The Malteser Chocolate Teaser

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It’s my Mum’s birthday this week so to celebrate I had to create the ultimate, indulgent surprise for her that you couldn’t just ‘pick-up in Waitrose’.
After some serious recipe deliberation, I concocted this double-layered chocolate dream with her favourite Maltesers in the butter icing.

Ingredients:

For the cake:
100g unsalted btter
250g caster sugar
30g cocoa powder
3tsp baking powder
300g plain flour
4 eggs
80ml milk
2tsp vanilla extract

For the Malteser butter icing:
Maltesers
200g butter
400g icing sugar
3tsp milk

For the chocolate icing:
25g cocoa powder
50ml double cream
300g icing sugar
50 g butter

Preheat your oven to 180C and mix together the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla essence.  Mix together until smooth and then whisk in the eggs followed by the cream and milk.
Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and beat well and then split the mixture between two cake tins and cook for around 35 mins until spongy and looks like this:Chcolate cake recipe - 02

Prepare the Malteser butter cream while these are cooking:
Crush the packet of Maltesers and leave to the side.
Mix together the butter (it’s easier if this has been left out to soften) and the icing sugar adding in a few drops of milk.
Now, the best part, mix in the crushed Maltesers – tasting and licking the bowl is compulsary throughout this cake making!
Keep in the fridge until the cakes are ready.

Cool the cakes on a wire rack.
Once cool, spread the Malteser butter icing on the top of one cake and place the second cake on top.
The quantities above should be more than enough to ensure that you have a thick layer of icing.

Now, some more bowl licking to come (!), mix together the icing sugar and cocoa powder to create the chocolate icing that is going to cover the cake.
Melt the butter and mix in with the double cream until the whole mixture is smooth.

Smear generously over your cake and decorate with Maltesers….easy peasy!!A bit of a beast that probably should come with some kind of health warning, this chocolate cake has some great layers once you cut in to it.
What have you been baking this weekend?

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Bank Holiday Breakfast Bonanza

Bank Holidays and long weekends mean two things for me –  mega lie-ins and making amazingly delicious breakfasts or, by the time I’ve got up, brunch or a late lunch.

Below are some of my favourite long weekend breakfasts – perfect to share with friends and all taste even better with a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine!

Eggy Bread (French Toast)
The perfect breakfast in bed treat.

Ingredients:
Serves 2
Butter
3 eggs
Milk
Bread

Topping choices:
Icing sugar
Maple syrup
Blueberries
Strawberries
Bacon
Chocolate spread
HoneyFrech Toast recipe

Whisk the eggs and milk together in a large mixing bowl.  Once well mixed soak one slice of bread in the mixture.  Heat a knob of butter in a frying pan over a low to medium heat.  Once melted, fry the eggy bread on both sides.  Turn the oven on to a low heat and put all slices of eggy bread on a plate to keep warm while you make the rest of the batch.

For those with a sweet tooth, top with icing sugar and maple syrup and serve with strawberries.  Bacon also makes a great topping if you’re looking for something more savoury.French toast recipe - 02

Blueberry Pancakes
Pancakes are another favourite of mine to make at weekends and blueberries are SO good for you.  They do take a while but are so much fun to make and flip with friends.Blueberry pancake recipe

Chop up a large handful of blueberries and mix in with the pancake mix and then fry and flip.

Porridge
The ideal winter warmer to snuggle up in bed with, start the day with some delicious homemade Farmhouse porridge.

Porridge Lady has a great blog for porridge fans like myself with a fantastic range of unique and adventurous serving suggestions and recipes.

My favourite serving suggestions:

Last Christmas I broke up Ferrero Rocher chocolates into small chunks and mixed in with the warm porridge which melted the chocolate and was soooo delicious.  More normal suggestions for sugar lovers include golden syrup, sultanas and honey.

Add a fruity kick by mixing in chopped berries, bananas, apples or pineapple chunks..

If you’re staying away from dairy products use lemon, apple or orange juices as a replacement to milk.  Heat the juice or pulp of one lemon or orange into a pan and slowly add the oats, making sure you get the right juice to oats consistency. The oats will soften and bind just as if they were mixing with milk.  This recipe is zingy and instantly wakes me up in the morning.

The Great British Fried Brekkie

 A long weekend usually results in at least one messy night out and what’s the perfect cure for the morning after? A huge fry-up!

This MUST include the works (including hash browns, black pudding, sausages AND bacon) and the meat has to be the best quality, ideally from a local butcher.

Fried Breakfast #Breakfast

Mmmmmmmm – enjoy and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Mighty Mince Pies

It was the night before Christmas………!

So, what better way to get in the festive spirit than by hitting the kitchen and cooking up some good old Mince Pies.  From November, mince pies take over the supermarket shelves throughout Britain but nothing compares to making them yourself and they can be surprisingly easy and quick to make.
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Turn up the Christmas tunes and pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and get cooking some mince pies for Santa.

Firstly, you will need to get these ingredients:
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Ingredients:
375g Shortcrust pastry
Mincemeat
1 egg
Caster Sugar

The shortcrust pastry is the part that can be most time consuming.  I prefer to make my own pastry although you can get some ready-made in all supermarkets now.  The Londoner has a great, easy to follow shortcrust pastry recipe – the key is to keep it as cool as possible while you are making it.

Once you have your pastry, roll it out thin and use circle cutters to create the mince pie bases – you can use a wine bottle if you don’t have a rolling pin and a wine glass to cut the circle shapes.  Place each circle into a mince pie or shallow cupcake tin which has been greased with a little bit of butter.

Fill each case with a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat…
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Create an enticing glaze on your mince pies by brushing the tops with a beaten egg and don’t forget to pierce two small holes in the top to prevent them from exploding in the oven.
Then sprinkle over some caster sugar and place in the oven at 200 C for around 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Mince pie recipe - 04Leave them to cool on a wire rack and then you’re ready to start the Mighty Mince Pie Challenge! For those that can’t quite meet the challenge, they can be stored in a sealed tin for a few days.
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Don’t forget to leave a mince pie and glass of sherry for Santa tonight!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!