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Snowman Biscuits

19 Dec

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These biscuits are so easy to make, and undeniably cute and Christmassy. They’re great to make with little ones as they’re so simple, or if you want something lovely and Christmassy to serve up that everyone will love. They’re also really cheap so if you wanted to make them for a party or get-together you could make loads, and with minimal effort on your part – all you need is a reasonably steady hand to ice the faces!

Tip: this recipe does make quite a lot of biscuits (I got thirty), so if you only want a few then halve the recipe.

Makes: around thirty biscuits, as long as you roll them out quite thin (about a quarter of a centimetre).

Cost per biscuit: this depends on how many biscuits you make but if you made thirty it would work out as £0.10 per biscuit (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 140g caster sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g icing sugar
  • White marshmallows (I needed 2 bags of marshmallows to get enough white ones – you can eat all the pink ones whilst you decorate!)
  • Writing icing

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cream together the butter and sugar.

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3) Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

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4) Add the flour, and get your hands in to knead it into a dough.

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5) Sprinkle flour over a clean work surface, and roll out the dough to about a quarter of a centimetre thick.

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6) Use a round cookie cutter to cut circles out of the dough, and place them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Roll out and repeat until all your dough is used up.

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7) Bake in the oven for around fifteen minutes, until golden.

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8) Leave on a wire rack until completely cool.

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9) Mix up the icing sugar with water, and ice the biscuits, sticking a white marshmallow onto each for the snowman’s heads.

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10) Use different colours of writing icing to ice faces, bow ties and buttons, and overload on Christmassy cuteness!

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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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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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Chocolate Orange Cake

12 Oct

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This is such a gorgeous cake to make when you want something a bit more special than a Victoria or chocolate sponge. The orange means that it isn’t quite as sweet as regular chocolate cake, and it is absolutely delicious. Mixing the candied peel into the mixture gives a lovely zingy taste and a great texture. Although it is a bit more fiddly and uses a few more ingredients than a standard chocolate sponge, the extra effort is definitely worth it!

Tip: I’ve used milk chocolate to make the ganache icing, but if you want to make your cake a bit richer then use dark chocolate, or a mixture of dark and milk.

Cost per slice: obviously this depends on how big your slices are! You should be able to get around twelve slices out of this cake, in which case they would work out as costing just £0.16 per slice, much cheaper than a shop-bought cake and far tastier too! (Price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g candied orange peel
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 150ml double cream
  • 150g milk chocolate
  • 2-3 tbsp apricot jam

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease two cake tins and if you have any line them with greaseproof paper.

2) Cream together the butter and sugar.

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3) Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

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4) Sieve in the flour, cocoa powder and baking power a bit at a time, and fold into the mixture.

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5) Cut the candied peel into as small pieces as you can.

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6) Fold the orange peel into the mixture, and add in the milk if needed.

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7) Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool completely before adding the icing.

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8) Make the ganache by putting the double cream and broken-up chocolate into a bowl over a simmering saucepan of water for around 10 minutes, until melted and smooth. Leave to cool and thicken up until it is a spreadable consistency.

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9) Whilst the ganache is cooling, spread the apricot jam over the top of both halves of the cake.

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10) Spread the ganache icing over the apricot jam and stick the two halves together. Decorate with a little more candied peel, if you wish, and try not to eat it all in one go!

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Tuna Melt Piadina

13 Sep

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This is a popular recipe in Italy, and it’s great to make when you want something that’s both filling and healthy – tuna is very good for you. It’s a bit like a toasted sandwich, but much tastier!

This is best served as soon as it is cooked, so serve the first as soon as it is done and then cook the second one.

Tip: this would also be great with the addition of some sweetcorn with the tuna, or with spring onions instead of onions. If you would prefer it to be more crunchy the onion can also be used raw instead of fried.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.69 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 125ml water
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 can (200g) tuna, drained
  • 30g cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Finely chop the onion and fry on a medium heat for around 5 minutes, until soft and golden. Set aside.

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2) Mix together the flour and water in a bowl until it comes together, then form into a dough with your hands and knead for a few minutes.

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3) Divide the dough into 2 balls and flatten each piece to around 18cm wide.

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4) Fry the dough on a medium heat for around 3 minutes on each side, until lightly golden and puffed up.

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5) Whilst the dough is frying finely chop the apple and mix together with the tuna and onion.

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6) Remove the bread from the pan and carefully slice it in two by cutting around the edge and gradually cutting into the middle. Spread one half with half of the tuna filling.

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7) Sprinkle with cheese and put the other half of the bread on top and press down gently.

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8) Place it back in the pan and fry for another 3 minutes on each side, until golden on the outside and melted inside.

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9) Tuck in!

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Beef and Bean Pot Melt

6 Sep

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This tender, melt-in-the-mouth dish is a hearty treat, great as we move into autumn. It can be made with pretty much any cut of beef, and because it cooks for a long time even a very cheap cut will be succulent and tender. I used a cut of beef called skirt, but anything such as braising steak, brisket, chuck or shin would be delicious in this recipe. You may have to look in a butchers to find some of them if your supermarket doesn’t have a meat counter, but they shouldn’t be too expensive and there is often much more flavour to be found in a cheaper cut of meat!

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen.

Tip: small chunks of blue cheese or mature cheddar stirred through 5 minutes before cooking is done would add a lovely depth to this dish.

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £1.02 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients, except for the beef).

Ingredients:

  • 400g diced beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can (400g) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1-2 tsps chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 50ml water
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 160C.

2) Dice the beef if not already done, and coat it in a layer of flour.

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3) Fry the beef on a high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, until sealed and golden brown.

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4) Chop the onion and garlic and them to the beef. Cook on a medium heat for another 10 minutes.

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5) Add the water and chilli powder to the beef and onions, and simmer for 2 minutes.

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6) Add the chopped tomatoes, kidney beans and the chopped pepper, and stir together well.

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7) Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.

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8) Serve with a jacket potato or mash, and enjoy!

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Cheese and Vegetable Spaghetti

2 Sep

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This is a very cheap and simple recipe which can be made with lots of different variations, making it perfect for when you need to use up food before it goes off.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, and the sauce should be fine for around a month if frozen.

Tip: if you wanted to you could also add some cooked, chopped bacon to the sauce at the same time as – or instead of – the vegetables. I used broccoli in mine, but some other vegetables that would go well are:

  • Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflour
  • Leeks

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.34 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 600ml milk
  • 100g grated mature cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • 75g broccoli
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Method

1) Melt the butter over a medium heat.

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2) Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.

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3) Take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the milk, until you get a smooth sauce.

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4) Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly.

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5) Put the spaghetti on the boil. At the same time, season the sauce with salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.

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6) Cut the broccoli into small florets and boil for two minutes. Stir the cheese into the sauce, and simmer until it melts.

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7) Drain the broccoli and stir into the sauce.

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8) Drain the spaghetti and serve.

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