I am back! Exams are finally over and I can get back to blogging 🙂
I love the kind of presents which you can eat. They are home-made with love and care. Also sometimes you might not have the money to buy lots of presents. So, this year I decided to make everybody in my family dark chocolate dipped ginger. So delicious and warming, they can be given as gifts for Christmas, new year, new home or any family and friend event.
What you’ll need:
- Dark chocolate
- Crystallised ginger
- Dipping forks
- Tray lined with silicone paper
First you need to temper the chocolate. To do this melt 3/4 of the chocolate over a pan of simmering water making sure the water is not touching the bowl and heat to 45’c. Then remove from the heat and lower the temperature by adding the remaining chocolate which has been chopped up, for dark chocolate lower to 32’c, if using milk and white chocolate lower to 30’c. Continue stirring until all chocolate has melted and the desired temperature is achieved.
Set up your equipment in a line so you can work methodically and in the correct order. Ginger on the left, chocolate in the middle and tray on the right (if you’re left-handed you may find it easier the other way round), this will stop chocolate trails going everywhere. Okay, we are now ready to dip! Drop a piece of ginger in the chocolate, turn it over using the forks so it’s completely covered, and then tap off the excess using the forks and tip onto the silicone paper. Simple, right?
Once they have set, package them however you like, you could use gift boxes or clear bags with ribbon. I printed of little labels and tied them around my gift bags.
They taste and look great, and you put your thought and love into making them. They should be greatly appreciated!
It seems everyone’s in the baking spirit and its great to see so many bloggers posting about baking! Keep it up guys 🙂
Food club this week was suitably Christmukka theme. We had a great night which included: mulled cider, purple brussel sprouts, potato latkas, artichoke dip and more!
As part of my contribution I wanted to make something ‘everyday’ in a holiday theme. Here’s what I made:
Triple chocolate chunk cookies
These are chocolate cookies with milk and white chocolate chunks. The holiday is all about colours, so by adding in some pink hearts and a few sprinkles a chocolate cookie is transformed into a seasonal item.
I made my gooey chocolate brownies and decorated them to look like a Christmas tree. Glitter is always a great decoration 🙂
So there you have it. Think of simple ways to jazz up your tried and tested recipes!
Happy Baking 🙂
A few weeks ago I had an order for a mixture of muffins. So I went on the search for the perfect muffin recipe. After trying and experimenting with 7 different recipes with an array of different ingredients including buttermilk and sour cream I created this recipe.
Basic Muffin recipe
Makes 12 large
250g self raising flour
2 tsp baking power
pinch of salt
175g caster sugar
225 ml full fat milk
4 tsp oil
drop of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180’c.
Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another bowl. Then add any additions or whatever type of muffin you want to the mix.
– chocolate chips
– Cocoa powder and chocolate chips. (Add 25g of cocoa powder but minus 25g flour. this keeps the muffin moist)
– mixed berries, with this recipe you can add frozen berries, they are good quality and cheap
– Apple and cinnamon
– any flavour combinations you fancy
Then add the wet ingredients mix quickly and spoon into muffin cases.
Bake at 180’c for Approx 20 mins.
Easy and delicious! 🙂
I had an order for a 12 year old’s Batmitvah cake. She wanted a chocolate cake with pink butter cream and glitter. Here’s How I did it!
Fill the two layers with buttercream. Then apply the first coat all over the cake to catch any crumbs, refrigerate and repeat the process. Then decorate accordingly. Ive used glitter and a written message.
Waste not want not. With the leftover icing I decorated some princess cupcakes!