Thursday, 17 April 2014

Death by Mini Egg Gateaux

When deciding what to make for Easter this year, the only thing I knew it needed to contain was mini eggs and chocolate. I couldn’t decide whether to make chewy chocolate cookies, rich chocolate sponge cakes or gooey chocolate brownies… so I though sod it. Why not just make all of it? And then, why not make all of it in one amazing, indulgent gateaux, overloaded with chocolate?! After all, that’s what Easter is really about, right? So this, my friends, is my wonderful creation: Death by Mini Egg Gateaux. A chocolate cookie base, topped with a chocolate sponge cake, finished with a thick layer of chocolate frosting and oodles of crushed mini eggs. Seriously bad for you. But totally worth it.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Mini Egg Blondie Pie

I came up with this idea whilst trying to decide what dessert to bake for after our Sunday Roast this weekend. I spotted a bag of mini eggs in the cupboard and instantly set about making them go further; traybakes are more of an afternoon cuppa bake, so I opted to turn a blondie into a pie. So here it is, my mini egg blondie pie.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Cardamom and Rose Water Shortbread

I made these yummy shortbread biscuits as Mother's day gifts - they're rich and buttery, with subtle flavours that are not-too-flowery. Perfect with an afternoon cuppa.Plus they're super easy to make!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Cadbury's Creme Egg Brownies

Technically, I didn't make these this year. I made them 2 years ago when they were all over Facebook, and I am by no means claiming this recipe as my own, but they went down so well, that they're too good not to share! Plus I had a request from a good friend for the recipe that I used :) This recipe has been slightly adapted from Precious Little Words recipe, and sorry about the photo - I didn't take a proper one of the brownies at the time, only one of the egg I almost lost!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Chocolate Meringues

I had a few egg whites left over from a recipe that I will share with you  soon, and rather than see them go to waste (or to the dog) I thought I'd use them to try making chocolate meringues. They're so simple, and would be great served with fresh berries and cream, or even chopped banana and hot chocolate fudge sauce!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Pistachio Marshmallows

These were actually made following James' suggestion. Someone he works with was raving about Harrods' pistachio marshmallows, and as we live a long way away from Harrods, he said I'd have to make my own. So, I did, and this is the outcome! They're quite dense and are firmer than your average pink and white mallows, but they are very moreish! I've discovered that I can't have just one! This recipe is adapted from River Cottage, and can easily be changed to suit any flavour you want to try - don't be put off by the amount of steps, they're actually really easy to make.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Red Velvet Layer Cake

I made this cake for my Grandparents’ Ruby Wedding Anniversary at the weekend – it was the obvious choice with it’s deep red colour and it made a great centrepiece on the dessert table. The buttermilk makes for a moist, dense sponge that is perfectly paired with this cream cheese frosting. It’s very rich though, so remember that a little goes a long way when it comes to cutting it into slices!