Milk and Cookies <3

IMAG1210 I really become a hero to my children when I make these chocolate chip cookies for them – you will love them just as much. They are chewy and buttery and delicious… mmm!

It is so lovely to bake with your children and what better excuse than the Easter Holidays 🙂

Ingredients:

200 g butter

350 g light brown sugar

2 eggs

350 g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate (bread) soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

50 g chopped dark chocolate

Pre heat the oven to 180 C

Method:

Cream the butter in your mixer then add the sugar, mix until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one by one and continue to whisk.

At this stage I just throw everything else but the chocolate in together and mix!

Form the dough into little balls and pop a few pieces of the chopped chocolate into each one >> IMAG1203

Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 8 minutes. You may need to reduce this to suit your own oven, as I have said in other recipes, mine tends to run hot.

IMAG1204  <<My children couldn’t resist sneaking a cookie or two while my back was turned!

Ah… its the simple, wholesome things in life 😉

IMAG1205 Enjoy!

 

 

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St Patricks Day Apple Cake

IMAG1163 <<<< Happy St Patricks Day Apple Cake

Apples were a staple in Irish cooking fado fado! Which is Irish for long ago, even still today apples play a big part in Irish cooking. Ingredients would have been limited to what grew easily in the locality also they didn’t spoil so quickly.

For the day that is in it tomorrow, I decided to praise the humble apple and make this traditional apple cake… I remember eating this in my Nana’s kitchen.  I have tried to replicate the recipe from taste! 

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Preheat the oven to 150 C

Ingredients:

2 eggs

150 g caster sugar

75 g  butter

75 g milk

125 g plain flour

1/2 tsp mixed spice

2 tsp baking powder

1 large granny smith apple or similar

1 tbsp granulated sugar to sprinkle over the top

Method:

Mix the eggs and sugar until pale, fluffy and quite thick

Melt the milk and butter and whisk into the egg mixture

Do this gradually as the milk and butter mixture will be hot.

Sieve the flour and mixed spice  and fold in gently.

Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes, this needs to bake slowly. Allow to cool slightly. It tastes delicious warm.

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Enjoy with a cup of tea 😉

We Love Cake…. Swiss Roll

On a rainy afternoon, when all the indoor games have been exhausted and all the stories read, and the mood is low with the children, we bake a cake!

It was a case of mid week, what ingredients do we have in the larder to make a cake. Chocolate being an obvious choice from my darlings was out as that was eaten by Monday!  So our second choice was Swiss Roll! One of our favourites 😉

 IMAG1035 Swiss Roll

Ingredients:

150 g caster sugar

4 eggs

2 tbsp milk (at room temp)

1 tsp vanilla extract

150 g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp granulated sugar

200 ml fresh cream

Preheat the oven to 180 C (Mine is fan oven)

Line a baking tray with baking paper and lightly grease with butter.

First step, whip up the eggs and caster sugar until thick and creamy        IMAG1029 mmmm this image reminds me of custard – might make some custard and stewed apple for dessert today……….. look at me, off on a tangent! Back to the recipe!

Once you have achieved this, stir in the milk and vanilla; gently!

Next step is to sieve in the flour and baking powder, it is probably best to do this in two stages. Gently fold in the flour with a spatula or metal spoon

Pour the mix onto your pre lined tray and bake for 10 minutes (yes only 10 minutes!)

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Allow to cool in the tray for about 7 – 10 minutes. While it is cooling whip up your fresh cream and what ever filling takes your fancy. We sometimes use mandarin segments and dark chocolate or strawberries when in season.

Lay out some baking paper and sprinkle with 1 tbsp granulated sugar. Put the swiss roll face down onto the paper and gently peel away the baking paper from underneath. 

Spread with the filling of your choice, in our case it was strawberry jam and cream and then roll firmly and quickly.

IMAG1035Now that will brighten up any rainy afternoon 🙂

  

Spelt Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream

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A Fancy Schmancy Afternoon; without the price tag!

Ingredients:

150 g butter

150 g sugar

2 eggs

200 g spelt flour

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

Topping:

100 ml cream

1 vanilla pod

1 tsp granulated sugar

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Sometimes I feel like having an elegant afternoon, but I have two little darlings who may not have the same idea as myself! Although they love eating the treats, they may well prefer to eat them while running around outside instead! 

Cream the butter and sugar ( I use the kitchen aid, but you could easily use a hand held mixer or work those arms and whip it up by hand ;))

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Add the eggs one by one and then the vanilla

Sieve in the flour and baking powder and fold in.

Fill the muffin cases to halfway and bake in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes

Leave to cool on a wire tray and whip your cream. Split your vanilla pod length ways and scrape out the seeds, whip them into the cream and sugar mix. Beat until firm.

Pipe the cream around the cupcakes and add a revel or two on top – you never know which one you’ll get!

IMAG0984 Enjoy 😉