Posts Tagged "Chocolate"

4th October 2015

White chocolate oat cookies recipe

by M-admin-bakehouse
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White Chocolate Oat Cookies.

Soft chewy chocolate cookies, but the recipe could be adapted to use whatever you have in the cupboard- an combination of chocolate, dried fruit, nuts. Makes 24. Ingredients: 110g butter, softened, or baking margarine 110g caster sugar 85g light soft brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 150g plain flour ½ tsp baking powder 180g porridge oats 200g white chocolate chips Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 170c fan oven or Gas Mark 5. 2. Line a 2 or 3 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. 3. Cream together the butter, caster sugar and light brown sugar. 4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat into the mixture. 5. Mix in the flour, baking powder and the oats. 6. Pour in the chocolate chips, or whatever you are using, and mix until well combined. 7. Roll into balls about 1 1/2″ diameter and place well spaced out on the tray. 8. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until they are just starting to turn golden. 9. Take out of the oven and leave to cool slightly and firm up a bit on the tray. 10. Transfer to a wire rack to completely cool. 11. Enjoy! If you make this recipe, let me know how you get on!

Recipe for Oaty Banana Bites

12th February 2015
by M-admin-bakehouse
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Recipe for making Oaty Banana Bites

oaty banana bites

These are based on a recipe from the fb page Feed your family for about £20 a week.

They are ideal for breakfast on the go, or a sweet treat which is quite filling (well, it is when you’ve had three!!). You can leave out the chocolate, or substitute it for dried fruit of your choice.

Ingredients

Two large overripe bananas

Two cups of porridge oats

Five squares of chocolate (milk or white, or a mixture)

Method

1. Pour the oats into a bowl.

2. Cut the tops off the bananas and squeeze the insides into the bowl.

3. Chop the chocolate roughly into small pieces and add them to the bowl.

4. Mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are combined.

5. Roll into 12 balls of equal size.

6. Place them on a baking tray, with baking paper on it, with spaces in between. They won’t spread so you don’t need large spaces.

7. Put in the oven at 160 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. If you’d like more squidgy bites, leave for less time.

8. Leave to cool and then enjoy!

My kind of Christmas Pudding!

9th October 2014
by M-admin-bakehouse
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Fancy a Malteser and chocolate orange based Christmas pudding treat this festive season?

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  It might only be October, but here at Marie’s Bakehouse, we’re getting ready for Christmas! Although I’m quite partial to a spot of Christmas pud, this particular version is a winner every time! Hidden inside the outer layer of Maltesers is a Terry’s Chocolate orange, and it’s topped with white modelling chocolate and edible holly berries and leaves. Displayed on a silver board, and inside a Christmas presentation box, it makes an ideal gift or a fabulous edition to a Christmas dessert table! These beauties are £9 each, or £8 each when three or more are purchased. You can order via email at marie@mariesbakehouse.co.uk, or via my facebook page www.facebook.com/MariesBakehouse.    

Valentine's collection 2014

21st January 2014
by M-admin-bakehouse
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The Valentine’s Collection for Marie’s Bakehouse is now available for ordering.
Chocolate chip heart shaped cookies, available in white, milk or dark chocolate, and covered in heart sugar sprinkles. 6 wrapped in a gift box, £5, one flavour choice for order.
 3 fudge hearts wrapped in a gift box £6.50.
Available in many different flavours including milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk choc and orange, white choc and lemon, milk choc with fruit and nut, dark choc and peppermint…….and many others besides…..one flavour choice per order.
 3 Tiffin hearts £6.50 Both available in a variety of flavours such as Malteser, Mint Aero, Orange Aero, Rolo, Smartie…..
or another one of your choice. Order consists of one flavour choice.
Tiffin hearts also available in a large size, same flavours available as before.
Gift wrapped for £13.
Large fudge hearts, flavours available as previously, gift wrapped for £13.
Large Brownie Heart- Crispy on the outside, dark and gooey on the inside.
My daughter’s favourite thing that I bake!! Gift wrapped for your Valentine! £12
and finally…..
Let me know if you would like to order! Last orders taken on Sunday 9th February.
Marie x

Review of Lakeland's Fairytale Village Mould

19th December 2013
by M-admin-bakehouse
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I already own the Lakeland Fairy Tale Cottage Mould, which I had great fun using and putting together this Christmas themed chocolate house…
…but this house is big- I used 1.6kg of chocolate and chocolate paste to make and decorate. So when I was sent the Fairy Tale Village Mould I was interested to see whether it would be as easy working with the chocolate house mould in miniature.
The mould has enough parts to make four teeny houses, either in chocolate or gingerbread (of course I chose chocolate, yes you know me well!) with mini people and also some trees.
Top tips for using this smaller mould would be to use a cocktail stick or similar to ease the chocolate into the tiny gaps for the people’s arms and legs. And also, when you are pushing the chocolate out of the moulds, made sure you do it straight away when you take it out of the fridge. If you have hot hands, or the kitchen is warm, the chocolate can start to melt straight away on these smaller parts as you handle them. I made the mistake of leaving mine out for a while before I tried to remove it, and left some of the people’s legs behind- hence them being stood in a mould of ‘snow’ in the picture.
I’ve decorated my house using sugarpaste in red and white because I love those Christmassy colours together, but the possibilities are endless. My two girls are looking forward to decorating the other houses with sweets at some point before Christmas.
So here’s the house…
To give you some idea of size, it’s sitting on a 7″ square board.
I would recommend this mould. They would make a lovely centrepiece for a dessert table displayed altogether on one board, or would make great gifts individually like this one. You could even fill it with sweets before you seal the roof. I also think this would be great for other times of year. They’d look great in white chocolate, decorated with pastels and made into an Easter Egg hunt theme, or even lined up like beach huts for a summer dessert table. This is definitely a product I’ll be using again. You can buy it from Lakeland here: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/18207/Fairy-Tale-Village-Mould I was not paid to write this review, but was sent the mould free of charge. All views are my own. www.facebok.com/MariesBakehouse www.mariesbakehouse.co.uk

Review of Lakeland's Silicone Chocolate Box Shapes

16th December 2013
by M-admin-bakehouse
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Another Lakeland toy to play with? And it involves chocolate? Definitely count me in!
I’ve had experience with making chocolates with a hard plastic chocolate mould before, but not with silicone, so it required a bit of thinking about how to go about it, as the methods I used for a rigid mould wouldn’t work so well with a flexible one. I decided to apply the melted chocolate with a paintbrush which helped get the chocolate in all the places required, especially with the more intricate designs. In hindsight, it may have been better to let this harden, and then apply a second coat, as a couple of the chocolates didn’t come out without breaking, but that’s something to try next time. I made a caramel sauce, and poured it into the chocolate mould once they had been in the fridge for about an hour (I was busy doing other things at the time, I don’t think it necessarily needs this long). I left a space at the top of each mould- I didn’t fill it completely to the top.  And then popped the mould back into the fridge. After about half an hour, I melted more chocolate and added this on top of the caramel, then it went back in the fridge again to set. I tried to pop them out after half an hour, but this perhaps wasn’t quite long enough as a couple of them cracked on coming out, so I chilled them for a bit longer (this could have been down to having too thin a coat and not the chilling time- I will need to experiment with this). Second time lucky, the rest popped out without a problem, by pushing the mould from underneath. I’m really pleased with how they look!
Not perfect, but pretty fab for the first attempt I think!
I’d definitely use this mould again. The chocolates would be great for presents, not just at Christmas time, but for birthdays, Mother’s Day, and I’d also think about using them on my dessert tables.
I’m looking forward to trying out different flavour combinations- I think salted caramel and a chocolate orange ganache will be two I’ll be trying out soon! If you fancy giving them a go, you can buy them from Lakeland here: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/16442/Silicone-Chocolate-Box-Shapes I was not paid to write this review, but was sent the mould free of charge. All views are my own. www.facebook.com/MariesBakehouse www.mariesbakehouse.co.uk

Review of Peppermint Bark Mould from Lakeland

13th December 2013
by M-admin-bakehouse
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I love making new things in the kitchen. I get terribly bored doing the same thing over and over again. So an opportunity to play with a new toy is a definite winner. Team that with chocolate, and the fact it’s from Lakeland, a shop that regularly does serious damage to my bank balance, well it’s got to be a win-win situation!!
The Peppermint Bark Mould is incredibly easy to use. It comes with two sections, so you can make two lots at the same time, but do be aware that the instructions on the packet are for one side, not both, so double up if you are making two. Melt 200g of milk chocolate, and pour half in each side of the mould, making sure it spreads out to all corners. Pop it in the fridge and go and do something else for a bit. Then melt 200g white chocolate and pour on top of the milk chocolate, half on each side. Bash up 4 or 5 candy canes in a plastic bag, and sprinkle the broken pieces on top of the white chocolate. Push it gently into the chocolate and pop it back in the fridge. After an hour it’ll be hard enough to pop out of the mould.
And there you have it! And they fit perfectly in a clear Lakeland presentation/gift bag.
Brilliant for gifts this holiday season!
If you’d like to give it a go yourself, you can buy it here: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/18503/Peppermint-Bark-Mould
I was not paid to write this review, but was sent the mould free of charge. All views are my own.
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How to make a stripy vanilla and chocolate bundt cake

7th October 2013
by M-admin-bakehouse
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I’ve seen a few stripy cakes around recently, and after treating myself to a bargain bundt tin this week (£1.99 from Home Bargains!!!) I decided I needed to use it, instead of putting it in the cupboard and not using it for months. Not that I EVER do that with new equipment. NEVER. *ahem*
So here’s the recipe for the stripy vanilla and chocolate bundt cake!
What you need:
280g butter or baking margarine
280g caster sugar
5 eggs
280g self raising flour
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
100ml double cream
200g milk chocolate (I used Cadbury’s Dairy Milk for this recipe)
What to do:
1. Cream the butter/baking margarine and sugar together.
2. Add the eggs one at a time beating thoroughly.
3. Add the vanilla extract and the self raising flour and beat again until thoroughly combined.
4. Take half the mixture and put it in another bowl.
5. Add the cocoa powder to the remaining half and beat until it has mixed fully.
6. Grease the bundt tin. I used Wilton Cake Release, and can’t recommend it highly enough.
7. Add a dollop of the vanilla mixture to the tin.
8. On top of the vanilla mixture, add a dollop of chocolate mixture.
9. Next add another dollop of vanilla, on top of the mixture already in the tin. The mixture will start to spread.
10. And then another dollop of chocolate. Keep adding alternate dollops of mixture until you have used all the mixtures in both bowls. If it doesn’t spread as well as you need it too, just shake the tin a bit and encourage the mixture to spread round to the other side of the tin.
11. This is what it will look like when you have finished adding the mixtures.
12. Bake for around 30 minutes at 160 degrees. Check around 25 minutes- your oven may bake differently to mine.
13. Leave it to cool for about 20 minutes in the tin, then turn it out onto a wire wrack to cool fully. (How fab does that look?!)
14. Once the cake is cool, chop the chocolate into small pieces and put it all in the bowl, and heat the cream until it just reaches boiling point, and pour the cream over the chocolate. Leave it for about 30 seconds to start to melt the chocolate, then beat it together until it has combined to make a smooth ganache. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake and leave to set.
15. Stick the kettle on, cut and slice, put your feet up and enjoy 🙂
I am definitely going to make this again, but try different flavour combinations too. Chocolate and orange, coffee and caramel, white chocolate and lemon, dark chocolate and mint……so many new ones to try!!
If you make it, I’d love to hear what you thought!

How to make Chocolate and Morello Cherry Slices

1st October 2013
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I know these don’t look too exciting, but the taste is awesome, and they’d be really good with custard or cream too. And with added cherries, but for this bake, I just wanted to try out the flavouring, but if you did want to add some, about 60g of chopped cherries would work well. Here’s the flavouring I used (which if you follow this blog, you’ll have seen before!)
I have used the raspberry one previously in a milk chocolate fudge, and the coconut one in my coconut and cranberry slice recipe.
This recipe uses a very easy, foolproof method of baking. And it’s really easy to follow. And you don’t need to remember any measurements, because you weigh your eggs, and then use the same amount of butter (or baking margarine), sugar, and self raising flour.
 
For a 8″ x 8″ tray, I used 6 eggs, which is about 360g give or take, depending on the size and weight of your eggs. It doesn’t matter if yours are over or under that weight, as long as you weigh the same amount of sugar, butter/baking margarine, and self raising flour it will still work.
 
So, for this recipe I used:
360g baking margarine
360g caster sugar
6 eggs
2 teaspoons of Morello cherry flavouring
360g self raising flour
3 tblspoons cocoa powder
 
What you need to do:
 
1. Beat together the baking margarine and the sugar. 2. Add the eggs one at a time and beat into the mixture. 3. Add 2 teaspoons of Morello cherry flavouring and beat. 4. Sieve in the flour and the cocoa powder and beat into the mixture again. At this stage if the mixture is not dropping consistency (it doesn’t ‘drop’ easily off the spoon) add a splash of milk and beat that in until fully combined. 5. Pour it into the prepared 8″ x 8″ tin. For this recipe I used my silicone one, which doesn’t need lining, but if you are using a tin, I’d line it with greaseproof paper before you add the mixture. 6. Bake at 160 degrees for about 30 minutes. Keep your eye on it, it might only need 25 minutes. If a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean, then it’s ready. 8. Let it cool in the tin for about 15 minutes, and then take out to cool fully on a wire rack. 9. Enjoy with a cup of tea! If you do have a go at baking this, do let me know how you get on 🙂
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Recipe for Brioche and Nutella Pudding

10th September 2013
by M-admin-bakehouse
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This is a twist on bread and butter pudding which came about due to the need to use up a packet of brioche…..
What you need for this recipe:
25g butter
6 individual brioche rolls, sliced
350ml whole milk
50ml double cream
2 eggs
25g sugar
6 tbsps Nutella
25g chocolate chips
What to do:
  • Grease a 1 litre pie dish with butter.
 
  • Slice the brioche and spreas the nutella on each slice.
 
  • Arrange a layer of brioche (about half of the slices), chocolate side up, in the bottom of the dish, then sprinkle half on the chocolate chips over the top. Add another layer of the brioche.
 
  • Gently warm the milk and cream in a pan over a low heat to scalding point. Don’t let it boil.
 
  • Crack the eggs into a bowl, add three quarters of the sugar and lightly whisk until pale.
 
  • Add the warm milk and cream mixture and stir well, then strain the custard into a bowl.
 
  • Pour the custard over the prepared bread layers and sprinkle with the other half of the chocolate chips and the remaining sugar and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
 
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
 
  • Place the dish into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the custard has set and the top is golden-brown.