Monday, 28 February 2011

Chewy Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies

Love Chocolate? Love Peanut Butter? Then you will LOVE these!

The Ingredients:
230g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
100g Butter
290g Light Brown Sugar
200g Smooth Peanut Butter
1 Egg
50ml Milk
75g Chocolate Chips
2tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence
1tsp Bicarbonate Soda
1tsp Salt

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 190c
Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar together until smooth
Stir in the milk
Stir in the vanilla
Sieve the flour, bicarbonate soda and salt together
Slowly stir the dry mix into the wet mix
Fold in the chocolate chips
Drop heaped tablespoons of the mixture onto baking sheets (4 per sheet)
Bake in the centre of the oven for 11 mins
**These will be soft when warm but harden up when cooled, so do not over cook**

You're Done

Sunday, 27 February 2011

British Bakery Style Coconut Macaroons

These are fantastically simple but tasty treat to russell up when you need your sugar fix.

The Ingredients:
2 x Egg Whites
120g Caster Sugar
140g Shredded Coconut

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 170c
Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. This will be when they hold their shape.
Add the caster sugar around the outside of mixture in the bowl and fold together until just combined.
Add the coconut around the outside of the mixture in the bowl and fold this in too.
Place heaped tablespoons of the mixture onto baking sheets. About 5 per sheet.
You will be able to make about 10 with this mixture.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 17 mins.
Leave to completely cool.

You're Done!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Sweet & Delicious Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

These muffins are so simple and quick to make. Perfect to make if you have friends coming over for coffee.

The Ingredients:
 Muffin
210g Caster Sugar
120g Melted Butter
100ml Water
170g Raisins
260g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
0.5tsp Nutmeg
0.5tsp Salt

Topping:
110g Icing Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence
2tbsp Milk
0.25tsp Ground Cinnamon

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 180c
Melt the butter in a large bowl and mix in the water
In a separate bowl sieve the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together
Fold the flour mix into the butter mix. Do not over-stir
In a small bowl toss the raisins in about 1tbsp of flour to coat them. This stops them sinking to the bottom of the muffins when cooking.
Fold the raisins into the mix.
Spoon the muffin batter into 12 muffin cases in a muffin tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 17mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Leave to cool and then mix up the topping in a small bowl and drizzle over.

You're Done!
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Marble Cake

This is another delicious traditional cake. Vanilla and Chocolate, a brilliant combination.

The Ingredients:
230g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
120g Butter
220ml Milk
200g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp Baking Powder
3 tbsp Coco Powder
2 tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence
0.5tsp Salt

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 175c
Cream the butter and sugar together
Beat in the eggs
Beat in the vanilla
Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt together
Stir the flour mix into the butter mix alternating with the milk until all ingredients are combined
Pour 3/4 of the mixture into a lined cake tin
Stir in 3tbsp of coco powder into the remaining 1/4 of the mixture
Add tbsp of this chocolate mixture on top of the vanilla mixture in the cake tin
Use a knife to swirl the mixtures together, do not stir too much.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 35 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

You're Done!

Sunday, 13 February 2011

British Rock Cakes

This is a very traditional British recipe for Rock Cakes. Absolutely delicious with a cup of tea or coffee

The Ingredients:
220g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
85g Light Brown Sugar
120g Butter
90g Raisins
1 egg
1.5tbsp Milk
2 tsp Baking Powder

The Ingredients:
Preheat oven to 190c
Sieve the flour and baking powder together, add the butter and use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour. Do this for a few minutes until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Mix the raisins into the brown sugar and then pour this into the flour mixture. Mix well.
In a small bowl beat the egg and milk together and then pour this into the flour mixture too.
Mix well until the mixture forms a moist dough.
Spoon dollops of this mixture onto a baking sheet (you will be able to make about 8 with this recipe)
Sprinkle with demerara sugar (or more light brown if you don't have demerara)
Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 mins
Remove and allow to cool.

You're Done!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Valentines Sugar Biscuits

Make these for your loved one on Valentines Day!

The Ingredients:
240g Butter
125g Icing Sugar
310g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
1tbsp Milk
1tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 170c
Beat the butter until smooth
Stir in the icing sugar until everything is combined.
Add the flour, alternating with the milk
Stir in the vanilla.
Remove from the bowl and knead on the bench until smooth.
Divide the mixture into 3 and roll out one bit at a time (to about 0.5 inches thick)
Cut with heart shaped cookie cutters.
Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 mins.
(When these are cooked they should be white, do not expect them to brown up)

You're Done!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Yummy Lemon Traybake

This is a fantastic family dessert as there is always plenty to go around. Can be enjoyed warm or cold. Although I prefer straight out of the oven! Consistency similar pie!



The Ingredients:
The Base:
80g Icing Sugar
190g NEILL'S®Plain Flour
170g Butter
The Filling:
320g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs
3tbsp Flour
4tbsp Lemon Juice

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 180c
Beat the butter until smooth and stir in the icing sugar, then stir in the flour.
Form into a dough.
Line a deep baking tray (20x30cm preferably) with baking paper and press the dough evenly into this.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 mins.
While this is cooking whisk the eggs together and slowly add the caster sugar.
Whisk in the flour and then lemon juice.
Beat until smooth and frothy.
Pour this mixture onto the hot base and place back in the oven for 25 mins.

Allow to cool slightly, slice and serve.

You're Done!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Strawberry Frosted Cupcakes

These are perfect to make with children especially for birthday party's!

The Ingredients:
Cupcake:
150 g Butter
150 g Caster Sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp Strawberry Flavouring
150 g NEILL'S® Self-Raising flour
1 tbsp Milk
Frosting:

225g Icing Sugar
55g Butter
0.5tsp Salt
1.5tbsp Milk
1tsp Strawberry Flavouring
Tiny drop of red food colouring

The How-To:
Cupcake:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
Cream the butter and sugar together until creamy and light in colour
Add 1/3 of the beaten egg into the butter and sugar mix, stir in. continue to add 1/3 of the flour to the mix, stir in. Continue to do this with the flour and the eggs until all ingredients are in the bowl.
Now stir in the strawberry flavouring (Do not over stir)
Evenly divide mixture between 18 cupcake cases and place in the centre of the oven for aprox 20 mins.
Allow to cool
Frosting:
Cream the softened butter in a bowl for aprox 5 mins until light and creamy.
In a separate dish mix the salt and the strawberry flavouring together.
Mix the salt and flavouring mixture into the creamed butter.
Turn your electric whisk onto the lowest setting and slowly add the icing sugar. The key here is to add it slowly. Making sure each addition is fully combined before adding the next. Continue until all the sugar is added.
Now combine the Milk.
Now add a tiny drop of red food colouring to make a pink coloured frosting.
Finally whip the frosting for aprox 2 mins on high speed until light and fluffy.

You're Done!

Fudgy Chocolate Cupcakes

This is a fantastic recipe for an indulgent chocolate cupcake. Brownie meets cupcake!

The Ingredients:
220g Plain Flour
180ml Water
5tbsp Milk
3tbsp Coco Powder
90g Caster Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Essence/Extract
1tsp Bicarbonate Soda
1tbsp Golden Syrup
80g Butter

The How-To:
In a pan heat the water, butter, syrup and sugar. Bring to the boil for 3 mins, remove from heat and allow to cool.
Preheat oven to 180c
In a large bowl sieve the flour and coco powder together.
Slowly mix the syrup mixture into the flour mixture.
In a separate dish mix the milk and bicarbonate soda together until dissolved.
Stir the milk mixture into the bowl.
Ensure all ingredients are well combined.
Divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cases. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

To make the topping you can either use milk or white chocolate. In a small bowl melt the 50g or butter and 50g of the chocolate together until combined. Stir in 170g Icing Sugar, add 1tbsp of water until desired consistency is reached. Spread this on top of your cupcakes.

Add an extra touch to your cupcakes with some grated chocolate.

You're Done!

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