Chocolate Chip Muffins🧁

This recipe by Odlums is easy to follow and the muffins turned out delicious. It makes 12 muffins if using bun cases or 8-10 with muffin cases.

Ingredients

  • 250g/8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
  • 125g/4oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
  • 12g/¼oz Cocoa
  • 50g/2oz Shamrock Chocolate Chips
  • 1 level teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 large Egg
  • 150ml/¼pt Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Essence
  • 125g/4oz Butter or Margarine

Method

  • Preheat oven to 175°C/325°F/Gas 3.
  • Melt butter/margarine and allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  • Mix the egg, milk and vanilla essence into the cooled butter/margarine.
  • Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix to make a very soft mixture.
  • Spoon into bun cases, making each case about two thirds full.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Jo

https://www.odlums.ie/recipes/chocolate-chip-muffins/

Lemon Cheesecake Recipe🍋

ingredients

  • 10g digestive biscuits
  • 50g butter
  • 25g light brown soft sugar
  • 350g mascarpone
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2-3 lemons, juiced (about 90ml)

method

  • Crush the digestive biscuits in a food bag with a rolling pin or in the food processor. Melt the butter in a saucepan, take off heat and stir in the brown sugar and biscuit crumbs.
  • Line the base of a 20cm loose bottomed cake tin with baking parchment. Press the biscuit into the bottom of the tin and chill in the fridge while making the topping.
  • Beat together the mascarpone, caster sugar, lemon zest and juice, until smooth and creamy. Spread over the base and chill for a couple of hours.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Creme Egg Rice Krispie Treats🍫🐰🐣

With Easter just around the corner, I decided to make this recipe by Easy Food Magazine. It is easy to make and turned out delicious. Anyone who loves creme eggs will love these 🐣

ingredients

  • 200g Rice Krispies
  • 200g+100g milk chocolate
  • 3 Creme Eggs
  • Mini Creme Eggs

method

  • Melt 200g milk chocolate.
  • Add to 200g Rice Krispies and mix.
  • Add a bag of mini creme eggs.
  • Pour the mixture into a lined tin.
  • Pour the mixture into a lined tin and press down the mixture onto the pan and chill in the fridge.
  • Spread over 100g melted chocolate.
  • Decorate with creme eggs and chill before serving.
  • Cut into squares.


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Baked Vanilla Cheesecake Recipe🍰

This was my first time to ever make a baked cheesecake and my family were delighted when I served them this slice of heaven after dinner today.

ingredients

  • 150 g Caster Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 Lemon Zest
  • 300 ml SuperValu Sour Cream
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 150 g SuperValu Rich Tea Biscuits
  • 85g Butter
  • 280 g Cream Cheese X 3
  • 1 portion Raspberry Coulis
  • 1 portion Fresh Berries

method

  • Remove the cream cheese and sour cream from the fridge a couple of hours before you begin. Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3. Line the base of a 23cm spring-form tin with non-stick baking paper.
  • To make the base, blend the biscuits in a food processor or crush them finely in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin. Mix with the melted butter, then press firmly into the base of the lined tin and refrigerate for 10 minutes. 
  • Using an electric whisk, blend the cream cheese and caster sugar until smooth.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well each time, then the sour cream, finely grated lemon zest and vanilla until everything is just mixed, being careful not to overbeat.
  • Pour the mixture over the biscuit base, then place the tin on a baking tray and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. The filling should be set but with a little wobble in the centre. Turn the oven off and use a wooden spoon to keep the oven door ajar to allow the temperature to drop slowly. Leave the cake in the oven for several hours, until completely cold, to avoid cracks appearing on the surface. 
  • Run the blade of a knife around the edge of the tin to loosen the cheesecake before releasing the catch. This will also help avoid cracks. 
  • Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6 hours or preferably overnight to firm up the texture. Serve with fresh berries and raspberry coulis. I also dusted the cheesecake with icing sugar.


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Nutella Swirls Recipe🍫

This recipe is by Irish blogger Niamh O’Sullivan and turned out delicious. I enjoyed two Nutella Swirls each morning served with some natural yoghurt and granola. These Nutella Swirls are a great breakfast option if you’re feeling like something sweet, snack or dessert and I look forward to making them again.

1 sheet puff pastry

Two heaped dessert spoons of Nutella

1 beaten egg

Icing sugar to decorate

Preheat oven to 190C.Spread Nutella over pastry.

Roll-up pastry and cut into pieces.

Brush the egg mixture over the seal of the pastry and add a little on top of the pinwheels. Place on a parchment lined oven tray and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until golden and puffed.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, sift icing sugar over the top of the swirls. Enjoy!


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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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Granola Recipe

Try this energy-boosting granola breakfast to start your day – it’s good for you! Serve with cold milk, yoghurt, or as a smoothie bowl topping. This recipe can be adjusted to suit your preferences.

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 125ml maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g rolled oats 
  • 50g sunflower seed
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g flaked almond 
  • 100g dried berries (find them in the baking aisle)
  • 50g coconut flakes or desiccated coconut

Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Mix the oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a large bowl.

Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit and coconut, and mix well.

Tip the granola onto two baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake for 15 mins, then mix in the coconut and dried fruit, and bake for 10-15 mins more. Remove and scrape onto a flat tray to cool.

Serve with cold milk or yogurt. The granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.


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Orange Boo Smoothie Recipe🍊👻

The frozen banana is the genius part of this recipe. It adds a brilliant creamy texture to the smoothie without having an overpowering taste of banana. The combination of vanilla and orange is reminiscent of the iconic ice pop the ‘Super Split’. To really amp up the flavour the orange zest or orange blossom are great in this Halloween smoothie. The only thing you will need is some food colouring to really boost the flavour and have it looking that vibrant spooky orange colour. This smooth, creamy, orange smoothie is an unusual twist on a smoothie but one you are sure to love.

ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 250 mls orange juice
  • 250g pot of vanilla yogurt  / orange yogurt
  • 1 tsp orange blossom / zest half orange
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • drop of yellow and orange food colouring
  • Optional: 1 orange peeled and chopped up

method

  • Freeze the banana for a few hours before you need it. Weigh out the ingredients and pop them in the blender. Blitz, pour and serve.

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Cupcakes for Zombies🧁🧠

This recipe was fun to make and I am now a self-proclaimed brain surgeon. 😷💉

ingredients

  • 140g butter, at room temperature
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the Zombie icing

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • Red food colouring
  • 12 cupcakes
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark 4 and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cases.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Fold in the flour and add the milk. Spoon into the cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • For the Zombie icing
  • In a bowl, beat together the icing sugar and butter until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir in enough food colouring to make it pink and mix vigorously until evenly combined.
  • Spread a smooth layer of pink icing over each cupcake in a domed shape.
  • With the tip of a knife, make a line down the centre of each cupcake. Pipe a winding pattern of icing on each side of the centre line to create the brain wrinkles. Place the iced cupcakes in the freezer until needed.
  • In a shallow bowl, stir together the golden syrup, cocoa powder and a few drops of red food colouring.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the freezer and drizzle the tops in the syrupy “blood,” allowing any excess to drip off


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Milky Way Rice Krispie Squares Recipe🍫

This recipe is by easyfoodmag and serves 12.

ingredients

  • 100g butter
  • 6 fun-sized MilkyWay bars, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 150g Rice Krispies
  • 350g milk chocolate, melted
  • Line a 20cm square baking tray with non-stick parchment paper.
  • In a large saucepan over a low heat, combine the butter, four of the Milky Way bars and the golden syrup. Allow to melt slowly — don’t worry if the Milky Way bars aren’t fully melted at this point.
  • Add the Rice Krispies, the remaining Milky Way bars and 50g melted chocolate to the mix. Fold through until fully coated.
  • Transfer into the prepared tray and press down firmly to pack it in. Put the tin in the fridge for about 10 minutes
  • Remove the tray from the fridge, pour on the remaining melted chocolate and spread evenly over top.
  • Return to the fridge until fully set. Cut into squares and serve.


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