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Snacks and Tracks- Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

So exam season is upon is which means comfort food is definitely required. Today’s recipe comes with a free song to listen to (thats right, free!) so here you go, some snacks and a track…

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies.

Ingredients.

300g plain chocolate

100g milk chocolate

100g light muscovado sugar

85g butter/margarine

100g crunchy peanut butter

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla extract

100g self-raising flour

100g salted roasted peanuts

Method


1)Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C.

2) Chop 200g of the plain chocolate and all of the milk chocolate into small chunks for inside of the cookies.

3) Melt the remaining 100 grams of plain chocolate in the microwave (be careful not to burn it!)

4) Mix into the melted chocolate stir the sugar, butter, peanut butter, egg and vanilla and beat with a wooden spoon until its all mixed in.

5) Then stir in the flour, nuts, milk chocolate and half of the plain chocolate chunks.

6) Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper, spoon on a tablespoon of the mixture at a time to form round blob shapes, make sure there is plenty of space between them so they have room to spread, I cooked mine in batches of four. Press two or three of the left over plain chocolate chunks into the top of the mixture so they are exposed. Cook on the top shelf for ten minutes, so the cookies are cooked around the outside but still gooey in the middle, they will harden once they have been left to cool. Leave on the baking sheet once you’ve removed from the oven for about 10-15 minutes,  the cookies will break if you move them straight away. Repeat with the rest of the batches.

Simples, Enjoy!

The ‘Track’

Peanut Butter reminds me of American Diners and American Diner’s reminds me of Buddy Holly, recently stumbled across this excellent cover of ‘Dearest’ by my current obsession The Black Keys.


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Orange you supposed to be doing work?

I love to bake, I mean it, I LOVE baking. Baking, other than the widely popular Facebook creep, is my main procrastination method. So this weekend I decided to bake some mini chocolate orange cupcakes for a friend’s birthday. The best thing about mini cupcakes is that they are so easy to ice. And let’s be honest, its a universal fact that small=cute.

I’m not one for measuring or following recipes but here’s roughly how to make them.

Measurements:

For the cake:

6oz Butter.

6oz Caster Sugar.

4oz Self-raising Flour.

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

2oz Drinking Chocolate. (has to be Cadbury, nothing beats Cadbury)

3 eggs.

1 Orange ( entire zest goes into the cake mixture, half juice goes into cake mixture, the other half goes into the icing)

For the Buttercream:

6oz Butter

8oz Icing Sugar

1/2 a terry’s chocolate orange (or orange flavoured chocolate equivalent)

1/2 the juice of an orange

Method:

So I follow the school of ‘bung-everything-in-a-bowl-and-hope-it-works-out’ , but there are a few stages to follow.

1)Firstly, cream the castor sugar and butter, this can be done by hand ( a good work-out for the bingo wings) or in a mixer.

3) Beat in the three eggs, it should look pretty gross by now.

3)Sift in the self-raising flour, drinking chocolate and baking powder. Fold all the ingredients together, finally adding the orange juice and zest.

4) Fill the mini cupcakes cases around half full, this normal takes about 3/4 of a tsp, try to keep them all even so they cook evenly. Pop into the oven at 180 degrees/gas mark 4. They should only take literally minutes to cook because of their size. This varies from oven to oven, but I would check after around 7 minutes.

5) Once cooled, you can start on the icing, cream together the butter and (sifted) icing sugar until a smooth consistency, should be quite thick. Then in the microwave (or over a bowl of boiling water) melt the orange chocolate. Once melted fold through the buttercream mixture, add a touch of the orange juice left over. If the consistency feels to thin add more icing sugar. The mixture needs to be thick enough to pipe, but not so think it’ll stick in the bag. Once perfect, get piping!

6) To decorate, well do whatever you wish, I finished mine with a sprinkling of gated chocolate orange.

Here’s a rather poor quality  picture of mine (not the best example as all the best went to my friend) note how small they are in comparison to my cup of coffee!

Enjoy!