Chocolate Oaty Cookies

I made these recently for an Ultimate Frisbee tournament over the weekend, sadly I was only able to play for one day but at least I was able to bring some cookies when I could. Chocolate is always a favourite flavour but I’d feel bad if they weren’t even  a little bit healthy, actually I also feel bad when they are too healthy so add as many choc-chips as you conscience allows!

These cookies carry well, so are great for lunches or bringing on travels. Eat these straight out of the oven as possible as they have a delightful brownie texture! Also the dough can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Unfortunately the oat content does mean they are not entirely suitable for coeliac though, sorry.

 

Ingrediants: Makes 24+

100g Butter

100g Soft Brown Sugar

100g Castor Sugar

125g Self Raising Flour

25g Cocoa Powder

1 egg

75g Oats

30g Desiccated coconut

30g Ground Almonds

30g Chopped Chocolate

large pinch of salt

 

1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease a baking tray. Place all your ingredients into a bowl and beat till combined.

2. Roll your dough into walnut sized balls and space them out on your baking tray. Bake for 10-12 mins!
3. Eat hot out of the oven or leave to cool on a wire rack.

Pecan and Apricot Cookies

Well, it’s really been a while since my last post but here I am with another recipe! This one has been plaguing my mind for a while now as autumn always gives me the munchies for pecans and the weather lately has been awful here in Dublin, therefore I need my comfort food! Warm cookies with some hot tea in front of a hot fire would be perfect, but I’ll settle for just cookies in alternating temperatures.

These are a soft cookie, almost cake-like in texture, with little nuggets of sweet apricot and nibbles of pecan. Just a touch of spice compliments the cookies overall caramel tones. This is a very crumbly, slightly sticky cookie and a perfect for a small snack when you need a bit of warmth in this wet and cold season.

Ingredients makes 24+

75g brown sugar

75g castor sugar

100g butter

150g Spelt Flour

pinch of salt

Zest of 1/4 of an orange

pinch of allspice

1 egg

handful of roughly chopped apricot

handful of roughly chopped pecans

1. Preheat your oven to 180C, grease and line a large baking tray.

2. Beat your butters and sugars together, followed by the egg, beating till light and creamy. Next add you flour, spice and salt, mixing to form a wet dough. It should just  hold onto the spoon.

3. Throw in your pecans and apricots, stir. Now heap teaspoonfuls onto your tray, be sure to spread them quit a bit as they do expand a lot. You can decorate each cookie with a whole pecan if you’d like by pushing it slightly into the top of each cookie.

4. Bake for 10-12 mins, leave to cool on a wire rack. Eat and enjoy!

Sunken Apple &Olive Oil Cake

It’s September now, Autumn, it’s getting colder but the apples are ready for baking and juicing and cooking for all sorts of things. Lots of apple pies are going to be made in bulk and frozen as soon as I get a bit of time, ’cause let’s face it! Apple pies are a lot of work. You’ve to make the pastry for a start and then all that peeling and blind baking, almost makes it seem like they’re not the effort. And let’s not mention the butter and sugar content…not to turn you off them, but if you are looking for a healthier and much quicker (25min MAX) desert to use up the abundance of apples this season then this is the recipe for you.

This is an all-in-one sponge based cake, with a very interesting new flavour; Olive oil. I’ve been wanting to try it in a cake for ages but have only just mustered the courage, yet I’m delighted with the results. Not only is it a great dairy free alternative but it makes a quicker, lighter batter and the slight bitterness of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil really contrasts the apple, and adding a touch of lemon zest will tone down the bitterness of the oil. I’ve gone and used honey instead of sugar too as this cake was to be processed sugar-free, yet it pairs well with the apples and oil, makes the batter that bit extra smooth and glossy.

I really do hope that you try, and enjoy this cake,and  if you don’t have a ring tin like I do then you can bake it in a loaf  or circular cake tin instead, but add an extra 5-10 min, keeping an eye on it.

 

 

2 Eggs

100ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
110g   Honey (plus 2tbsp extra for drizzle)
110g Self Raising Flour

1tsp Baking Powder

Half a Lemon Zest

2 Medium Apples  (peeled, cored and sliced)

 

1. Preheat the oven to 180C, grease your tin lightly with the olive oil.

2. Add the eggs,oil, honey, flour, baking powder, and zest into a bowl and beat to a very light and smooth batter.

3. Arrange you apples in your tin, drizzle over the extra honey and then gently pour over your cake mix. It will be runny and you won’t want to disrupt your apples much.

4. Bake in the oven for 15-25 min, untill deeply golden and springy to the touch. Eat warm or cold x

Meadow Cupcakes

Felt very inspired after seeing a cupcake decorating demo at Decobake, on Bachelors Walk, the other day. Adorable little creations, although far beyond my skill, it got me tingling to be a little bit creative and wanting to make something a little bit girly. I don’t have fondant, or glitter, or very many dyes, but I used what I had in my cupboards to make these whimsical little meadow cupcakes. Simple vanilla cupcakes dressed up with White Chocolate & Rose buttercream, dipped in coconut ‘grass’. I think they scrubbed up quit well!Very fragrant, it’s like….

  “Edible air freshener”- Little Sister’s Friend

Cupcakes

110g Sugar

110g Butter

2 Eggs, beaten

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

110g Self Raising Flour

1tsp Baking Powder

White Chocolate& Rose Butter Cream

120g Butter

170g Icing Sugar

120g White Chocolate, melted

1/2tsp Rose Water

1/2 tsp Pink/Red Food Colouring

‘Grass’

6 Tbsp Grated Coconut

1/2 tsp Green Food Colouring

2tbsp Pink Sugar Crystals…Optional

 

1. Preheat your oven to 180C and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with some pretty cases. Beat together your sugar and butter till light and fluffy.

2. Gradually add the eggs and Vanilla, beating all the way. Now add the flour and mix till it’s light, creamy and smooth.
Spoon into cases and pop into oven for 15min. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

3. Meanwhile, beat the butter and icing sugar for the frosting until very smooth and creamy. Gradually add the white chocolate to the mix. If the chocolate solidified as you are beating it in just pop the whole lot in the microwave for a few sec, or suspend over a pan of simmering water.

4. Once the chocolate is incorporated it’s a time to add the Rose water and colouring. Just stir it in and set aside.

5. To make the grass put the coconut in a ziplock bag with a few drops of the green food colouring. Shake it up, add more dye if you like. Pour the ‘grass’ into a small bowl and stir in the sugar crystals, if using.

6. DECORATION! When the cupcakes have cooled spread them with a dollop of the pink frosting, then just dip them in the ‘grass’. Repeat until all your cupcakes are finished. Feel free to adorn them more if you please ^_^

 

Tea Brack

We’re into autumn now! Schools are starting again, the evenings are getting shorter, Halloween and Christmas feel like they are just around the corner, and the Irish sun has finally decided to show its face *shakes fist*

…I actually like autumn with its more dependable weather, the sense of order and schedule, the comfort food, all the fruit that’s in season, reasons to wear oversized jumpers, the comfort food and um, the food! Seriously, Autumn is all about the packed lunches, warm soups and the cakes! Summer’s desserts are sickly sweet or you can’t eat them because of some bikini or dress you MUST wear. Autumn does not care about what size you are, only wants you comfy and happy, but still a bit healthy. This is the perfect cake for that! Tea brack is very satisfying, contains fruit and just that hint of warmth from the allspice (you can use mixed spice if you’d prepare, if you do then use twice as much) it’s reasonably low in fat/dairy free. When made gluten-free it’s also surprisingly good, still moist with a delicate crumb. If you need any excuse to make it, it’s an Irish staple around Halloween and is a perfect way to perfect your fruitcake making skills for christmas…and it contains TEA!

375g Dried fruits (sultanas, raisins, apricots etc…)
300ml Strong cold Tea

225g  Self Raising Flour
125g Caster Sugar
1 Egg (beaten)
Pinch Allspice

1. In a bowl soak the fruit in the tea for a few hours, preferably overnight, to swell.

Mixture of dried fruit, ready to soak!

Measure the tea! I like to keep the teabags too for soaking process

2. Preheat your oven to 170C and grease and line a large 900g loaf tine, or two smaller ones, with grease proof paper.

3. In a new bowl mix all the other ingredients till just combined and then add the soaked fruits. Pour this into the prepared tins and bake for 45-60min till they are risen, firm and deeply golden.

4. Leave to cool on a wire rack. This is best eaten a few days after baking with a nice cup of tea.

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