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Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes

24 Aug

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I have a really sweet tooth so I thought these little cupcakes would be great. The strawberry jam gives a delicious addition to traditional fluffy sponge, and they’re so more-ish.

Tip: I’ve used strawberry jam as it’s my favourite, but pretty much any flavour of jam (although not marmalade!) would work well. I think blackcurrant or raspberry would be particularly good!

Makes: I made thirteen good sized cupcakes, but you could possibly get one more out of this recipe if you made them quite small.

Cost per cake: obviously this depends on how many cakes you make, but if you made thirteen cakes it would work out as £0.09 per cake (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 150g butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 75g strawberry jam

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cream together the butter and sugar, and then beat in the eggs and vanilla essence.

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3) Sift the flour into the mixture gradually, and fold in with a large metal spoon.

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4) Fill each of your cake cases around half full with mixture.

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5) Add around a teaspoon of jam to each cake case, taking care that the jam does not reach the sides – if it does, it will all ooze out of the side of the cake.

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6) Cover over the jam with a layer of mixture, ensuring it is all covered up.

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7) Bake in the oven for around 12-15 minutes, until golden.

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8) Try not to eat them all at once!

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Chicken Kiev and Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

6 Aug

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This is definitely one of my favourite meals, as it’s packed with flavour and it’s not even bad for you, it’s actually pretty healthy! Although chicken isn’t the cheapest of ingredients, I think that this meal is definitely worth the extra expense as it’s so good. Shop-bought chicken kievs just don’t compare to the homemade version!

Tip: If you don’t have or don’t like sweet potato then a normal baking potato would work just the same, although it may need 5 minutes longer to cook.

Serves: three people.

Cost per person: £1.61 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • Three chicken breasts
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 25g butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper/cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C, and the grill to a medium heat.

2) Peel the sweet potato and slice into wedges. Place on a baking tray and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the mixed herbs and chilli powder, and drizzle with vegetable oil. Cook for around 30 minutes, until golden.

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3) Whilst the chips are cooking, get started on the chicken. Finely chop or crush the garlic and mix with the butter.

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4) Cut a slit into the side of each chicken breast and spoon some of the garlic butter inside. Spread the butter on both sides of the chicken breasts and cook under a medium grill for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.

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5) Whilst the chicken is cooking toast the slice of bread and break it into breadcrumbs.

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6) Remove the chicken from the grill and cover with more garlic butter and breadcrumbs; if they won’t stick try mixing them with some of the butter. Cook under the grill for another 3-5 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are golden.

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7) Serve with your choice of vegetables and tuck in!

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Chocolate Marble Cake

2 Aug

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I have a major sweet tooth and this is probably my all-time favourite cake. The mixture of vanilla and chocolate means it isn’t too rich and is light and fluffy – it didn’t last two days around my family!

Cost per slice: obviously this depends on how big your slices are! You should be able to get around sixteen slices out of this cake, in which case they would work out as costing just £0.12 per slice, far cheaper than anything you could buy and much tastier too! (Price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 225g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm cake tin, and if you have any available then line the base of the tin with greaseproof paper.

2) Add all the ingredients except the cocoa powder to a large bowl and blend. If you are doing this by hand, cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs one at a time and beat them in too. Fold in the flour, milk and vanilla essence until the mixture is smooth.

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3) Divide the mixture between two bowls and and stir the cocoa powder into one of them. Then use two spoons to put alternate spoonfuls of the two mixtures into the cake tin.

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4) Use a skewer or a fork to swirl the mixture around and create a marbled effect.

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5) Bake for around 45-55 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for around 10 minutes, then remove the cake from the tin and place it on a cooling rack (or just a plate if you don’t have one!) to cool.

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