Hazelnut Chocolate Tart

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I was watching James Martin on Saturday morning and he made a raspberry chocolate tart, we sat there dying to try a bit. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any raspberries so a hazelnut version it was.

I decided to do a hazelnut nut pastry just to add extra flavour.

 

For the Pastry:-

125g Plain Flour

50g Icing Sugar

50g Crushed Toasted Hazelnuts (plus 10g for decoration)

Pinch of salt

80g Butter, cold, diced

1 egg yolk

 

For the Filling:-

300ml Double Cream

125ml Whole Milk

200g Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate with at least 40% cocoa solids

2 eggs

50g golden caster sugar

pinch salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

 

  1. To make the pastry, sift the flour and icing sugar into a food processor, add the hazelnuts and blitz together. Add the butter and pulse briefly until mixture looks like breadcrumbs, don’t overmix. Add the egg yolk and pulse until dough comes together. Shape dough into a flat disc, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface. Using a loose bottomed tart tin, grease tin then line the tart tin with the pastry pressing into all corners. Trim any loose pastry. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 160 deg. Prick the bottom of the pastry and line with greaseproof paper and baking beans. Bake for 25 minutes, remove the baking paper and beans and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Remove and trim the edges in line with the tart tin.
  5. Meanwhile, to make the filling, place milk & cream into a pan and bring to just below boiling point, do not boil. Take of heat and stir in the chocolate to melt.
  6. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla. Gradually whisk in the chocolate mix, whisking constantly.                                                        20190803_190241
  7. Pour the mixture into the pastry case and bake on a wire rack in the oven for about 25 minutes until the filling has a slight wobble. Remove and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Allow to cool in the tin before removing.                                          20190803_190518
  8. Slice to serve. Yummy!

 

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Baklava

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I’ve been dying to try this recipe for a long time & it was just as dreamy as I thought. I love peanut butter, so any recipe with it in I simply have to try.

This was so easy and quick to make, just 3 ingredients.

 

1 packet of Filo Pastry (I only used 8 sheets)

3 tbsp Peanut Butter (I used crunchy but you could use smooth if preferred)

3 tbsp Nutella (got to be Nutella…lol)

 

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and preheat oven to 220 deg
  2. Place 4 filo sheets onto tray and gently spread nutella chocolate over the sheet, lay another 4 sheets of filo over the chocolate spread and then gently spread the peanut butter over.
  3. Gently roll up the filo (not too tight) and bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.

Slice up and serve.

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Chocolate & Ginger Cake

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I wanted to make a ginger cake but came across this recipe from Mary Berry that added cocoa powder, so I decided to give it a try. As there was only 2 of us I made a mini version. The combination of Chocolate and Ginger is just so moreish!

 

Serves 4 (double quantities for a 20″ size cake)

100g butter at room temperature

25g Cocoa powder

2 tbsp semi skimmed milk

2 medium eggs

90g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground ginger

125 g caster sugar

1 tsp stem ginger

For the topping and filling:-

115g icing sugar

60g butter at room temperature

1 tbsp of stem ginger syrup

1 tsp semi skimmed milk

1 tsp of Stem ginger bits for topping.

 

  1. Grease and line 2 cake tins, I used 2 x 5″ springform tins.
  2. Preheat oven to 160 deg on fan.
  3.  Put the cocoa powder into a large, heatproof bowl. Stir in 3 tablespoons of boiling water, then add the milk. Mix to make a smooth paste.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix with an electric whisk for a few minutes, but watch not to over mix as you want it light and fluffy.
  5. Divide the cake mixture evenly between tins and bake in oven for about 25-30 minutes. Then remove and allow to cool in tins for a few minutes before removing to cool completely on a rack.                               20180203_143049
  6. To make the filling, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add the stem syrup, milk and butter and whisk with an electric mixer until well blended.
  7. Take 1 of the cakes and if needed trim the top of the cake so you have a flat base then spoon some of the mixture on and smooth with a palette knife. Take the other cake and place on top, then spoon the rest of the mixture and smooth with the palette knife. Finally garnish with the stem ginger pieces.
  8. Serve with a lovely cuppa.

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Chocolate & Honeycomb Mousse

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This was a little healthy dessert recipe I found on line, although having double portions doesn’t make it healthy…lol! It was so delicious we had to have seconds.!

Makes  4 pots

100g scottish rasperberries

80g dark chocolate

100g quark

2 egg whites

2 tsp caster sugar

1/2 Cadbury crunchy bar – chopped

 

  1. Firstly melt the chocolate either in a bowl over warm water or on level 1 on an induction hob.                                                                                                                                20171021_150008
  2. Set aside and allow to cool. (approx 10 mins)
  3. Whisk egg white until stiff then whisk in the sugar                                                         20171021_151547_001
  4. Mix quark into the chocolate mixture
  5. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mix.                20171021_152939
  6. Add in the chopped honeycomb, leaving a few chunks to decorate after 20171021_153136 20171021_152835
  7. Place some rasperberries in the bottom of the dish then spoon some of the mixture evenly into each dish. Top with crunchy bits and rasperberries.

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Malteser Pie – Simply Heavenly

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O.M.G. What can I say….delicious, moreish, delightful, dessert heaven….oh the list goes on, simply delicious!

Tip: Remove base from tray before putting filling in! (I had a terrible time trying to get it out)

 

Bake tin size – 26cm

450g Maltesers – leave a handful for decorating at end

110g butter – melted

100g caster sugar

4 egg yolks

200g dark or milk chocolate

400ml whole milk

3 tbsp malt powder

300ml double cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

  1. Blitz the maltesers in a food processor until crumb like. Empty into a bowl. 20161008_145704
  2. Melt the butter and add to the maltesers, mix through until coated.
  3. Grease the baking tin, push down the crushed malteser into the pan evenly, make sure that you go up the sides as it will need to hold a filling.                                                                        20161008_145943
  4. Put in the fridge to harden.
  5. For the filling, in a pan heat gently the milk, sugar, egg yolks and malt powder until thickened. then add in the melted chocolate, stir through.
  6. Once base has set, remove from tin and fill with the chocolate mixture.  Place in fridge overnight to set.20161008_151844   20161008_184921
  7. When you are ready to serve, then we make the cream topping.
  8. Pour cream and vanilla extract into a bowl and whisk until thick, then top the pie.
  9. Using the left over maltesers, crush and sprinkle on top of pie. oh yeah….Yum…Yum!

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Banoffee Custard Tarts with Toffee Cream

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This was a recipe I picked up from fellow blogger https://greencookingblog.wordpress.com/ , I just loved the sound of it as I love Banoffee…my ultimate fav! They turned out very tasty indeed, although I think I’ll get deeper trays the next time as I would have loved them to be bigger…lol! I wasn’t sure what to serve with it, I had some cream and toffee left so……yep…voila…toffee cream….and it just went so well.

 

Makes 12

  • 250g granulated sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 200ml double cream
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 pack Shortcrust pastry (you can alternatively make your own)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 300ml milk
  • 1tsp nutmeg

 

  1. In a medium saucepan, add 200g of the sugar and heat on a medium heat, stirring continuously…..please be patient as this can take about 10 mins but it will start to brown and dissolve.                                                         This was after 5 mins. 20160521_153900 This was after about 8 mins. 20160521_154002              Then 10 mins….20160521_154601
  2. When all the sugar has dissolved to form a dark brown liquid, add the butter (cut into 5 chunks) and stir rapidly until mixed
  3. Heat for a further 1 minute, and then slowly add 100ml of cream, stirring continuously
  4. Bring the mix to the boil and then remove from the heat, adding the salt and stirring for a couple of minutes until cooler
  5. Allow the caramel to stand for around 15 minutes before placing in the fridge to cool
  6. Take the pastry and roll out so that it is around 1cm in thickness – cut out tart shapes and place these in a muffin tray.
  7. Cover each pastry case with greaseproof paper and add baking beans, or alternatively prick with a fork 20160521_160055
  8. Bake the pastry blind for around 10 minutes at 200C/ 180C Fan
  9. Remove the pastry cases from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Then remove the greaseproof paper
  10. Cut the banana into small chunks and divide between the 12 pastry cases. Add 1tsp caramel on top of the banana
  11. In a saucepan, heat the milk until it starts to boil. Whilst doing this, add the egg yolks and remaining 50g of sugar to a bowl and whisk until combined
  12. Slowly add the boiling milk to the egg yolk and sugar, stirring with a whisk continuously
  13. Divide the custard mix between the 12 pastry cases and then sprinkle some nutmeg over the top of each tart
  14. Put in the oven for around 15 minutes – the custard should have browned on the top and started to set
  15. With the left over cream (100ml and toffee (about 2 tbsp), whisk up in a bowl with 1 tsp of vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  16. Serve….oh so yummy!

 


Homemade Profiteroles

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I was inspired to try Choux Pastry by a chef called Vivan in Italy, I was on a training course with Kitchen Aid and he demonstrated Choux Pastry in one of their ovens which was amazing. My boyfriend loves Profiteroles so I thought I’d spend an afternoon in the kitchen today as it was rainy outside. My results were pretty good, considering it was my first time but definitely room for improvement.!

Makes 8

FOR THE CHOUX PASTRY

200ml cold water

100g Butter

130g Plain Flour

4 eggs

1 tsp Sugar

FOR THE CREAM FILLING

100ml double cream

1 tsp vanilla essence

20 g icing sugar

FOR THE TOPPING

100g Milk or Dark Chocolate

 

  1. Bring to the boil water and butter together. Remove from heat.
  2. Add in the sugar and flour and beat until mixture comes away from the sides of the pot. DSC_0006
  3. Once cool, slowly add in beaten eggs, little at a time. It may seem the egg isn’t going to combine with dough but it will. Keep beating in until all egg mixture has been integrated.
  4. Put mixture into a piping bag. I found it difficult to add and hold at the same time, so I used a measure jug to hold the bag while I put mixture in. (remember to fold bottom up or it might come out end). DSC_0008
  5. Slowly pipe onto a baking sheet on a baking tray.
  6. Put into a preheat oven at 220 deg and bake for about 15 mins or until golden brown. DSC_0009
  7. Remove from oven and pierce a tiny hole underside to let steam out and prevent them from sinking, let cool on a wire rack or in fridge.                                                                                    DSC_0012
  8. Meanwhile to make the cream. Empty 100ml cream, 20g icing sugar and 1 tsp vanilla essence into a bowl and whisk until thick and stiff.
  9. Once pastry is cooled, make a small hole on underside and pipe in the cream.
  10. Melt some chocolate and then spread on top of profiteroles, refrigerate to harden.                DSC_0021
  11. Serve with some yummy warm melted chocolate.

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Lemon Puffs

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I had some puff pastry left in the fridge and some cream, so, yep you guessed it…..cream puffs! Add a hint of lemon for an Easter flavour and voila……..Lemon Puffs were born! So Tasty, so easy, so happy!

 

1/2 sheet of ready made Puff Pastry

100ml double cream

25g icing

1 tsp vanilla essence

Juice of 1 lemon and Zest

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg.
  2. Roll out Puff pastry as thin as you can without breaking.
  3. Using a knife cut into strip about 2 inch wide and the cut lengthways about 6 inch long. Place onto greaseproof paper on a baking tray. Sift some icing sugar over pastry and refrigerate for about 5 mins.   DSC_0010 (2)
  4. Remove from fridge and bake for 10 mins or until golden brown and puffed up.
  5. Allow to cool.      DSC_0011
  6. Meanwhile, to make cream, pour cream into a bowl, add icing sugar, vanilla essence and lemon juice and zest whisk until stiff and glossy.
  7. Using a spatula put cream into a piping bag and then pipe dollops onto half of the puff pastry and using the other puff pastries make a stack, sift some icing sugar over and finish of with remainder of cream. You can do any design you like.

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Yummy!!

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Coconut and Banana Upside Down Cake

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Makes 1 x 8 inch cake tin

I cheated slightly with this and used ready made cake mix.

200g Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix

2 eggs

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup sour cream – approx 75ml

1/4 cup water – 75ml

2 large bananas – sliced

100g shredded coconut

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp lemon juice

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg, grease the baking tin with spray oil.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream on low until combined. Beat on high for 2 minutes
  3. Place banana slices evenly on bottom of tin.
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  5. In a small saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar and lemon juice and heat until dissolved. (approx 40 secs) Pour the brown sugar mixture into the cake tin over the bananas. Sprinkle coconut over brown sugar sauce.
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  7. Pour over the cake mixture and spread evenly.
  8. Bake in oven for approx 40 mins. (If you have a Hotpoint Luce oven, use the dessert setting to bake).
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  10. Let it cool for 5 mins then serve with some ice cream, custard or even just some whipped cream. YUMMY!!

 


My Boozy Summer Fruit Meringue

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O.K….so I cheated a bit and bought shop meringues (time saving), as you have probably read before I got some Edinburgh Gin’s Raspberry Liqueur…….so yes you guessed it, I used this instead of syrup……oh sooooooo yummy!

5 mini meringues

Handful of summer fruits, I used Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and redcurrants

1 tbsp Raspberry liqueur

Mix all in a bowl and devour!

A fab dessert at only 155 calories per bowl