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Easy Brownies with Cadbury Fingers!

17 Oct
brownies

cadbury finger brownies

I usually buy good quality dark chocolate to make brownies. This time, however, I decided to try cocoa powder! I was pleasantly surprised. The brownies were very flavoursome with a pleasant texture – crispy on top, fudgy on the inside.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cups of cocoa (I used Bournville. If you use unsweetened, you might need more sugar)
  • 12 Cadbury fingers  (cut in small pieces) – I used the Fabulous ones that have milk and white chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g slightly salted butter
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Instructions

br4Preheat your oven to 160 degrees. Melt the butter, sugar and cocoa powder – you do this in the microwave or by placing a pyrex bowl over a saucepan of hot water.  Stir until the butter has melted. Let it cool for a few minutes.  Beat in the vanilla extract and the eggs one at a time until the mixture is smooth.
 Add the flour and beat until the texture of the mixture is smooth and slightly glossy. Add the cadbury fingers and mix. Pour into a tray and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool and slice the brownies into small squares or triangles.
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Gnocchi with courgette and gorgonzola

14 Oct

Gnocchi with courgettes and gorgonzola

Ingredients

For the gnocchi (from La Cucina Italiana):

  • 2½ pounds baking potatoes, scrubbed and unpeeled
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra
  • Salt
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons Grana Padano, grated

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin  olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 courgettes, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • 9 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper

 

Instructions

I used this recipe to make the gnocchi. Make the gnocchi according to instructions.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil to cook the gnocchi.  This will take about 3 minutes – they’re ready once they float to the top.

In a large pot, warm the olive oil and add the shallots, and the courgettes. Cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the Gorgonzola to the pan and once it’s melted add the cooked gnocchi. Let the ingredients combine for 1-2 minutes and then serve. Enjoy!

 

Pasta with courgettes and carrots in creamy sauce

8 Oct

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I came up with this recipe trying to decide what to do with some courgettes that I bought on impulse when ordering groceries from Waitrose. I’d never cooked anything with courgettes before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The outcome exceeded my expectations, so I’m sharing the recipe with you.

 

1Ingredients

300g pasta (any kind of pasta will do. I used wholewheat penne)

3 medium sized courgettes – thinly sliced

3 carrots

a small onion

25g of butter

150ml dry white wine

60g of single cream (can be replaced with milk for a lighter sauce)

50g parmesan

50g cheddar or edam

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Instructions

Cut the vegetables in thin slices. Cook the pasta according to package instructions and drain.

Preheat the over at 195-200 degrees.

Melt the butter over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and courgettes.  Add the wine and lower the heat. Occasionally stir. Cook for about 30 minutes. Cooking time depends on how thin the slices are.

Add the cream (or milk) and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes.Return the pasta to the pan and heat throgh. Let the mix combine for a few minutes and then move to oven dish. Sprinkle with the cheese and put the dish in the over. Leave it for 10-15 minutes until the cheese on top is brown. Enjoy!

Easy Oreo Truffles!

19 Dec

This is the easiest dessert I’ve ever made. Oreo truffles covered in dark chocolate. Delicious and only took a few minutes. Did I mention that it doesn’t need baking? If you like Oreos, you should try this! You only need 3 ingredients.

oreo truffles

Oreo Truffles – ideal Xmas treat!

Ingredients (for about 15 Oreo truffles)

1 package of Oreo cookies (150g)

1/3 cup cream cheese (I used Philadelphia)

85g dark chocolate (I used Lindt 85% cocoa. You can use any type of chocolate you like)

oreo truffles

Oreo Truffles

Instructions

Put Oreos in a sealed bag. Keep 1 cookie for garnish. Crush Oreos.

Mix with cream cheese until well combined. Roll into small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Put in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

While waiting, melt the chocolate bar – you can do this in the microwave or over a pot of boiling water.

Dip the Oreo balls in the chocolate and garnish with the Oreo you kept earlier. Refrigerate, wait 30 minutes, enjoy!

Each Oreo truffle has around 85 calories (6g of fat).

Easy Nutella Brownie Bites

15 Dec

Pinterest is full of pics and recipes of Nutella based desserts that look delicious. When I saw Nutella on discount I had to buy it and do some baking experiments!

Here’s the first thing I tried. A very simple, quick and easy recipe for Nutella brownie-bites! It only has 4 ingredients; nutella, flour, eggs and white chocolate chips. You can skip or replace the white chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips or walnuts (or anything you want!). If you like the taste of Nutella, you’ll love these bites! They taste like… baked Nutella.

 

nutella bites

Ingredients (for 6 brownie bites)

1/2 cup Nutella

1 egg

5 tbsp of All Purpose White Flour

1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave nutella for a few seconds to make it softer.

In a mixing bowl add the ingredients and mix

In a mixing bowl add the ingredients and mix well

spoon the batter into the cupcake liners

spoon the batter into the cupcake liners
Bake for about 12 minutes

Bake for about 12 minutes

Let them cool... and enjoy!

Let them cool… and enjoy!

 

Recipe adapted from here.