All posts tagged: baking

Chocolate ganache dipped flapjacks

You’ll have to excuse my photos for the moment. My camera is poorly so I’m using my iphone – but I have to say, I’m loving all of the photography apps you can get on it! I still have quite a lot of the Green & Blacks chocolate left from the fabulous event that I took part in a few months ago. So what better way to use it up than to dip homemade flapjack biscuits into a ganache. Yum. This is a really easy recipe that is fun to bake with kids. You can muster up a batch in half an hour from start to finish – the dipping takes slightly longer but this part is optional. Ingredients 75g unsalted butter 70g light muscovado sugar 1 tbsp golden syrup 175g porridge oats (I used Scotts) For the ganache 50g Green & Black’s dark chocolate 50g Green & Black’s creamy milk chocolate 50ml single cream (or judge by the consistency – it needs to be thick but runny enough to dip the flapjack into) Method …

Chocolate and Rose Petal Cookie recipe

My mum gave me a bag of rose petals around Christmas time. She is a baker herself and bought a huge jar back from Australia with her. They have been sitting in the baking box unsused since then so I decided to finally use them this weekend. I also still have a huge amount of Green & Blacks chocolate left over from the cook off that I did a few months ago so I put a chocolate, rose petal and vanilla cookie to the test. I baked the cookies with rose petals in the mixture and then covered the top with Green & Blacks Milk Chocolate and scattered more rose petals on top. Ingredients– Makes 8 large cookies 115 g butter, at room temperature 55 g caster sugar 135 g plain flour Hand full of rose petals For the topping 1 bar Green & Blacks Milk Chocolate 1 tbsp milk 2 tsp butter Hand full of rose petals to scatter Method Pre-heat the oven to 170degrees 1. Cream the butter in a bowl until light …

Banana and Cinnamon Loaf Recipe

Don’t worry, I’m not going to preach to you about how amazing Australia is for brunches and fresh cakes again, although the banana bread there was what lead me to make my mind up about the country being the best. I baked my first loaf of Banana Bread a couple of years ago and was absolutely bowled over at how amazingly easy it is to bake and how delicious it tastes toasted with a smothering of butter on top. It’s just too good. This recipe is for a simple Banana and Cinnamon loaf – just bung all of the ingredients in a bowl, mix, pop into a loaf tin and an hour and a half later, you can tuck into it warm! YUM! My loaf tin wasn’t as big as I needed so I used mini loaf tins for the left over batter. They are a great size for one serving and look pretty too. Ingredients 225g self-raising flour 100g unsalted butter, softened 2 eggs 150g golden caster sugar 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and …

Lime, Vanilla and Almond Madeleines

My first memory of Madeleines is on my family holiday in Ibiza. Bet you didn’t expect me to say that did you? Well, there was a little bakery next to the hotel that we stayed in every year and most days I would take a wander down with my brother, buy a sweet treat for the family and take it back to the swimming pool. They sold the most delicious Cream Cakes and Madeleines. I also had fun making my way through large packs that you could buy in the supermarket. I found them delicious – rich and sweet with a fantastic vanilla taste. So I am surprised that I only baked them for the first time last week. I guess I had never got around to buying the special tin – until Lakeland had an offer on just before Christmas time. I spotted it and thought I’d give them a go. I also received a great present through the post last week, which spurred me on even more. When I was on holiday in …

Green & Blacks search for a Taste Assistant

Have you heard? Green and Blacks have launched a nationwide search to find a brand new Taste Assistant! The lucky candidate will work along Head of Taste, Micah Carr-Hill and will be responsible for developing new flavour combinations for the brand. Sound good? You’ll get to travel the world to source the very best ingredients and devise new products. Is this your idea of a dream job? Then what are you waiting for, enter now! The job won’t come easy though, Micah is looking for the person that has the ultimate taste buds as well as smell. He’s looking for someone that fully understands the difference between taste and flavour – to enter simply head to http://www.pieceofgreenandblacks.co.uk. Closing date for entries is 16th December 2010. The successful candidate is expected to take up their role early 2011. I am a self confessed chocoholic. I can’t go a day without eating at least a teeny bite of the delicious brown stuff. Green & Blacks Creamy Milk is my bar of choice so imagine my delight when …

Chocolate soufflé recipe

I have had the fear of God put into me about making soufflé. I have often wanted to try one but been put off by countless disasters that I have seen on TV. My boyfriend needed a couple of egg yolks for dinner a couple of weeks ago and rather than seeing the egg whites go to waste, I decided to bite the bullet and make a chocolate soufflé. It was probably one of the easiest puddings that I have made in a while. Chocolate soufflés are notoriously harder to manage as the chocolate is so dense that it can ruin the whipped egg white. The way to get around this is by taking a small amount of egg white out and adding the chocolate to this before folding it back into the rest of the egg whites. I’d suggest to serve with Haagen Daaz Vanilla Ice Cream. Ingredients Serves 4 100g good quality dark chocolate (I always use Lindt. This time I used 50% Cocoa) 50g Golden Caster Sugar 4 Egg Whites 2 Egg …

White and Milk Malteser cake

I ran a Macmillan coffee morning at my work on Friday. We ran it last year and Mitzy Wilson, ex editor of Delicious Magazine came into the office to judge the winner. It was such a lovely morning – everyone brought in their cake and paid £2 to enter. The overall winner won a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne and she was absolutely thrilled as she didn’t consider herself as much of a baker. So, when the information pack landed on my desk this year, I decided that it would be good to do it again, especially since most of the people in the office now weren’t around this time last year. I have met Sig from Scandilicious a couple of times and I am a massive fan of her blog – so I asked if she would be willing to come in and judge. To my delight she wanted to come in. We had a total of 13 entries and I baked a Maltesers cake. My inspiration came from Poires au Chocolat, who just …