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Easy Mini Banoffee Pies

11 Jun

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Banoffee is one of these desserts, everyone loves that gorgeously crumbly pastry, ripe bananas and the trickle of warm toffee oozing it’s way into every part of this dish. Here’s a quick and easy recipie that will make this treat a staple in your household…here goes:

What you need:
225g hob nobs
120g melted butter
397g tin Nestlé Carnation caramel
300ml pot double cream
3 ripe bananas , finely sliced

What you do:
1) Crumble the biscuits in a sandwich bag with a rolling pin, some people like a fine crumble but I love a little nutty crunch with the bananas.
2) Place the crumble into a mixing bowl and stir in the melted butter until fully combined.
3) Spoon the mixture evenly between 8 individual fluted, loose-bottomed tart tins (9cm). (Or make one big Banoffee pie, using a 20cm fluted, loose-bottomed tart tin.) Press the mixture in firmly – you can use the back of a teaspoon for this…pop into the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
4)Spread the caramel over the base of the tarts not quite to the edges. (If you are feeling adventurous make your own caramel, but as a quick bish,bash,bosh job this caramel is perfect). Arrange a layer of bananas on top of the caramel.
5) Whip the cream until is has just reached soft peaks. Dollop onto the tarts to give a pillowy effect.
Remove the tarts from the tins and serve.
6) I like chocolate sauce with my Banoffee too, so perhaps a drizzle of the good stuff for extra deliciousness. And finally finish with finely shaved dark chocolate shavings…

One word…Nom! Not only is it delicious for adults its an amazing way to get your kids eating fruit!! As it only takes a few minutes it’s perfect for any occasion!!

Keep it delicious!

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Caramel Ice-Cream Pie

28 May

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The summer has finally arrived and here is a dessert that will have everyone swooning!

What you need for the pie:
8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate, melted
4 cups crisped Kellogg’s honey nut cornflakes and oaty hob nobs,
2 pints mint vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

What you do:
1) In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, cereal and biscuit mix until the cereal is completely coated.
2) Transfer to a 8-inch springform pan. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the pan. Freeze just until firm, 5 to 10 minutes.
3) Spread the ice cream in the prepared crust and freeze, covered, until firm, for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.

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What you need for the caramel:
250g caster sugar
142ml pot double cream
50g butter

What you do:
1) Tip the sugar into a heavy-based frying pan, stir in 4 tbsp water, then place over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
2) Turn up the heat and bubble for 4-5 mins until you have caramel.
3) Take off the heat, then carefully stir in the cream and butter.
4) Leave the sauce to cool, then tip into a squeezy bottle.

Decorate as you please, get the kids involved, make it messy!! Add bananas to the mix for a chunky monkey flavoured ice-cream pie!

Keep it delicious!

Poached Pears

18 Apr

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Nothing beats a gorgeous pear…its actually my favourite fruit 🙂 that juicy, slightly fluffy flavour has my mouth watering in an instant. Have a go at these!

What you need:
6-12 ripe pears
1 orange juiced and zested
400ml Sauternes or any other medium sweet white wine
750ml water
55g honey
200g sugar
The juice of 2 lemons
1 vanilla pod
1 cinnamon stick
4 cloves

What you do:
1) Using a small sharp knife score a zig zag line at the top of the pear by the stalk and remove the skin in a downwards motion.
2) Remove the core using a melon baller or a corer.
3) Zest the orange into strips
4) Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears. Place over a medium heat until the liquid boils, then bring the temperature down to a simmering point. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes until the pears gets soft.

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5) place the pears in a bowl and leave to cool at room temperature, garnish with. The orange zest.

How easy is that?! And how gorgeous do they look?

Keep it delicious!

Blood Orange Tart

15 Apr

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As summer approaches there’s nothing better than the citrusy flavour of blood oranges, that tart flavour is gorgeously refreshing and beautiful on a summers evening. Here’s how:

What you need:
200g caster sugar
3 blood oranges, juiced and zested
3 blood oranges, sliced
1 tbs orange blossom water
2 free range eggs
6 egg yolks
200g butter
25cm blind baked short crust pastry tart(cheat and buy one from the supermarket or make your own)
1tbsp Demerara sugar

What you do:
1) Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
2) Whisk the sugar, juice, zest, orange blossom water, eggs and egg yolks until combined.
3) Add in the butter and let it simmer over a Bain-Marie.
4) Stir for 10-15 minutes until the mixture combines and thickens.
5) Port the mixture into the baked tart and cover with cling film to stop a skin from forming.
6) Once the tart is cool, arrange the sliced oranges over the top.
7) Sprinkle over the Demerara sugar, using a cooks blowtorch blaze the sugared oranges on the top to form a caramelised glaze.
8) Serve with double cream.

Enjoy and keep it delicious!

Strawberry Shortbread Ice Pops

15 Mar

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I’ve gone strawberry mad,(ironically I’m eating Jordan’s Strawberry as I type) but for a good reason, everyone loves juicy strawberries and with them coming into season here is the perfect little treat!

What you need:
1 ½ cup pureed strawberries
½ cup crushed shortbread(you could buy them or you could make them: shortbread lovelies )
2 cups vanilla yogurt

What you do:
1) Puree the strawberries.
2) Place the shortbread in a blender pulse until cookies become fine crumbs.
3) Add crushed Shortbread to the yogurt and mix until combined.
4) To assemble as the seen in the picture, layer the yogurt portion first and let freeze for 30 minutes, once slightly solidified add the strawberry purée.
5) Follow the fourth step leaving 30 minute freezer time between each layer until it reaches the top of the ice-pop moulds.

If you haven’t got the time or patience to make the layer then simply pour each layer on top of one another without any freeze time in between and then use a skewer or fork and gently swirl for a swirled effect. Trust me these are gorgeous, really easy and pretty healthy!

Give it a go and…

Keep it delicious!

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Sugar Biscuits

7 Mar

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Everyone loves sugar cookies, plain with a cup of tea, dipped in chocolate or decorated with icing sugar…the perfect gift too!! Here’s how:

What you need:
390g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
230g unsalted butter, room temperature
200g caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

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What you do:
1) Mix together all the dry flour, salt, and baking soda.
2) In a separate bowl whisk together the butter and sugar until light a fluffy. Add in the eggs(one at a time) and the vanilla.
3) Slowly add in the flour mixture until it become a smooth dough.
4) Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for one hour.
5) Pre-heat the oven to 175C.
6) Lightly flour the surface and your rolling pin and roll out dough until it’s about 1cm thick.
7) Use any cutter of your choice and press into the dough, lift up the pretty shapes and bake them for 4-10 minutes (depending on size).
8) Let cool and decorate as you please…

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For royal icing check out my video.

Whatever you do, have fun! Enjoy it and it is a brilliant recipe if you want to get the kids involved!

Keep it delicious!

How to Frost a Cupcake

4 Mar

Create the perfect cupcake swirl…

Send us in your pictures, and let me know how it went 🙂 

Keep it delicious!