Fruit & Nut..ella muffins

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A fruit and nut muffin with lashings of nutella…What more would you like to eat first thing in the morning?  I made them a little smaller in cupcake cases to portion control myself, as I’m still trying to shake off some excess baby weight!
So now, I’ve decided I am allowed to eat anything I like as long as I control portion size! Yay! Life is good! 😉
Have a tremendous Tuesday friends, enjoy your day.  Much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

125g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
40g hazelnuts halved
50g raisins
1 egg
60g sugar
2 tbsp sunflower oil
100ml milk

METHOD

Preheat oven to 160°c and line a muffin tin with 6 paper cases

Mix the egg, sugar, milk and sunflower oil

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Add this to the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir until just combined, gently spoon the batter into the cases

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Place in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown

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Once cool, spread nutella on the tops of the muffins and then devour

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Extreme Bite Size Brownies

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I love brownies and I’m always trying to experiment and get recipes developed so that we get extreme funky brownies to eat.  This time in a mini way,  I have made some bite sized chocolate brownies!  Bit like an extreme shot of chocolate as you would an espresso to kick start your day!  This bite size beauty will satisfy your craving and the naughtiness is distributed well.

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I still have lessened the amount of butter and sugar to make these a little more less guilt free.  I had a whole batch yesterday in a large tray, to make them thinner too.  I approached my kitchen this morning and half had already disappeared… Who IS the culprit? I will have to put my detective hat on and find out!!

Whilst I investigate, have a beautiful day, see you tomorrow friends, much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

150g unsalted butter melted
150g plain chocolate pieces
65g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
2 large eggs
130g soft dark brown sugar
50g chocolate chips

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°c, grease a large rectangular baking tray and line with some grease proof paper

In a bowl, pour the melted hot butter onto the chocolate pieces and set aside so that the chocolate melts. Stir well and let the mixture cool down

Mix the eggs and sugar together until sugar has dissolved into the egg and is creamy

Pour in the chocolate mixture

Throw in the flour and cocoa and gently combine as not to overbeat and knock the air out and stir in the chocolate chips

Spread evenly into the tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top has set

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Leave completely to cool and then slice into mini squares

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Chocolate, Hazelnut & Coffee Crackle Cookies

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These are awesome by my very talented friend Suchit Save! Can you please send me over a batch? Thank you!….

Delectable Inc.

To cookie or not to cookie… 😀

For a while now I’ve been having some serious cravings for cookies ever since my dear friend Saloni posted her oh-so decadent creation on Facebook a few days ago. Ah, ’em beauties! I had to bake a batch and pronto… I always have this urge to cook/bake when I see something that divine looking. Well, it sure did the trick I guess. Cause there I was, back at the drawing board trying to design the perfect cookie that would not only be visually appealing but also have a nice flavor combination. The latter was a no-brainer really. There had to be chocolate. Why would someone bake cookies without chocolate?
A crime, if there wasn’t any chocolate! 😛 A quintessential ingredient for all cookies awesome! 😀
For that crunch, I knew for a fact that none other than Hazelnuts would make the cut. And to bring…

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Chocolate Chip & Sweet Cookies

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I had butter, sugar and chocolate chips….sooooo these soft, crumbly golden brown cookies came about. My 3 year old and husband were over the moon. The only thing was that they were so soft that they kept crumbling and my little one loves eating things that are whole! So it turned into a bit of a saga! Lol!

Nevertheless he still gobbled them up! I hope you all enjoy them as much as we did!

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INGREDIENTS

350g plain flour
150g soft brown sugar
200g low fat butter
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
150g chocolate chips
100g M&M’s

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°c.  Line a baking tray

Mix the flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, eggs til combined

Add in the chocolate chips and M&M’s

Using a spoon, place a heaped tablespoon of cookie dough on the baking tray, spacing them apart as they will spread when baked

Bake for 20 minutes until soft anf golden.  Gently place on a cooling rack

Make a cup of tea…grab a cookie and sit back, enjoy!

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A Hazelnut Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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I adore brownies and always have them with some ice cream, so I felt a cake combined with both elements would be just great!  So here you have a brownie based sponge with ice cream in the middle.  Please feel free to add any type of nut or even extra chocolate if you wish.

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Have a stunning day!  And enjoy! Much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

60g hazelnuts roughly chopped, some whole
60g self raising flour
130g caster sugar
50g cocoa powder
30g brown sugar
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
⅓ cup milk + 40g milk chocolate melted
1 cup melted butter/low fat baking spread
3 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence

Filling
Vanilla ice cream

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METHOD

• Preheat oven to 180°c, grease and line two 20cm diameter cake pans

• Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl or food processor

• Add all the wet ingredients, mix well and stir in half of the hazlenuts

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• Divide the mixture between the two pans, scatter over the rest of the hazelnuts and bake for 20-25 until a skewer comes out clean when poked

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• Leave in the pan to cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack

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• When completely cool take one brownie half and spread on whipped ice cream and sandwich with the other half

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• I like my ice cream soft and runny but you could set it in the freezer before serving

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A Marble Cake

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I had not intended to put this marble cake up as a blog post and that’s why I have not taken proper pictures. I was just experimenting with the recipe but it turned out fluffy and it had risen well. I had put a picture of the cake up on my facebook page as soon as it came out of the oven and everyone asked for the recipe so here it is friends.

I’ll be baking an Easter Russian Cake, yes I know it’s not Easter but the flavours are so very festive and Christmas is only 119 sleeps away! 😉

INGREDIENTS

175g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
150g white sugar
3 eggs
120g butter/low fat butter spread
25g cocoa powder

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METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°c and line a cake tin with grease proof paper

Place all the ingredients, except for the cocoa into a large mixing bowl or food processor. Beat until all combined and fluffy for a few minutes

Pour half of the batter mixture into the tin and add the cocoa to the rest in the mixing bowl, mix well

Pour the remaining cocoa mixture into the tin and using a fork swirl into the vanilla batter

Place in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, leave to cool and then grab yourself a cup of coffee and devour

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Simply relaxing…

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Life is very busy at the moment and August is so jam packed for me! But I still couldn’t resist baking some vanilla cupcakes.

Even in stressful and hectic times, I have to bake.  It’s my way, of relaxing.  AND what’s better is that you get a sweet reward at the end! It’s a win, win!!!

This is the recipe I used and the result was yummmmmy!!!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cupcakes_93722

Have a stunning Sunday friends! Much love, D x

Sharing Food On Shivaay Delights

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This week I will be selecting and sharing wonderful fellow food blogger friends’ recipes.  There are so many talented cooks out there and I am inspired every time I go online.  I hardly own a lot of recipe books especially as I have always relied on fantastic food blogging recipes, from when I started to explore my passion for cooking and baking. 

Keep an eye out here all this week!  You may be featured on Shivaay Delights!  Enjoy your day!  Much love, D x

Monday’s recipe comes from

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I came across Ainsley’s food blog at the weekend. It was her whole wheat chocolate chip cookies that lured me in to have a look

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Golden, chunky chocolate chip cookies, I can’t wait to bake these recipe here!

No Bake Cocoa Nut Cookies

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Don’t you just love when you give something really healthy to your children. Makes up for all the naughty snacks and foods they some how seem to get their hands on!

With this recipe both parent and child will be soooo happy! I can guarantee this, as this is how I felt yesterday when I made these no bake cookies!

Mine have already disappeared from the fridge mysteriously!! So another batch is about to be made, especially as I promised to take some over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday Party!

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Have a beautiful weekend friends! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

2 large handfuls of macadamia nuts
3~4 handfuls of pitted dates
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
White chocolate melted

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METHOD

Add all the ingredients into a food processor and grind to a slightly grainy paste

Take a large pinch of the sweet mixture, form into a ball and then pat down into a small bite
size cookie

Take a little of the melted white chocolate and drizzle all over the prepared cookies

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or so then devour!

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The Red Velvet Birthday Cake

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My first ever red velvet cake for my husband’s birthday!  He recently told me he liked it so that then became the cake of choice.  To compliment the flavour I wanted to smother the cake in a light chocolate buttercream frosting and to add a little acidity and sharpness the frozen summer berries came into play.
My 3 year old greased the cake tins with his favourite brush whilst I whisked up the colourful batter.

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I used a tried and tested batter recipe as it being the first time and especially for an occasion.  However the buttercream recipe is all mine…
Extremely delicious and minimal work.  The fruit and chocolate biscuit fingers make it that more glamorous, until my little one decided to stick his toy plastic dinosaurs right in the middle with the candle!  Well, after all it was for his Daddy!

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The red velvet sponge part of the recipe can be found @ http://divascancook.com/the-best-red-velvet-cake-recipe-easy-homemade-moist-with-southern-flair/

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Light chocolate buttercream frosting

INGREDIENTS

70g milk chocolate melted
100g butter or low fat butter spread softened
200g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

METHOD

Beat the butter and icing sugar together

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Add the vanilla extract and melted chocolate and combine well

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Spread on the top of the cake, also in the middle of the 2 sponges and then all over

Place some frozen berries on the top.  Stick chocolate fingers around the side of the whole cake

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I’m taking some of this cake with me to Angie’s Fiesta Friday Party over at the Novice Gardener come join us!