Strawberry Eton Mess

Oh how I love summer fruit. Ruby red strawberries, crimson through to black cherries, tart yet sweet raspberries and the array of different currents. I am definitely a soft fruit fan and love to eat them freshly picked, or use them in delightful, dessert recipes. This Strawberry Eton Mess is a classic English dessert, that is best made with fresh, local strawberries.

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Strawberry Eton Mess a delicious trio of ingredients.

Homemade pavlova provides a crisp and marshmallow like texture that I’ve enveloped in lightly whipped cream, with sweet luscious strawberries.

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Strawberry Eton Mess the perfect make ahead dessert.

This Strawberry Eton Mess is so easy to assemble and is brilliant as a make ahead dessert. The pavlova can be made the same day, or even the day before, strawberries can be hulled, quartered and left covered in a bowl and the cream takes only a couple of minutes to whisk by hand.

All the ingredients can be assembled prior to serving, for a stress free delectable dessert!

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True to my word, I am adding more desserts to Feasting is Fun. My family are loving the new-ish aspect to my blog!!

This Strawberry Eton Mess is probably one of my favourite desserts. The differing textures within the pavlova and the fresh local strawberries really make this a stunning dish. As with all recipes, especially those that have few ingredients, it really is worth buying the best that you can afford. Or in the case of this dessert, taking the time to make your own pavlova.

I know ready made meringues are easily available in supermarkets, they won’t give the marshmallow inner softness that a homemade pavlova yields. If you make your own ice cream like my  Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream then you will be left with 4 eggs whites. The exact amount needed for this recipe.

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Strawberry Eton Mess topped with a drizzle of strawberry jam.

I was fortunate to win some Hartleys strawberry jam on Twitter. Warmed slightly, so that it becomes a sauce, it adds the perfect finishing touch to this dessert. The bright red colour contrasts beautifully with the pale cream meringue and it lends an extra strawberry hit as you take your first mouthful.

Recipe: Strawberry Eton Mess serves 6

For the pavlova:

4 Large Egg Whites – preferably free range or organic

150g/5oz – 1 US Cup Icing Sugar

2tsp Corn Flour – also known as corn starch

1tsp White Wine or Cider Vinegar

1/2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use –Nielsen-Massey

For the Strawberry Eton Mess:

400g/ Fresh British Strawberries

300ml Double Cream

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – again I use Nielsen-Massey

1tbsp Caster Sugar

1tbsp Strawberry Jam – I used Hartley’s Best Strawberry Jam – warm slightly before drizzling onto the Strawberry Eton Mess

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6

  • Line a large baking tray with baking parchment that has a 20cm circle, drawn in pencil, on the underside.
  • Into a spotlessly clean, large bowl place the egg whites.
  • Whisk until the egg white hold a stiff peak.
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The meringue peaks stand proud.
  • Whilst whisking on a medium speed gradually add the sugar. Continue whisking until the meringue is glossy and shiny.
  • Sift in the cornflour and add the vanilla and vinegar.
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Shiny, glossy meringue, ready to have the extra ingredients folded in.
  • Using a large metal spoon gently fold in the added ingredients into the meringue, turning the bowl until they are fully incorporated.
  • Spoon the meringue on to the baking parchment, keeping within the circle marked on the reverse.
  • Spread the meringue out so that it forms a circle and slightly build up the sides so that they are a little higher than the centre.
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This pavlova is ready for the oven.
  • Place the pavlova into the centre of the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 140C/120C fan, gas mark 1.
  • Bake for 1 and 1/4 hours. Then turn off the oven and leave the pavlova to cool inside the oven with the door very slightly ajar.
  • Once cooled removed the pavlova from the oven.
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The cooked pavlova.
  • Cover the pavlova and baking tray in cling film until ready to use.

Assembling the Strawberry Eton Mess:

  • Hull and cut the strawberries into halves or quarters, depending on their size.
  • Into a large bowl add the cream, vanilla bean paste and caster sugar.
  • Whip the cream until it thickens, but is still floppy – not stiff.
  • Add the strawberries, break the pavlova up into bite size chunks and add those too.
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Strawberry Eton Mess you can see the marshmallow insides of the pavlova.
  • Fold all the ingredients together with a large metal spoon.
  • Serve in pretty glass bowls with a drizzle of slightly warmed strawberry jam.
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Strawberry Eton Mess serve with a spoon and a smile.

Such an easy to assemble dessert, with a little preparation beforehand, you too can sit down and enjoy eating this with family, friends, or whoever you have invited round.

If you wanted to up this Strawberry Eton Mess to the next level, a drizzle of my Boozy Berry Sauce, served cold, on top would be a fantastic idea! That’s one for the adults though.

Strawberries and cream are such a classic combination and here, in this dessert, they are lifted by the presence of amazing, homemade pavlova.

Tip: The pavlova itself can be covered in whipped cream and tart berries (passionfruit is also exceptionally good). One recipe two desserts!

If you have enjoyed the recipe for this Strawberry Eton Mess here are a few others you might like:

Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

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Delicious Lemon Pavlova slathered in cream, decorated with strawberries and finished with a limoncello drizzle.

Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae

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Vanilla ice cream layered with chocolate meringue and unbelievably good raspberry sauce.

Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake

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Light Raspberry Cheesecake on a Chocolate Brownie base – so good.

Do you enjoy desserts?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and have been encouraged to make and bake a pavlova. It doesn’t matter if they sink, or crack as it can all be covered with cream and fruit, or crumbled into the best Strawberry Eton Mess you have ever eaten!

Have fun making and baking in your kitchens. Keep the photos and comments coming, I’d especially like to see ones of you sharing your delicious feasts?

Sammie xx

This is not a sponsored post, the jam was won in a competition on Twitter.

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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, if you’ve spent a little time on this blog, you’ll know that I am a self confessed Cookie Monster. Cookies are my favourite go to sweet treat. Maybe that’s why there are 21 cookie recipes on here??!! Anyway I try to keep on the oat/nut/fruit side of things but I craved CHOCOLATE! So I caved and made these unbelievably good Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies perfect with chocolate milk.

They are so good!

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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked high.

Oh yes I did. I totally stacked a piles of these very yummy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies. Because what’s better than one cookie? A stack of them!

There you go, that’s my kind of maths 😉

Adding oats to cookies does two important things; it nudges them slightly more toward the healthier end of the nutritional spectrum and it gives them a wonderful, chewy, almost nutty flavour.

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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies perfect for sharing.

Now, you all know how much I love and adore my family. I have the best hubby in the world, who has all but given up his office, so that I can store baking equipment. Bundt tins take up a lot of room you know! Then there’s my Star and Snugs, our two gorgeous girls who, help me so much – cooking dinner, cleaning, vacuuming and much more. Last but definitely not least is our little man, who isn’t so little anymore so I’ll call him by his best friends nickname, Bob. He is growing into a loving and strapping lad who is always ready to help, especially fixing things. Bob has definitely inherited his paternal Grandad’s capability with his hands.

So you see I love them all – but – they also are cookie monsters. Which is fine I make food to be eaten, except out of this batch of 18 cookies I only ate 1. It didn’t help that I’d spent a few days in bed (see here ) after making these. Yes they bring me cups of tea, but as I’d ordered some shortie biscuits, which I love, they brought those with my hot drink. It was only a few days later, when I was able to venture downstairs that I realised they’d all gone!

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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies these have proved very popular!

I was sad for a teeny tiny moment and then very thankful and flattered that my lovely family had enjoyed them so much.

They are my biggest supporters, along with extended family and it really gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside knowing I’ve made them something that they  have really enjoyed. Being stuck in bed is not fun, knowing there is a tin full of cookies downstairs in the kitchen, helps me to feel that I am more present, than in reality I am.

Recipe: Makes 16-18 Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

225g/8oz Soft Light Brown Sugar – I used Billingtons

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter- at room temperature

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

1 Large Free Range Egg – plus

1 Large Free Range Egg Yolk

175g/6oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Plain Rolled Oats – not quick cook

1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

Pinch of Salt

150g/5oz Milk Chocolate Chips or Chunks

50g/2oz Dark Chocolate 70% cocoa

Method: preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan, gas mark 3

  • Line 3 large baking trays with baking parchment.
  • Place the sugar and butter in a large bowl and whisk/beat for 5 minutes until pale and creamy – whisking for 5 minutes here and then after adding the eggs is very important to the finished texture of the cookie.
  • Add the vanilla extract and the eggs and continue whisking/beating for a further 5 minutes.
  • Sift in the flour, bicarb. salt and add the oats.
  • Add the chocolate chips.
  • Fold all the ingredients together until you have uniform cookie dough.
  • Using a medium sized ice cream scoop, or a spoon and your hands, scoop/roll 5cm/2″ ball of cookie dough and place onto the baking tray.
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Cookie dough balls.
  • With slightly dampened fingers (it stops the cookie dough sticking to them), press down on each ball to flatten slightly.
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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies ready for the oven.
  • Place the baking trays in the centre and lower parts of the oven. I rotate mine halfway through baking.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes. The cookies are baked when they have spread out and are golden brown.
  • Once bakes remove the cookies from the oven. They will still be very soft so leave on the baking trays to cool and set.
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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies baked and cooling on the tray.
  • Once cooled lift each cookie free of the baking parchment, use a palette knife to slide underneath the cookie first. Place the cookie back on the baking parchment.
  • In a heatproof, microwaveable bowl add the chopped/broken up dark chocolate.
  • Zap for 20 seconds in the microwave stirring after each heating session. When the chocolate is almost melted remove from the microwave and continue stirring until fully melted.
  • Pour the liquid chocolate into a small disposable piping bag.
  • Snip the very end of the piping bag off, creating a small hole.
  • Pipe swirls onto each of the cookies. Use all of the chocolate up, simply pipe over the swirls again.
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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies with swirls of dark chocolate.
  • Set the cookies to one side to allow the chocolate to cool and set.
  • Once the chocolate is set pop the kettle on, invite a neighbour round and spend some time chatting over a cup of coffee and delicious Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

In the United State and Canada where my friend Liz lives, they carry out cookie exchanges during the holiday season – usually from Thanksgiving through to Christmas. I love that idea! Baking up batches of cookies, sharing, swapping, making new friends, remembering old friends. In fact you should take a look at Teta Lizza website. Liz is an amazing cook and her attention to detail always leaves me impressed.

What do you think, should we have a cookie/biscuit exchange here?

Not because it’s ‘another American custom’ simply because it’s a great idea?

If you have enjoyed these Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies you may also like these:

Apricot Oat Crumble Cookies

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Apricot Oat Crumble Cookies fruity and yummy

Caramac Caramel Cookies

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Caramac Caramel Cookies delicious chewy bites of nostalgia.

Rolo Chocolate Cookies

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Rolo Chocolate Cookies chewy bites of cookie heaven.

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog. I really do appreciate you. It’s been wonderful seeing all the bake photos that you have been putting up on Twitter and Instagram. Keep them coming and if you every have any questions about a particular recipe, either leave a comment, or probably for a quicker response send me a Tweet.

We have a 3 day bank holiday weekend coming up. Whatever your plans, i hope that they involve lots of smiles, laughter, fun and feasting with friends, family and neighbours.

Sammie xx

The lovely Renee at Bake Behaviour sent me some Billingtons sugar samples. This is not a sponsored post. All views, opinions, content and photographs are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake. Whipped mascarpone cheese with fresh raspberries over a deep, chocolate ganache topped brownie base.

If I had known you were coming I would have made this elegant Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake.

Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake
Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake

How pretty does this cheesecake look?

You too can make it, with the help of an IfIKnewYouWereComing Artisan Chocolate Brownie Baking Box!

A slice of Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake
A slice of Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake

Look at the gorgeously dense and fudgey brownie base to this cheesecake. Chocolate and raspberry flavours work so well together and this Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake really is a dream dessert.

Recently our youngest daughter revealed that she really didn’t like the traditional biscuit that usually is on the base of a cheesecake. She does however, love the creamy, top part. So this cheesecake was made with her in mind.

She absolutely loves brownies (as do the rest of us) and I wondered what she would think, of a cheesecake made with a brownie base. I decided to add a layer of deep, dark chocolate ganache to the top of the brownie base, primarily to stop the base from becoming soggy, but also to add an extra layer of chocolate to this cheesecake.

Each ingredient comes in a separate package all I neede to do was add butter and eggs and follow the recipe!
Each ingredient comes in a separate package all I needed to do was add butter and eggs and follow the recipe!

I was impressed with the ingredient packaging and the instructions provided with the Artisan Chocolate Brownie Bake Box. Baking these brownies was very similar to making my own homemade brownies, except someone had already weighed the ingredients out for me! All I needed to do was add butter and eggs.

Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake fudgey chocolate base covered in light raspberry mousse cheesecake.
Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake fudgey chocolate base covered in light raspberry mousse cheesecake.

This Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake is utterly stunning to look at and even more delicious to eat.

The whipped, mousse like, raspberry cheesecake layer, isn’t overly sweet. With an added splash of raspberry liquer and vanilla notes of white chocolate, this dessert is an awesome combination of flavours.

Layered together, with a final swirl of the best quality dark chocolate, this cheesecake may be my favourite dessert yet?!!

Recipe: Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake serves 10-12

1 Brownie Bake Box from IfIKnewYouWereComing

(alternatively use half of my Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites) recipe

115g Unsalted Butter

2 Large Free Range Eggs

300g/Raspberries I use frozen Raspberries from Waitrose when they are out of season

4tbsp Caster Sugar

2tbsp Framboise – raspberry liquer  – can be substituted for fresh apple juice

150g Dark Chocolate

300ml Double Cream

500g Tub Mascapone Cheese

100g White Chocolate

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6

Making the Brownie Base:

  • Line the base of a 10″ (25cm) Springform cake tin with the parchment backed, tin foil provided.
  • Follow the recipe card provided to make the brownies.
  • Pour the brownie mixture into the springform tin and tap against the work top twice to release any trapped air bubbles.
  • Place the tin in the oven and bake according to the instructions – my brownie base took 15 minutes to bake.
  • Once baked remove the tin from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely.
Delicious brownie base studded with dark chocolate chips.
Delicious brownie base studded with dark chocolate chips.

Making the Chocolate Ganache:

  • In a heatproof bowl add 100g dark chocolate and 100ml of double cream.
  • Place the bowl on top of a small saucepan that contains approximately an inch of barely simmering water – this is called a double boiler.
  • Stir the chocolate and cream together until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is thick and glossy.
  • Pour the chocolate ganache over the cooled brownie base.
  • Smooth to an even layer using the back of a metal dessert spoon.
  • Place in the fridge until the ganache has set.
Glossy chocolate ganache not only adds an extra layer of deliciousness, but also stops the brownie base from becoming soggy.
Glossy chocolate ganache not only adds an extra layer of deliciousness, but also stops the brownie base from becoming soggy.

Making the Raspberry Cheesecake layer:

  • Place the raspberries, caster sugar and framboise (or apple juice) into a blender.
  • Pulse until you have a smooth, deep cerise, thick raspberry coulis. Set to one side.
  • Break up the white chocolate and place into a heatproof microwaveable bowl.
  • Zap for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate has almost melted.
  • Remove from the microwave and continue stirring until completely melted. Set to one side.
  • In a large bowl add the tub of mascarpone cheese and 200mls of double cream.
  • Using a hand mixer, whisk until fully combined.
  • Pour the raspberry coulis into the cheesecake mix and whisk until fully incorporated.
  • Next pour in the melted white chocolate.
  • Whisk all of the cheesecake ingredients together until light and creamy.
  • Spoon the raspberry cheesecake on to the cold, set, chocolate ganache covered brownie base in the springform tin.
  • Smooth the top of the raspberry cheesecake to ensure a flat, even finish.
  • Cover the cheesecake with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to allow to set.
Once you have smoothed the top of the cheesecake you can lick the spoon 😉
Once you have smoothed the top of the cheesecake you can lick the spoon 😉

Decorating the Cheesecake:

  • Remove the cheesecake from the fridge.
  • Run a palette knife between the outside edge of the cheesecake and the iside of the springform tin.
  • Place the springform tin centrally on a large tin of beans (or something equally as sturdy).
  • Release the springform catch and gently encourage the sides of the tin to fall away from the base.
  • Place the Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake on to a serving plate or cake stand – the base will still be attached, don’t worry that’s fine.
  • Use a palette knife, that has been kept in a jug of boiling water, to smooth the top and sides of the cheesecake.
  • Melt 50g of dark chocolate in a microwaveable, heat proof bowl, as before.
  • Pour the melted chocolate into a small, disposable piping bag.
  • Snip off the very end of the piping bag to create a small hole.
  • Pipe swirls of chocolate all around the edge of the cheesecake and larger loops in the centre. Continue piping over the swirls around the edge until the chocolate is all used.
Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake so beautifully decorated and yet so easy to achieve.
Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake so beautifully decorated and yet so easy to achieve.

Now stand back and look at the beautiful Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake that you have made and decorated.

Such a simple piping technique and yet incredibly elegant. This cheesecake is perfect for adding the wow factor to any dinner party or celebration. Pale pink and chocolate brown are a classic colour combination, ensuring this dessert looks elegantly appetising.

The taste and texture of the brownie base was perfect, just like homemade. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you bake only at weekends or for special occasions. As all the ingredients come pre-weighed, you can easily make and bake brownies in under 30 minutes!

If you have enjoyed this Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Cheesecake then you may also like these recipes:

White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

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White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake.

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

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Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake.

I like to make cheesecakes all year round. Frozen raspberries ensure that a glimpse of Summer can be seen and enjoyed, in the midst of the colder months.

Whatever you are making and baking in your kitchens, have fun feasting on all your creations.

Sammie xx

IfIKnewYouWereComing supplied me with the Artisan Chocolate Brownie Bake Box for this recipe. All opinions and views are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae

Every time I look at the colour of this Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae it makes me smile.

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Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae this dessert is big time wow!

The colours are bright, summery, vibrant and let’s face it beautiful!

Just wait until you taste this!

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Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae this is a party in a glass!

Ok, let’s clear one important matter up – this Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae does NOT have to only be eaten on Sunday’s!

I know, I can feel your relief 😉.

Great vanilla ice cream, draped in tart raspberry coulis and delicious, soft, chocolate meringue all layered in a tall sundae glass. An incredible flavour combination where every ingredient is distinct, yet each works in total harmony as a whole.

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Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae as delicious as it is beautiful.

You are so going to love this recipe. Apart from making the deeply chocolate meringues, there is no other baking involved!

Yippee!

As much as I love baking, I really, really do – sometimes it’s nice to pull together a fabulous dessert where very little effort.

In fact this Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae came about by accident. Having baked the chocolate meringues I was hoping to make an Eton Mess type dessert. The cream, which was well within it’s use-by-date had gone off, the strawberries were past their best. The whole Eton Mess thing just wasn’t happening – don’t worry it will be made!

Instead I improvised. Typically, when I wing it the result is either amazing or revolting! Fortunately the combination of flavours in this incredible dessert totally, utterly and completely worked.

I mean really, really, really worked!

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Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae share this with everyone.

Don’t you just love it when things turn out better than you could of ever hoped?

Recipe: Makes 6 Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundaes

For the chocolate meringues:

Note: for photos showing step by step pavlova instructions, please see here

3 Large Egg Whites

125g/4.5oz Cater Sugar

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

1/2tsp Corn Flour

1/2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen Massey

1/2tsp White Wine Vinegar

For the raspberry coulis:

300g/11oz Raspberries – I used frozen raspberries from Waitrose

1tbsp Caster Sugar

Juice of a Lemon

Ice Cream – 750ml Vanilla Ice Cream – really good quality ice cream or you can use my recipe for Very Vanilla Ice Cream

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

Making the meringues:

  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  • In a large bowl add the 3 egg whites and whisk until they can hold a stiff peak.
  • Continue whisking and addding in the caster sugar one tablespoon at a time.
  • Keep mixing until the egg whites are glossy and the caster sugar has been incorporated.
  • Add the vanilla extract, vinegar, corn flour and sift in the cocoa powder.
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These meringues are intensely dark and chocolatey.
  • Gently fold the ingredients into the meringue.
  • Dollop 6 clouds of chocolate meringue onto the baking sheet.
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Chocolate Meringue Clouds ready for the oven.
  • Place the chocolate meringues into the oven an immediately turn the oven temperature down to 140C/120C fan, gas mark 1.
  • Bake the meringues for 40 minutes and then switch off the oven, allow the meringues to cool completely in the oven – this is how they will obtain their brownie like texture.
  • Once completely cooled they can be used straight away, or stored in a tin, separated by baking parchment, where they will keep for 5 days.
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Chocolate meringues that taste like the best brownies!

Making the raspberry coulis:

  • Place the fresh or frozen raspberries into a medium bowl.
  • Sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of caster sugar.
  • Cover and leave for at least an hour.
  • Tip the raspberries, sugar and juice of a lemon into a blender.
  • Blitz in the blender until you have a super smooth purée.

Assembling the Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae:

  • Remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer 20 minutes prior to assembling the sundaes.
  • Place a scoop of ice cream into each sundae glass.
  • Pour over some raspberry coulis, ensuring that you have a little left for the tops of the sundaes.
  • Add another scoop of ice cream to each sundae glass.
  • Break two thirds off of the chocolate meringue, break up and add on top of the second ice cream layer. Repeat for each sundae.
  • Add a third and final scoop of ice cream on top of the crumbled chocolate meringue.
  • Finish with a final drizzle of raspberry coulis and the final third of the chocolate meringue.
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Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae ready to be eaten and enjoyed.

Serve with a long sundae spoon so that you can reach right down to the very bottom of your sundae glass. You are not going to want to waste any of this utterly luscious, refreshing dessert!

I bought these sundae glasses a couple of years ago, in Asda for £1.50 each. I had been wanting some for ages and as a rather clumsy person at times, I needed something sturdy that could withstand me and be used for smoothies, milkshakes and of course sundaes. Plus if I do break one it is cheaper to replace.

We all enjoyed these Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundaes for dessert today and were amazed a not only the awesome flavour combo, but also how refreshing they are. These are a massive hit and will be enjoyed on many more occasions throughout the warmer months.

Each Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae has a 50g serving of raspberries and fresh lemon juice in it – they are virtually a health food 😉

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Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae add spoon and devour.

In the photo above you can see how gloriously dark the inside of the chocolate meringue is – yummy!

Also, true to my promise, I am including more desserts on here – it’s a tough job……

If you have loved this recipe for Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae here are a few more you may like too:

Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

FF Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae
No Bake Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

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Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

I never really urge you to try any particular recipe, but in this instance I am. The theme of Feasting is Fun is sharing and I’d be crazy not to encourage you to try these Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundaes at least once!

The meringues can’t fail as they aren’t meant to be light and fluffy, rather more like a dense brownie texture. Ice cream can be bought and the raspberry coulis is a whizz – literally.

Ooh I should also mention that this is a fab recipe if you have a sore throat – three of us here have sore throats at the moment and this cool, refreshing sundae really soothed.

Whatever you are making and baking in you kitchens this weekend I really do hope you have fun creating a feast to be share.

Sammie xx

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Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Summer is near, not that you’d know it, with certain parts of the country blanketed in snow and with it heralds the start of the soft fruit season. I do like all fruit, but soft fruits are my favourites; strawberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums, as well as many others. To celebrate this I have made this utterly divine Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake.

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Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake the perfect no bake dessert.

No bake cheesecakes are incredibly easy to put together. So whether you’re an experienced home cook, or just starting out, I can guarantee that you can make this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake.

All you need, aside from the ingredients is a 10″ (25cm) springform cake pan.

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A slice of delicious Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake?

Oh yes please!!

As promised, I am making a conscious effort to include more desserts on Feasting is Fun. I have been making cheesecakes for many years and the recipe has adapted over time. When I was younger I would whip vanilla angel delight into mascarpone and single cream. It makes an utterly delicious cheesecake, however, I can no longer find angel delight in the shops.

This has been a good thing! As good as the cheesecake of years passed was, this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake is better!

Whipping melted chocolate into cream cheese and cream gives this cheesecake a wonderful lightness. This Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake is perfect to serve at any time, however, it is beautifully light after a large Sunday Roast Dinner like my Redcurrant Glazed Roast Lamb.

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake a delightfully light dessert.

One of the most important parts of a cheesecake to me, is the crust. I don’t want some flimsy – can barely hold it together, low carb nonsense – I need a thick, crunchy base, that is delicious and contributes to the cheesecake as a whole. Digestive biscuits are the answer! Not too finely broken up either. A few small chunks makes for incredible texture against the smoothness of the softly whipped cream cheese and cream.

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake ooh look at this layer – delicious!

The crunchy, crumbly, golden base also gives this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake a very slight, salty hit. Not as salty as pretzels, just enough to balance out the sweet tang of the chocolate cheesecake that covers it. To conclude, this cheesecake is more than the sum of it’s individual parts. Eating a little of each layer together will give your taste buds a flavour party like never before!

Before we start, I should mention that there are a few hours chilling in the fridge required, so it’s best to plan for that. If this cheesecake is needed for the same day, start the base in the morning, if you have a little more warning, I suggest making the base the night before. Actual time spent hands on making this cheesecake is very little, but it’s worth knowing about the chilling times before you start.

Recipe: Makes one Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake serves 8-10

300g/11oz Digestive Biscuits – Graham Crackers can be used as an alternative

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter

560g/2 tubs Philadelphia Cream Cheese

600ml/1 pint Double Cream

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate – at least 35% Cocoa – or use plain chocolate if you want a richer chocolate flavour

1tsp Caster Sugar

10 Strawberries – or more

1tsp Icing Sugar to finish

Method: Line the base of a 10″ – 25cm Springform Pan with aluminium foil.

  • Place the digestive biscuits into a freezer bag and whack with a rolling pin until they are almost completely broken up. You can also you a food processor to blitz them, I’m just too lazy to get it out for a few biscuits 😉.
  • In a medium sized saucepan gently melt the butter. Note: if you melt the butter too fast it could spit and burn you, also the butter may burn. I have learnt this from experience!
  • Once the butter is melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the crushed biscuits to the melted butter.
  • Stir well, ensuring all the biscuit crumbs are covered in melted butter.
  • Tip the butter slicked biscuit crumbs into your foil line springform pan.
  • Press the biscuit crumbs into a uniform layer using the back of a metal spoon.
  • Cover the pan with cling film and place into the fridge to chill and set the biscuit layer – I actually made the base the night before – a couple of hours should be sufficient to set the base.
  • Once the base has set the cheesecake layer can be made.
  • Break or chop up the chocolate and place into a heatproof microwaveable bowl.
  • Zap for 30 seconds at a time stirring in between. When almost melted remove from the microwave and keep stirring until completely melted. Set the chocolate to one side.
  • Into a large bowl add the cream cheese, 200mls of double cream and 1tsp of vanilla extract.
  • Whisk until light and creamy – approx 3 minutes.
  • Next, whist whisking add the melted chocolate to the cheesecake mix – it helps if you have someone to hold the whisk whilst you add the chocolate, alternatively add the chocolate in thirds, whisking well after each addition.
  • Spoon the chocolate cheesecake mix on to the biscuit base. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.
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Once you have smoothed the top of the cheesecake lick the spoon!!
  • Cover the pan with cling film and pop back into the fridge for an 2 hours. This allows the chocolate to set the cheesecake layer. The cheesecake layer does not set to a firm consistency, rather it is able to hold its shape and support the whipped cream a strawberries on top.
  • When set and ready to decorate, run a palette knife that has been dipped in very hot water, between the pan and the cheesecake. Place the springform pan on to a large can (of beans or whatever you have in the cupboard) and release the spring latch. Allow the sides of the pan to drop down.
  • Place the cheesecake – still on the foil covered pan base – on to a cake stand or serving plate. Note: I have never successfully transferred an entire cheesecake off of its base, so I cover the base in foil to protect it from knife marks and keep the cheesecake on the pan base!
  • Into a large bowl add the remaining 400mls of double cream, 1tsp vanilla extract and 1tsp of caster sugar. Whisk until the cream holds its shape.
  • Fit a large piping bag with a large star tip – I use Wilton #1M.
  • Fill the piping bag with the whipped cream.
  • Pipe swirl roses – start piping the letter e and continue round – around the outside edge of the cheesecake. Fill in the empty spaces with simple piped stars.
  • Place a strawberry on each of the piped swirls – I removed the green stalks for these – and place three strawberries, with their stems still on, in the centre of the cheesecake.
  • Dust the Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake with icing sugar – I use a clean tea strainer – and serve.
Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake a fantastically easy, yet sensational dessert.

How enticing does this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake look?

It is said that we eat with our eyes first. Well this is certainly a feast to be gazed upon – and then eaten 😉.

This cheesecake travels well too. Simply prepare the cheesecake without the whipped cream and strawberries, take to your destination and complete the decoration there!

Once fully decorated this cheesecake is best eaten straight away, although it will keep for up to two days wrapped in cling film, or stored in an airtight container, and placed in the fridge.

Cheesecake for breakfast anyone??

I hope that you have enjoyed this Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake recipe, here are some others you may like too:

 

White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

FF Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

 

Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

FF Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

 

Strawberries and Cream Cake

FF Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
Strawberries and Cream Cake

 

Thank you for all your lovely comments, please keep them coming I love reading your views on what I am posting. Again it is wonderful to see so many of you cooking and baking my recipes and popping a photo on Twitter or Instagram. I always feel genuinely honoured that you have chosen to make one of my recipes.

I am working hard to balance Feasting is Fun with a few more savoury recipes. Is there anything you would particularly like to see more of on here?

Have fun making and baking in your kitchens and enjoying the memories that you are making whilst feasting together with friends and family.

Sammie xx

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Feta Cheese Herb Muffins

Oh wow, these Feta Cheese Herb Muffins certainly have a taste of the Mediterranean about them.

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Feta Cheese Herb Muffins perfect for eating any time of the day!

Sorry, I know I usually write a little intro, but these Feta Cheese Herb Muffins are so, so good I wanted to tell you about them straight away. Like an excited child with news of their day at school, I am literally bursting with excitement over how good these are.

Salty feta cheese, that almost melts, in a slightly healthier muffin – I’ve added in some wholemeal flour, without any added heaviness – accompanied by the delicate onion flavour of fresh chives and just the teeny tiniest hint of fresh mint!

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Feta Cheese Herb Muffins delicious warmed for brunch.

Having first made my friend, Jackie Heaton aka The Baking Nanna’s Cheese Bacon Breakfast Muffins which are absolutely delicious, I have loved coming up with different variations of the muffin.

Today I wanted to see if I could add wholemeal flour to the muffins, without making them heavy. So I replaced one third of the flour with plain, wholemeal flour. I increased the baking powder and hoped that the balance would work. It totally did.

The wholemeal flour adds a subtle depth of flavour that completely works with the salty feta cheese. I thoroughly enjoyed a late breakfast this morning feasting on these flavour packed morsels.

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Feta Cheese Herb Muffins so good and so easy to bake.

Freshly cut from the garden, both the chives and the mint add a subtle brightness to the Feta Cheese Herb Muffins. None of our children noticed the mint, I was a bit worried thinking that might be the deal breaker! There are only three mint leaves in the whole recipe, yet they provide a fantastic, fresh flavour, without making the muffins taste like toothpaste!!!

If you don’t have fresh herbs in your garden, they can easily be grown on a window-ledge. I buy mine growing in pots, from the supermarket. Woody herbs such as sage, thyme, oregano and rosemary grow in the garden, as do the chives, which have recently started to sprout. Mint I grow in a tub, as it can be a bit of a thug if planted in the open ground, rapidly spreading and smothering other plants.

There is a place for both fresh and dried herbs in my kitchen. In this recipe however, I would only recommend using fresh herbs. Look out for upcoming posts where I will share tips and recipes on the vegetables and herbs I grow.

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Feta Cheese Herb Muffins delicious, healthier and low in fat.

Recipe: Makes 12 Feta Cheese Herb Muffins

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Plain Wholemeal Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

200g/7oz Feta Cheese – drained

1tbsp Chopped Fresh Chives – plus extra to garnish – I use scissors to snip the chives

3 Fresh Mint Leaves – finely chopped

200ml Whole or Semi-skimmed Milk

2 Large Free Range Eggs

2tbsp Vegetable Oil

2tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Approx 1tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper – or less if desired

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6

  • Line a 12 cup muffin pan with muffin cases
  • Measure the milk into a jug. Crack in the 2 whole eggs and add the oils. Stir with a fork to combine – wet ingredients.
  • Into a large bowl add both the flours, the crumbled feta cheese, black pepper finely chopped mint and chives. Stir with a fork ensuring all the pieces of crumbled feta are coated in flour – dry ingredients.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into it.
  • Stir lightly with a fork until almost combined. Note: lumpy batter ensures tender muffins, if you over mix the muffins will be tough!
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Here is good, lumpy batter.
  • Divide the batter equally between the 12 muffin cases.
  • Place the muffin pan into the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (mine took 17 minutes).
  • The muffins are cooked when the are starting to turn golden brown and are firm to touch.
  • Once baked remove the muffins from the oven.
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Feta Cheese Herb Muffins hot straight from the oven.
  • Allow the Feta Cheese Herb Muffins to cool slightly on a cooling rack.

Serve the delicious Feta Cheese Herb Muffins warm with an extra sprinkling of freshly cut chives.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To refresh pop in a medium heated oven for 5 minutes and they will regain their freshly baked flavour.

These Feta Cheese Herb Muffins are the perfect addition to any packed lunch or picnic. They are a perfect, portable, fairly healthy snack and great for sharing. Long days at the office? These take barely 30 minutes to make and bake and then you have breakfast/lunch sorted for a few days!

I love coming up with easy to make, nutritious food, that means you always have something delicious to fall back on instead of always reaching for a chocolate bar or packet of crisps. With food made at home, you know exactly what has gone into it and it always tastes so much better than anything you can buy.

Loved these Feta Cheese Herb Muffins? Here are some other easy, food on the go recipes you may like to try:

Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins 

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Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins utterly delicious.

Coconut Almond Date Flapjacks

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Coconut Almond Date Flapjacks a slow release energy bar wherever you are.

Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks

BN Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks
Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks – perfect for sustained energy release.

Are you good about eating breakfast and taking a packed lunch to work, or do you grab a sweet muffin with your morning latte?

Hopefully I’ve given you some tips to make mornings less stressful on some days? There are always going to be days when you oversleep, or no matter what you do, you’re running late. If you can plan just a little bit, then a bad start to the day needn’t set the tone for how the day pans out!

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I really enjoy reading them. Likewise for all of you who have posted your makes and bakes on Twitter and Instagram. I love seeing how my recipe turns out in someone else’s kitchen!

Have fun making and baking your feast.

Sammie xx

 

 

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Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes

Let’s talk potatoes, the staple of many a British meal, yet often assigned the side role when it comes to dinner time. I will never be a fan of plain, peeled, boiled potatoes, yet give me a healthy serving of Perfectly Mashed Potatoes and I’m likely to forget the sausages on the plate! These crunchy Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes are so full of flavour and enhance any meal that accompanies them.

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Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes a delicious accompaniment to any meal.

Having won some Albert Bartlett Rooster Potatoes a while ago, I wanted to create a delicious roast potato recipe that included the gorgeous red Rooster skin. Not only does the skin have a fantastic flavour, it is also good good source of fibre. Potatoes also contain Potassium, Vitamin C and Iron and are low in fat – unless you fry them or smother them in butter 😉.

All things in moderation eh?

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Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes golden and crunchy.

I apologise for not posting this recipe earlier, however, as today is #National Garlic Day, I thought it would be rather appropriate. Personally I love garlic and have used quite a bit in this recipe, you can add as much or as little as you like. Same with the Rosemary. I couldn’t resist a final sprinkling of freshly chopped Parsley, which gives the finished dish a burst of colour and flavour. Again this is optional!

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Garlic Bulbs and Fresh Rosemary complete with flower!

When I picked the Rosemary for these Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes, it still had some beautiful blue flowers on it. These can be eaten along with the finely chopped thick leaves.

Recipe: Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes serves 6

2kg/4.5lb Red Potatoes – such as the Albert Bartlett Rooster Potatoes I’ve used

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

4-5 Bulbs of Garlic

Small Handful Fresh Rosemary Stems

Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Optional – handful of chopped fresh parsley to finish.

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the potatoes. I place them onto a clean tea towel and place another tea towel on top to absorb all the moisture – dry potatoes = crunchy potatoes!
  • Chop the potatoes into 2″-3″ sized chunks and place onto a baking sheet.
  • Strip the Rosemary leaves from the stem and finely chop.
  • Finely chop/mince the garlic, removing the papery skin.
  • Drizzle the Olive Oil over the potatoes, then sprinkle over the garlic and chopped Rosemary.
  • Add 1/2tsp of sea salt and some freshly ground pepper.
  • Using clean hands toss all the ingredients together on the baking tray, ensuring each potato chunk is slicked in oil.
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Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes ready for the oven.
  • Place the baking tray into the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • The potatoes are cooked when they are golden brown and tender all the way through – test with a knife if unsure.
  • Once cooked remove the potatoes from the oven,
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Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes they sell amazing!!
  • Place the Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes on a serving platter and sprinkle over a handful of chopped Parsely.
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Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes – dinner time!!

Almost certainly you will not have to call everyone to tell them dinner is ready! These potatoes smell as good as they taste. I like to serve them with everything from grilled salmon, chicken, to a fully roasted beef joint for Sunday dinner. It’s nice to ring the changes on week nights and weekend dinners.

This is a much requested dish in our house and we quite often have them with cold meat and salad, during the warmer summer months.

If you have enjoyed these Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes you may also like these other recipes:

Baked Garlic Herb Potato Wedges 

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Baked Garlic Herb Potato Wedges

Tangy Lemon Potato Salad

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Tangy Lemon Potato Salad

Perfectly Mashed Potatoes 

FF Perfectly Mashed Potatoes
Perfectly Mashed Potatoes creamy and delicious.

 

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the tastiest.

Whatever you are baking and making in your kitchens, have fun!

Sammie xx

 

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

Whilst I love a beautifully decorated cake, sometimes a delicious cut-and-come-again cake is what I crave. This delicious Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake certainly delivers on flavour. Packed full of chocolate chips and made with sour cream, it is utterly yummy!

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake simply really good cake!

This delicious cake however, was made at the request of our eldest daughter. Chocolate cake with chocolate chips and NO icing. In all fairness she has never been a lover of anything creamy, so I was more than happy to oblige and decided to make a Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake.

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake fancy icing not needed.

This cake may have a simple recipe but boy does it win in the flavour votes. It is a really chocolatey, chocolate cake. In fact served warm with custard, ooh and a scoop of Very Vanilla Ice Cream and this would make rather a delicious pudding.

I just love it when a cake can be dual purpose!!

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake however you eat this cake it is utterly yummy!

After making yesterday’s Coffee and Walnut Cake  I was really regretting not making an extra cake for us! The smell of the coffee cake cooking and the walnuts toasting, had my tummy rumbling. In truth it would only have been Hubby and me that ate it. Coffee cake is not our children’s favourite – although two of them will eat Tirimasu???

Without further ado, let’s get to the recipe so that you too can bake this delicious cake!

Recipe: Makes one Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter – at room temperature

175g/6oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paster -can be substituted with vanilla extract

3 Large Free Range Eggs

150g/5oz Sour Cream – I find it easier to measure by weight

1/4tsp Salt

125g/4.5oz Plain White Flour

50g/2oz Good Quality Cocoa Powder

2tsp Baking Powder

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate Chips/Chunks – use dark/white if preferred

Method: Preheat the oven to 155C/140C fan, gas mark 2

  • Grease and line the base of a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.
  • Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl.
  • Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Add the 3 eggs and vanilla bean paste and whisk for a further 5 minutes until all the ingredients are fully combined.
  • Add the sour cream and sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and add the chocolate chips.
  • With a spoon fold all the ingredients together until just combined.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared loaf tin.
  • Place into the middle of a preheated oven and bake for 45-50minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is firm to touch. I don’t suggest inserting a skewer, as if it goes through a warm chocolate chip you may think that the cake is still uncooked.
  • Once baked remove the Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake from the oven.
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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake don’t work about the crack on top – it proves its a good homemade cake!
  • Allow the cake to cool in the tin until it is warm, or preferably cold.
  • To remove from the tin, gently go around the outside edge, between the cake and the tin with a palette knife. Place a plate or cooling rack on top of the tin and flip over. The cake should release easily.
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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake sliced and ready to be eaten!

In complete honesty, I must say that the cake was still warm when removed from the tin. Such was our eagerness to taste it!! My family have got used to waiting for the blog photos to be taken. Two minutes after the above photo was taken, the slices of cake you see were plated and dished out with forks.

Still slightly warm, with nuggets of semi melted chocolate chunks throughout, this cake made for very nice elevenses with a cup of tea!

We seem to have got into a habit of having cake or a sweet treat such as my Lemony Strawberry Pavlova on a Sunday, not necessarily a bad thing I think!

This cake, should there be any left, will keep for 4 days in an airtight container. Actually from experience it tightens up a bit on the second day and is not only easier to cut, but also improves in flavour – I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether to wait 😉.

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Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

This delightful cake is perfect for picnics, afternoon tea, or elevenses in the garden, when the sun is shining as beautifully as it is today! I’m not a big fan of taking iced cakes on picnics, as the extra sugar seems to be a magnet for bugs!

Do you enjoy eating outside when the weather is nice? Do you have a favourite bake that you always make before a trip to the seaside, or picnic in the park?

Asking these questions reminds me of mug Grandma, who always spent the day before a family outing baking. The only thing I consistently remember her baking was Rock Buns. I’ll have to dig out a recipe – for those of you who aren’t familiar with them, they are fruit filled buns, halfway between a cake and scone. Any tips please let me know in the comments section?

If you have enjoyed this Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake here are a few more recipes you may like to try:

Glazed Orange Bundt Cake

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake perfect for afternoon tea.

Cherry Almond Sandwich Cake

FF Cherry Almon Sandwich Cake
Cherry Almond Sandwich Cake with pretty feathered icing.

Chelsea Buns

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Chelsea Buns easy to make and easier to eat! www.feastingisfun.com

Whatever you are making and baking in your kitchens today, make each mouthful a feast and have lots of fun.

Sammie xx

 

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake

There is something about the colour orange that I am drawn to. Orange can be warm and vibrant, bright yet soft. My first bedroom, when I was a little girl was orange, I loved the colour then and 40 years later I still love it. Especially when it is the gorgeous orange of the navel oranges used in this recipe for Glazed Orange Bundt Cake.

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake so vibrant and full of orange flavour.

Orange also happens to be Peeta’s favourite colour in the Hunger Games Trilogy, not the bright orange of Effie’s hair, but the colour of a sunset.

No apologies, I’m a huge Hunger Games fan, although very few, if any,  of the citizens of District 12 would have had the luxury of eating cake. Never mind this totally delicious Glazed Orange Bundt Cake.

If you have absolutely no clue as to what the last few lines mean, don’t worry – just know that I love the colour orange in all its shades!

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake perfect for afternoon tea.

Our son adores oranges and he is going to be absolutely thrilled, when he gets in from school tonight and sees that I’ve made another Orange Cake. Using Wright’s new Orange Cake Mix to make this beautiful loaf, makes baking this cake so easy. From opening the packet to popping the cake into the oven takes less than 10 minutes.

10 minutes – yes I’m repeating it because the reward for a few minutes measuring and mixing is massive. This delicious cake has such a tender crumb and is packed  full of dried fruit. The orange glaze further enhances the tangy orange flavour. Baked in my pretty Citrus Bundt Tin from Nordicware, the detailed markings are clearly visible through the glaze.

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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake baked in the Citrus Bundt Tin with it’s beautiful markings.

After making the Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt I immediately wanted to make this Glazed Orange Bundt Cake. Since I had made a Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake I knew an orange glaze would also showcase this wonderful cake.

This new Orange Cake Mix from Wright’s has received a massive thumbs up from both my family and our neighbours. I do like to share!!

If you are not a fan of cake mixes, try this one and I bet you will change your mind? This is the second time I have baked with it and it is consistently good. Perfect for keeping stashed in the cupboard for when the urge to eat cake hits, or when unexpected visitors arrive. I am sure that they would be delighted by a slice of this Glazed Orange Bundt Cake and a hot drink.

Recipe: Makes one Glazed Orange Bundt Cake serves 10

1 packet of Wright’s Orange Cake Mix

4tbsp Vegetable Oil – as directed on the packet

200ml Water – as directed on the packet

Cake release spray if baking in a Bundt tin, alternatively use a loaf tin which has been greased and lined with baking parchment.

200g/7oz Icing Sugar

1 Orange – you will need the juice of half

Edible glitter – optional

Method: Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan, gas mark 2.

  • Spray the Bundt tin with Cake Release Spray.
  • Make up the cake batter according to the packet instructions.
  • Pour the orange cake batter into the Bundt tin.
  • Place the tin in the middle of the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  • The cake is cooked when it is a golden colour and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once baked remove the cake from the oven.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a cooling rack.
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Beautiful Orange Cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before decorating.

To make the glaze:

  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Add the juice of half an orange – the glaze should be thick, but still drip from the spoon.
  • Place the cooling rack on top of a clean baking tray – this is important as the glaze that drips through will be used to cover the sides of the cake.
  • Spoon the orange glaze over the top of the cake.

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    Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake and allow it to gently drip down the sides.
  • Allow the glaze to drip down the sides of the cake.
  • Ensure the entire top of the cake is covered in glaze.
  • Carefully lift the cooling rack a little and scoop teaspoons full of glaze, from the tray underneath. Use this to cover the sides of the cake.
  • When the cake is completely covered in glaze leave to set.
  • Transfer the Glazed Orange Bundt Cake to a serving plate.
  • Sprinkle with edible glitter if desired.
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Glazed Orange Bundt Cake utterly delicious.

Slice and serve the cake with a lovely cup of tea or coffee, ooh and guests. I always think cake should be shared!

If you have enjoyed this Glazed Orange Bundt Cake then you may like these other fruity bakes:

Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt

WB Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt
Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt easy to make and easier to eat!

Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

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Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake

Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes

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Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes full of lemon zest and juice.

I hope that sharing some quick, easy, yet still completely delicious bakes helps you in your kitchen?

I would love to know your thoughts and really appreciate you taking time to leave comments.

Have fun while you are feasting!

Sammie xx

 

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Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins

I love a recipe that is versatile, which is exactly what the Cheese Bacon Breakfast Muffins recipe is. So I took that recipe, fiddled a bit and the result was these utterly delicious Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins!

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Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins perfect warm from the oven.

I had ordered the ingredients with last weeks shopping, intent on making them during the week. Somehow I got distracted by other things, until today. Boy was I glad I waited. The cupboards, well fridge are always fairly bare on a Saturday as that’s the day our shopping is delivered. Having Hubby here to unpack and put things away, saves me from spending the following day in bed!

I kid you not see Living With Seizures if you’d like to know more.

Both our girls were out late, last night at a concert in London, so I knew the house would be fairly quiet this morning as they snoozed away upstairs. Little man was getting hungry and I suddenly remembered what I had stashed in the fridge. Phew!

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Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins perfect for breakfast or brunch.

I made these Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins in less than 10 minutes, they cooked in 15 minutes AND I had enough for my photo shoot to let our little man munch happily away, whilst I snapped a few shots.

Oh my, these are good – I mean really, really, pass me another one good. The Chorizo could make them taste a bit like pizza, nothing wrong with that – but breakfast, hmm not so sure. That’s where the goats cheese kicks in and completely rounds out the flavours, bringing it back to breakfast, brunch time.

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Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins a great way to kick start the day.

Brain is ticking now – watch this space for pizza style muffins!!

Back to the Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins – I cooked the chorizo first so that it would start to release it’s red paprika juices when mixed into the batter. Just a quick word, as my friend Liz from Teta Lizza’s Kitchen also emphasises, when making muffins don’t over mix the batter. A few floury streaks are ok. The best, lightest, yummiest muffins come from just mixed, lumpy batter. It is true.

It’s definitely worth checking out Liz’s blog, she’s an amazing cook and baker, whose food is so mouth wateringly good. I should know I made her Carrot Soup! She’s a great girl with a wicked sweet tooth, balanced by lots of healthy, beautifully presented recipes. Pop over to Teta Lizza’s Kitchen and say hi.

FF Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins
Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins utterly delicious.

Before you visit I’ll show you how these fantastic, lazy weekend, Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins are made 😉

Recipe: Makes 12 Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins

100g/4oz Sliced Chorizo

150g/5oz Goats Cheese

200ml Whole Milk

2 Large Free Range Eggs

4tbsp Vegetable Oil

350g/12oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

Good grinding of black pepper – to taste

1/2tsp Cayenne Pepper – plus a little extra to sprinkle on the baked muffins

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6

  • Chop or dice the chorizo into 1cm pieces.
  • Cook in a dry frying pan until the chorizo starts to release its delicious paprika juices.
  • Remove and put on a plate to cool slightly.
  • Measure the milk into a jug. Add the 2 eggs and vegetable oil. Stir to combine – wet mixture.
  • Into a large bowl add the flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Use a whisk to stir and combine.
  • Chop or crumble up the goats cheese into roughly the same sized pieces as the chorizo.
  • Add the chorizo and goats cheese to the flour mixture, stir to distribute – dry mixture.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and pour the wet mixture in.
  • Stir with a fork until just combined.
FF Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins
Lumpy muffin batter makes the lightest muffins.
  • Line a muffin/cupcake tin with muffin cases – and yes I found mine!
  • Divide the batter equally between the 12 cases – ideally an ice cream scoop can be used – I forgot!!
  • Place the muffin tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Mine took 15 minutes.
  • The Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins are baked when they are firm to touch and golden on top.
  • When baked remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  • Sprinkle the top of each muffin with a little bit of cayenne pepper.

These delightful Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins are best served warm and eaten on the day they are made. However, they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days and refreshed by warming in the oven. They also make a great addition to packed lunches, as a change from sandwiches or wraps.

Now that Spring is firmly here and warmer weather is in sight, I will definitely be making these for picnics, perfect eaten alongside some cherry tomatoes and cucumber sticks.

FF Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins
Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins perfect to pack up for picnics.

Do you enjoy eating outside?

I must admit I’m yet to be converted to barbecues, yet I love nothing more than throwing a blanket on the lawn, or on rare good days, going to the seaside or park and having a picnic. Some of our best picnics have actually been in the rain, children sitting, welly boots on, on the flat boot of our car munching on scotch eggs, olives, carrot sticks and crisps. These Chorizo Goats Cheese Muffins will be a new and very welcome addition to our picnic outings!

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Whatever you are making and baking have fun and remember that food always tastes better when it’s shared.

Sammie xx

 

 

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