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Black Forest Yule Log

22 Dec

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Just in time for Christmas, this recipe is perfect for everyone who doesn’t like Christmas cake or Christmas pudding but still wants a deliciously festive sweet treat. The addition of the cherries makes this yule log seem extra decadent and luxurious, and tastes amazing. I will admit that I used a tin of cherries in this. If you really want to make your own filling, use a recipe such as this, but personally I think life is just too short and used this:

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This yule log went down a treat with my family, with the flourless cake meaning that it isn’t too rich and heavy to enjoy lots of it!

NB: although most of my recipes don’t require any specialist equipment, I wouldn’t attempt this recipe without an electric food mixer (I got one for £5 in Argos). This is because beating the egg whites takes a good ten minutes even with an electric mixer – without one, you’ll need muscles like Popeye!

Makes: obviously it depends how thick you cut your slices, but I got sixteen decent sized slices out of mine.

Cost per slice: again this obviously depends how many slices your yule log makes, but assuming you have sixteen it works out as £0.21 per slice (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 1 can (400g) cherry pie filling
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Separate your eggs, doing them one at a time over a small bowl before adding them to your mixing bowl so that if one goes wrong you won’t ruin all the other whites – you need to make sure not to get any yolk at all in the whites, or the egg whites won’t hold their shape when you beat them. To separate the eggs break them over a bowl, and tip the yolk back and forth between the two halves of the shell so that the white falls out and only the yolk remains in the shell.

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3) Beat the egg whites until they are thick and beginning to hold their peaks.

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4) Still whisking, add 50g of caster sugar and continue whisking until the eggs hold their peaks but are not dry.

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5) In a separate bowl beat together the egg yolks and the rest of the caster sugar, until they have a thick, mousse-like consistency.

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6) Add the vanilla extract to the egg yolk mixture, and sieve over the cocoa powder before folding both in.

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7) Fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture, about a quarter at a time. Fold carefully so that you don’t lose too much air from the mixture – you need it to keep the cake light and fluffy.

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8) Line a swiss roll tin (or deep baking tray) with greaseproof paper, folding it into the corners so that the cake stays rectangular, and pour in the mixture.

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9) Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.

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10) Sprinkle icing sugar over a large piece of greaseproof paper, and when the cake is cool enough to touch turn it out onto this – the icing sugar should stop it sticking.

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11) Spread the cherries over the cake. Spread the syrup right to the edges but keep the cherries fairly central – this ensures that every slice will have cherries in it.

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12) Roll up the log, trying to keep the roll nice and tight. It’s easier to roll it with your hands on the outside of the greaseproof paper. Don’t worry if any of it cracks or breaks – you can cover this up with icing. Trim the edges to make it neat.

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13) Make the icing by melting the chocolate over a pan of simmering water.

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14) Set aside the melted chocolate to cool a little, and cream together the icing sugar and butter.

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15) Add the melted chocolate to the buttercream, and beat in.

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16) Spread over the yule log, as evenly as possible.

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17) If your yule log is too long to fit on the board or plate you’re serving it on then trim to the right length.

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18) Cut the offcuts diagonally, and use to make a branch for your yule log.

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19) Cover this with icing as well, and make sure to hide the join.

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20) Serve dusted with icing sugar, to look like fallen snow.

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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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Raspberry and White Chocolate Cookies

17 Aug

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I have a real thing at the moment for cookies that are a bit more interesting than basic milk chocolate chips, so I was really pleased with how these turned out. I really like the added flavour that using whole raspberries, as opposed to freeze dried raspberry pieces, gives.

Tip: I used frozen raspberries because they’re much cheaper than fresh, but you can use either and it will work exactly the same. However, fresh raspberries will release a lot more juice into the mixture so if you find it gets too runny just add a little more flour.

Makes: around fifteen large cookies, or maybe a few more if you make them a bit smaller.

Cost per cookie: again, this depends on how many cookies you make but if you made fifteen cookies it would work out as £0.14 per cookie (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 350g unsifted plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g white chocolate
  • 75g raspberries

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

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

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3) Mix together the flour and bicarbonate of soda, and add to the mixture.

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4) Break the chocolate into small pieces, and stir it evenly through the mixture.

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5) Chop the raspberries into pieces and add them to the mixture as well, trying not to release too much juice.

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6) Spoon the dough onto a greased baking tray and cook in the oven for around 12-15 minutes, until golden.

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7) Try not to eat them all at once!

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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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Rolo Cookies

25 Jun

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These are a delicious treat to make when you fancy something sweet, and they’re not too expensive to make either – far cheaper than buying a packet of fresh cookies in the supermarket!

I used a 50-50 mixture of rolos and milk chocolate in order to make the recipe cheaper, as the rolos are the most expensive part, but you could use just rolos if you wanted to make the cookies even tastier.

Tip: if you don’t have soft brown sugar it’s fine to just use caster sugar to replace it.

Makes: this entirely depends how big you make your cookies. I made mine huge, and I got eleven, but if you made them a bit smaller you could easily get 15+ cookies out of this mixture.

Cost per cookie: again, this depends how big you make them and so how many cookies you get out of the mixture. If you make fifteen cookies, that works out as 26p per cookie (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 350g unsifted flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g (4 packets) rolos
  • 200g milk chocolate

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 190C.

2) In a bowl combine the butter, caster sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Beat in the eggs.

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3) In another bowl mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Gradually stir this into the butter, sugar and eggs mixture.

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4) Break the chocolate into little pieces and stir it into the mixture. Cut the rolos in half and add them too. If you keep them in the fridge first they’re easier to cut in half because the caramel won’t be runny.

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5) Split the mixture into cookie-sized amounts and place on a baking tray, making sure to space them well apart – further apart than mine in the picture if you’re making huge cookies too! Make sure to grease the baking tray, and if you have greaseproof paper use it, as the caramel in the rolos can make the cookies quite sticky and a little difficult to get off the tray.

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6) Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes, or until golden.

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7) Leave the cookies on the baking tray until completely cool before removing. If, like mine, your cookies have turned into cookie traybake then cut them apart whilst they’re still warm, but leave to harden on the tray.

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8) Try not to eat all of them in one go!

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