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Video Recipe: Happy Birthday Chris!

Sing along!

Yesterday was my good friend, Chris’ twenty first birthday! As a surprise me and my housemates decided to bake him a birthday cake after our disastrous attempt last year (I say our, the cake was fine until they got involved!) Last year’s cake was inedible after using a whole bottle of pink icing colour in hope the icing would turn red, and poor Chris pretended to like it.

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Fancy a slice? Hmmm, thought not!

This year’s cake looked a lot better and tasted a lot better. Here is a recipe of how to make a simple victoria sponge filled with jam, and topped with icing. Enjoy!

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Step By Step: Double Choc Chip Cookies

Chocolate overload!

Like I promised here is a delicious double chocolate chip recipe for you to follow. It’s extremely simple and doesn’t take long to complete. So why don’t you treat your family with a batch of homemade cookies!

Ingredients

You will need:

❤ 150g of flour
❤ 125g of chocolate
❤ 50g of cocoa
❤ 125g of butter
❤ 100g of caster sugar
❤ vanilla extract
❤ 1 egg
❤ 400g of white and milk
choc chips (dark choc chips
are optional)

Here is a simple step by step guide of how to make double chocolate chip cookies! 

Step by step guide

 

Step one: Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until it is smooth, creamy, and lump free.

Step two: Break up the chocolate into small pieces, and place them in a bowl. Sit the bowl over a pan of boiling water and stir it until the chocolate melts.

Step three: Beat in the vanilla extract and the egg and whisk for three minutes. Whilst whisking, gradually sprinkle in the cocoa powder.

Step Four: Add the chocolate chips and the flour to the mixture. This might take a while to mix in as the mixture becomes very thick.

Step Five: Scoop the cookie mix out equally and place on the lined baking tray leaving a 5cm gap between each cookie as they will expand in the oven. Leave them in the oven for around twenty minutes, then leave them to cool on a plate.

Delicious cookies!

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Step by step: Marvellous Macaroons

Only for the skilled chef…

I’m not going to lie, I found these little buggers very difficult to make! It took me two attempts to make them and I still wasn’t satisfied with my efforts.

Don’t make the same mistake that I did the first time I made them… DO NOT USE CHOPPED ALMONDS! Use ground almonds, or put them in a food processor. That is the main point you need to know! Oh, apart from the fact they are very scrummy.

The world’s most exclusive of baked confections has gone mainstream in the UK. There are ranges of the French sweet snack at Waitrose, Selfridges and Harrods. With the average price being £1.50-£2.00 per macaroon, you are best off making them yourself!

Give them a go and see if you do a better job than me! Good luck!

Ingredients

You will need:

★ 125g of icing sugar
★ 165g of ground almonds
★ 3 egg whites
★ 55g of caster sugar
★ ¼ tsp of vanilla extract

Follow this simple step by step guide to make your macaroons!

Step one: Weigh all of your ingredients, line two baking trays with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to gas mark 2.

Step two: Sieve the icing sugar and almonds into a bowl and fold them both together.

Step three: In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they become foamy. Once they have become foamy, add the sugar gradually and the egg whites should thicken.

Step four: Add the vanilla extract and anything else you wish to add to the mixture, and fold it all together.

Step five: Gradually mix in the almonds and icing sugar, and carefully fold everything together.

Step six: Transfer the mixture to an icing tube (if you don’t have one use a strong food bag, and cut a 1cm hole in the corner of it) and pipe it on to the baking sheets in small circles, and place them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Once they are done, leave them to cool for five minutes. Take them off the paper carefully.

For the next part, you can either stick them together with jam, melted chocolate or icing etc. Personally, I prefer to use a butter and sugar mixture.

Ingredeints:

Ingredeints:

You will need:

★ 450g of butter
★ 150 of caster sugar
★ 50 ml of double cream
★ Flavourings and colourings

Here is your second step by step guide for macaroons.

Mixture Guide

Step one: Put the butter, cream and the sugar in a bowl and whisk them together. You should get a creamy soft texture when the mixture is whisked properly. If your texture is slightly grainy whisk in some more butter. Add any food flavourings and colourings desired.

Step two:
Transfer the mixture to icing tube/food bag and squirt it in circular shapes round one of the macaroon halves. If desired, add a layer of jam on top of the mixture for extra flavour.

Step three: Take another macaroon half and place it on top of the icing. Repeat this for the rest of your macaroons.

My pink vanilla flavour macaroons

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Indulgent Champagne Truffles

Chocoholic Heaven!

The last time I made these I was 9-years-old and I made them with my nana! Back then, they went surprisingly well for a 9-year-old (who had plenty of help from her grandparents) so I thought there’d be no harm in giving them another shot now I’m 19-years-old!

Ingredients

You will need:

☕ 150g dark
chocolate
☕ 150ml double
cream
☕ 5g butter
☕ 1tbsp sugar
☕ 5tbsp cocoa powder
☕ 3tbsp champagne
☕ pinch of salt
☕ chocolate pieces for decoration

Follow this simple step by step guide on how to make champagne truffles.

Champagne Truffles Guide

Step one: Put the cream in a pan over a medium heat and let it heat up. Once it is heated, add the butter until it mixes in. Whilst you’re waiting, break the chocolate into pieces and place it in a mixing bowl, and when the mixtures has cooled slightly, pour it over the chocolate and mix it in.

Step two: Add the salt, sugar and champagne to the mixture and whisk until everything is blended together.

Step three: Pour the mixture into a serving dish and leave it in the fridge over night so it can set properly. It may be very runny but it will set within a few hours.

Step four: Remove the truffles from the fridge the next day and scoop small spoonfuls up and place them on a plate of cocoa powder and sprinkle some powder over them.

Step Five: Once they are covered, place them in truffle cases and add a variety of chocolate chips for decoration!

Yummy Truffles! 

These are the truffles that I made earlier. The mixture made about 30-40 truffles so you will have more than enough to share with your friends.

I simply topped them with white chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate chips. I also used a few dark chocolate shavings to make them look nicer.

However if you prefer you can also use chocolate sprinkles.

Remember, there are many different types of truffles you can make! To change the flavour of them swap the champagne for rum, brandy or red wine. You can also add a handful of nuts into the mixture of even shavings of orange peel if you’d rather not use alcohol.

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Video recipe: Pancakes

Flippin’ good food…

As it was pancake day yesterday, there was only one thing I could have for tea! PANCAKES!!! My good friend Chris also wanted pancakes for tea, however being the bad cook he is, he had no idea how to make them! Chris’ blog is about learning how to cook, and mine is teaching people how to cook so we had a brilliant plan…

This video will show you how to make pancakes Peppermint Frosting and Unmasterchef style!

Big thanks to Rik Packer and Chris Edwards for this video!

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Step by step: Raspberry Cupcakes

Raspberry Valentine’s Day Cupcakes:


Follow this recipe to make beautifully flavoured raspberry cupcakes for your loved one on this special day – or any other day if you’re feeling nice!

This recipe will make approximately 24 standard sized cakes. Half the amount of ingredients for 12 cakes.

Ingredients

Ingredients

You will need:

(Mixture)
❤  345g of self raising flour
❤  225g of butter
❤  345g of caster sugar
❤  1 tsp of baking powder
❤  10 tbsp of milk
❤  4 eggs
❤ 24 raspberries

(Topping)
❤  500g of icing sugar
❤  2 eggs
❤  1tsp of vanilla essence
❤  1tsp of water
❤  Sparkles and icing of your choice to decorate



Here is a simple step by step guide for you to follow!

Step By Step Guide

Step 1: Preheat your oven to gas mark 4/180C and line a cupcake tray with cake cases. Place the butter and sugar in a  bowl and whisk until the mixture is creamy.

Step 2: Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and fold them into the  mixture.

Step 3: Add in four of the eggs, one by one and add the milk in gradually. Make sure you beat the mixture each time you  add an ingredient.

Step 4: Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture into each cake case. Make sure they all have a similar amount of mixture in  them and place a raspberry in the centre of each one. When you have done this, put the cakes in the oven for 15-20  minutes.

Step 5: once the cakes are cooked, leave them to cool for 10-15 minutes. Once they are cool down, carefully cut the top of  each cake off so the surface is flat. (I recommend eating the tops of the cakes! Yummy!)

Step 6: Whisk the icing sugar and the eggs whites of the eggs together until the mixture is thick, and add a drop of  vanilla essence. Spread a thick layer of the icing on each cake and decorate them in your own personal way!

My masterpiece!

I hope you enjoy the cakes as much as me and my wonderful friends did :-)
Goodbye for now ❤

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