Saturday, 6 April 2013


I have been having a tidy up of my files n stuff and came across these recipes I have saved back for various sites. Annoyingly I did not make a note of the person who wrote/published them but I thought some of you would like to have a go. the self saucing lemon pudding is fab

Lemon self-saucing pudding
• 50g butter
• 200g caster sugar
• 1 lemon , zested
• 100ml lemon juice (include the zest from the zested lemon)
• 3 eggs , separated
• 50g plain flour , sifted
• 250ml milk
• icing sugar for dusting

1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160/gas gas 4. Whizz the butter, sugar and lemon zest until they are pale and creamy in a food processor. Add the lemon juice, egg yolks, flour and milk one by one until you have a smooth batter. Whisk the egg whites until firm but not stiff, and fold the two mixtures together.
2. Pour into a buttered ovenproof soufflé or baking dish and put it in a baking tray half filled with hot water. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is lightly browned and set and there is a sort of gooey lemon curd below. Remove the dish from the tray, dust with icing sugar and serve hot, with or without cream.
Per serving
441 kcalories, protein 9.1g, carbohydrate 68.2g, fat 16.5 g, saturated fat 8.5g, fibre 8.5g, salt 0.43 g

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves: 15
• 115g butter
• 50g caster sugar
• 110g soft brown sugar
• few drops of vanilla extract
• 1 egg (beaten)
• 170g chocolate chips of your choice
• 155g plain flour
• pinch of baking powder
Preparation method
Prep: 15 mins |Cook: 10 mins
1. Preheat the oven to 185 C (170 C for fan assisted ovens) and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.

3. Add the beaten egg and vanilla to the mixture and mix well.

4. Next add the chocolate chips and mix together to ensure they are well distributed. Most people add them last, although i find if you add them at this stage you don't end up with big clumps of chocolate chips in random places of the cookie!

5. Mix the flour and baking powder together, and add a little at a time to the mixture, until a soft dough is formed. You should be able to mould the dough into shapes without it being too sticky, if it is sticky, add a tablespoon of flour each time to get it the right consistency.

6. Roll an amount into a ball about the size of a walnut and softly press down onto the baking sheet. Don't place cookies too close together as they do spread and you don't want them sticking together!

7. Cook for about 10 - 12 minutes, you really don't need that much longer otherwise they will burn. When you take them out of the oven, they will still be quite soft, leave for a while on the tray until they start to harden, and then move to a cooling rack.


185g unsalted butter
185g best dark chocolate
85g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
3 large eggs
275g golden caster sugar
6 Cadbury’s Crème eggs cut in half.

Preheat the oven to 160C and grease a 20 cm square baking tin.
Melt the butter and dark chocolate together either in the microwave or in a bowl over boiling water.
Break 3 large eggs into a large bowl and tip in 275g golden caster sugar. With an electric mixer on maximum speed, whisk the eggs and sugar until they look thick and creamy, like a milk shake. This can take 3-8 minutes. You will know it's ready when the mixture becomes really pale and about double its original volume.
Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the eggy mousse, and then gently fold together.
Hold a sieve over the bowl of eggy chocolate mixture and sift the cocoa and flour mixture, shaking the sieve from side to side, to cover the top evenly. Gently fold in to the mixture.
Pour into the baking tin and cook for 15 minutes then take out of the over and gently press the cadburys crème egg halves into the mix, spacing them apart evenly. Put back in the over for another 5-10 minutes.
Leave to cool before removing from tin and cutting into squares.

And the blegh goes on and on and on....

Morning all

Thanks to those who offered suggestions on how to get rid of the cough. Finally I admitted defeat and went to my pharmacist and spluttered all over him. He gave a bottle of something alarmingly pink and completely unpronounceable that is helping quite a bit.

Yesterday was really lazy in fact I did a level of naff all that even surprised me.
In the morning we had one of DB’s cares in, she is a joy to behold and truth be known we would both miss her terribly if ever she needed to move jobs. So whilst she de scuzzed himself I changed the bed and did some laundry. We are never without laundry in this house.

However I did start on some softer hankies made out of an old candy stripped single sheet I had. So look out cold next time I come armed!

I know one of you watched the sewing Bea programme that was on. I managed to catch some of it. I came to on a stupor and caught snippets of it so will do the watch again thingy on line with a cuppa when I get the chance.

Had a nice discovery the other day. The florist that will be doing my bouquet and bits holds workshops for arraigning flowers. My level of skill in this department is this
Open flowers.
Cut off ends remembering it’s the end without the pretties.
Put in water
Hope they last
As I don’t drink, drive, smoke, run a car or go to the theatre (god that looks really boring lol) I thought bugger it I’m going to treat myself to a class.
Today will be a gentle day of easy potter and will prep a roast for tomorrow and something that won’t poison us today lol

Right I need a shower as I smell like the wrong end of a rhino! And I need some brekkie