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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!

Cookie Bars

10 Jun

Apparently, the best cookies i’ve made (quote from my boyfriend – I see this as a challenge to now beat myself!) They are indeed some of the best, and not only because they canbe put together in under 10 mins, and baked straight away in a pan (no dough chilling, yey!)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 165g packed brown sugar
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 110g grapeseed oil
  • 1 dollop vanilla bean paste
  • 160g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 75g chocolate chips

Method:

  • Mix together the first 5 ingredients (from egg to vanilla) until combined. ]
  • Sift over flour, bicarb and baking powder
  • Sprinkle your salt and mix until just combined
  • With your hands, incorporate the chocolate chips
  • Press into a well-greased square pan, using your fingers to level the dough and push it into the corners
  • Bake on 175oC for 20 mins

Serve! (Shown here with my Olive Oil Brownies)

 

*Adapted from Averie Cooks

Olive Oil Brownies

9 Jun

Brownies just got better. Yup, you’re reading that right! These brownies merit a LOT of your attention. Upon tasting them, a pastry chef friend exclaimed to me that my brownies were better than his. Life=made (if you’re reading this Bobby, here’s the recipe!)

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 185g dark chocolate
  • 185g olive oil
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 85g plain flour (If using gluten free, also use 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 50-100g dark, milk or white chocolate chips

Method:

  • Melt chocolate in a bain-marie
  • Mix in olive oil and leave to cool
  • Whisk eggs and sugar together until thick and frothy
  • Pour in cooled chocolate & olive oil
  • Sift flour and cocoa powder over the top and mix until just combined
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Pour mixture into well-greased tin (I use a square tin)
  • Bake for 25 mins on 185oC
  • Leave until totally cooled then cut into squares and stuff your face!

I served mine as dessert to a BBQ as well as to feed my friends the day after!

No-butter Shortbread

19 Feb

The dairy/lactose free theme continues with this recipe for No-butter Shortbread! Shortbread is one of my favourite things, buttery, flaky and so delicious! I wanted a treat that I could serve to guests over tea, that I could also enjoy myself… which is where this Olive Oil Shortbread recipe comes in. I have to say, the texture isn’t quite the same but it’s a good alternative. Try it for your dairy-free friends, or even if you want a healthier alternative to butter-heavy shortbread!

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Ingredients:

  • 190g plain flour
  • 160g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup (225g) extra virgin olive oil
  • Caster sugar, for sprinkling on top

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 160oC
  • Grease (using olive oil) a square baking tin and set aside
  • Whisk together all dry ingredients, and zest the lemon over the top.
  • Pour in olive oil and stir together until all ingredients are combines.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, rosemary and lemon zest.
  • Pour in the olive oil and stir until all of the dry mixture is incorporated.
  • Scoop dough into your tin and press down lightly
  • Bake for between 40-55 mins (until golden around the edges)
  • Remove from oven and prick lightly with a fork
  • Sprinkle caster sugar over
  • Let cool 20 mins, then slice into little rectangular fingers
  • Serve once completely cooled!
Recipe adapted from Cookie + Kate

Sprinkle Cake

9 Feb

There’s no better way to kick off a new week than with a totally DELICIOUS, dreamy cake! You’ll be looking forward to baking this beauty I guarantee. I baked this on the weekend for my own birthday (yes, I do make my own birthday cake, but because I love it, not because I have to!)

Chocolatey, caramelly goodness

Chocolatey, caramelly goodness

The cake is a vanilla sponge recipe, the “buttercream” is actually whipped coconut cream, and for an extra touch, I added salted caramel sauce! The added bonus? The entire cake is dairy-free, to accommodate my lactose-intolerance. The plus side to this cake is also that we could have it for dessert after a meat meal!

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Recipe:

  • To prep in advance, put 2 cans good quality Coconut Milk in the fridge overnight (I used Waitrose own, when I tried Tescos own, it did not yield the same result, do not use!)

Coconut “butter”cream

  • Make the coconut cream first – on day of cake baking (or before) open tin of coconut milk, and you’ll see that the “fat” has rise to the top.
  • Scoop this into a mixing bowl, and discard (or drink!) the coconut water underneath
  • Using a hand or stand mixer, whip the coconut cream with some cocoa powder, icing sugar and vanilla (to your taste) You could also add in coffee extract for a mocha buttercream!
  • Refrigerate until you’re ready the ice the cake

For the cake I made my standard Lily Vanilli plain victoria sponge cake.

I drizzled caramel sauce in between the layers and also over the top of the cake.

Caramel Sauce Recipe:

  • 75 grams margarine (or butter if you’re not dairy free!)
  • 50 grams soft light brown sugar
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 50 grams golden syrup
  • 125 ml oat or soya cream (or double cream if you’re not dairy free!)
  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel

Method:

  • Melt marg, sugars and golden syrup in a pan over low heat
  • Let boil away for 4 mins, stirring occasionally
  • Add in cream and salt to taste and mix well
  • Leave to cool

To assemble the cake, let the super-soft sponge cool completely. Sandwich the layers with the cocoa buttercream. Stir in some caramel if it.s too hard. Drizzle caramel over tip of buttercream and put on another layer. Put some more buttercream on top and drizzle with yet more sauce! Decorate however you like, I like the sprinkle effect!

Slice, serve, enjoy!

Winter Tea Cakes

13 Jan

It’s well known that we Brits love tea time. Whether it’s tea and crumpets, or tea and cake, we’ll munch through it all! Today’s post is a lovely spiced tea cake recipe, perfect with a cup of tea when it’s cold outside.

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I added some dark chocolate and raspberries to top these off, but you could also use a dollop of whipped cream or add some frosting, or just serve warm!

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Ingredients (makes 24):

  • 360g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 340g butter or dairy free spread (I used margarine)
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 250ml milk of choice
  • 200g dark chocolate (optional)
  • Raspberries or any other fruit (optional)

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C
  • Grease 2 12-hole cupcake/muffin tins
  • Mix together the dry ingredients (flour/baking powder/spices) until combined
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until pale, then mix in the vanilla bean paste
  • Add in the butter+sugar mixture to the dry mix and add milk about 100ml at a time. Mix well.
  • Separate the eggs and mix in the yolks. Beat the whites until stiff peaks form
  • Fold the whites into the mixture until you cant see them and the mixture is light and fluffy
  • Divide the mixture into the cupcake tin (I use an ice cream scoop for this!)
  • Bake for 15-20 mins – until lightly browned and a skewer in the middle comes out clean
  • Transfer to wire rack and leave to cool
  • Whilst cakes are cooling, melt the chocolate in a bain-marie
  • Once cakes are cool, spread the chocolate on the top of the cakes and top with fruit of choice
  • SERVE with a nicely brewed cuppa!
*Recipe slightly adapted from Lily Vanilli

Golden Syrup Loaf

12 Dec

Now this is probably the EASIEST cake i’ve ever made, and I don’t say that lightly! One bowl, allergy free and even better if you eat it the next day… what’s NOT to like?! It’s one of those amazing one-bowl recipes, and even makes 2 cakes, one for now, one for later!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 150g soft margarine
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 400g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250g golden syrup
  • 320ml boiling water
  • 2 tbs brown sugar

Method:

  • Literally dump everything into one bowl. Go
  • Mix with stand mixer/handheld whisk
  • Pour into 2 loaf tins (greased or lined)
  • Sprinkle each loaf with around 1 tbs each of brown sugar for a crunchy topping
  • Bake at 180oc for 40-45 mins
  • Leave to cool in tin
  • Serve with a cup of tea!
Recipe slightly adapted from The Pink Whisk

Chocolate Babka

10 Dec

Hi CakeSnobs,

I know i’ve been quiet for a bit but there’s a reason behind this I promise!

For the past year i’ve been undergoing a ton of tests, the result of which has concluded that I’m lactose intolerant. OH dear. Double oh dear for me… as a bake and HUGE dairy chocolate lover.

Whilst I love my chocolate, in order for me to have a much more comfortable life I am willing to forgo it. Hence the manic baking-ness of the past two weeks – trying ALL of the dairy free things. My most recent of which is this delicious chocolate babka that I made this weekend from my Holiday Kosher baking book (it’s great!). I have to tell you, Kosher cookbooks are a saviour as most of the desserts are dairy free!

 

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Ingredients:

  • Dough:
  • 120ml cup warm water
  • 14g dry fast acting yeast
  • 105g caster sugar
  •  375g plain flour
  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 120ml olive oil
  • 115g margarine (sub butter or any other non-dairy fat)
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 white (keep the yolk for later!)
  • Filling:
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 225g margarine (sub butter or any other non-dairy fat)
  • 180g non dairy chocolate chips
  • For glaze:
  • 1 egg yolk (from earlier)
  • 2 tsp water

Method:

  • Pre heat oven at 200oC for 5 mins and turn off
  • Pour the warm water in your mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast over the top. Let sit for 10 mins
  • Add the sugar, plain and wholemeal flour , oil, margarine and eggs
  • Combine in your mixer with dough hook for 3-5 mins or with a wooden spoon until mixture comes together
  • Cover with cling film and let sit in pre-heated oven for 2 and a half hours
  • Whilst dough is proving, make the filling
  • Make sure the margarine is at room temp or even slightly melted
  • Mix sugar and cocoa powder, then mix in melted margarine
  • Leave to sit at room temp whilst dough proves
  • When dough is ready, tip it onto a floured surface
  • Divide into 4 equal parts and roll out into a rectangle. Make sure the dough is not too thin or it will split and filling will ooze out (like mine!) Make it about 1/2cm thickness
  •  Spread filling over rolled-out dough and sprinkle 45g of chocolate chips over
  • Roll up length-wise – do this for every piece
  • Roll 2 of the dough “sausages” together and tuck the ends over
  • Concertina the dough and put it into a greased loaf tin
  • This makes 2 loaves
  • ix yolk and 2 tsp water together and glaze each loaf
  • Bake at 190oC for 40-45 mins
  • Take out and leave to cool in tin for 30 mins, then take out of tin and transfer to wire rack
  • Definitely best eaten whilst warm, and even better the next day!
*Recipe slightly adapted from Holiday Kosher baking book

 

Chocolate Oreo Cake – Dairy Free!

20 Oct

When your little brother turns 21… you have to make him something yummy right?! Even when he doesn’t want a party and only wants a family BBQ you of course have to make the best chocolate cake ever. So that’s how this fudgy, soft chocolate oreo cake came to exist.

 

Chocolate Oreo Cake

Chocolate Oreo Cake

 

To make it dairy free, I created a ganache of dark chocolate with my new favourite dairy substitute: Oat Cream! It has the added bonus of some super lovely packaging:

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Chocolate cake, ganache and oreos. Perfect combination. So happy (belated) 21st birthday to my little bro (even though you’re way taller than me!)

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