So I tend to use the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook Frosted Brownie recipe the most as its a bit cheaper and gives a good bake. It also lends itself to change which is perfect as I do like to add things in like Marshmallows or Maltesers.
So on to the recipe:
500g Caster Sugar
120g Plain Flour
100g Cocoa Powder
250g Unsalted Butter (Melted)
30g Walnuts and 30g of Dark Chocolate – This is where I add what I like….
Preheat the oven to 160’c in the book it says 170’c (325’F) Gas Mark 3 but I have a fan oven and over time I have realised most Hummingbird Recipes need the 160’c temp.
Anyway Melt the Butter
Beat the Eggs and Sugar together until light and fluffy. I use a hand held mixer by Kenwood
Add the Flour and Cocoa Powder and mix until just combined. It gets really messy at this point due to flour/cocoa dust so I mix it first then turn the mixer on.
Add the Butter and mix again, then pour into a prepared tin and I use a 33 x 23 x 5cm baking tin for browines and traybakes, lined with baking parchment.
This is when you add the extra yummy bits and then bake for around 25-30mins until the top is firm but the centre is soft.
Cool in the tin and then pop in the fridge to firm up.
Yep that’s right the Cricket Season has started and the first game was a friendly against Warnham and Holmbush Park, which is the team I do the teas for. Anyway it was at home and I was asked to cater for the teas. As it was a game on home turf for both teams it game me an opportunity to test out some new recipes and bring back some old favourites too.
Now I normally start baking cake on a Thursday for the Saturday game, however I was completely dis-organised and still had not done the food shopping until after work on the Friday. So I left work on that Friday and popped to Tesco to do a Cricket Tea shop.
I had a menu planned and it consisted of Cheese and Caramelised Onion Puffs, Cheese, Ham, Egg and Chicken Sandwiches, which I always cut into finger sandwiches, Cookies (Oat and Raisin) Brownies, Salad, Eton Mess and Crisps.
LETS START WITH THE CHEESE & CARAMELISED ONION PUFFS
These are so easy, as its just puff pastry, which I bought as its a faff to make rough puff and to be honest the bought stuff is good. I cut this in to rectangles and popped a little grated cheese in the middle, then added a bit of the Caramelized Onion and again I cheated and bought it. Wrapped it up like a little parcel, egg washed it, added more grated cheese and then baked until golden in a hot oven (200’c) Easy and quick.
NOW MOVING ONTO COOKIES
This is the only thing I can thank my StepMonster for, as this is the best recipe for Cookies ever as they keep and you can freeze them too. I change the recipe a lot for these as it is very adaptable and you could use anything and I have been known too from Peanuts, to Walnuts to chopped up Mars Bars, I think you get the idea. Anyway these are easy and more recently I have been known to chuck all the ingredients into a bowl and just mix. I have written up the recipe for this and you can find it at:Cookies
Now I am not going to tell you how to make a sandwich so lets move onto Brownies and to be honest this is now the only recipe I use and again it can be adapted. I normally add any type of chopped up choc bar or raspberries or nuts. I generally have a look in my cupboard or fridge and roll with it. This time I used the last of the Monty Bojangles Choccy Scoffy, which I had sitting in my baking cupboard and some nice big marshmallows. Once the batter was ready to go in the oven I pushed the Marshmallows and Choccy Scoffy and popped it in the oven. As I have said this is a tried and tested recipe which I have used a number of times out of the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook (1st one in their titles) I will pop the recipe on this website.
Right lastly I did an Eton Mess, I know you are thinking crazy! why! well these are really easy and went down really well too… I whipped the cream at home and also got the strawberries and meringues ready too before we left. Once I was there all I had to do was pop the mix into individual cups, add a spoon and the Mess was ready..
So there you go first Tea done and I have done another one since which I will write up soon.
Yep this is a post on easy Ice Cream and it is the easiest and simplest Ice Cream recipe ever and I love it.
I have an Ice Cream Machine but since I have discovered this I have rarely used it as this recipe does not need churning at all, which saves a lot of time. However the advantage with my Ice Cream Machine is it freezes it and you can eat it within 30mins if you want and this recipe requires it to freeze in the freezer first.
As I have said this is the easiest recipe on the face of this earth for Ice Cream and I highly recommend making it, not only is it simple it is easy to adapt and you can put anything in it from Vodka to Banana to Crisps if you wanted too..
So here is the Basic Recipe:
300ml Double Cream
284ml of Condensed Milk – So a can’s worth
Whip it together until thick and then add what you want..
I’ve added Banana’s (3) mashed up and changed the Condensed Milk to Caramel Condensed Milk and then for crunch and so it tastes a bit more like Banoffee Pie I have added slightly crushed biscuits.
For the Coffee one, I have added cooled coffee made with warm milk and then I tipped a big slug of Baileys type liquor in. The beauty of adding alcohol is that it defrosts a bit quicker.
You can also added melted choc any type and maybe some raspberries yum or how about peanut butter, ready salted peanuts and dark chocolate chips…
Really the list is end-list and please email me if you have any questions