How to: make chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies!


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The other day I made cookies for 20-30 people and needed to think up a recipe which was quick and yummy because I didn’t want to spend hours making them! I made a batch of white chocolate chip, milk chocolate chip and peanut butter! And my brother gave me the idea to mix the peanut butter and milk choc chip together for a unique flavour! This is perfect for people who want to make a quick treat whilst the kids are on a break from school!

Makes 12-14 cookies
Ingredients:
1/2 cup room temperature butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 & 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
100g chocolate chunks

Always start by preparing the oven and lining the baking tray with paper. Gas mark 5 for today’s treats!

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You then want to get your butter (if its cold out the fridge, put it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)

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Add 3/4 cup of sugar

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And very lightly cream together- you don’t want it to be smooth but just ensure all the mixture is combined. Over mixing will leave the mixture too runny and we’re looking for more of a dough as a harder dough cooks better biscuits.

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Pop in your egg

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And vanilla extract. I don’t like using vanilla essence as it’s often artificially flavoured and doesn’t taste as good

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Add in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter but of course you can add as much as you like depending on what your taste preference is. I’m using a chunky peanut butter with nuts for an extra crunch

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Bit by bit, add in your flour and mix the mixture in

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Add in your chocolate chips/ chunks/ pieces.. Whatever you like!

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Add in your bicarbonate of soda and mix this in well and evenly

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Your mixture will resemble this

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And that’s when you can scoop your mixture, a tablespoon at a time, into a heap. I managed to make 12

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You’ll need to leave them in the oven for around 20 minutes but don’t be afraid to take then out and lightly feel the centre of them.. If its too soft, give them another 5 minutes. And when you’ll take them out, they’ll look like this.

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How to make a red velvet cake.. Differently!


For my second post I thought it’d be nice to give you a good option as its half term (spring break) for the kids and it’s such a lovely day in London, this one is perfect for picnics!

Ingredients:
125g butter, softened
300g caster sugar
63eggs
1 tablespoons red food colouring
1 & 1/2 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
180g plain flour
250ml buttermilk/milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 bars of chocolate

Always start your baking by preparing the things you will need at the end of your mixing so have your cake tin lined with baking paper (I put something inside the tin to keep the paper weighed down).

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Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/ 170 C

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Whenever there is butter and sugar in a recipe, be sure to use room temperature butter because you’ll have to cream them together and having a softer butter makes this easier.

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You then want to add your eggs in one at a time and mix well after each one

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And your mixture will begin to look like this

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Add your cocoa powder and food colouring and mix until it begins to look a vivid red colour! I used a food colouring powder as that’s all I had

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Add your salt, vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda to the mixture

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Then add a little of your milk/buttermilk and flour alternately, mixing well between each addition

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Pop the mixture into your cake tin and put in the preheated oven

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I left my cake in the oven for over an hour (it is quite a low heat, though)

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When you take the cake out, it’ll be a gorgeous bake with a few cracks on the top if its anything like mine. Stick a clean knife in and out and if the knife comes out clean, your cake it ready!

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Because I’m a chocoholic, I melted 2 bars of chocolate (I used Galaxy cookie crumble and plain Dairy Milk). I then carved a hole in the middle of the cake and poured the melted chocolate within the whole and spread the other bar of chocolate all over the top. To help the chocolate set, I put the cake in the fridge using a bowl to prop it up so that the chocolate in the middle didn’t pour out.

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And you can then enjoy…

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How to make beautiful scones!


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After my brother and I had tea at the Ritz, he’s been begging me to make scones! So I found an amazingly quick and delicious recipe that’ll have your family mmming and aaaahhing over!!!

Recipe makes: 10 scones (enough for 2 scone lovers like me and my brother)
Preparation time: 10 mins
Baking time: 10-12 mins

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Ingredients:
• 225g or 1 and 2/3 cups of self raising flour and a little extra for dusting
• 75g or 5 tablespoons of room temp butter (just bung it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)
• A pinch of salt
• 40g or just under 3 tablespoons of caster sugar (I used brown because I’m healthy.. YEAH RIGHT.. It’s all I had)
• 1 large egg
• 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and a little extra for brushing over scones at the end
• Cranberries, raisins or any dry fruit you like
• The normal condiments to scones such as clotted cream and jam etc

Always start by preparing your ingredients and preheating your oven! The hotter the oven, the quicker and evenly your treats bake! We need the oven at Gas mark 7 or 425c

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FIRE!!!!

And I like to prepare my baking trays as well so just line with baking paper and pop to the side ready for later

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Grab your mixing bowl and sift in your flour

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Then pop in your room temp butter

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And mix them together to make a breadcrumb consistency (use your fingertips to do this.. Like a fairy)

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It should look like this

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Add in your pinch of salt

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Then your sugar

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And mix with a small wooden spoon

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In a separate bowl (I just used the bowl I warmed my butter in to save washing up), get your buttermilk

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And get your egg

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Crack that baby in

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Then whisk together so it looks like this

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Then just pop the wet mixture into the dry

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And mix together

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And it will all come together and end up looking like this

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At this point, when it’s this consistency, get your hands involved

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I find it best to move one edge of the dough

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To the opposite side and repeat this quickly

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The dough will form a ball

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And smack that ball onto a floured surface

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Flatten the ball with your hand

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And you can use a rolling pin to spread out

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The dough should be no smaller than inch thick

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At this point, grab your cookie cutter or whatever you have that is between 2-3 inches wide

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In a swift motion, press down and cut

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You’ll have a lovely round shape

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And just pop this out

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Of course.. I forgot to add the dried fruit so I chose cranberries and just mixed them into the dough and repeated the cutting process

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And it looked like this

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So then just pop them onto your baking tray, gathering the dough each time and cutting again

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Cut off any excess baker paper from the edges

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With a tissue or a brush if you have one, brush a little buttermilk on the top of the scones

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Then dust with flour

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And you can pop them in the oven!

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Don’t forget to make a note of the time!

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And then you need to take care of the mess you made.. ARGH!

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Leave them in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they’re golden brown..

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LIKE THIS!!

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Then just pop them on a cooling rack

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And they’ll look lovely like this!

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Now.. DEVOUR!
Try with Nutella and enjoy with tea!

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