipping the marscapone and adding in vanilla and as much golden syrup as you like!
  • Spread on cooled cookies and munch… I think these are much better the next day!
Cookie balls waiting for the oven

Cookie balls waiting for the oven

 

Just out of the oven and ready to be sandwiched together!

Just out of the oven and ready to be sandwiched together!

 

Kissing cookies!

Kissing cookies!

 

 

Stacked up ready to be eaten!

Stacked up ready to be eaten!

 

Go on... take a bite!

Go on… take a bite!

 

So have you had any successful baking experiments recently?

Brunch Baking

3 Jan

Morning all, I think 10am calls for a spot of brunch… what do you think?! This is the brunch I made for New Years Day:

New Years Day Brunch

New Years Day Brunch!

Enough to feed 15? More like 50! I laid on a huge spread, starting off with bagels, crumpets, spreads and dips, working our way onto cheese and crackers and crisps, then onto dessert… Fresh from the oven cinnamon rolls, fruit pastries, triple chocolate brownies, blueberry muffins, white chocolate pretzels, and rice crispy cakes, as well as chocolate and biscuits! I also added in some chocolate spoons which stirred into hot milk to create the BEST hot chocolate!

Triple chocolate brownies

Triple chocolate brownies

Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls

Lots of cinnamon rolls!

Lots of cinnamon rolls!

Hot chocolate spoons

Hot chocolate spoons

Berry pastry

Berry pastry

Blueberry cinnamon crunch muffins and oreo rice crispy cakes

Blueberry cinnamon crunch muffins and oreo rice crispy cakes

White chocolate covered pretzels

White chocolate covered pretzels