Sunday, 31 May 2015

Recipe | Simple Nutella Brownies


I couldn't go on holiday and not post a recipe for you all! Especially seeing as these were so bloody delicious! I wanted to use up the rest of the Nutella before I ended up eating it straight out the jar again...

As always this is a pretty simple recipe, cheap and can get the little ones involved too! I'm no baker by any means, i'm learning as I go but it really is becoming a bit of a passion now!

Without further ado, here is everything you need to know;

125g Plain Flour
125ml Light Muscovado Sugar
125g Unsalted Butter
300g Nutella
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Icing Sugar (optional for topping)


1. Preheat oven to 170degrees C & line a baking dish with parchment paper

2. Pop your butter in a microwavable dish and melt in microwave (should take about 50 seconds) and leave to one side

3. In one bowl, sift in your flour and add your salt

4. In a separate bowl add the sugar and 2 eggs, mix together

5. Now add your vanilla extract and Nutella and combine until smooth

6. Add half the flour mixture and fold together, then add half the melted butter

7. Add the rest of the flour, mix again & add the rest of butter

8. Pour your batter into your dish and spread evenly 

9. Cook in the oven for 25-35 minutes (depending on your oven)
Check at the 25 minute mark by inserting a knife into the centre, if it comes out with only a few crumbs on, it is ready! You want it to be a little underdone, just to get that gooey fudgey centre!

Leave to cool for about 2 hours (I know, it's bloody hard when it smells so good!)
Lightly dust with icing sugar

Serve as it is on pop in the microwave for 40 seconds, add a dollop of ice cream and an extra drizzle of Nutella!







Saturday, 23 May 2015

Recipe | Nutella Topped Blondies



I know, I know, i've done it again, I swore I wouldn't bake anything else but i don't know how to stop myself anymore! What with Ben working and no-one to tell me no, I just HAVE to! ;)

This morning I actually made some chocolate cookies from a recipe online, it was flourless and butter free (I was trying to be healthier see!), but they were just awful, literally just tasted like eggs dipped in cocoa powder, not good at all! So I hadn't fulfilled that craving so obviously HAD to make something else!

I've seen a lot of people baking Blondies recently and thought i'd give those a go (minus the chocolate and butter as I didn't have either), and came up with this! I did base it on a recipe online but changed the measurements of a few things to suit me better!

Enjoy!

250g Plain Flour
170g Light Muscovado Sugar
40g Granulated Sugar
2 eggs
150g Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt



Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees C

1. Mix together your flour. salt and baking powder in a bowl

2. In a separate bowl add your sugar, vanilla extract, 2 eggs and vegetable oil and mix together until combined 

3. Now add your dry ingredients and mix together until everything comes together evenly

4. Line a 13 x 9 baking tray with parchment paper (you could use 2 8x8 pans too)

5. Push down the mixture into the corners and edges, make sure it is evenly spread

6. Place in your preheated oven on the middle oven shelf for 18-22 minutes
To check it's cooked through, place a cocktail stick or knife into the centre, if it comes out almost completely clean, it is ready :)

7. Leave to cool for 30 minutes


8. Now spread across your Nutella, it's up to you how thick you want it
Cut into squares, again, it's up to you what sizes you would like

And serve!

Quick, easy and so so yummy!





Thursday, 21 May 2015

Recipe | Nutella Stuffed Cookies


Just reading that title makes my mouth water, what could be better than gooey soft cookies, stuffed with the deliciousness that is Nutella? Nothing, that's what.

There have been tons and tons of Nutella inspired recipes online recently, in fact since pancake day, they seem to just be everywhere! As cookies are one of the easiest baking treats to make, I thought i'd keep it basic and make these for you all, the recipe isn't mine so here is the original, I can promise you that this is probably the best batch of cookies you will ever bake! 






110g unsalted butter
95g Light Muscovado Sugar (or regular brown sugar if you don't have this)
30g Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
190g Plain Flour
100g Chocolate Chips

This recipe can make around 18 cookies if you roll them into smaller balls, these will create flatter but still gooey cookies

I made mine pretty big which made 10 lovely chunky ones!


1. Preheat oven to 170 degress C (350 degrees F)

2. Heat butter in the microwave for 45 seconds (or until melted) and add to mixing bowl

3. Add the Muscovado Sugar & Granulated Sugar; mix with a spoon

4. Crack your egg into the mixture and combine well

5. Add the vanilla extract, salt and baking powder and combine again

6. Sift in your flour, before you mix it in, add your chocolate chips

7. Fold together until it forms a cookie dough (might take a good few minutes)

8. Using your hands, take some dough and flatten it in your hand and add a small (or large, I won't judge) spoonful of Nutella to the centre


9. Fold over the edges to cover the Nutella, then form them into a ball shape and place on your baking tray

10. Bake in the oven for between 8-10 minutes (keep checking on them after 5 minutes)
Once slightly golden on edges, take out the oven and leave for 5 mins, and you can serve :)

ENJOY!




Thursday, 14 May 2015

Giveaway | £50 Primark Gift Card!


It's been a while since i've hosted a giveaway, so I thought I would put together this one to say a thank you for everyone who has read my posts, followed on social media and left comments too, I honestly appreciate every single one of you so thank you so much for supporting my little blog :)

My most successful giveaway to date was the Primark giveaway I held last year so I thought I'd make another one for you all this time too! Primark is one of my favourite shops and with Summer coming up super fast, it's great timing for you to get out there and top up your wardrobe or get some bits for the little ones, or even as a gift to someone else! It's up to you how you spend it, it's all yours :) Just imagine what you could buy with £50, so so much! 


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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Recipe | The Perfect Cookie


Happy Sunday everyone! 
Hope you've all had a good week! I've been wanting to cook up another recipe for a week now but have been putting it off to stop me scoffing my face, but today I just couldn't resist any longer! Before I get started on the recipe itself, I need to tell you a little secret...I completely made this recipe up, I went off looking online for an easy chocolate chip cookie recipe but they all seemed a bit, well, boring, plus I didn't have enough of the ingredients in any of them, so I decided to use what I had and to see how they turned out, I added a few random things just as a test and I can honestly say, these are THE best cookies, I have ever eaten, not trying to blow my own trumpet or anything, I'm a pretty modest person, but these overtake Millie's Cookies, and cost a lot less too ;). I didn't weigh out most of the things in this recipe, just kinda threw stuff in so the measurements below are my best guestimates! 

Here is what you will need;
(Makes 15 medium cookies)

175g Plain Flour
85g Self Raising Flour
225g Caster Sugar
1 Egg (beaten before being added)
2 tsp Lemon Extract
1 tbsp Agave Nectar
70g Milk Chocolate (I used Dairy Milk)
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1. Cream together your sugar & butter in a bowl
2. Add in your beaten egg and mix together
3. Now add your sifted flour until well combined
4. Now add in your chocolate, lemon extract & agave nectar
5. Mix everything together until combined well
6. The mixture won't be sticky like most cookie recipes, so add in your vegetable oil and mix together to help it stay together.
7. Roll your cookie dough into balls about 3cm apart from each other onto a lined baking tray, remember this makes 15 cookies so try and use this as your guide on how big to make them. 

Use the back of a fork to push them down evenly


8. Cook in the oven for 8 mins (check on them after 5, 6 and 7. just to avoid overcooking)

You will know they are done when the edges are slightly golden, if you press on the centre of the cookie, it will feel underdone, but won't leave an indent.

9. Cool for 5 minutes! You can either eat them now or leave them to cool completely, I personally prefer them warm! :)

Let me know if you make them too, would love to hear what you think! 
As with all recipes, you can change things slightly, if you're looking for more lemony cookies, use more extract or add more chocolate if you want more too! It's all about personal preference, but I will definitely be making these again!

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Recipe | Easy Shortbread Biscuits


Happy Sunday everyone!
Today I have a super easy recipe for you to try, yummy chocolate dipped shortbread biscuits! What's great about this recipe is the base can be used to create so many other treats too, using only 5 ingredients, you can create some delicious shortbread biscuits!
As always I like to post recipes that are easy, quick and cheap for everyone, also you don't need any mixing appliances either! Yay!

125g Plain Flour
60g Icing Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
60g Unsalted Butter
130g Milk Chocolate

ONE
Mix together your flour and icing sugar using a wooden spoon, then add your softened butter and egg yolks and combine well. Use your hands to turn the mixture into a crumbly texture (my favourite part)



TWO
Roll your mixture into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. I didn't have any cling film so used foil which worked just as well!



THREE
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper

FOUR
Roll out your shortbread to a thickness of your choice, mine were about 3/4cm. Use a cookie cutter to cut your shapes out and place on your baking tray.




FIVE

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. The biscuits will turn a light golden colour when done. Cool the biscuits to room temperature.

Once cooled, melt the chocolate in a microwave in 30 second intervals to avoid burning







Dip half of each biscuit in the melted chocolate. Place the biscuits on a tray lined with a baking sheet to set, then transfer to the fridge for a further 30 minutes.

And enjoy!
We ended up eating all of these within a few hours, whoopsie!


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