Coffee Cake Recipe☕

This recipe is by bbcgoodfood and turned out great- I would definitely make it again. This coffee cake is a lovely dessert that would go well with your favourite beverage☕

ingredients

  • 170g butter or margarine, plus extra for the tins
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 170g self-raising flour 
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water (add more if you like it stronger)
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 1½ tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water
  • strawberry jam (optional)
  • walnuts or cherries, to decorate (optional)

method

  • Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line and butter two 18cm sandwich tins. Add the sugar and butter to a bowl and whisk until very fluffy and pale.
  • Whisk the eggs in a mug with a fork, then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tbsp of flour each time. (Make sure you don’t use all the flour.) 
  • When the eggs have been fully combined into the mix, add the rest of the flour and the baking powder and fold it in gently.
  • Add the dissolved coffee to the mixture, still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 25-30 min until risen and firm and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Can be frozen at this stage.
  • Meanwhile, make the icing by beating the icing sugar with the butter until light and fluffy, then add the dissolved coffee. Whisk, then cover and set aside until ready to ice the cake.
  • Spread half the icing on the bottom of one sponge and spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the other, if using. Sandwich together, then spread the remaining icing on top. Decorate with walnuts or cherries, if you like.


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Mocha and Hazelnut Overnight Oats Recipe🥣

This recipe is by Glenisk and serves 2.

  • 120g Flahavan’s Organic Oats
  • 300g Glenisk BIO Organic Vanilla Yoghurt
  • 60ml cold coffee
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2tsp cocoa powder
  • 2tbsp chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts

Add the oats, 240g yogurt, cold coffee, maple syrup, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder to a bowl and mix well. If you find the consistency is too thick for your taste, simply add some milk to loosen.

Cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge overnight.

Top with chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts and enjoy!

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Chocolate Chip Cake Bars Recipe🍪

This recipe is by McVitie’s and serves 6.

ingredients

  • 18 McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 chocolate chips (60g)

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and dust with flour.
  • Put the McVitie’s Digestives in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Combine the McVitie’s Digestives, flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar, ideally using an electric mixer, until fluffy and light.Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla to the butter and sugar with the mixer on low.
  • Beat until combined, then add a third of the flour mixture along with half of the milk. Beat until combined again, then add another third of the flour and the remaining milk. Beat again. Add the rest of the flour and the chocolate chips. Stir in thoroughly.
  • Spoon the batter into the cake tin and spread out evenly. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely and cut into bars before serving.


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McVitie’s Digestives© Cupcakes Recipe🍪🧁

McVitie’s Digestives biscuits go well with a cup of tea. This is my first McVitie’s Recipe. I thought the sound of crumbled biscuits on cupcakes sounded yummy so decided to give this recipe a go and it did not disappoint🍪🧁

ingredients

  • 20g dark chocolate, chilled
  • 4 McVITIE’S Digestives©
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup self-raising flour, sieved
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, sieved
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Line a muffin tin with 10-12 muffin cases.
  • Use a fine grater to grate the chocolate and place the grated chocolate back in the fridge.
  • Put the McVITIE’S DIGESTIVES© in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, eggs and milk until completely blended and smooth.
  • Divide this mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 18-20 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch.
  • Allow to cool before sprinkling with chocolate shavings and McVITIE’S DIGESTIVES© crumbs.

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Oatly Oat Drink Review🥛📝

My friend Niamh recommended trying Oatly Milk Barista Edition in porridge so I gave it a go. Apparently the Barista Edition is much nicer than the others so I will take her word for it. Oatly Oat Drink is available in Barista Edition, Organic Edition, Chocolate Edition and Orange Mango Edition. Chilled Oatly Oat Drink can be bought Whole, Semi, Skinny, Semi Organic or Chocolate Deluxe. Oatly also produces On The Go and Cooking editions, Oatgurt, as well as several ice cream flavours.

Product Name: The Original Oatly Oat Drink Barista Edition
Store purchased: Tesco Oranmore
Price: €2.50
Volume: 1L
Ingredients: Water, Oats (10%), rapeseed oil, acidity regulator (dipotassium phosphate), calcium carbonate, salt, vitamins (D2, riboflavin, B12), potassium iodide/
Allergens: 🥛Dairy free 🥣Oats 🌱Free from Soya 🥦Suitable for Vegans

This Oat Drink is light brown in colour and has a smooth consistency. This Oat Drink tasted good in my porridge as an alternative to regular milk or water. Once opened, this oat drink should be refrigerated and consumed within 5 days.

Would I buy again?
8.5/10Yes

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Lemon Curd and Blueberry Butterfly Fairy Cakes🍋🦋

I enjoyed making these fairy cakes. For a slightly healthier option, natural yoghurt or crème fraîche may be used instead of cream if preferred. Blueberries may be substituted with any other fruit. Chopped kiwi, grapes or other berries may work well too.

ingredients

  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 lemon (finely grated zest only)
  • 100g Self-Raising Flour
  • 100g Unsalted Butter (softened)

To decorate

  • 150ml Fresh Cream
  • 125g Fresh Curd
  • 36 Blueberries
  • 1 tbsp Icing Sugar for dusting (optional)

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°/gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole bun tin or fairy cake tin with fairy cake-sized paper cases.
  • Put all the ingredients for the fairy cakes in a large bowl and beat until smooth and well combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the paper cases. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly golden, risen and cooked through. A skewer should come out clean from the centre. Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack. Leave to cool.
  • Once cool, use a sharp knife to slice the top off each fairy cake to give a disc. Cut this in half and set the pieces aside. Spread an even amount of lemon curd on top of each fairy cake.
  • Whip the cream to soft peaks, then spoon a small dollop in the centre of each one.
  • Arrange two of the reserved fairy cake halves sitting upright on top of each one to resemble butterfly wings. Put three blueberries down the centre of each one. Dust with a little icing sugar.

fam feedback:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Tiramisu Recipe☕

Happy World Chocolate Day 🍫 My friend Niamh sent me this recipe by recipetineats and serves 6-8. There are lots of Tiramisu recipe variations online. This recipe does not use whipping cream and uses raw eggs. ‘There’s layers to this s***player, Tiramisu, Tiramisu’-Macklemore.

ingredients

  • 3 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g mascarpone
  • 1 1/4 cups black coffee (hot and strong)
  • 2 tbsp (or more!) liquor (I used Baileys)
  • 24-30 lady fingers,pavesini or savoiardi biscuits
  • Cocoa for dusting

METHOD

  • Beat yolks and sugar using an electric whisk on speed 6 to 7 for 10 minutes or until it changes from yellow to pale yellow (almost white) and is thick.
  • Add vanilla and mascarpone, beat until just combined and smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl, set aside.
  • Clean bowl and whisk. Add egg whites and beat until its stiff (should be all white foam)
  • Add 1/2 the cream mixture into the egg whites. Gently fold through. When most incorporated, add the remaining cream mixture and fold through until just combined- don’t bash out all the air in the egg whites!
  • Mix coffee and liquor together. Quickly dip biscuits in and line the bottom of a dish (20cm square dish or bowl).
  • Spread over half the cream, then top with another layer of coffee dipped biscuits.
  • Spread with remaining cream.
  • Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Dust with cocoa powder just before serving.

Fam feedback

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Mind yourself (gurleen)💆

This blogpost describes ways to practice self-care. It is important to check-up on ourselves often and take care of ourselves emotionally, spiritually, physically. 🧘

  • Eat well
  • Exercise regularly
  • Practice yoga, meditation,mindfulness
  • Visit and spend time with family members (nobody loves you more)
  • Visit friends often
  • Visit neighbours
  • Treat yourself to a nice dessert or online shop every now and then
  • Netflix and chill
  • Practice hobbies; something creative as well as sports
  • Get your hair or makeup done
  • Book a massage
  • Have a nice bath using bathbombs and candles
  • Use a facemask
  • Play relaxing music
  • Make a scrapbook or look at old photos (good times)
  • Do some cleaning (some people find this relaxing)
  • Do some gardening
  • Walk in nature
  • Look up healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner ideas and make a shopping list
  • Make a smoothie
  • Brew a coffee
  • Write down goals and hopes for the future; this can be within the next month or year and not necessarily for five years time
  • Self reflect (lots of people do not do this and it is something everyone should do) I will do another blogpost on this again in the future
  • Organise a day trip
  • Go to mass
  • Volunteer
  • Write down a list of things you have achieved recently that you are proud of
  • Emotionally and physically distance yourself from people who are of no value to you, don’t treat you well, are not good for your general wellbeing, are not worth your time or don’t bring you happiness
  • Avoid conflicts,negativity, gossip, drama

Comment below if you enjoyed this post and if you have any other tips!✨💭🙏


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Millionaires Shortbread Recipe🍫

This recipe is by Rozanna Purcell (Natural Born Feeder) and serves 9.

Shortbread squares can be kept in the fridge for 7 days.

🌾Suitable for Vegetarians

ingredients

For the base you will need:

  • 300g oats blended into a flour
  • 100g ground almond
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)

For caramel sauce you will need:

  • 160g tahini
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup

Method

  • Using an electric whisk, mix and press into a lined 20cm tin. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees C. Let cool before adding the caramel sauce.
  • Once the base is baked, allow to cool for 15 minutes before adding the caramel sauce. Mix to combine and pour over the baked shortbread.
  • Place in the fridge or freezer to set.
  • Once the caramel has set, pour over 100g melted chocolate and set in the fridge.

Fam FeedBack:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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May, 2020

Galway coffee and dining🍴☘️

There are so many places to eat in Galway city and county. It is no wonder Galway was awarded the European Capital of Culture 2020. Below are a list of coffee and food places I recommend in Galway city. This list is most definitely not exhaustive and I will update this blogpost regularly☕🍴

Coffee/Hot drinks: Espresso 44, Little Lane Coffee Company, Costa, Esquires Coffee, Javas Creperie, Starbucks (if you’re basic enough), Cupán Tae, Gourmet Tart Co, The Jungle Café, Renzo, Brazco Coffee Co., The Secret Garden, Mocha Beans, Poppy Seed, The Natural Way (Clarinbridge), Little Mammas, Espresso 44, Coco Café Salthill, Coffeewerk+Press, Little Collins CBD Dispensary, Éan Bakery&Restaurant, Jungle Café, An Tobar Nua, Kali Coffee Bar, Bar Italia Ciarlantini, Renzo – Gallery – Cafe, Ré Coffee + Design

Brunch: Dela, Ard Bia Nimmos, Mr. Waffle, Ground&Co, Javas Creperie, Hyde

Lunch: McCambridges, Pascal’s, Mr.Waffle, Mixgreens, Ground&Co, Café Temple, The Kitchen, The G Counter, Hyde, The Pasta Factory, The Gourmet Offensive, Urban grind, Café temple, The Creamery, Gourmet Food Parlour Salthill, The Old Barracks (Athenry)

Dinner: Park House, The Huntsmann Inn, Blake’s Brasserie on the corner, Martine’s, Papa Rich, Venice Italian, The Buddha Bar, Seven bar and restaurant, Éan Bakery&Restaurant


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