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Chocolate and Hazelnut Mini Muffins

29 Aug

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Any food in miniature is just delicious; canapés, mini doughnuts, babybel 😉 haha. Well this one’s a favourite in our house; you can eat 3 of these miniature beauties and feel half as guilty! Sneaky sneaky I hear you say, forget it…winter is on its way and I need to keep warm is my response. Here’s how…

What you need:

The Muffin

50g dark chocolate

150g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 large egg

40g golden caster sugar

130 ml whole milk

50g butter

The Topping

50g Hazelnuts, chopped roughly

75g dark chocolate

 

What you do:

1)      Pre-heat the oven to 200°C

2)      Toast the hazelnuts in the preheated oven for 5 minutes or until they are golden brown.

3)      For the muffins, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and coco powder into a large bowl.

4)      In a separate bowl beat together the egg, sugar, milk and the butter which should be melted.

5)      Re-sift the dry ingredients again (this is important as it keep things gorgeously fluffy) and mix into the egg mixture, lightly fold the ingredients together.

6)      Fold in the chopped dark chocolate, without over mixing.

7)      Divide the mixture between the 24 mini muffin cases, I use this muffin tin!

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8)      Bake the muffins for 10 minutes – once baked, remove and let cool, now let’s make the topping! Place the broken-up chocolate in a small heatproof bowl, which should be sitting over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Allow the chocolate to melt slowly.

9)      Take it off the heat once it’s melted and remove from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

10)   Once the muffins are cool enough to handle spoon a little melted chocolate on eat muffin and sprinkle with hazelnuts.

11)   Enjoy with a cup of freshly make coffee…mmmm delicious!

Keep it delicious!

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Ice-Cream Sauces

26 Feb

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The suns shining and summer seems to be coming towards us at full speed! Not long till we hear the ringing of ice-cream vans and screaming children, can’t wait that long? Well here are a few ice-cream sauce recipes to make that scoop of vanilla into a decadent dessert for all to enjoy!

Butterscotch Sauce (my favourite!):
What you need:
1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
4 tbsp butter
1/3 cup golden syrup
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup double cream

What you do:
1) In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the light brown sugar, butter, and syrup to a boil.
2) Boil for 3 minutes or until smooth, stirring occasionally.
3) Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and cream.
4) The sauce will thicken as it cools. If you are going to enjoy the sauce a little later, reheat in the over for 1 minute.

Chocolate Sauce:

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What you need:
2 1/4 granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tbsp plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract

What you do:
1) Place all the dry ingredients in a saucepan, along with 1/2 cup of the milk and whisk to combine into a thick paste.
2) Add the remaining milk, whilst bring the mixture to a boil. Whisk to combine well.
3) When sauce boils, reduce heat to low and simmer very gently for 5 minutes, whisking often, to stop it getting lumpy.
4) Remove from heat, add vanilla, and cool.

For extra indulgence add a nice glug of orange liquor and chocolate orange sauce, perfect on chocolate ice-cream!

Berry Wine Ice-Cream Sauce:

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What you need:
1/4 cup fresh strawberries (chopped)
A handful of fresh blueberries (chopped)
A handful of fresh raspberries (chopped)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons red wine
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
juice from 1/2 of a lemon

What you do:
1) On a medium heat melt the sugar and water together, once dissolved add in the fruit and stir.
2) Add in the lemon juice, zest and wine, and leave to simmer.
3) Stir regularly and allow the sauce to thicken.
4) Store in air tight container, before serving reheat in the microwave!

Gorgeous! Each one if these recipes can be stored and enjoyed days after they have been made, just refrigerate and re-heat! Perfect addition to any dessert especially a beautiful scoop of vanilla! Add sprinkles, chocolate grating and zest for extra deliciousness!

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Keep it delicious!

Flourless Chocolate Torte

15 Feb

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Gorgeously chocolatey, perfectly gooey, and what’s more it is gluten-free 🙂 this is certainly the dessert that will wow your guests at any dinner party!

What you need:
200g good quality dark chocolate (green and blacks)
200g unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 medium eggs(separated)
150g caster sugar
100g ground almonds
50g cocoa powder

What you do:
1) Pre-heat the oven to 180C
2) In a microwave proof bowl break up the chocolate and butter, melt for 2 minutes or until evenly melted.
3) Beat the egg yolks with 50g of the caster sugar until they become slightly pale and fluffy.
4) Pour the chocolate mixture into the yolks and mix until evenly incorporated.
5) Fold in the ground almonds and cocoa powder.
6) Using an electric whisk battle egg whites until still, add in the rest of the caster sugar.
7) Slowly fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture with a wooden spoon, trying to keep in as much air as possible.
8) Grease an 8inch springform cake tin and spoon in the mixture, spread across evenly.
9) Bake for 20 minutes, once bakes, cool for 10 minutes then dust with icing sugar.
10) serve with single cream, ice-cream or whipped cream…either way it is perfect!

Sooo good! This was a first attempt for me but it worked out magnificently, my family loved it…but then again they love everything I force them to eat 😉 haha

Keep it delicious!

Light Brownies

22 Jan

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Warm brownies with a nice scoop of good quality vanilla bean ice-cream is the most heavenly dessert ever…the gooey inside with the cold ice-cream is a winning combination and with these brownies it will be guilt free enjoyment.

What you need:
4 eggs
1 cup of whole-grain flour
2 tbsp coco powder
4 tbsp oats
5 walnuts
1 tbsp runny honey
2 tbsp oil
4 tbsp skimmed fat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder

What you do:
1) preheat the oven to 170C.
2)Grease a heatproof tin
3)In a bowl mix the eggs, the honey and the vanilla extract till well incorporated. Add the oil and milk, then the flour, baking powder and powder chocolate, mix it all in an wrapping way. The add the oats and walnuts (chopped).
4)Once incorporated pop into the greased tin and bake for 30 minutes.
5)Remove from the oven, let it cool and cut into squares.

So quick and easy! Stays gooey for days!! Mega yummy!

Keep it delicious!

Pistachio and White Chocolate (diabetic) Biscuits

15 Jan

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With minimal sugar these delicious biscuits are diabetic friendly! Tried and tested they taste much better than the shop bought biscuits, which tend to be overly sweet and end up making your tea taste horrid!

What you need:
75 g polenta flour/cornmeal
40 g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
75 g Splenda confectionary sugar
50 g butter
1 egg yolk
few drops vanilla essence
15 g pistachio nuts, chopped
25 g white chocolate chips

What you do:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C, line a baking sheet with bake-proof paper.
2) In a large bowl, incorporate all the dry ingredients, then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3) Whisk together the yolk and the vanilla essence and add to the large bowl. The mixture will become crumbly, bring it together with your hands to form a ball and chill the dough for 10 minutes.
4) Once chilled, thinly roll out the pastry (1cm thick) and cut out 20 biscuits using a 4cm cutter. Space the biscuits well apart on baking sheets and sprinkle over the pistachios and chocolate.
5) Bake for 7–8 minutes until golden. And enjoy with a cuppa, tastes especially good straight out of the oven.

Feel free to change up the pistachio and white chocolate chips for raisins, oats, dark/milk chocolate, hazelnuts or anything else you fancy! I assure you you’ll feel a little less guilty snacking on these or you’ll be able to make a treat for a loved one. Either way enjoy!

Keep it delicious!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Clause is nearly in town!

14 Nov

With 6 weeks till Christmas, it only means one thing…2 weeks till we can excitedly open our advent calendars!! People assume these lovely daily treats are only for children…but I beg to differ, with these splendid inventions coming in all shapes, sizes and tastes there’s always one out there especially for you!

Here are a few of my favourites:

A lovely re-usable, elegant, cream fabric advent calendar, perfect for those who want a different treat everyday! For a delicious daily treat for this calendar, try our new Spoony Bites, juicy bite size portions of cake, coated in a shell of chocolate, at £1 each I’d probably have 5 a day!

How about something a little more traditional? We cannot forget what Christmas is about and this would be the perfect advent calendar to teach the kids, remind ourselves of the story of Christmas, or as a great talking piece for any Christmassy household!

Looking for something a little cheap and cheerful this Christmas? How about a Thornton’s Advent calendar? Lovely chunks of melt in your mouth milk chocolate perfect for kids and adults, not only that, they can be personalised for free!

Personally I have and obsession with anything Hotel Chocolat related, their chocolates are immaculately sculpted, tasty and extremely original, they are worth every penny!! This luxury advent calendar is perfect for two, so an ideal gift for your partner, house-mate or sibling, but to be honest I’d probably eat both truffles myself!

Which ones are your favourites?

Keep it delicious!

Hi all!

7 Nov

Start of an era…or just the start of me going on about cakes, chocolates, sweet treats and anything else delicious enough to be on my mind. For those of you who do not know me, I am Poonam, the proud owner of a little, home based, custom made cake workshop called Spoony Cakes! For those of you who know me, you know I talk a lot, so what better way to express my passion then to write it down in the hope that thousands of people will see it.

From the get go I am promising that I will always be myself, always attempt to make you laugh and always keep light and fluffy just like a perfectly crafted Spoony Cake.

Keeping this one short in the hope that I do not bore you.

Just a reminder to say; stay tuned for recipes, tutorials, giggles and Spoony prizes!

Keep it delicious!!