Chunky Monkey Choc Cookies

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These chunky chocolate chip cookies have just been made, photographed, blogged and eaten. The sweet (low fat) buttery aroma has filled every room in our home.

The main reason for making these today is my adorable 4 year old nephew. I just had to treat him!

Hope you all enjoy them…Have a wonderful day! Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

300g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
120g soft brown sugar
150g low fat butter spread
2 eggs
1 packet chocolate chips

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°c.  Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper

Take all ingredients apart from the chocolate chips and combine well in a food processor or large mixing bowl

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Fold in the chocolate chips.  Roll one large heaped tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball and gently flatten after placing on the baking tray

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Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown in colour

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I Am Soooo Eggcited!!!!

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My Sunday buy at the local supermarket allowed me to come across this very funky egg timer.  Determining the type of boiled egg you would like to devour with some buttered toast.

All I have to do is put this gadget in the pan with the boiling water and eggs and wait for the orange colour to change to white.  Giving me soft..medium or hard boiled eggs!!

I seriously can’t wait to use it.  You’ve probably guessed I’m going to be having comforting soft/medium eggs for lunch!!!…Ummmmmm…

See you soon for a chickpea chapati recipe I made last week. Have a relaxing Sunday. Much love, D x

Lemon pop pop…poppy seed muffin cakes

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to EVERYONE!  With the start of 2015, I bring you something to sweeten your tastebuds. I have been wanting to make these lemon poppy seed muffins for a long time.  My son always opts for them when we go to Starbucks and are definitely his next favourite after my double chocolate muffins.

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I wanted to add a tart lemon curd in the centre of the muffin but in the end found a great recipe online. I used the base cake recipe, left out the icing and made a lemon drizzle syrup to coat each muffin instead.  This gave the muffin a tantalising sour note with just the right amount of sweet and stickiness!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we are…wishing you all a fantastic 2015! Lots more food coming up here @ ShivaayDelights.com

Until next time! Much love D x

A recipe by Sarah Cook. BBC Good Food

INGREDIENTS

225g self-raising flour
175g golden caster sugar
zest 2 lemons
1 tbsp poppy seeds toasted
3 eggs
100g natural yogurt
175g butter, melted and cooled a little

METHOD

Heat oven to 180°c/160°c fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases

Mix the flour, sugar, lemon zest and poppy seeds together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the eggs into the yogurt, then tip this into the dry ingredients with the melted butter

Mix together with a wooden spoon or whisk until lump-free, then divide between the cases

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Bake for 20-22 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean – the cakes will be quite pale on top still. Cool for 5 mins in the tin, then carefully lift onto a wire rack to finish cooling

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For the Lemon Drizzle syrup

Take the juice of 1 lemon and 5 tablespoons of icing sugar. Melt and stir in a saucepan over a slow heat. Once the sugar has melted..turn off and put aside

Spoon on the warm syrup onto the individual cakes so that they are all shiny and ready to eat

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The Christmas Baking Competition @ ShivaayDelights

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The Christmas Competition on Shivaay Delights starts Today..Inconjuction with Tefal UK who are kindly awarding the winner a new sleek black Tefal Optigrill!

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http://www.tefal.co.uk/Cooking-appliances/Grills/OPTIGRILL-Black/p/7211001633

The COMPETITION is to BAKE CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS. You choose whether you’ll be baking cakes or cookies but it has to be Christmas based. The competition is open to UK residents only…sorry friends abroad!

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How to enter…

Please send your own entry pictures to ShivaayDelights@gmail.com. The competition will be running from Monday 1st December to Monday 8th December 2014

Follow me @ Shivaay Delights Twitter

We will be choosing the top 5 entries, that will then, go to an open vote for all Shivaay Delights friends @ The Facebook Group “Sharing Food With Shivaay Delights” who will choose the final winner and this lucky person will be announced on 11th December 2014

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Rules & Regulations

The competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 years or over, excluding employees and their immediate families (defined as parents, siblings, children & spouse regardless of where they live) of Tefal, its affiliated companies, their agents or anyone professionally connected with this promotion.    

There will be no cash or other alternative to stated prize. The prize is non-transferable and non-refundable. Only one prize per winner per household.

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I can’t wait to see what all of you bake. Please feel free to send me pictures even if you’re not in the UK as I will showcase all on the blog here!

Let’s start Baking!!! Happy festivities all!!!

The Chocolate French Cake…

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Yesterday we went to my sister in law Sushila’s house and she had made a lovely Thai curry with rice for lunch and an immensely sumptuous chocolate cake for dessert! As I walked into the kitchen, initially I thought I saw a chocolate sponge cake but how wrong could I have been!

When the time came to have dessert, I was profoundly surprised that the chocolate sponge was indeed the most moist, rich , sweet and velvety textured almost chocolate mousse like cake. It was partnered with some sweetened fresh whipped cream. Just in having a spoonful of this cake…I was in absolute heaven.

I just had to have the recipe for myself and for all of you too…don’t say I never think of you all 😉

Thanks so much Sushila…We had a wonderful time and the cake you made will stay with us forever!!!

Thanks M…For taking the great pictures!

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So here it is The French Chocolate Cake…by Martha Day

INGREDIENTS

150g caster sugar
275g plain chocolate chopped
175g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tsp vanilla essence
5 eggs separated
40g plain flour sifted
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar for dusting

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METHOD

Preheat the oven to 160°c. Grease a 24cm springform cake tin, sprinkle with a little sugar and tap out the excess

Place the chocolate, butter and sugar in a saucepan, cook over a low heat until melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla essence and leave to cool slightly

Beat the egg yolks, one at a time, into the chocolate mixture, then stir in the flour

Beat the egg whites with the salt until soft peaks form. Beat one third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the rest

Pour into the the tin. Bake the cake for 35 to 45 minutes, until well risen and the top springs back when touched lightly. Transfer to a cooling rack. Remove the sides of the tin. Once cool, remove the tin base, dust with icing sugar, slice and serve with soft whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream

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Melt In Your Mouth Peach Pudding!

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I do surprise myself sometimes when I just make up random recipes and they work! This particular dessert was intended to be a sponge type traybake, but in the end it turned out to be a melt in the mouth peach pudding! I think it actually was better than what I thought it would have been originally. I guess that’s why I really like to develop my own recipes and I look forward to what will actually come out of the oven!

The taste is so fudgy because of the brown sugar. The peach slices add that slight acidity and then you have the texture which is absolutely soft and silky and just melts, melts, melts on your tongue!

It was a sure winner here, I really hope you all enjoy it friends!
Have a beautiful day, much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

150g softened unsalted butter
175g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
100g soft dark brown sugar
35g white sugar
Tin of peach slices drained
2 large eggs
½ cup of milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

Icing sugar to dust

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METHOD

Preheat the oven to 170°c and grease a rectangular baking deep dish. Also line with some grease proof paper

Cream the butter and both types of sugar together in a large mixing bowl, add the eggs one by one and stir

Fold in the flour with the salt and baking powder, pour in the milk and vanilla essence. At this point you should have a drop like consistency batter

Spread half the batter mixture into the dish, layer the peaches in rows to cover the batter. Gently spread the remaining mixture onto the peaches, level out as much as possible with a spatula

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Bake in the oven for 25 to 35 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean

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Let it cool in the tray and when ready to serve, slice into squares and dust with plenty of icing sugar

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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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Spicy Spinach & Cheese Omelette

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How lovely is it that the tables have turned and you are able to cook for your parents now. It was so lovely when my mum came to spend time with me last Friday and requested me to make her a spicy spinach and cheese omelette! She loves loves chilli, don’t know where I  get that from? 😉

So to heat up the flavours, I decided to shallow fry off the 2 chillies in the oil base.  This way the oil started to infuse the spicy heat and this then transferred itself to the whole yummy omelette!  Such a simple and tasty dish yet so satisfying.  Mum was happy and so was I!
Here’s to more foodie requests from our families for us to make for them!

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded spinach
1/3 cup grated mature cheddar cheese
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 tbsp milk
Salt to taste
1/3 tsp ground cumin powder
Pinch of turmeric powder
1 tbsp olive oil

METHOD

Heat the oil in a non stick frying pan on a low heat. Beat the eggs and milk with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well

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Pour into the frying pan and still on a low heat let it set. Once set, place a lid or plate onto the pan so that the top of the omelette cooks in its own steam

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Wait a few minutes, making sure all of it is cooked through

Serve with some buttered toast and savour the spiciness!

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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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