My first post in a couple of months...
I have very much neglected this blog of late. Although I have been baking more than ever (due to the fact that it is the Easter holidays), I have not sat down long enough to put hands to keyboard.
A couple of Saturdays ago, my good friend was hosting an evening of food and games at her flat (around the corner from me). I did not want to go empty handed and only had just over an hour before I had to be there. I first of all decided to make a batch of white chocolate blondies (with raspberries). This was my first time making them, and luckily I always have the ingredients needed to make/bake any cake or sweet thing.
I first broke 250g of white chocolate into small pieces which I placed in a pan, along with 100g of butter, and 50g of honey. I heated these ingredients on a low heat, stirring occasionally until they were mixed and smooth.
Meanwhile I sieved 200g of plain flour into my mixing bowl and added half a teaspoon of baking powder, 200g of vanilla infused caster sugar (which I infuse myself) and finally I broke in 4 duck eggs (which make any cakes so much tastier). I then mixed the ingredients in my mixer until combined. Once the gorgeous white chocolate and honey mixture had cooled slightly, I folded it into the mixture in the mixing bowl.
After I had poured the mixture into a brownie tin, I sprinkled a handful of raspberries over it and placed in my preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.
-They were divine, if I do say so myself. My friends seemed to have agreed, as they polished them all off without a problem and with lots of praise. I will definitely be making them again, (maybe tomorrow) :)
After I had popped the blondies in the oven, and I was in the swing of baking (IN THE ZONE)... I decided to make cupcakes also (vanilla and raspberry cupcakes, and chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes.)
230g self raising flour,
2 tsp baking powder,
130g golden caster sugar,
100g vanilla infused caster sugar,
4 duck eggs...
Once the above ingredients were mixed together, I split the mixture across two bowls. In one bowl I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract and in the other I added 40g of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter.
I spooned the two mixtures into separate cupcake cases and baked for 20 minutes. Meanwhile I mixed 130g of softened butter with 260g of icing sugar and a tablespoon of milk to make the buttercream icing. Again, I split the icing between two bowls and added raspberry conserve to one and 20g cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to the other. Once the cupcakes were cooled (which I sped up due to time constraints, by putting them in the fridge for 10 minutes.) I piped on the icing and added a raspberry on top of the vanilla ones for decoration.
-They were also very yummy... And were also eaten with positive feedback.
I finally had 25 minutes left and thought I'd quickly whip up something savoury to take too... I made some tiropitakia (Greek mini cheese pies). These were super quick to make as I used bought, pre-rolled puff pastry which I cut into small discs. The way I make the filling is as follows:
1 egg, beaten
1 halloumi cheese
150g cheddar cheese
2 tsp dried mint.
After I mixed together the ingredients, I then spooned it into the centre of each of the pastry discs. I then folded the discs in half, scored them on the curved edge with a fork and brushed with egg. I then baked for 10 minutes (until golden brown.
-The tiropitakia were very tasty and so easy to make.
All of the above.. Made in 1hr 20mins.
Nearly all gone... Yum....