Archive | November, 2013

Double Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies

18 Nov

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These are quite possibly the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. They’re rich, decadent and gooey, and we ate half of them straight out the tray before they even made it onto a plate (hence why there aren’t so many in the final pictures!)

This recipe makes quite a lot of cookies so you could cut it in half if you just wanted to make a few, although personally I’d make them all because they’re so good you won’t want to stop eating them.

You can use mini marshmallows instead of normal ones if you can’t be bothered to chop them up, although normal marshmallows are cheaper and I prefer them because you can use bigger pieces.

Tip: white chocolate would be great in these cookies, and would look pretty awesome too. You could also try them with dark chocolate, although that might make them too rich for some tastes.

Makes: around fifteen large cookies, or more if you made them smaller.

Cost per cookie: this depends on how many cookies you make but if you made fifteen cookies it would work out as £0.19 per cookie (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 400g caster sugar
  • 280g butter
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 100g marshmallows

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cream together the butter and sugar.

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3) Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.

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4) Combine the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda and fold into the mixture.

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5) Break the chocolate into pieces and cut the marshmallows up (I cut each marshmallow into around 5 pieces, but you can do them bigger or smaller if you want to).

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6) Stir the chocolate and marshmallows through the mixture, spreading them as evenly as you can.

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7) Spoon the mixture onto a baking tray, making sure the cookies are well spread out – mine weren’t spread out enough and turned into a giant cookie traybake. Use greaseproof paper if you had it as these are quite sticky and could be a little tricky to get off the tray otherwise!

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8) Bake in the oven for around 12-15 minutes, until the cookies are hard on top (the rest will harden up when they cool) and the marshmallow is starting to go golden. Try not to eat them all at once!

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Cheat’s Tartiflette

7 Nov

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This is a perfect dish now that the weather is getting colder, because it’s really hearty and filling without being stodgy. The ingredients are all things that you probably already have in the fridge, so it’s really good for when you need to make something quick but tasty.

It’s also a great play on the classic French dish tartiflette, which is delicious but a lot more expensive as it uses double cream and reblochon cheese where I’ve used milk and cheddar, making it a perfect treat on a budget.

Tip: this would be really tasty with bacon in all of the layers, but if you want to do this I would suggest frying it first so that it crisps up a bit, as just cooking it in the milk won’t give it as nice a texture.

Serves: three people.

Cost per person: £0.63 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 3 baking potatoes
  • 1 rashers bacon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 100g cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 tsps mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cut the baking potatoes into slices.

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3) Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with a layer of potatoes. Season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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4) Cover with a third of the grated cheese and half a roughly chopped onion.

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5) Add another layer of potatoes and cover with another third of the cheese and the rest of the onion. Season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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6) Add another layer of potatoes and season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Chop the bacon rashers into pieces and cover the potatoes with them. Drizzle with vegetable oil.

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7) Cook in the oven for 10 minutes, then add the milk and return to the oven.

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8) After another 10 minutes, remove from the oven and stir, to avoid the milk curdling.

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9) Add the rest of the grated cheese and cook for another 10 minutes, until the cheese has completely melted and the potatoes are cooked.

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10) Tuck in!

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Chocolate Cookies

1 Nov

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Everyone loves chocolate cookies, and these are great because instead of chocolate chips I’ve used big chunks of chocolate which makes them taste really luxurious. It’s only a little recipe so it’s great for when you really fancy a few homemade cookies and the gorgeous smell of them baking, but don’t want hundreds of them that end up going stale because you can’t eat them all.

Tip: you could try these with a mixture of white, milk and dark chocolate for a delicious twist. They would also be great with a few teaspoons of cocoa powder added with the flour to make them extra chocolatey!

Makes: eight or nine large cookies, or more if you made them smaller.

Cost per cookie: this depends on how many cookies you make but if you made nine cookies it would work out as £0.13 per cookie (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 225g plain flour
  • 125g butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 200g chocolate

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cream the butter and sugar together.

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3) Beat in the egg.

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4) Sift in the flour, and fold into the mixture.

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5) Break the chocolate into chunks and add it to the mixture.

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6) Shape the cookies on a greased baking tray. Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes, until golden.

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7) Try not to eat them all at once!

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