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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The Ritz!


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Today was an extremely exciting day for me! As a treat, my brother surprised me with an invite to the Ritz for afternoon tea! In his own words; “you like tea, so I thought why not?”. Couldn’t really argue with that so I went for it!

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This kind of stuff is right up my street and I have never really been anywhere like this with my brother before so was really happy to share the experience with him!

So we began the morning at an hour I haven’t woken up in a month since I’ve been off work! I was awoken with a lovely text message urging me to wake up immediately and rolled out of bed! It took me ages to decide what to wear because I thought it would be a cold, wet and dreary day but as soon as we got out it was AMAZING weather!

My brother decided to not wear a whole suit because that would be a little too smart for the little casual yob! Instead he opted for a mismatched suit and trouser combo which I think looked highly adequate for the event :)

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Jacket is from Zara
Suit jacket is VERY old and he doesn’t remember from where
The shirt is from Prada
The shoes are from Burton
The tie is from Zara
The scarf is from River Island
The underwear is from.. Got you!

I opted to go for simplicity so the only things worth mentioning are my ASOS leather lapel jacket and River Island boots (£7.50)!!!

After a hectic morning we parked the car (it took us 15 minutes to find a spot) and we then hopped on the train! After arriving, the weather was fantastic and the sun was shining brighter than ever!

Allow me to tell you the story in pictures..

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The end of a lovely day! Thank you for having us the lovely Ritz hotel!

August favourites


THIS MONTH! I’ve been loving quite a lot of different things! I’ll show you the range.. From make up to jewellery to food to clothes! LET’S BEGIN!

So this bracelet we bought from Primark (me and mum) I think it looks great on! I even wore it kind of layered up with my jumper and thought it looked FAB!
Primark £4

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These shoes are from River Island! They have a medium platform and a lovely quilted pattern! Not the easiest to walk in though because they’re straight and won’t allow your foot to bend! I love the gold detailing and the front of the shoe is a very flattering shape and they look a bit different to your usual ballet flats.

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River Island £25

This perfume was from the Body Shop! It’s in the scent Moroccan Rose and I think it smells divine! Definitely a rosy musk Though so avoid if that not your thing! It’s perfect for the transition from Summer to Autumn/fall. Unfortunately it was limited edition but they still sell the body butter! YUM!

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The Body Shop Moroccan Rose perfume (50ml)

This t shirt from Dorothy Perkins is what I’ve lived in! As soon as it been washed.. I’ve worn it again! It’s so comfortable, has a brilliant Aztec pattern and I got it from the sale section of Dorothy Perkins for £9 from £18! Whenever you go to Dorothy Perkins or when shopping online, their online section is amazing! So don’t miss it!

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Dorothy Perkins £9

The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette was a new purchase for me! YES! I’m a late bloomer but I’ve just discovered it and I’m in love! The colours are perfect for day and night! I actually got mine on eBay for £20 as a seller had them on quite cheap however it’s usually £32 so quite pricey! It’s so amazing I’ve got the Naked palette from eBay as well for the same price! The colours in the Naked palette are slightly more neutral and brown compared to the second so definitely up my street!

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Naked Palette 2 £36

The stay matte powder from Rimmel London is fantastic! I’ve been getting quite oily skin recently so though I’d keep it in my bag and since doing so, can’t live without it! I recently bought the Dior powder too but am waiting until the Rimmel one finishes until I use the Dior! It’s lightweight, easy to use and comes in translucent! Woo!

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Rimmel London stay matte powder (translucent 001) £3.99

Some people are frightened to death of it but curling your eye lashe is one of the most fundamental parts of doing your make up! It opens the eyes, makes them look more feminine and is a great step before applying mascara to get maximum results! I’ve got quite Kim lashes but their limo and need curl so I curl my lashes effort and after applying mascara (once its dry) and this helps to ensure my lashes are ready for the beautiful day ahead! I’ve had my Tweezerman ones since I was 11 (which is 9 years) and they’ve never caused me any problems! I’ve not had to change the rubber once in that whole time!

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Tweezerman eye lash curlers £15

I’ve been loving Tea recently! I’ve needed to relax and there’s nothing better than a cup of tea to relax! Proper British style! However, to give it a bit of twist, try adding 5/6 cardamom seeds in your tea for a different flavour! Like my mug?

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I LOVE CHOCOLATE! Enough said!

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