White Chocolate & Oreo Fudge

IMG_4951Happy, happy, happy Saturday!!! 🙂

Hope you’ve all had a good week? Mine has been pretty hectic but I decided to say ‘screw it!’ and last night we ordered pizza (lots of it) and ate some of the fudge that I had made a day or so earlier – the best kind of Friday nights.

Dave kissed me goodbye as he left for his second job (superstar DJ) and I settled down to watch Castle with George. Bliss.

This recipe was sent to me by the lovely Claire, a gorgeous gal that I went to school with  – she said it was a dead easy recipe and she wasn’t wrong! Thank you Claire 🙂

This fudge is a quick tray bake but without the baking (bonus!) – guaranteed to brighten your dull days and put a smile on your face 🙂 enjoy!

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Ingredients:

550g Belgian White Chocolate
397g tin Condensed Sweetened Milk
1.5 packets of Oreo cookies
Pinch of salt

Recipe:

1. Prep your baking tray with grease proof paper (I used a rectangular 8 inch x 6 inch tray)

2. Break the white chocolate up in to squares

3. Cut the Oreo cookies in to halves and/or quarters

Tip: Try to make sure that you only use ‘chunks’ of Oreo cookie and don’t add in any crumbs – this will only make your fudge turn and unattractive grey colour and it will taste gritty.

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4. In heavy saucepan and over a low heat, melt white chocolate squares, sweetened condensed milk and salt.

5. Remove mixture from the hob and stir in crushed cookies.

6. Spread evenly into your prepared tray

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7. Chill for 2 hours or until firm.

8. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares

Tip: Store leftovers in the fridge, covered up.

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Smarties Surprise Cupcakes!

Smarties cupcakesSURPRISE! 🙂

I’m posting these little beauties to make up for the fact that I have been away for so long…*sob*…….although, please don’t feel too sorry for me, I have been on my holidays! 🙂

After copious amounts of sunshine and frolicking in the warm waters of Israel and the not so warm waters of the Isle of Wight, we came back to a beautifully warm Leeds (for nearly 2 weeks!!) which was amazing but also meant that it was just too hot to bake in our tiny one-bedroomed shoe box that we call our home!

This week the weather has cooled and I have been able to get my bake on once again, it makes me happy 🙂

These are incredibly chocolatey, they feel like a really indulgent treat…definitely the best chocolate cupcakes I’ve ever made – I will undoubtedly be sticking with this recipe! It’s a Hummingbird one, so not to be sniffed at!

The trick with these is to add the smarties only an hour or so before serving. As the cupcakes are so rich and moist, adding the smarties any earlier will mean they go soft and start to lose their colour, especially after they have been iced.

See below for ingredients and recipe and enjoy 🙂 Let me know what you think! 🙂

Smarties cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the cake:

100g Plain flour
20g Cocoa powder
140g Caster sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of salt
40g Unsalted butter (at room temp)
120ml Whole milk
1 Egg
1/4 Tsp Vanilla extract

For the Cupcake topping:

100g Good quality dark chocolate
100g Good quality milk chocolate
225g Unsalted butter (at room temp)
1 Tbsp Whole milk
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
250g Icing sugar (sifted)
2 packets of smarties

Recipe:
(Makes 6 using a muffin tray) 

1. Preheat your oven to 170c (325f) Gas 3

2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in to your stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or a big enough bowl if using a hand mixer) and beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consistency

3. Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract together in a jug and then slowly pour the about half in to the flour mixture. Beat to combine and turn the mixer up to high for a few minute to beat out any lumps

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4. Turn the mixer down to a slower speed and slowly pour in the remaining milk mixture. Continue mixing for a few more minutes until the mixture is smooth

Top tip: Don’t over beat the mixture, it will result in a too heavy sponge

5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases in your muffin tray until 2/3rds full and bake for 20-25 minutes

Top tip: Sometimes it can take slightly longer, keep checking every couple of mins after 20minutes. A skewer interred in the centre should come out clean

6. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the muffin tray for around 15 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool

7. To make the icing, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and stir every couple of minutes until you have a smooth, rich consistency. Leave to cool slightly

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8. In a separate, large mixing bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract & icing sugar until smooth – this can take several minutes using an electric hand mixer

9. Add the melted chocolate and beat again until thick and creamy – if it looks too runny, simply keep beating until you reach a suitable consistency

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10. Using a sharp knife, cut a hole out of the middle of each cupcake, in an inverted cone type way

11. Pour in the smarties in to the holes of each cupcake and ice however you wish!

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Enjoy!

Love S & P xx

Green & Black’s Chocolate Strawberries

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An absolute treat that most definitely calls for luxury! I used the best strawberries I could possibly find (Marks & Spencer) and some very indulgent Green & Black’s Milk and White Chocolate! Mmmmmm…..! 🙂

These were a (very) quick treat to take around to Zoe’s for an impromptu BBQ (making the most of the sunshine in the UK) so I didn’t have time to properly temper the chocolate. Instead I went with the tried and tested method of melting the chocolate in a bowl over the hob!

1) It only takes a few moments but its dead easy, simply place the roughly chopped chocolate in a bowl. Half fill a saucepan with hot water, and put the bowl over it, making sure that the bowl does not touch the bottom of the saucepan.

2) Slowly heat the water, ensuring it does not boil. Stir regularly using a flexible spatula so that the chocolate melts smoothly. This way means that the chocolate is slightly thicker than it would be if you had tempered it but it’s still easy to work with! 🙂

3) Once the chocolate has melted, pour it in to a ramekin and grab your strawberries!

4) Dip your strawberries in to the melted chocolate and coat about half of the strawberry, place on to a sheet of baking paper to set and continue the same process with the rest of your strawberries.

5) Once you have finish place the baking tray with your strawberries on greaseproof paper in to the fridge to set for 30 minutes.

6) For the white chocolate decoration, simply follow the same melting directions and very carefully pour the melted white chocolate in to a piping bag (that is opened up over a tall glass) and leave for around 15 minutes for the chocolate the cool and slightly set.

7) Remove the strawberries from the fridge and decorate however you wish with the white chocolate before popping them back in to the fridge for another 20 minutes.

Enjoy with fizz!!!! Any excuse!

Love S xx

Birthday Cupcakes for a Birthday Girl

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/11588343/?claim=tzb8a42rj58″>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> IMG_2990Well……the last 2 weeks have been busy to say the least! I’ve just finished Jury service which was quite an experience! Absolutely exhausting (and freezing cold!!) but definitely not boring….!

You wouldn’t believe it but I’ve actually done loads of baking of the past 2 weeks…..and I didn’t photograph any of it!! Why? No idea….

I did however get asked by a lovely work colleague to make 36 cupcakes for her daughters 13th birthday party! Naturally I happily obliged and set to work on a bit of a brief….which is exactly what it was! The birthday girl wanted 18 vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing and 18 vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing…..that’s pretty simple then!

I wanted to girly them up a little as I was aware that the birthday girl was indeed a ‘girly girl’. With this in mind I settled on using edible glitter in 2 different colours and using an edible paint in pink to paint the ’13’s’ I would be using as decoration on the cakes.

(Click on the smaller picture of the vanilla cupcake on the right hand side below – looks better when you see it close up!)

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I cut the number 13’s out of white icing 4 days before they were needed in order to let them dry and stiffen and 2 days before the party, I painstakingly painted each number pink!  It took me over an hour to do but I was really happy with the result!

No recipe here as this was just my standard vanilla cupcake recipe but I was so pleased with the results that I wanted to share them with you 🙂

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Its difficult to tell from the snaps (phone camera – sorry!) but there is a ton of glitter on these babies! I also used my
newest piping nozzle – I already know that I shouldn’t love it quite as much as I do!!! 

Thanks,

S & P x

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Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

IMG_1226So this week it was another friends birthday….the lovely Marielle!

Marielle didn’t really want to do much for her birthday, she just wanted to keep things really low key – so, I decided to bake her some yummy cakes! It’s simply not a birthday without cake! Marielle and Joe used to be our neighbours and have helped us out quite a lot over the years – especially with little Georgie so I decided to try and make something a bit special and a little different! 🙂

I dont know many people that dont rate a good old Terry’s Chocolate Orange so I decided to try and mastermind some cupcakes for her based around a classic treat!

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These are a little different as 3 layers make up the cupcake; 2 chocolate and 1 orange so a little patience is needed!

I’d never made these before so I was taking a bit of a risk as I decided to adapt another recipe that I use to make a big chocolate & orange marble cake….anyway……here goes!

Ingredients: 

For the Chocolate & Orange Cupcakes (fills 12 muffin sized cases) 

  • 260g soft butter (room temp)
  • 260g caster sugar
  • 260g self raising flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1.5 oranges (grated orange rind only)

For the Buttercream Icing

  • 175g soft butter
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 100g melted plain chocolate
  • 1.5 tsp orange extract
  • A Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Recipe:

1. Preheat your oven to 140 fan/160 or Gas 3

2. Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with muffin cases

3. Beat the butter and sugar in a stand mixer until fluffy – dont forget the butter should be room temp – (you cant also use an electric hand mixer)

Tip: Mix for a good 5 minutes –  this is what makes the cupcakes big and fluffy!

4. Add the eggs two at a time and sift in a quarter of the flour into the butter mixture and beat until well combined

5. Repeat until all eggs and flour are used up

6. Split the mixture into two bowls equally

Tip: You can weigh them if you want to make super sure they are the same.

7. Add 30g of cocoa and 1 tbsp of milk to one portion and mix to combine all the ingredients throughly

8. Add orange extract and rind to the other portion and mix to combine throughly

Tip: You could also add a small amount of orange food colouring to give it the extra wow factor when eaten!

9. Take two spoons and alternate dollops of chocolate and orange mixture into the muffin cases – I did 1 tablespoon full of chocolate, followed by 1 tablespoon full of orange and then 1 more of chocolate again on top.

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Remember: Your muffin cases want to be filled about 2/3rds full (or just a little over) so try not to under or over fill!

Tip: Looking back it might have been easier and quicker to put the mixture into 2 piping bags and piped the muffin cases….

10. Place the muffin tray in the oven on the middle shelf for approx 40 minutes (all ovens vary so check your cake after 20 mins) IMG_1211

11. Your cupcakes are ready when the skewer can be inserted into the cake and it come out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and leave to cool for around an hour.

Tip: Dont worry if they seem to take a little longer in the oven!

12.  Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water – once melted set aside to cool slightly

13. Beat the butter and icing sugar with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy

14. Pour the chocolate into the buttercream mixture in small quantities and mix as you add to ensure that you incorporate all of the chocolate

15. Add the orange extract and beat one last time

16. Fill a piping bag with your buttercream icing and using a nozzle of your choice (I went for a classic star shaped one) ice away before adding a segment of the chocolate orange to each cupcake 🙂

17. Enjoy!

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Love S & P x