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A special dinner

15 Feb

Of course it was Valentine’s Day yesterday, and I received my first ever roses delivery (ahhh!) Not being a fan of all the romantic slush, all I wanted was (obviously) a really yummy dinner. Of course that means cooking it myself!

Roses are red

Roses are red

I decided to cook my first EVER steak (shock horror) followed by melt in the middle chocolate puds. Basically my dream dinner. I cooked the steak in a pan with olive oil and garlic seasoning.

My medium rare steak

My medium rare steak

The boy's well done steak!

The boyfriend’s well done steak!

After a gorgeous main course of steak with roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus and beans, it was time for the main event.

Melt in the middle chocolate fondant puds served in my new Le Creuset dishes.

Melt in the middle chocolate dessert

Melt in the middle chocolate dessert

The original recipe was for 8 people, so I halved it and made 2 puds in my rather large ramekins! I also made these dairy free.

Ingredients:

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 100g margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate and butter in bain marie
  2. Whisk eggs, yolk,vanilla and sugar until doubled in size
  3. Fold in chocolate and margarine mixture when cooled
  4. Sift in flour and fold together
  5. Spoon into ramekins
  6. If using extra large ramekins like mine for only 2 puds, bake for 19 mins on 180oC. If making 4 puds, bake for 15 mins
  7. Serve with custard, cream, or ice cream!
Little pots of joy

Little pots of joy

Please sir, can I have some more?

Please sir, can I have some more?

I might have finished mine rather too  quickly and stolen a cheeky spoonful of the boyfriend’s… but that’s why he loves me right?!

Did you make or get made anything special yesterday?

Valentine’s Quick Treats

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day (like you could forget!) If you’re at a loss about what to whip up, i’ve got 2 very easy and quick treats for you to make.

Chocolate covered oreos and Marshmallow krispies… Love themed of course!

Pink Marshmallow Cake

Pink Marshmallow Cake

I <3 Oreos

I ❤ Oreos

To make the oreos, I melted a LOT of Cadburys dairy milk, submerged the oreos in them, then lay them out on a baking sheet and added heart sprinkles. I put in the fridge to harden, then drizzled white chocolate on top.

To make the krispies, I melted a knob of butter over a low heat with a few squares of white chocolate. When this was melted, I added a bag of mini marshmallows and some red gel food colouring. Once melted, I added to a bowl and mixed in rice krispies til they were covered. I transferred the mixture to a pan covered in baking paper and let set, before adding an extra drizzle of white chocolate.

The finished krispie cake!

The finished krispie cake!

Grab one before they're gone!

Grab one before they’re gone!

These are both so quick and easy to make, you can do them once you’re home from work. Enjoy! What are you making this Valentine’s Day?

Hot chocolate cakes

15 Feb

Yesterday was valentine’s day, so of course I had to make a yummy dessert – gluten free and containing chocolate! I made hot choccy fondant pots! 20120215-161939.jpg

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Personalised cupcakes

11 Jan

Want to personalised Cupcakes? You choose the colours, flavours and writing! Perfect for a sugar boost after the christmas partying, or even for a Valentine’s special someone!