Peanut Butter & Chocolate Squares

Peanut Butter Squares

OMG! Well what can I say, if you love Peanut Butter like me these are delicious. They are also very light and cut up into small squares they are only about 70 calories per square, so in my book that’s a guilt free treat with my cup of coffee.

We always have a little treat on a Sunday, it’s something to look forward to while we relax and chill after our working week. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, fiber, folate, phosphorus, potassium & magnesium. And yes, peanut butter does have fat, but the fat is monounsaturated, which is more cholesterol-friendly.

I first saw this recipe from a Diabetic Website https://diabeticgourmet.com/ when my mum was a Diabetic, unfortunately I never got round to making them for her. This recipe I change a little to suit our sweet tastes….lol!

Makes 16 small squares

60g Butter

120g Caster Sugar (Splenda if diabetic)

40g Light Brown Sugar

100ml skimmed or semi skimmed milk

60g Peanut Butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

120g Self Raising Flour

90g Rolled Oats

1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

120g Chocolate Chips

1. Beat the butter, caster Sugar and brown sugar until well combined.

2. Stir in milk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until blended. Gradually mix in combined flour, oats, baking powder and salt until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Spread mixture evenly into a 9 x 9-inch baking pan covered with greaseproof paper. Bake in preheated 170 deg oven for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Leave to cool on wire rack. Cut into squares.

4. Store in airtight container at room temperature, will be best for up to 3 days.


Pistachio & Chocolate Bites

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I hope everyone is doing o.k. in these unusual times. If you are like me, I get bored very easily and need to be doing something productive with my day, so today I was talking to a friend and saying how we miss our coffee & cake dates at our fav coffee shop, then idea to use up whatever was in my cupboards to bake a cake and have a virtual coffee & cake date.  I do love pistachio’s and always have some on hand, so this little cake bite was perfect.

 

Makes about 16 squares

150g shelled pistachios

200g milk chocolate (I used Dairy Milk bar)

200g golden caster sugar or light brown sugar

200g soft butter

3 eggs

200g Self raising flour

100ml milk

50g butter for chocolate

100g icing sugar

Pinch salt

 

  1. Preheat oven to 160 deg and line a square tin (approx 20cm) with baking paper
  2. Mix up 125g of pistachios and 75g of the milk chocolate with 100g sugar in a blender until finely chopped.
  3. Tip into a bowl with the remaining sugar, butter, eggs, flour & milk with a pinch of salt and mix thoroughly.
  4. Empty the mixture into your prepared tin and bake for about 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Leave to cool slightly.
  5. Meanwhile, break up the chocolate and place into a microwave bowl with the 50g of butter, microwave for 1 minute, remove and stir together until fully melted. Next pour the icing sugar into the chocolate and beat together until combined and thick.
  6. Pour over the top of the cake and even, using the remaining chopped pistachios, sprinkle over the top and allow to set. Cut into bite slices. Serve with a yummy cuppa!

 


Upside Down Apple Cake

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I do hate food going to waste so I used up my leftover apples and made an upside down cake and served with custard……OMG! Yummy! Scrummy!

Classic desserts don’t come much better than this. It was an extremely windy and cold day today so this little warming dessert was just a perfect home comfort Sunday dessert.

 

Makes 2 small individuals (2 x 4-5″ tin) or 1 large (10″ tin)

For the caramelise apples:-

2 Apples (of your choice)

60g unsalted butter

70g Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

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For the cake:

2 eggs

110g unsalted butter

110g Self raising Flour

110g Caster Sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp milk

 

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 deg fan
  2. Melt 60g butter with the 70g brown sugar and cinnamon, stir together and put into the bottom of your tin.                                                                              20200209_115558
  3. Peel and slice your apples and place on top of the caramel.                                              20200209_115749
  4. Beat the cake ingredients together in a mixer and pour over the apples.                      20200209_121239
  5. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed.
  6. Remove from oven and tin and serve. Yum!

 

 

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Chocolate & Hazelnut Bundt Cake

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Decided to bake a chocolate cake for our New Years Day dessert, we had the whole family this year so had to do something that fed 11 adults and 1 child. This was perfect and delicious but so rich, so a little bit is all you need.

 

Serves about 12-14

For the Cake:-

200g unsalted butter

200g Dark Chocolate

300g Light Muscovado Sugar

4 large eggs

175g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

 

For the Glaze:-

300ml double cream

160g dark chocolate

Choice of nuts – I used Hazelnuts

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg
  2. Melt butter and chocolate together, either in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or in a microwave for about 1 minute. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Beat Sugar & Eggs together then pour in butter & chocolate mix.
  4. Fold in flour & baking powder until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into a cocoa floured bake tin and bake for about 40 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile make the glaze by heating the cream gently and add the chocolate in, stir to melt. Whisk and pour over cake once cooled from oven. Sprinkle over nuts.

 


Pear, Hazelnut & Chocolate Crumble Cake

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Oh yum……Pears are in season at the moment so I wanted to try a different dessert with them, this was so delicious and the texture was crunchy too.

 

Makes 8 servings (or 6 big ones…lol)

100g chopped hazelnuts

140g self raising flour

175g butter cut into small chunks

70g Caster sugar

80g dark brown sugar (10g from sprinkling)

2 large eggs

4 small pears – peeled, cored and diced

50g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

 

  1. Preheat oven on convection bake to 160 deg and line and grease a springform cake tin
  2. Add the flour & hazelnuts to a bowl and mix, add the butter and pulse until it forms bread like crumbs                                                                          20191101_132417
  3. Add the sugar, eggs and mix
  4. Add in 3 of the pears and chocolate and mix lightly until combined, Spoon mix into the cake tin and smooth out.
  5. Sprinkle the other pear pieces on top and press down lightly, sprinkle the remaining 10g brown sugar on top and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  6. Cool in the tin then transfer to a wire rack.
  7. Serve with some lovely whipped cream or ice cream.

 

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Chocolate Coffee Cake with Salted Caramel Drizzle

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Oh yummy! We fancied a wee coffee n cake afternoon since we were having a lazy one. I recently visited the Coffee Festival in Edinburgh and discovered loads of amazing coffee roasters and new flavours, one of them was a new Cold Brew infused with CBD made by Hamilton Street Cold Brew, if you want to feel motivated, uplifting but with a little bit of calm in your day then you have to try this. I also picked up some amazing Chocolate by chocolate tree in Edinburgh, Artisan chocolates and organic chocolate are just some of their creations.

 

Makes 6 Servings

For Cake mix:-

110g unsalted butter, softened

110g self raising flour

110g Caster Sugar

2 eggs

50ml CBD Cold brew (if not using add milk)

50g Cocoa powder

2 tbsp boiling water

For the whipped cream filling:-

100ml whipping cream

50g Icing Sugar

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

For the drizzle:-

1/2 bar of Salted Caramel Chocolate – melted

 

  1. Pre heat oven to 170 deg and grease a cake tin (I used a mini finger loaf tin)
  2. In a bowl combine, butter, flour, sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, cold brew and water and mix until combined together. Divide into cake tin and bake for about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a separate bowl beat all the whipped cream ingredients together with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff. (Tip: Chill your bowl in the fridge before hand)                                                                                                                             20191012_124018
  4. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack, once cooled slice in half and spread on the whipped cream mixture.
  5. Melt chocolate on lowest setting on Induction hob (or over boiling water in a bowl), and drizzle as much as you like over the cakes. Allow chocolate to harden before serving.                                                                                                              20191012_111548

 

 

 

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Crunchie Biscuit Base Galaxy cake

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I wasn’t really sure what to call this as it was a mishmash of 2 cakes….I was going to bake a chocolate tart and realised I didn’t have all the ingredients for the sweet pastry. So I decided to make a biscuit base instead. Then I discovered I didn’t have double/whipping cream but only single cream, so I therefore now had to bake. Despite all my misfortunes, this did actually turn out quite nice.

I was only making a small one for my other halves birthday, he loves chocolate…lol!

 

Makes a small portion for 1 or 2

For the filling:-

100g Milk Chocolate, minimum 35% cocoa

100ml single cream

50ml whole fat milk

1 egg

For the base:-

4 Digestive biscuits

1 Crunchie chocolate bar

1 tbsp butter – melted

For the toppings:-

small chunks of honeycomb to decorate

small edible spray glitter (optional), it was a birthday after all.

 

  1. In a food processor put the digestives, crunchie bar and blitz until breadcrumbs, add in the melted butter and bring together.
  2. Line a small springform tin with greaseproof paper. Empty the biscuit mixture into the tin and push/flatten down with your hands evenly. Refrigerate.
  3. Empty the cream and milk into a pan and bring to the boil.
  4. Place the chocolate into bowl in pieces.
  5. Pour the hot cream and milk over the chocolate to melt, stir until blended. Set aside to cool.
  6. Crack the egg into a dish and using a hand mixer, mix until fluffy.
  7. Once chocolate has cooled, pour egg into bowl and mix through.
  8. Remove biscuit base from fridge and pour in the chocolate mix.
  9. Preheat your oven to 130 deg. Gently place the tin in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. You want it set but with a slight wobble. Remove and allow to cool.
  10. Sprinkle some cocoa powder over top (optional) the sprinkle the honeycomb pieces on top. Serve.
  11. This can be chilled and kept for later. Serve at room temperature.

 

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White Chocolate Blondies

OMG…..I saw this recipe from PON and just had to try as it was lower in calories. (I’m always curious how the flavour will be without all the sugar etc…lol). I have to say these were delicious. I did change the recipe slightly, but still low in calories. Just 70 calories a slice.

 

Makes 15 slices.

100g Self Raising Flour

50g low fat butter (I used lurpak lighter)

4 medium eggs

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tsp clear honey

50g White chocolate chips (20g to melt for topping)

4 tbsp light brown sugar (or use sweetener for lower calories)

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 deg and line a square 8″ tin with greaseproof paper
  2. Place all of the ingredients, except 25g of the white chocolate chips.                                                  20190623_150805
  3. Pour into the baking tin and sprinkle about 10g of white chocolate chips over the top, bake for about 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile melt about 15g of chocolate chips in a microwave dish for about 1 minute.
  5. Allow the cake to cool at room temperature, once cooled drizzle the melted chocolate over the top and cut into slices.
  6. Serve with a lovely cuppa. Enjoy.

 

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Smarties Easter Tray Bake

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Happy Easter Sunday Everyone!

I wanted to bake something nice for my mother in law as she’s had a bit of a rough time recently, and as her favourite sweet is Smarties and it’s Easter Weekend, this is what was produced.  Think slightly caramel sponge flavour with a super crunchy smartie frosting. Yummy!

Perfect with a lovely cuppa.

 

Makes 12 large slices (or 24 smaller ones)

60g Butter, softened

250g Brown Sugar

1 tbsp vanilla essence

3 eggs, 1 egg yolk

250g Self Raising Flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

For the Frosting

60g butter, softened

200g icing sugar

1 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp milk

1 bag of Smarties eggs

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 deg. Line a 9 x 9 baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Add the butter to a large bowl and add in the brown sugar, mix together until light & Creamy.  Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix through. Add in the flour, salt & baking powder, gently fold in until everything is combined. Spread into your baking tin. Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile to make the frosting, cream the butter in a bowl and add the icing sugar (beware your worktops and everything around will be covered with icing sugar…lol!)                                                                                                    20190419_105924
  4. Add the milk, maple syrup, vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Using a rolling pin gently break down the smartie eggs until you have small pieces then add to the frosting mix and mix through. Refrigerate until needed, this helps thicken the frosting up.                                                                                        20190419_110510
  6. Once your cake has COMPLETELY cooled, top with frosting spreading evenly.    20190419_134337
  7. Cut up into squares and serve. Yummy!

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10 minute pineapple cake

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Oh I know I keep going on about it, but this Crisperplate is just magical, it has saved me so many minutes in my kitchen and has given me perfect cooking results every time. This time it was a little afternoon treat.

 

Makes a 12″ cake

150 g Caster Sugar
225g Self Raising Flour
100ml milk
110g butter softened
2 eggs
1 tin of pineapple rounds (drained)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whipping cream to serve
1. Mix everything together (except pineapple) in a mixer until smooth
2. Preheat Crisper for 2 mins, then pour on batter evenly
3. Place pineapple on top
4. Bake on Crisp setting for 10 minutes.
5. Serve with a large dollop of whipped cream.