I love to bake, and so does Squidgy. Between the two of us there is always something making the house smell wonderful and sweet treats to share. Here are a couple of recipes I am loving right now. I have a couple of my favourite sweet treats, plus my favourite savoury recipe too!
Chocolate Brownie Cake by Gourmet Mum
My friend Fleeps from Gourmet Mum came up with an amazing chocolate brownie cake recipe which we love. I first made it for John's birthday cake and we have made it many times since. The full recipe can be found here: Gourmet Mum's Chocolate Brownie Cake
All you need is butter, plain chocolate, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs and plain flour plus 25 minutes in the oven. A quick, super easy recipe that tastes great (especially because it's got real chocolate instead of cocoa powder!) Squidgy especially loves it because she gets to lick the spoon after!
White Chocolate Tart
5oz (150g) plain flour
2½oz (65g) butter
1oz (25g) sugar
250g tub mascarpone
7oz (200g) white chocolate
142ml double cream
Sift the flour then add the butter and mix until it looks like breadcrumbs, then add the sugar.
Beat the egg and use it to bind the mixture together
Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and pop it into the fridge for 30 minutes.
Roll out the pastry, then press into the base and sides fluted pastry tin.
Use a fork to prick the pastry, top with baking parchment and baking beans.
Bake in the oven to 190°C (170°C fan / gas mark 5) for 15 minutes.
Remove beans and parchment and bake for another 10 minutes, then remove it from the oven and leave to cool.
Melt the mascarpone and chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water without stirring.
Leave the melted mixture to cool completely before folding it into the cream.
Spoon the filling into the pastry case and chill before serving.
Caramelized Onion and Feta Tart
After having an onion tart with goats cheese on the side as a starter at a wedding recently, I decided to try it for myself. It turned out really well and although it's not the same as the one we had, John and I love it.
3 chopped red onions
1oz (25g) butter
1 tbsp olive oil
herbs to season
200g crumbled feta
ready to roll puff pastry
Melt the oil and butter in a pan
Add the chopped onions, stir well, cover and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add herbs to taste and cook uncovered for a further two minutes.
Score a 1cm border around the edge of of the pastry.
Prick the pastry with a fork.
Place the onions inside the border on the pastry and mix in the crumbled feta.
Cook in the oven at 220°C (425°F / gas mark 7) for 15 mins.
Serve with salad and goats cheese.
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