Jammy Dodger Blondies

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I’ve been wanting to make blondies for a while now, but never got around to it mainly because I’m a dark chocolate lover at heart, and so always gave in to making brownies instead.

So, seeing as this is my first blondie recipe I thought I’d do a little background research on how they came about!

Apparently, the first brownie recipes have been around since the late 19th century, however chocolate didn’t actually make an appearance until 1906. Before then the brownie was the dense, fudge, butterscotch flavoured bar known today as the blondie. Although despite being just as easy to make and unbelievably delicious the blondie has never managed to achieve the same chart topping success as its darker cousin, the brownie.

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Like I said before, I’m not usually a fan of white chocolate, I much prefer the dark bitter stuff, and so I was worried that blondies by themselves would be a little too sweet and sickly.

So it struck me…..

White chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven, and in blondie form whats not to love?

And so I give you Jammy Dodger Blondies!

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I was thinking about sharing some healthier recipes seeing as it’s the new year now and summer isn’t all that far away. However I’ve kept this recipe to myself for a while and I was starting to feel guilty about taking so long to share them with you all… so the healthier recipes will have to wait a while longer!

Either way, these Jammy Dodger blondies are worth every bite.

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Recipe

175g unsalted butter

250g white chocolate, chopped

250g caster sugar

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g plain flour

3 tbsp strawberry jam

Jammy Dodger biscuits

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175C.  Grease and line a 9×13″ baking tray or use a disposable one.
  2. Melt the butter and white chocolate in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan over a low heat.  Stir constantly until smooth and melted.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer add the sugar and eggs and mix until combined and light, pour in the melted chocolate and mix thoroughly.  Add the flour and stir in by hand until just combined.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Drop teaspoons of jam over the blondie batter and use a sharp knife to swirl through.  Place the Jammy Dodgers on top in a neat pattern and bake for 25 minutes until just set.  Allow to cool completely.
  5. Cut into 15 squares and enjoy.

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Salted Caramel Brownie Sandwich Cookies

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I have more cookies for you today!

They are worth every second of effort. They’re crazy indulgent and ridiculously scrumptious. On the brownie scale of super dense and fudgey through to cakey, this cookie lies somewhere in between. The inside is soft and moist and every so slightly chewy. And it’s really, really chocolatey.

AND I’ve filled them with salted caramel buttercream for you too.

So put the brownie cookie and caramel buttercream together and you have perfection in a cookie.

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They are so tasty I could have eaten them just on their own.

Wait… I did do that.

I had to stop myself so that I had enough cookies left to take pictures of them doubled up for sweet little sandwiches.

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Also as a random side note, I just wanted to say that I’m sorry.

Because I really have been meaning to share these cookies with you. For. Ages.

Waaaay over a month ago.

But life just got in the way with job applications, interviews, assessment days and the like.

But finally, here you have them. I love this recipe and I hope you do too!

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The cookies you can see in the photos really are giant – they’re larger than the palm of my hand. It wasn’t 100% intentional, they spread out a lot in the oven and then by the time I added the icing and sandwiched them together they were suddenly enormous !

Though having said that, my irrational logic told me that there’d be less guilt consuming one huge cookie than two normal sized cookies…

But if you are a normal person or just have more self restraint than I do, by all means make normal sized cookies.

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Recipe

For the cookies

90g Plain Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

230g Dark Chocolate, chopped into small pieces

60g Unsalted Butter

150g Light Brown Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Eggs

130g Milk Chocolate, Chopped into large chunks (optional)

For the filling

250g salted butter

450g icing sugar

1 tsp salted caramel essence OR 2 tbsp salted caramel sauce

80g chocolate (melted)

Chocolate bar of choice – chopped into small chunks

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175oC
  2. In a bowl measure out the flour, baking powder and salt, and set to one side for now.
  3. In a large bowl melt the chocolate and butter over a pan of gently simmering water until everything has melted. Then remove from the heat.
  4. In a large mixing bowl beat together the sugar, vanilla and eggs until the mixture it light and fluffy, before adding the chocolate mixture and lightly beating together until fully combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and using a wooden spoon gently fold the two together until just combined.
  6. Add the milk chocolate chunks to the dough and very gently fold them until they are distributed.
  7. This is a really soft dough so don’t try to roll the cookies into balls, just using a spoon dollop some mixture on the baking tray, making sure you leave plenty of room for spreading during baking.
  8. Bake for approx 13-15 minutes before removing.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the tray for approx 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely
  10. Chop the butter into chunks and soften in the microwave for 20-30s, it shouldn’t be completely melted !
  11. Put the butter, salted caramel essence or sauce and 1/2 of the icing sugar (sifted) into a mixing bowl and combine using an electric hand whisk.
  12. Gradually add the remaining icing sugar, whisking after each addition. You may not need to add all of the icing sugar, as long as the icing tastes sweet enough!
  13. Pipe the caramel icing onto half of the brownie cookies, making sure to turn them over so that the top of the cookies forms the outside of the cookie sandwich.
  14. Drizzle melted chocolate over the icing and finish with chunks of chopped up chocolate !
  15. Finally, sandwich the cookies together with the remaining cookies, (take suitable picture for Instagram) and enjoy!

Happy Baking x

No Bake Salted Caramel Malteser Slices

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After watching caramel week on The Great British Bake Off I had a serious craving, and so the next day I went out and bought all of the ingredients for these amazing Malteser no bake caramel slices. I’ve made them once before and absolutely loved the recipe! They are the perfect twist on the classic caramel shortbread, and the added layer of chocolate ganache makes these the perfect treat if you want to indulge.

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Let’s start with the bottom layer which is crushed malt biscuits blitzed with coconut and drizzled in butter and set into the perfect base. The next layer is rich dark chocolate truffle fudge filled with crunchy pieces of Malteser throughout. That to die for dark chocolate truffle fudge layer is then smothered in a layer of gooey salted caramel and if that wasn’t enough all finished with a fine layer of milk chocolate and dotted with Malteser’s.

This recipe is so easy to make, all you need is a little patience waiting for the layers to set!

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Recipe from the Whimsical Wife

Ingredients

Malt Biscuit Base

250g malt biscuits (any plain biscuit would work)

125g butter, melted

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

Dark Chocolate Truffle Fudge Filling

275g 80% dark chocolate, melted

200ml cream

180g Maltesers, roughly chopped (see garnish)

Salted Caramel Filling

250g tin condensed milk

150ml cream

1/3 cup golden syrup

1 teaspoon salt

Milk Chocolate Topping

225g milk chocolate, melted

To garnish

20 Maltesers

Instructions:

Malt Biscuit Base
  1. Line a 18 x 28 cm slice tin with baking paper.
  2. In a food processor place the malt biscuits, coconut. Pulse for 30-40 seconds until a fine crumb is formed.
  3. Pour in the melted butter and pulse for a further 10-20 seconds until the biscuit mix comes together.
  4. Pour the biscuit mixture into the pan. Using your fingers gently press the mix out until it evenly covers the bottom of the pan.
  5. Place into the fridge to set for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Dark Chocolate Truffle Fudge
  1. Into a bowl pour the melted dark chocolate. Add in the cream and gently stir together until the mixture is combined and starts to thicken. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes or so to cool enough to add the Maltesers without them melting. Once the mixture has cooled sufficiently add in the chopped Maltesers and stir to combine them in.
  2. Take the malt biscuit base out of the fridge and pour over the truffle fudge filling. Using an offset spatula gently spread the mixture evenly over the malt biscuit base. Place back into the fridge for a further 20-30 minutes for the truffle fudge filling to set.
Salted Caramel
  1. In a small saucepan add the condensed milk, cream, golden syrup and salt. Bring the mixture up to the boil, stirring constantly. Lower to a simmer and let it bubble away for 15-20 minutes, stirring regularly so it doesn’t burn. By this time a lovely golden caramel is formed and should coat the back of your spoon quite thickly.
  2. Set it aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly before pouring over the dark chocolate truffle fudge layer.
  3. Gently smooth the caramel with an offset spatula over the fudge layer and place back into the fridge for a further 15 minutes to cool and firm up.
Milk Chocolate Topping & Garnish
  1. Remove the slice from the fridge and pour over the melted milk chocolate over the top of the salted caramel. Using an offset spatula quickly spread the milk chocolate evenly over the top of the caramel.
  2. Then quickly press the leftover Maltesers into the milk chocolate leaving a little sticking out of the top.
  3. Place back into the fridge and let it chill for a good hour before cutting into bite size pieces.
Cooks Notes
  • Any plain biscuit would work well in the base.
  • Pop pieces of this decadent slice in jars, add some string and a tag and gift it to a loved one.
  • This recipe makes between 15 – 24 slices depending on how large you cut them. They are really rich and decadent so I’d recommend going for bite-size pieces rather than typical slices.

Happy Baking x

No-Bake Kinder Bueno Cheesecake

I love cheesecakes, and as well as being really popular at the moment they're seriously easy to make! This recipe is for all of the Nutella lovers out there, the chocolate-y biscuit base and crunchy pieces of Kinder Bueno add texture to the creamy, indulgent Nutella cheesecake filling.

Using full-fat cream cheese is 100% needed to make sure it sets, but if you would rather use a lower fat one be careful when you mix so that it doesn’t split. A final thing to note is that it needs to set in a dish as it won’t hold itself!

If you're not a fan of Nutella this can be substituted with Cadburys chocolate spread or 250g melted chocolate of your choice! Just let it cool slightly before adding to the mixture of cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla essence.

If it looks like your cheesecake is too sloppy or won't set then don't panic, try it anyway and if after being refrigerated it still hasn't set then try putting it in the freezer for more of an ice cream style cheesecake!

Recipe

For the biscuit base

300g digestive biscuits

150g melted butter

For the cheesecake filling

2 x 280g full fat Philadelphia cream cheese

300g Nutella

100g icing sugar

300ml double cream

1 tsp vanilla essence

Kinder bueno chocolate bars, chopped

Decoration

Kinder bueno chocolate bars

Melted dark/ white/ milk chocolate

200ml double cream

Method

  1. To make the Base – Blitz the biscuits in a food processor (or crush in a bag with a rolling pin!) and mix with the melted butter.
  2. Press down into an 8″/20cm Deep Springform Tin – refrigerate for now.
  3. With an electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment (or a hand held electric whisk) Whisk the Cream Cheese, Vanilla, Icing Sugar and Nutella until smooth – this should only take a minute or so.
  4. Pour in the double cream and whisk on a medium level until its thick and holds itself completely! You will know when its done as it it won’t thicken any more! (Note – It's better for it to be under whipped rather than over whipped so don’t over whip it)
  5. Fold through the chopped up Kinder Bueno and spread the mixture evenly over the biscuit base.
  6. Chill in the fridge for at least 5-6 hours, but preferably overnight.
  7. Once chilled, remove from the cake tin carefully. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top and then whip the double cream and pipe onto the cheesecake. Decorate with pieces of Kinder Bueno chocolate!

Happy baking! x

 

(Easter) Brownie Cookies

Having said that I wouldn’t procrastibake this year during exam season, it only look a short scroll through my Instagram feed to give in to temptation and decide to bake something for Easter weekend!

I love brownies, and I mean reaaally love brownies. Who doesn’t? They’re rich, fudgy and oh so chocolatey. But I also love cookies, they’re full of thick, soft, chewy cookie goodness. So when I came across a recipe for a brownie cookie hybrid I had to give them a go!

….and they really didn’t dissapoint !

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These cookies are rich, chocolatey and melt in your mouth, but without being too fudgy so that they fall apart in your hands, and then as if that isn’t enough they’re topped with even more chocolate! As it’s Easter I’ve used a mixture of creme eggs, mini eggs and mini Malteser bunnies, but feel free to top your cookies with whatever chocolate or candy you have available.

So, if you’re bored, in the mood for baking or just need to use up the copious amount of chocolate I’m sure you’ve received over the weekend, then I’d definitely recommend giving these bad boys a go!

Recipe : makes 10-12 cookies

(from glasgowfoodgeek.co.uk)

90g Plain Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

230g Dark Chocolate, chopped into small pieces

60g Unsalted Butter

150g Light Brown Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Eggs

130g Milk Chocolate, Chopped into large chunks

Assortment of Easter Treats – Creme Eggs, Mini Eggs, Malteaser Bunnies, Mini Oreo Eggs etc…

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175oC
  2. In a bowl measure out the flour, baking powder and salt, and set to one side for now.
  3. In a large bowl melt the chocolate and butter over a pan of gently simmering water until everything has melted. Then remove from the heat.
  4. In a large mixing bowl beat together the sugar, vanilla and eggs until the mixture it light and fluffy, before adding the chocolate mixture and lightly beating together until fully combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and using a wooden spoon gently fold the two together until just combined.
  6. Add the milk chocolate chunks to the dough (I also added 100g of mini eggs) and very gently fold them until they are distributed.
  7. This is a really soft dough so don’t try to roll the cookies into balls, just using a spoon dollop some mixture on the baking tray, making sure you leave plenty of room for spreading during baking.
  8. Bake for approx 13-15 minutes before removing. Allow to cool for a few minute before popping some of your easter candy on the top while the cookie is still soft – I used half creme eggs, malteaser bunnies and more mini egg.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the tray for approx 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely

Enjoy x

The Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cake

This really is the ultimate chocolate fudge cake. I couldn’t improve it if I tried. It is the sort of cake you’d want to eat the whole of when you’d been dumped.

Four gorgeous layers of light, moist, cocoa-laden cake come together with a generous coating of thick, luscious chocolate frosting and rich dark chocolate ganache. This cake is truly indulgent, and every chocoholic’s dream! (Just don’t think about the amount of sugar involved….)

Recipe

For the cake

3 cups self- raising flour

2 + 1/2 cups caster sugar

1 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp + 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 + 1/3 cups vegetable oil

1 cup milk

1 cup boiling water

1 cup soured cream

4 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing

300g good quality dark chocolate

300ml double cream

400g salted butter

700g icing sugar

50g cocoa powder

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees(c) and line 8″ tins with greased proof paper then set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  3. Add the oil and milk and mix until well combined, the mixture should be quite thick at this stage.
  4. Gradually add the boiling water, mixing carefully after each addition.
  5. Add the sour cream.
  6. Mix in the vanilla essence and whisk in the eggs one by one until all of the ingredients are well combined. At this stage the mixture will be very runny so don’t worry that the consistency isn’t the same as other cake recipes.
  7. Divide between baking tins and bake in the oven until a skewer comes out clean. This may be between 30-45 minutes depending on how many tins you’ve used and how deep you’ve filled them.
  8. Once cooked remove the cakes from the oven, cool in the tins for 15-20 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. To make the icing, first make the ganache. Put the cream and chocolate in a pan and heat gently until all of the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool.
  10. In a separate bowl, combine the softened butter with 1/3 of the icing sugar and cocoa powder. Add another 1/3 of the icing sugar along with 1/2 of the cooled ganache and mix until incorporated.
  11. Add the remaining icing sugar gradually, tasting after each addition until the icing is sweet enough (if the mixture becomes too stiff add a little milk).
  12. Layer the cake with icing, ganache and raspberries, leaving enough to put on top of the cake at the end.

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S’mores Cookies

Summer is fast approaching and we’re all trying to eat better around here. There are currently only three of us in my house and we’ve been on a serious health kick.

I love food, I love healthy food, and I love vegetables. But, sometimes, a little sweet indulgence is needed to get me through those long days in the library. So, having put so much effort into eating well over the last few weeks, I thought that if I was going to give in to temptation, I’d better make it count.

I’d seen this recipe crop up a few times on Instagram on several different accounts and finally decided to give it a go. It is by far the fastest, easiest chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever made, and although I’m probably biased towards whatever cookie I’m holding in my hand at the moment, I think it might also be the best.

I know that everyone is very particular about their chocolate chip cookies. There are so many, many chocolate cookie recipes out there that it’s hard to figure out which one you should go for. But, I can assure you that this recipe will not disappoint.

Seriously, these cookies are an absolute game changer. They’re huge, soft, buttery, chocolatey, marshmallowy, caramelized biscuity goodness that will take your life to another level.

I’ve used the caramelized biscoff biscuits instead of the traditional grahams crackers in these cookies (mainly due to the fact that I couldn’t find any grahams crackers in my local shop), but either one will work just as well as the other.

If you have the patience, let the dough chill in the fridge overnight or at least 30 minutes before baking. It will let the flavor become deeply caramelized, and the cookies will have more color, but slightly less spread.

I prefer to use an ice cream scoop to portion out my cookie dough mainly because 1. perfectly equal sized cookies results in less dispute in the house over who gets the biggest one, and 2. it’s a lot quicker than using table spoons and then rolling the cookie dough into a ball using your hands.

Recipe

(from Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady – makes roughly 20-25 cookies)

1 cup salted butter, chopped

3 1/4 cups all purpose (plain) flour

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tps vanilla extract

12 ounces, semi or bittersweet chocolate, chopped

To decorate

Mini marshmallows

Galaxy chocolate bar, broken up into squares

Biscoff biscuits or grahams crackers

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees(c). Line 2 baking trays with greased proof paper.
  2. Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan over the lowest heat possible, stirring occasionally. Take care that the butter does not sizzle or bubble which means it’s losing moisture.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Put the butter, sugars and vanilla essence in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until just combined. Use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to stir in the dry ingredients until barely blended. When things are still looking a bit floury, stir in the chocolate until all of the ingredients are just combined.
  5. Roll the dough into balls, about 3 tablespoons each or a medium sized ice cream scoop, and arrange them on the prepared trays, leaving about 3 inches between each cookie to allow room for them to spread whilst baking.
  6. Top each cookie with marshmallows, galaxy chocolate chunks and broken up biscoff biscuits and then put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Bake until the tops are cracked and lightly golden, roughly 10-12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. You may want to add more toppings half way through the bake to ensure the whole of the cookie is covered after spreading.
  8. Once done, remove from the oven and let them cool on the tray for 2 minutes to firm up before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies


It’s almost the end of Easter, and with exams growing ever closer I’ve turned into a bit of a hermit. I’ve resorted to alternating revision with stress relief (procrasti)baking and blogging. Your waistlines can thank me later.

Over the weekend, I developed a pretty fierce craving for rich, decadent brownies and decided that raspberry cheesecake brownies sounded even better. I’ve taken my favourite brownie recipe and adapted it by simply swirling some vanilla cheesecake mix through the batter and topping with raspberries before baking.

My base brownie recipe uses a mixture of both cocoa powder and chocolate for the ultimate richness of flavour. Although the recipe involves beating the butter and sugar until light and fluffy before adding the eggs, flour and chocolate etc… (which, to those of you familar with baking methods, makes it sound more like a recipe for a sponge than brownies) the lack of raising agents means that there is very little allowed to lighten the load here -this is pure, unalterated, chocolatey goo.

If you’re short for time you can resort to the ‘all in one’ method, which essentially involves chucking all of your ingredients into a bowl and beating thoroughly so that they are fully incorporated.  Although this will produce an equally tasty brownie, I’ve found that taking the time to beat the batter vigorously after adding the eggs helps to create a meringue like outer layer which rises as the mixture bakes forming an irresistibly crisp crust around the rich, fudgey chocolate centre.

Recipe

For the brownies:

200g good quality dark chocolate

250g block butter (salted)

300g caster sugar

60g cocoa powder

60g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 eggs + 1 egg yolk

For the cheesecake topping:

100g cream cheese

1 tbsp mascarpone

3 tbsp caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

150g raspberries (fresh or frozen)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees(c), and line a 23cm x 23cm square tin with greased proof paper.
  2. Set a bowl over a pan of simmering water making sure that the bowl does not touch the water. Add the chocolate (broken into pieces) and allow to melt, stirring occasionally, and then remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Increase the speed on the mixer to high and continue to beat the mixture for a few mixture until the volume increases slightly.
  5. Fold in the melted chocolate followed by the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  6. In a separate bowl combine the cream cheese, mascarpone, caster sugar and vanilla essence.
  7. Spoon the brownie batter into the tin and then top with the cheesecake mixture. Using a knife or spoon swirl the cheesecake mix into the top layer of brownie batter (you may not need all of the cheesecake mix) and then top with raspberries before baking.
  8. Bake for around 30 minutes (a skewer should come out sticky, but not coated in raw mixture). When the brownies are ready remove from the oven and allow to cool (and set) before removing from tin and transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Happy baking x