Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Valentine's Day Treat's

Chocolate cake
25g plain flour
1/2tsp baking powder
1tbsp cocoa powder
25g ground almonds
50g dark chocolate(70% cocoa soilds)
1bsp cold strong black coffee
50g butter
1 large egg,separated
50g sugar
cream & berries,to serve

Preheat oven to 180c/160c fan/gas 4.Grease the inside o two ramekins,then line the bases with baking paper.In a bowl sift together flour,baking powder and cocoa.Stir in almonds and set aside.Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a an o simmering water until chocolate as melted.Add the coffee and butter but don't stir.Whisk the egg white until it forms stiff,glossy peaks.Add the sugar,teaspoon at a time,whisking until stiff after each addition.Stir in chocolate mixture until smooth,then stir in the egg yolk.Gently fold in the egg white and sugar and flour mixture.Turn into the ramekins and bake for 25mins,then turn out and cool before serving with the cream and berries.

Heart biscuits
115g butter
55g caster sugar
few drops of vanilla extract
25g cornflour
250g royal icing sugar
food colouring to decorate

Mix the butter,caster sugar and vanilla extract until evenly mixed.Stir in flour and cornflour.Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30mins.Roll out to the thickness of a £1 coin and cut out heart shapes.Bake at 180c/160c an/gas 4 for 10mins.Leave to cool.Make the icing sugar with 4tbsp water.Divide into small bowls and add pink and red food colouring.Decorate and serve.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Get ready for pancake day

100g plain flour
2 eggs
300ml milk
1tbsp oil,plus some for frying
pinch of salt

Put the flour and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.Make a well in the centre and crack in the eggs,add the milk and the 1tbsp oil and whisk until a smooth batter.If the batter is to thick add a splash of milk.The batter should be the consistency of slightly thick single cream.Heat the frying pan over a moderate heat,then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper.Ladle in some of the mixture and make a thin even layer.After 30 sec the pancake should be ready to flip.Turn out onto a warm plate,and repeat to use up all the batter.Serve with your choose of filling.