Friday, 25 September 2015

Fat Friday #42 Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake

Happy Friday everyone! This week is another fail-safe recipe that is excellent for snacking on while revising or hosting a party. Actually, what made me make this recipe was a lazy attempt to make some for a D and D party. *Thats Dungeons and Dragons to you non-players* We play with a group of friends wanting to be hero's for the evening. If you want more information on it I can pop that in the another post. 

But we're focusing on this super easy banana cake which is very more-ish and was loved by the whole group during our D and D quest for the evening.

Recipe: Makes one loaf cake (Adapted from The Primrose Bakery Cookbook by Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas)

  • 125g unsalted butter, at room temperature (plus a little extra to grease the tin)
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 bananas, the riper the better
  • 175g of dark chocolate, chopped into thick chunks
  • Large loaf tin, greased and lined with a little butter
  • Bowl x 3
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Masher or a fork
  • Electric hand held whisk/wooden spoon
  • Wire rack 
1.Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line the loaf tin.
2.Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 
3. Add the eggs, one at a time mixing very well after each addition.
4. Mix in the vanilla extract, then the flour and baking powder. 
5.Mash up the bananas in a separate bowl and add then to the cake batter.
6.Add the chopped up dark chocolate and beat briefly.
7. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 50 minutes or until the cake is completely cooked through. 
8.Leave in the tin to cool on a wire rack. 
9. Serve warm or cold along with a D20 dice and, if your lucky, an D10 inspiration dice!

Have a great weekend!  
Bake On! Penny x

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Great Autumnal Recipes

If your looking for recipes to try during this season of change, or if you want to try something fun when the nights are drawing in, try these fun cakes and bakes.

Apple Juice Cupcakes

Pizza Chunk Biscuits

Banoffee Cupcakes

 Apple Cake

Soda Bread
Dutch Apple Tart
Chocolate Orange Tart

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Bake On! Penny x

Friday, 18 September 2015

Fat Friday #41 Homemade Pizza Dough

Nothing is better then a takeaway pizza. However have you noticed that its got more and more expensive to grab a pizza? Its much more economical to make your own. Its surprisingly easy to do, better for you and saves money. Not to mention the fact that you can customise it to whatever you fancy! 

Dough recipe Makes enough for 2 pizzas(adapted from Student Cookbook by Sam Stern)
  • 450g strong white flour, plus a little extra
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 x 7g fast action dried yeast
  • 300ml water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  •    Tomato purée
  •    Edamame cheese, grated
  •    Blue cheese, crumbled
  •    Green, red and orange peppers, chopped 
  •    Button mushrooms, chopped
  •    Jalapeños   (you can use whatever you like however!)

  •        Large bowl x 2
  •        Cling film
  •        Baking sheet lined with a little olive oil
  •        Optional: Desk top whisk with the dough hooks attached
  •        Sieve
  •        Grater
  •        Knife
  •        Chopping board
  •        Rolling pin

 1.    Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the sugar, yeast, water and oil. Work together using your hands. (Add a little extra flour if the dough is sticky.)
2.    Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10 minutes or place in a tabletop whisk with the dough hooks attached for 8 minutes.
3.    Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with cling film and leave to prove for 1 hour in a warm place until doubled in size.
4.    Once proved knead for a further 2 minutes.
5.    Put the oven to 230c/400f/ gas mark 6.
6.    Cut the dough into 4 (freeze 2 of the doughs so you have some for another day) and roll out into a thin base on the lightly oiled baking sheet.
7.    Leave the dough in a warm place to rise for 10 minutes. Cover with cling film.
8.    Spread a little of the tomato puree onto the base of the pizza and spread your desired toppings.
9.    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the base is crispy and the cheese is melted. Serve hot or eat cold.  

Enjoy your pizza and have a good weekend!
Bake On! Penny x

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Japan Candy Box Video *Giveaway Closed*

Who doesn't love sweets and candies? The blog was created with a love of sweet treats in mind! So when I was approached by Japan Candy Box to do a review of the latest box, I was delighted too!

They sent me the August 2015 box which arrived beautifully wrapped in some very kawaii purple paper! I have a list of the candies that was sent to me:

1.Kracie Tsunagete DIY Chain Candy-
Orange and bubblegum flavoured chain sweets, which were delightfully chewy. Also, they are fun to put together but I prefer to just to eat them. 

2.Kracie Neru Neru Nerune DIY Candy-
Yikes, I hated this! The texture of the drink of terrible, the flavour wasn't too bad however. It was fun to make but I wouldn't get this one again!

3.Rilakkuma Cookie Sticks-
These are so sweetly packaged. The cookies taste more like rich tea biscuits rather than cookies but they are so more-ish! Definitely one of my favourites in the box.

4.Puccho Watermelon Chewy Candy- 
Chewy, yet gummy and fruity. They truly taste like watermelon.  

5.Shigekix Super Sour Grape Gummies-
Wow! Talk about sour! These were so tasty but very strong. If you love sour sweets, you'll fall in love with these!

6.Yaokin Sour Grape Paper Candy- 
This 'paper candy' was leathery and way too chewy for my palette. However, the sour and grape flavour are spot on. 

7. Meiji Yan Yan Biscuit Sticks- 
I've had a similar product before and I do like this sweet too. The strawberry, for me, need to be stronger in flavour. Its still very enjoyable to moonch on!

8.Bourbon Petit Choco Filled Cookies-
These are so addictive! The vanilla and chocolate really complement each other.

9.Tohato Anpanman Caramel Corn- 
These have the texture of crisps but have a toffee flavoured sweetness. 

10. Moominvalley Biscuits-
I really like these chocolate biscuits and the design is quite detailed on each biscuit. 

Overall the candy box was really enjoyable. I loved most of the sweets, with a few exceptions. I would like to say a big thank you to Japan Candy Box for sponsoring the post. Do you like the look of the Candy Box? Well you can win one yourself by entering the competition link below. 

A Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! and Happy Baking!

*This post was sponsored by Japan Candy Box. They sent a candy box to me for free and are giving away a candy box to my readers!* 
Bake On! Penny x

Friday, 11 September 2015

Fat Friday #40 Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies

Its only 2 more weeks until October and already all I hear and see is pumpkin spice. Pumpkin Spice. Pumpkin. Spice. Spice with Pumpkin. EVERYWHERE! But I'm a fan of pumpkin spice, so I'm so happy with all of its sweet and spiceness in my life. 
This weeks recipe is a spiced pumpkin brownie, it takes a long while to bake as with most brownies but the result is worth it.

Recipe: Makes 30 small brownies (adapted from an old recipe I found in my recipe file.)

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Mix:
  • 85g cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 112g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 220g pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
Brownie Mix:
  • 187g plain flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 168g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 170g unsalted butter
  • 506g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 60ml milk
  • Brownie tin lined with silicone paper
  • Mixing bowl x 3
  • Saucepan with hot water and a heatproof bowl on top
  • Spatula
  • Hand held electric whisk/wooden spoon
  • Large spoon
  • Wire rack
1. Preheat oven 325f/160c/Gas Mark 3. Grease and line the brownie tin.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese:
2. In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and 1 tablespoon of butter until well combined. 
3. Add the sugar and beat again until fully incorporated. 
4. Beat in the egg, pumpkin puree and spices.   
5.Stir in the tablespoon of plain floor and set aside this cream cheese mixture for later.

Brownie Mix:
6. To melt the chocolate, place in a heatproof bowl above a saucepan of boiling water and stir it occasionally.  
7. While you wait for the chocolate to melt, in another bowl add all the dry ingredients and set aside.
8. In the final bowl, add the sugar and eggs to whisk together until it becomes pale. 
9. Once the chocolate has melted, add to the egg mixture. Beat in the milk.
10. Beat the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture. The brownie mixture is complete.

To Finish: 
11. Spread the brownie mixture into the tin. Spoon the pumpkin cream cheese on top of the chocolate mixture and swirl through.
12. Bake for an 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the middle is just set when shaken. Its best to check it after an hour depending on your oven. 
13. Cool the whole tin on a wire rack until cool. Cut, and serve up the spiced pumpkin goodness. 

Love pumpkin so much? Check out this pumpkin list! 
Bake On! Penny x

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Pumpkin Bakes

Need that hit of pumpkin now that autumn has hit? Check out our list right here!

1.Pumpkin Spice Syrup- Because we need this in every hot drink for the rest of autumn!

2.Horror Film Gory Cupcakes-These cupcakes are both adorable and horrific at the same time.

3.Pumpkin Pecan Bars-These always go down well at parties and are so moist. 

4. Pumpkin and Cheese Muffins- We needed a savoury one right?
Great for a snack or a super light lunch. 
Bake On! Penny x

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Garlic Farm Goodies from The Garlic Festival 2015

Every year I go over to the Isle of Wight, about August time, to pop over to the Garlic Festival. This year I popped by and was very fortunate to see the lovely Rachel Khoo, the chef behind 'The Little Paris Kitchen' and got her autograph (!) and picture taken (!!). I was so shy, so there was no time to fangirl over her. 

Apart from seeing Rachel Khoo, I go to the festival for food and cider. I also get some beautiful liquorice from the St Valentine Liquorice Company every year, without fail. This year I got the mixed big of liquorice (I ate them all before I could take a picture). Watermelon is my absolute favourite liquorice.

But I did grab a couple of bits from the Garlic Farm Shop Tent. 
Firstly, I bought the Garlic Farm Cook Book which I intend to use frequently as I adore anything with garlic in it. It features a variety of recipes that are seasonally sectioned as well as lots of information on garlic. 

As seen on the above picture, I got lots of saucy bits. The Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise has been completely consumed. It was just perfect with everything that required dipping and especially great in sandwiches. 
The Soy Sauce with Black Garlic is sweeter on the palette then regular soy sauce. Ideal for cooking Asian dishes and I personally use it for Thai Red Curry, stir frys and as a light salad dressing. 
The Chilli and Garlic dressing is my new favourite. The dressing has a decent chilli heat with a hit of garlic. Its super versatile, I use it as a dressing for pasta, salad and even on cooked white fish. Also, I really like the bottled packaging too. 
The Oak-Smoked Garlic Butter is excellent used in frying and for making garlic bread. The BBQ sauce is a little different then normal BBQ sauce, it tastes better and more rustic.  

I'm sure that I'll be posting recipes featuring these products very soon. 

Happy Baking! (This was not a sponsored post.) 
Bake On! Penny x
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