Chocolate Orange Tarte

When I was in Mallorca we had some tasty chocolate tarte. So when I came home, I had this real urge to make a chocolate tarte. Here is what I came up with.

Doesnt it look devine? Thats because it is! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

30 ginger biscuits

80g Melted Butter

1 Jar Marmalade

200g Plain Chocolate

100g Milk Chocolate

200ml Double Cream

40g Butter

Method

First we need to make the base. Take the biscuits and crush them up into crumbs. Mix with the melted butter and press into the base of a greased and lined cake tin. Place in the fridge to cool.

Once cool, spread marmalade onto the base generously, leaving just a small amount of space around the edge.

 To make the chocolate filling, break up the chocolate into a bowl. Place the double cream and butter into a pan and heat until it just starts to bubble. Take it of the heat and pour over the chocolate. Leave for a few minutes, then use a silicone spatula to mix it all together. Pour over the marmalade and biscuit, then leave to set in the fridge for around 4 hours. 

Dont forget to lick the bowl, which is of course the best part of making ganache!

This is best enjoyed with a lovely cup of coffee. Enjoy! 

Scrummy Easter Brownies!

Ok ok, so I know easter is over, but in my house we celebrated easter late due to my working noghts through easter, so we still have plenty of easter choc to munch on and plenty of mini eggs lying around! So I decided to make some yummy brownies!
Here is the recipe!

Ingredients

185g dark chocolate

185g stork cooking spread

275g golden caster sugar

50g cocoa powder

100g flour

3 eggs

1 bag mini eggs

Method

Preheat thr oven to 175 degrees.

Over a ban marie, melt the chocolate and stork spread together. Once fully melted and combined tKe it if the heat and leave to cool.

In a seperate bowl beat together the sugar and egs, then sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix thoroughly.

Pour in the cooled chocolate mix and beat until combined.

Pour into a greased brownie tray.

Sprinkle or place the mini eggs in the batter, making sure to press them in firmly.

Bake for 25 minutes.
There you go! I served mine with vanilla ice cream! We found a 2ltr tub of low fat vanilla cart dor icecream for just £2! Its only 74kcal for 100 ml! I mean, thats like eating air isnt it! I might just eat the whole tub… 

Minty Lemonade!

Mmmmmm! 

I went to Honest burger recently. They had just opened a local branch (in greenwich), and as locals, we had been lucky enough to receive vouchers for a free meal. So we popped in on wednesday! 

It was super super tasty! The picture above is my lovely fiance with a stack of enourmous onion rings! 

Normally I would have a beer but as I was working at 7am the next day, (in a 0 tolerance job), I decided to go for a mint lemonade! 

It was divine! I fell in love! So much so in fact that when I came home, I decided I needed to re-create the lemonade for myself!

It iant as green but it is very minty and very yummy! 

Here is the recipe!
Ingredients:

1.75ltrs Water

400g Granulated Sugar

4 Lemons (or enough to make 250ml lemon juice)

10 Mint Leafs

Method:

Heat up 250ml of the water

Add in the sugar and heat until all sugar is disolves

Place in the fridge to chill.

Juice the 4 lemons (or however many you need to create 250ml lemon juice).

Chop up all of the mint leaves until they are in very small peices.

Add the lemons and mint to the sugary solution which you prepared earlier then top up to 2 litres with the rest of the water. 

Serve poured over ice!

Let me know what you think. I loved sipping on it whilst relaxing on the lovely sunny sunday we just had! 

Barley Biscuit Experiment

I like to experiment with cooking! I like to try new things. In February I got the awesome chance to go to a brewery (Signature Brew, based in Leyton) and help them brew a new beer for a festival they would be attending. Here I am with the brewery team.

When it came time to remove the cooked barley malts from the mash, I was stood there looking at the skip full of used barley and thinking it looked like oatmeal. Now, most industrial brewers send them off to local farmers as horse feed, therefore not wasting anything. When my partner and I do a small home brew, however, we do not have anywhere to put them, so they go in the bin. I wouldn’t be guilty about this but since we don’t have a garden I can’t compost them and since we don’t have a food waste collection they can’t be turned into anything else useful. S I set about thinking what else I could do with them.
In the end, I decided to do a bit of a cookie based experiment. I used the same base ingredients as my chocolate chip and butterscotch oat cookies, but instead of adding the dried oats, I added large spoons of cooked barley one at a time until it had reached the desired consistency.

Unfortunately, they didn’t turn out so great. I mean they are edible, but not terribly enjoyable. I think the problem is because they were wet, they added an extra amount of liquid that I did not account for. I think the dampness of the oats contributed also to the excess of starch – they have a very starchy flavour.

I think for a first experiment, they were ok. I think I will have a bit of a noodle around on the internet and see if I can find a way to dry them out. Then maybe I will try again with more success!
Do any of you home brew? Got any tips or tricks? What do you do with the by-products. Let me know in the comments!

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Omnomnomnomnom! 

My partner was away at the beginning of this week, as was his dad. Both on (seperate) business trips. So I decided I would pop over to his dads wifes’ house for some dinner and a chat! Now, I thought it would be nice of me to take some form of desserty goodness, and it occured to me that this was my chance to enjoy some lemon curdy goodness! My partner hates lemon curd (as some of you may remember if you were reading my bake off series) so I stear clear of it usually but since he isnt here I thought this was the perfect opportunity. 
Unfortunately it didnt set in time so I now have to eat the whole thing on my own (which is surprisingly different) .

Anyways, here is the recipe.

Ingredients

Half a Pack of Digestive Biscuits

75g Butter, Melted Butter

1 Jar Lemon Curd

2 tubs of Phillidelphia

1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1tbsp Lemon Juice

4 Mirengue Nests

Method

First crush up the digestive biscuits then mix in the melted butter. Press into the base of a greased and lines cake tin.

Spoon in the jar of lemon curd and and spread evenly over the base leaving around a centimeter around the edge. Place in the refridgerator.

Place the cream cheese into a bowl and whisk it until light and smooth.

Gradually whisk in the condensed milk and the teaspoon of lemon juice until you have a lovely smooth mixture.

Pout into the cake tin. 

Top with crushed up meringue nests.

Place in the freezer and leave until set (overnight is best). 

Slice up and enjoy! 

Indian Roti Recipe

I aboslutely love indian food. I would say I cook curry at least once a week. Its just so flavoursome and warming. And, surprisingly healthy (depending on your choice of meat, obviously). And I absolutely love indian breads. I make quite good naan but that is time consuming so requires a lot of thought and planning. But Roti on the other hand…

I originally learnt how to make Roti at a cooking festival – I remember sitting in one of the show kitchens and watching Shelina Permalloo showing how to make it and I thought it was crazy how easy it looked, so I went home and I gave it a go. And I have been making them ever since. 

This here is my adaptation.

All you need is Flour and Water. I know! Crazy right! But it works.

I add an extra level to it by bunging in some spices from my store cupboard. I particularly like to use madras spice or turmeric, cumin or garlic. 

So here is what you do. 

First create a dough. There really is no exact science of measurement to it. Just whack some flour (and any spices you would like) into a bowl and then gradually add in water until it comes together to create a dough.  

Divide the dough into however many roti you would like. Each peice of dough should be around the size of a satsuma.

Roll out into a rough sircle shape. Isong a pastry brush lightly brush the surface with oil (olive oil or vegetable oil will do).

Then fold as follows. 

Roll out again to a similar size as before. The oil keeps the layers seperate giving a satisfying texture when cooked.

Heat up an iron frying pan until really hot and brush with a small amount of oil.

Place the bread onto the hot pan. Leave it to sit for 30 seconds. You should see little air bubbles appearing in the dough. 

Flip and cook for another 30 seconds.

Remove from the pan and devour warm as a side to a lovely warm curry. 

See I told you it was easy! Its so easy that I often nock some up as a snack! I am sure you will all be giving them ago! Let me know when you do! 

Chocolate & Butterscotch Oat Cookies

Today I am poppin in to share with you a new recipe that I concocted! 

In fact, my next three posts will be recipes! Arent you lucky! I have been having a real urge to bake so I have three new recipes to share with you.

Today, I want to share with you my chocolate and butterscotch oat cookies. I can tell, you are already drooling! They are super chewy and super yummy and the oats and butterscotch compliment each other perfectly! 

Here is the recipe!

Ingredients

110g Softened Butter

50g Caster Sugar

100g Light Brown Soft Sugar

1 Egg

75g Flour

A Pinch of Bicarb

125g Oats

60g Chocolate Chips

60g Butterscotch Chips

Method

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

First, cream together the butter and sugar.

Beat in the egg.

Then mix in the flour and bicarb, followed by the oats.

Finally, stir in the chocolate and butterscotch chips.

Take a heaped teaspoon of mixture and roll it into a ball. Place the cookie balls on a greased cookie sheet with plenty of space to spread. There is no need to squash them down.

Bake for around 12 minutes until golden.

Make sure to leave them to cool completely before removing them from the tray – otherwise the middle of the cookie may stick and you will loose the chewiest scrummyest bit! 

Let me know if you give them a go! They are chewy and chocolatey and totally tasty!