April 2016

Do you girls like pavlova? I love it with the crunchy meringue, cream and fresh fruit! Well I've got a recipe for you that's like pavlova but in chocolatey chunks that you can pop into your mouth.

Here's what you'd need...

 
 
 

Equipment

  • A big pan

  • A Pyrex or heatproof dish for melting chocolate over boiling water

  • A large baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (or cling film)

Ingredients

  • 800g white cooking chocolate broken into pieces
  • 200g dried berries - pick ones you like

  • 100g meringue nests

Recipe

  • Make sure your Mum watches you guys for this step - we don't want you burning your fingers! Boil a kettle and pour water into a pan on the hob. Put the bowl containing chocolate on top of it, making sure the water doesn't touch the bowl. Gently heat the water so the chocolate will melt into a delicious liquidy thing! Then take the bowl off the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • While waiting, crumble the meringue nests into little pieces. Then take a couple of handfuls of it out and put to the side for decoration at the end.
  • Mix your berries into the melted chocolate and then stir in the broken meringue too, to make a nice tasty looking mixture!
  • Put this mixture into your lined baking tray and push in into the corners. Then put the rest of the meringue pieces on top and press lightly down on them so that they stick to the top.
  • Leave the baking tray until the chocolate has set. This can take a few hours but it's best to leave it overnight to get the best result.


So here's a film of me making these chunks of delicious tasty sweets so take a look:

 

 

 
 
OK girls I've made a parcel of them and it's winging its way to you right now. It should arrive with you very soon - yipee!

Make sure you get to the door quickly as soon as postman knocks, so your Mum and Dad don't grab them all for themselves!
 

 

June 2015

It's been really busy here for ages with moving house but I've found some time to show you girls another recipe!


 
 

So here we go Evie and Rose, here's what you need...

Equipment:

  • A big heavy pan

  • Spatula or spoon

  • Baking tin (17cm x 17cm)

  • Greaseproof paper

  • Whisk

  • Tea towel

  • Hammer 

Ingredients:

  • Groundnut oil for greasing tray
  • 75g granulated sugar

  • 25g golden syrup

  • 100g liquid glucose

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 15g bicarbonate of soda

Recipe:

  • Cut out greaseproof paper to line the tray so that the paper comes up 3cm around the edge. Use a little oil to stick this to the tray and then rub some oil inside so that the cinder toffee doesn't stick to it.

  • Put pan on hob and place the sugar, golden syrup, liquid glucose and water into it and stir. Make sure your Mum is there to help you use the hob. Put the pan on a low gentle heat to dissolve the sugar and make a syrup.

  • Watch the pan very carefully from this point on! Turn the heat up slightly to make the syrup boil steadily for at least 5 minutes. The syrup will turn to the colour of marmalade.

  • Turn the heat off and use the whisk to stir in the bicarbonate of soda. It will bubble up and become foamy, and will look like the inside of a Cadbury's Crunchie bar!

  • Straight away pour it into the tray and let it settle into the edges. Then let it cool, which takes around an hour.

  • When cooled, take the toffee out of the tin and take off the greaseprrof paper. Then put a tea towel over it and gently tap it with a hammer to break it into little pieces.

  • Then eat and enjoy the sugary tastiness!

Here's a film of me, your Auntie Lucy and Uncle Paul making it in our new kitchen! We've sent what we made in the film to you to taste...

Go on girls have a go at making it yourselves!

  
  
  

September 2014

I got thinking girls, about sweets I used to eat when I was a little girl and that gave me an idea. I can show you how to make sweets in your own kitchen and send them to you to taste!

I thought we'd start with an old favourite of mine -  peanut brittle!

 

 

 

Here is a YouTube video of me making nut brittle and below are the ingredients and recipe for you girls to follow. Make sure your Mum helps you with the oven and then go and make yourselves some!

Ingredients List:

  • Groundnut oil for greasing
  • 50g unsalted peanuts or any other nut you like!
  • 400g granulated sugar
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 150ml golden syrup
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 150ml water
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 45 minutes to make peanut brittle and 2 hours to cool.

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 400 degrees Fahrenheit / Gas Mark 4.
  2. Lightly oil a 20cm x 30cm x 2.5cm baking tin with groundnut oil.
  3. Get you Mum to help with this as it gets hot. Scatter 350g shelled unsalted peanuts on a baking sheet and place in oven for 10 minutes until golden – take care not to burn them!
  4. Put 400g granulated sugar, 100g soft light brown sugar, 150ml golden syrup, 100g unsalted butter and 150ml water into a deep heavy bottomed pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Don’t stir the ingredients, just let them sit and heat gently.
  5. Put sugar thermometer into pan and bring liquid to a boil. Boil very gently for at least 30 minutes probably more, until the temperature reaches 149 Celsius. Don’t be tempted to turn the heat up as the mixture is likely to burn.
  6. Put in 1 / 4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda and the roasted peanuts. The mixture will then bubble to the top of the pan. Take the pan off the heat. Don’t put it onto a work surface as this will burn it as the pan is very hot.
  7. Carefully pour the mixture into the baking tray and leave it to cool. Then, when it is set, hit it with a hammer to break it up into pieces. Tasty!