Mocha melts

I need caffeine and chocolate! What better way than to combine it into Mocha form. Then to infuse this mocha flavour into a melting cookie. I’m in heaven just thinking about it!
Enjoy these and I’ll see you tomorrow friends!
Much love, D x

Shivaay Delights

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I do like a good cup of mocha coffee and wanted to capture this taste in a melting cookie. A bite size soft crumbly, melt in your mouth moment hit of caffeine followed by a hint of cocoa to give you the emotional comfort of chocolate! A very light biscuit that can be easily had as an after dinner sweet. I was really happy as I feel that it has captured mocha in it’s essence!

INGREDIENTS

200g unsalted butter room temp
1 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 tbsp water
140g plain flour
60g icing sugar
110g corn starch
10g cocoa powder unsweetened

For the frosting

140g icing sugar
3 tbsp unsalted butter room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
Milk for thinning
Cocoa powder for dusting

METHOD

1. Mix the coffee granules with the water and combine, cream the coffee mixture and butter together well

2. Add the flour, icing sugar…

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The East England Food Festival

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My husband had told me that we were going out on Sunday on a dinosaur trail in the grounds of a Stately Home, as a treat for our little ones.  Though thoroughly surprise me when we got there, as the East English food festival was on!  I think I was more ecstatic than my sons were about seeing the dinosaurs.  I was just so happy that I had taken my camera along with me.  So here are a few snaps from yesterday and a wonderful time at the food festival…

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These pretty platters are made out of recycled marble tiles with print of all sorts..you can place anything upon them from cheeses to breads, pizza and pies!

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This range of cheddar cheese was absolutely stunning…from “The Great British Cheese Company”. I just couldn’t resist but buy some ploughman’s flavoured Cheddar, after sampling some, I was hooked!

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Colourful array of oils…sometimes I wonder why I buy olive oil from the supermarket, when there are so many tasty varieties available. Note to myself : next time I run out of olive oil… look online and purchase.

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It is really fascinating how many different oils you can actually get your hands on!

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Hands down! These are the best cupcakes I have ever tasted! I devoured and shared a little bite with my husband. They were very beautifully presented, all hand made and sugar paste decorations handcrafted with love

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Here are The Mulberry Girls who are responsible for these delicious sweet creations. Natalie and Claire were so helpful and truly passionate about their product and they should be. An assortment to please all palettes..just Superb!

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Easter cupcakes that went down a treat.

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I could smell the aroma of these striking coffee beans around the tent. So elegant and presented so well. Just loved this!

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Lots of spices and pickles to keep all of us foodies busy in the kitchen…If I had the choice I think I would buy everything that I saw lol 🙂

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A big stall dedicated to all baking goodies. I was so excited, I didn’t know where to look..though I had to get some olive bread to go with the cheese I had bought earlier. The loaf was incredibly soft and fluffy. Brilliant bakers!

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The first time I have ever seen a curried flavoured cheese! Very original…

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We end on a delicate sweet note with this scrummy coconut ice. I wish now I had bought some. Oh well..will have to make some soon to satisfy my craving.

I really hope you enjoyed coming round with me at East England food festival. We were very lucky with the weather, it was extremely sunny, quite warm and a cool breeze. Spring was definitely in the air plus fantastic food and drink and family, what more could you want!

Have yourselves a peaceful and productive week and I shall see you tomorrow with a new flat bread recipe. Much love D x

Finally Sat Down & Had Cake!

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I have been looking for this café in the park for so long but today, together with my best friend we found it! 
As the sun came out,  we decided to meet up and take our little ones to the park.  Then after quite a bit of running around after them on the slide and swings we needed caffeine!

I opted for a mocha and a decadent piece of chocolate cake that I happened to have seen a little girl devouring in the café as we entered!  Perfect choice!  So soft and tasty… light and fluffy! It was just falling off of my fork. Just the right amount of chocolate in each layer.  Ummmm bliss!

I had to share this with you all my friends as firstly we found the café in the park!  and most importantly, I don’t remember the last time I actually got to sit down with wonderful company!  a soothing cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate cake all to myself! And not made by me!  What a treat! 🙂

Sweet Eggnog Latte Bread

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I really wanted to make up an extremely Christmassy recipe as it is my first year of blogging during this gorgeous time! The ingredients I came up with were pepper mint candy canes, but the young ones are too little for that amount of amazing sugar. I’ve already done the chocolatey things! And then it came to me EGGNOG!

Not just a simple eggnog recipe to drink but for it to be incorporated into a sweet recipe. Coffee and a dessert/breakfast bread came to mind and resulted in my eggnog latte bread! I started putting these ingredients together after writing up a recipe that I was about to attempt. Didn’t take long to prepare and was baked in half an hour! I was extremely happy with the result, as you see a moist and soft bread with a lingering taste of coffee and rich eggnog!

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My very first own Christmas eggnog latte bread that I know will now become a family tradition to make every year!

INGREDIENTS

200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp mixed spice
1 cup packed soft brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup eggnog latte
50g butter melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

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Eggnog latte ingredients

150ml milk
1 egg yolk beaten
1½ tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp instant coffee granules

Method for eggnog latte

• In a small saucepan whisk the milk and caster sugar on a low to medium heat, add in the coffee granules and carry on stirring until all is melted

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• Slowly pour in the egg yolk into the coffee mixture consistently stirring and still on a low heat. Once it starts to simmer take off the heat and set aside

• It will start thickening on its own due to the egg as it cools

METHOD

• Put all dry ingredients into a large bowl or electric mixer and mix until all combined

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• Preheat the oven to 180°c/350°f, line and grease a rectangular loaf pan

• Pour in the melted butter into the eggnog latte which should be warm at this point

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• Crack the eggs into the eggnog mixture and whisk until you end up with a glossy dark coffee looking sauce

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• Gradually add the eggnog batter into the flour and other dry ingredients as you are mixing it. Beat for a few minutes

• The bread batter will be quite runny, this helps retain the moisture

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• Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer once poked into the bread comes out clean

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• Leave in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove and tranfer over to a cooling rack

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• Dust the bread with lots of icing sugar serve with a warm drink and you may want to spread a little hazelnut chocolate spread! I know I did!

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Christmassy Tasting Coffee ☆

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I am feeling all Christmassy already!  And I just adore this time of year. The lights, the Christmas trees, decorations and most importantly the Food & DrinkTo celebrate with amongst family and friends!

I thought let me get into the mood by making myself a cup of coffee with mixed ground spice.  A scent that starts to capture the Christmas season, through its aroma and taste

Simply make your usual cup of coffee and stir in some mixed spice powder!

I found a beautiful recipe if you want to make fresh ground mixed spice.  I’ll definitely be attempting this as soon as I need to restock!

Recipe for old fashioned mixed spice

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My first caramel sauce!

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I was extremely inspired by John from the Bartolini kitchens when he recently baked and posted his Aunt Mary’s apple cake recipe. I had some apples and wanted to bake something sweet and appleee for a while now and this was the perfect recipe

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I adapted it and left out the raisins as I’m not a raisin fan and replaced the walnuts with flaked almonds as a crispy topping. The main component of this dish was the caramel sauce but hands down to John! your caramel looks stunning. Mine came out a lighter colour, I was afraid that I would burn it on my first attempt. Next time I will caramelise it more!

This cake has no butter in it but oil, so I thought I could get away with having a little caramel sauce with it. In which I cut down the fat content by replacing cream with milk. The caramel came out well but I did make less on purpose and thought I could make more when needed…and I think we will be needing more soon!

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INGREDIENTS

3 large apples cored and thinly sliced
3 eggs
400g plain flour
Pinch of salt
120g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup sunflower oil
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp cinnamon powder
Toasted flaked almonds

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 180°c/350°f/gas mark 4. Line and grease a deep baking dish

• Mix all the ingredients together except for the apple, beat and combine well. Batter will be stiff

• Fold in the apples and pour out the batter into the baking dish. Liberally scatter the flaked almonds on top and bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean when inserted

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• Slice into squares and leave to cool in the dish

Meanwhile to make the light caramel sauce
You will need ~
50g light brown sugar
150g butter
40g caster sugar
60 ml milk

• Melt the sugar and butter on a low heat, wait for the sugar to dissolve

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• Then pour in the milk, still on a low heat, stirring continuously until the sauce starts to thicken and bubble

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Take off the heat, ready for the cake!

Drench the cake in this sweet sweet sauce and devour warm! Enjoy D x

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Coffee and walnut cupcakes

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Following on from the coffee theme of the Mocha melts I made these for my best friends when they came over for a visit and a girly catch up.  They went down a treat and some were sent off with them for their husbands before I received complaints that they missed out.  I absolutely adore baking for friends and family, any excuse at any occasion or event or I just call them round when there is something to sample!  Coming up soon is chocolate fondants!  Come round all there will be plenty for everyone!

INGREDIENTS

110g self raising flour
110g caster sugar
110g butter spread soft
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
2 tbsp instant coffee granules diluted in 1 1/2 tbsp boiling water
50 g chopped walnuts

For topping
200g icing sugar
2 tbsp instant coffee granules diluted in 2 tbsp boiling water
12 walnut halves for decoration

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 170ºc/325ºf/gas mark 3. Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake cases

2. Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl or food processor, add the butter spread, eggs, baking powder and beat until pale and fluffy.

3. Add the coffee mixture into the batter, slowly fold in the chopped walnuts and spoon the batter into the cases. Bake in the oven on the middle shelf for about 20 minutes until firm to the touch, set aside to cool

4. To make the icing, combine the icing sugar, coffee mixture and stir well. If you find the coffee flavour too strong adjust according to taste by adding more sugar and a little more boiling water for desired flavour and consistency. Using a spoon, ice the cakes and top off with a walnut halve on each

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This wonderful recipe is from Baking Magic (K.Shirazi & S.Blake)