Showing posts with label Desserts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Desserts. Show all posts

Berry and Chocolate Meringue Wreath

Okay so after my Banana Bread made with the help of my Kenwood Chef, I've since got all tricky and made this Meringue Wreath. Now I understand that for most this probably isn't tricky at all but I don't do baking; simply because I'm no good at it. However, since the Kenwood Chef Elite arrived it's made such a difference as I not only love using it but it makes life so much easier.

Berry and Chocolate Meringue Christmas Wreath

I really couldn't have been bothered with all the whisking needed to produce meringue (too much like hard work and I am lazy) but now I can just put the egg whites in and let it get on before adding the sugar a little at a time and let the Kenwood Chef Elite KVC5100S do all the hard work.
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Pear Chocolate Cocoa and Coconut Superflake Crumble

Everyone loves a good crumble but if you haven't tried my Pear, Chocolate, Cocoa and Coconut Superflake Crumble you're missing out! ūüėč Pears are just coming into season now and are one of the least allergenic of all fruits and so can be enjoyed but most people and they're so versatile too; perfect in a crumble and they go so well with chocolate.

I was recently asked to make a recipe using Cocoa and Coconut Superflakes by Nature's Path. To be honest until then I hadn't tried Superflakes before but I say they make the perfect easy and healthy breakfast and are also healthy and nice and filling too.

Pear Chocolate Cocoa and Coconut Superflake Crumble

Superflakes are made using sorghum flour, black bean flour and brown rice flour which are all made from nutrient-rich sprouted grains. Coated in a little honey and Fairtrade cocoa Superflakes are not only nice and crunchy but are also Gluten free and Organic as are the rest of Nature's Path products.

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New - GU Mousse Fusions Review

NEW to the GU puds range are Mousse Fusions. Now regular readers of this blog will know I'm not a one for desserts but Paul (the husband) loves desserts.

Of course I did have a taste since it's me writing about them and I have to say the Chocolate and Toffee Mousse Fusions are really rather nice indeed and could even convert me to eating chocolate; now they must be good!

Chocolate and Toffee GU Mousse Fusions
Seriously chocolatey, rich and creamy topping but with a chocolate and toffee mousse underneath.

As they are new to the market I had a bit of trouble actually getting them since our Tesco is quite small. Waitrose did but only had two of the three varieties as they'd sold out of the Mango and Passionfruit so I can't comment on those. By the fact that they'd sold out I'd say they must be popular; I have to say they do sound good.  

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Coffee Caramel and Hazelnut Poke Cake

Poke cake is so called because once it's baked you simply poke holes in it!  Then you pour a delicious runny topping into the holes; and when the cake is fully finished you can't see the holes as they are covered with more topping.  Then when you cut it, everyone gets to see the scrummy gooey filling in every slice.    

Coffee Caramel and Hazelnut Poke Cake

See what I mean - sticky, gooey caramel oozing from the cake and of course the more holes you make the more filling there will be; but with that said don't go too mad or the cake might fall apart!

Inside a Coffee Caramel and Hazelnut Poke Cake

Just recently the lovely people over at Spiller and Tait sent me some of their freshly roasted coffee to try.  When the delivery guy arrived at the door you could really smell the lovely aroma of coffee; he even said, no guessing what's in this parcel!

On opening the lovely smelling parcel I was amazed to see on the packets the day of roasting (might be just me but I've never seen this before), anyway this coffee was fresh, it was roasted no more than 7 days ago. The secret to good coffee is it should be fresh and apparently Spiller and Tait only roast weekly in small batches so every packet you buy from their website arrives to you with full flavour and aroma.

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How to Make Oven Cooked Pancakes

Whoop whoop - Pancake Day is nearly here (it's Tuesday 28th February this year) so not long now! Pretty much everyone loves a pancake, even me; but Paul (the husband) is a proper lover of a good pancake.

Trouble is I'm not too keen on cooking them since he can eat a LOT of the thin crêpe like ones which means I'm stood over a frying pan for what seems like forever.
No more standing over a frying pan and flipping it over in hope that you don't ruin it.  I say oven cooked pancakes are the way to go!   They're BIG and filling so just one does the trick, even more marvellous in my opinion. ūüėČ

Oven Cooked Pancake with Berries

Simple to make:
It's a sort of sweet Yorkshire pudding batter except you must use self raising flour or it won't puff up. Pour the batter into a pan and watch it puff right up (it gets a bit scary) but it turns a lovely golden brown and then you know it's done.

Once cooked and you open the oven door, it will sink right back down into a random shape which I think gives it a proper homemade (or you could say rustic) look!  Drizzle with maple syrup, top with raspberries and blueberries, eat and enjoy.

Top Tip!
If you're feeding more than one greedy person or a lot of hungry kids you can make a humongous pancake in a roasting tin; as long as it's non-stick and not too deep it'll be fine. That said, don't forget you'd have to double the ingredients listed.
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New from Mövenpick - Passion Fruit and Mango Sorbet

I'm excited to tell you about a couple of new additions to the M√∂venpick range.  The Passion Fruit & Mango Sorbet is so refreshing and has a nice tang but without being too sharp as it's nicely balanced with mango for a little sweetness.

The passion fruit puree from Ecuador makes this wonderfully a smooth sorbet; mixed with the flesh of Alfonso mangoes from India.  The fruit content is 42.5% so yes it's really nice and fruity with a good helping of mango pieces in every spoonful.

Swiss ice cream

Now the plan had been for us to try another new flavour from M√∂venpick, Tiramisu Ice Cream.  But it turns out it's so popular there wasn't any available!   So next up we tried the Maple Walnut Ice Cream which isn't a new flavour in the M√∂venpick range but in my opinion this is absolutely the best ice cream ever!  Made with genuine Canadian Maple Syrup with Caramelised Walnuts which adds a lovely sweetness and a bit of crunch; oh yes this is good stuff.

By the way if you've never tried Mövenpick Caramelita Ice Cream check out the Ice Cream Sundae with Caramel and Mascarpone Whipped Cream, I made using it a while back.

Mövenpick Ice Cream is made with Swiss cream and has no artificial additives or colours and is available in Restaurants, Cafes, Bars and Delis across the UK.

Where to buy: Ocado
RRP: £4.99 for 500ml
The 500ml range consists of eight flavours:
Vanilla Dream Ice Cream, Swiss Chocolate Ice Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream, Caramelita Ice Cream, Maple Walnut Ice Cream, Tiramisu Ice Cream, Raspberry & Strawberry Sorbet and Passion Fruit & Mango Sorbet.

Find out more about Mövenpick over at Moevenpick-icecream.com

Disclosure:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.

Copper Soft Touch Ice Cream Scoop from Stellar Cookware.
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Cherry Ice Cream Sundae - Served in a Margarita Glass

Hands up who likes Ice cream?
Hands up who likes Cherries?  Okay, I bet that's pretty much everyone!

Cherry and Vanilla Ice cream served with fresh Cherries surely has to be the best.  Of course if you then add pieces of crumbled Meringue and a good dollop of whipped Cream, top the lot with Cherry Sauce you end up with something really quite special.

Presentation of your ice cream sundae doesn't really matter since it will still taste the same whatever you serve it in.  But of course it's no secret that we eat with our eyes so to speak, therefore these gorgeous Margarita Glasses from House of Fraser really do turn a simple looking dessert into a beautiful thing.

Margarita Glasses

Ready to dive in?



Anyway, back to the Margarita glasses!

House of Fraser

Sold in a box of 4 and they're in the House of Fraser sale; at the moment they're HALF PRICE at just £17.50 which in my opinion is a right billy bargain.

Margarita glasses are of course perfect for serving Margaritas; not only are they absolutely gorgeous to look but are perfect of other cocktails too; and of course making a simple dessert look extra special.

These glasses dishwasher safe but hand washing is recommended; personally I wont be putting them in my dishwasher since it takes little effort to get them sparkling clean after use.  They're a nice size too which means you get a good sized Cocktail or a decent size dessert; no short measures!

Product code:  215025198 (set of four)
These Margarita glasses and other lovely Glassware are available from House of Fraser stores and online.
Diameter  11.1 cm
Height  17.2 cm
Volume  340 ml

On the side of the box there are two recipes, one for Classic Margarita Cocktail and the other for the well known Eton Mess dessert.

Disclosure:  Many thanks to House of Fraser for sending me these glasses to review.  As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.
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Boozy Tiramisu Recipe

Coffee comes in many different varieties ranging from weak to strong in taste such as espresso.  I say espresso is for proper die hard coffee lovers since it is very strong, personally as a drink it’s too strong for my liking.  But with that said there are many recipes in which espresso can be used and nothing but espresso will do. 

Tiramisu

Have you ever tried making your own coffee ice cream or granita?  Coffee granita (a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar and coffee) is another favorite of mine as it is so cooling and really refreshing on a hot day.

Then there's Tiramisu; I really like the bitter-sweet taste of the coffee soaked sponge topped with sweetened Mascarpone.  By the way there's no cooking involved, it's pretty much effortless to make and can also be made in advance making it the perfect dinner party dessert.

Tiramisu needs to be made with strong coffee and so espresso is perfect.  Of course like most people that are into coffee we have a coffee machine to get the perfect espresso.  Paul (the husband) is a true coffee lover but the pods are so expensive it kinda gets out of hand keeping up with the cost!
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Discount Code BBC Good Food Show Summer - Plus James Martin Recipe

Oooh not long now until the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2016 is on at the NEC Birmingham; yes I do get quite excitable about these things, I can not wait to go!  

Along with other great celebrity chefs, James Martin will be there on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.  I've very kindly been given a discount code for my readers to receive 20% Discount off of the ticket price.

To find out more about the times James is on and of course to book your tickets, pop over to the BBC Good Food Show website.  Be sure to enter this code in order to get the 20% discount; MV20

Now let's talk about this wonderful James Martin recipe for Chocolate and Beetroot Roulade with Chocolate Cream that I've been given permission to share with you; doesn't it look stunning?

Discount Code

Image supplied by Media Vision Interactive.

James says: Using vegetables in cakes is nothing new, of course, but I really like this combination. Beetroot has a great flavour and a sweetness that softens the bitterness of the chocolate. I’ve put it just in the filling and the glaze, as I find that adding it to the cake unbalances the recipe.


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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe

I hadn't had bread pudding for years until a couple of weeks ago when I made Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding; which got me thinking about food we had when I was a kid.  If you've never had bread pudding you haven't lived and have been missing out!

My nan used to make it and of course so did my mum.  I'm not a one for cakes or puddings, but bread pudding is a glorious thing.  Hot or cold, this is good stuff; proper old fashioned food.  Oh and when it's cooking, your kitchen will smell amazing.

Bread Pudding

There's nothing fancy about bread pudding and certainly no cooking skills are needed.  It's a great way of using up stale bread; in fact it works best with bread that's 2 or 3 days old.
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ProCook Carbon Steel Crepe Pan - Giveaway

Yes I know pancake day was yesterday, but I say pancakes are good any day of the year!  Whether you like your pancakes made thick or thin, served with lemon and a sprinkling of sugar, drenched in maple syrup or smothered in chocolate the one thing you will need to make the perfect pancake is a good pancake or crepe pan.  

Enter my giveaway to be in with a chance of winning this rather nice ProCook Kitchenware 24cm Carbon Steel Crepe Pan (pictured below) which of course can be used to make regular pancakes too.

Pancakes

Follow this Super Simple Pancake Recipe by ProCook Kitchenware - great for an indulgent weekend breakfast.
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Toblerone Custard Fondue

Everyone loves Toblerone and most people love custard, so what can be better then Toblerone Custard?  Answer: a Fondue filled with hot Toblerone Custard Sauce that's what!

Add bananas and marshmallows for dipping and you have the perfect Chocolate Lovers sharing dessert.  Yes you do have to share! 


The nice people over at Toblerone asked me to come up with a fondue recipe that included Toblerone. So armed with the rather nice Fondue set they sent me along with lovely bars of Toblerone, into the kitchen I went and came up with Toblerone Custard.
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No Bake Limoncello Cheesecake

No bake cheesecakes are really easy to make.  As long as you leave enough time to chill the base in the fridge (so it can firm up) your cheesecake won't fall apart.  With that in mind depending when you are planning to serve it, you might be best doing that bit the day before.
It's also important to use enough butter when making the biscuit crumb base since it's the butter that holds the crumbs together. 

Limoncello

My easy to make cheesecake is perfectly balanced; not too sweet and although it's nice and lemony, it's not too tart either.

Limoncello is an Italian liqueur at around 26% Vol which has become very popular outside of Italy; it's quite sweet and very lemony and works well in this dessert.
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Apple Pie with Rum Soaked Sultanas - Judge Cookware Electric Pie Maker Review

Everyone likes a good pie whether it's sweet or savory.  New in my kitchen is this Electric Pie Maker from Judge Cookware and I have to say I'm seriously loving it.  In a word it's brilliant; the pastry cooks perfectly and the deep fill pie moulds allow for 'proper' good and filling pies to be cooked in just 15 minutes once you have the filling ready.

Apple Pie made in an electric pie maker

Far quicker than waiting for the oven to heat up, so in a way this is also a money saving gadget too!


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BBQ Mojito Lime Pineapple - Schwartz Grill Mates

Schwartz have a great range of marinades to liven up BBQ food, or of course since the British weather can not be relied upon, any BBQ-style indoor meal.  There are altogether 23 products that make up the Grill Mates range.

For this recipe I used Mojito Lime Marinade packet mix consisting of delicious dried spices; all you need to do is add a couple of ingredients as listed on the back of each pack, then simply mix together to use.


Grill Mates are really are easy to prepare and although they're kind of meant to be a marinade for meat and poultry, I came up with this idea of using the Mojito Lime Grill Mates to marinate slices of fresh pineapple.

So easy to make; just marinade the pineapple slices before popping them onto the BBQ (or in my case a griddle pan) as the weather was nice, but certainly not amazing. 

*Please note for this recipe I didn't follow the back of the packet - instead I altered the 'extra' ingredients needed to suit my BBQ Mojito Pineapple creation!

Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/bbq-mojito-pineapple




To serve 4 you will need;
1 large fresh pineapple - cored, peeled and cut into thickish slices
1 packet of Grill Mates Mojito Lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
50ml dark rum
2 tablespoons of molasses

How to do it;
In a small bowl mix together the whole packet of Mojito Lime Grill Mates along with the olive oil, dark rum and molasses and mix well.

Put the sliced pineapple onto a plate and pour over the marinade, turning the pineapple to coat. Keep the marinade to baste during cooking.  Pop the pineapple slices onto a really hot griddle pan (or BBQ) and cook for a minute or so.  Baste and turn to get those nice grill marks, cook for another minute before serving with some nice vanilla ice cream.

More recipes using Schwartz products

Camilla's Cajun Chicken Fajitas
Dannii's Indian Chicken and Mango Salad


Now for the Giveaway - The nice people over at Schwartz are offering one lucky reader the chance to win all 23 Products in the Grill Mates Range!  For inspiration you can find loads more recipes over at Schwartz. 
 
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Disclaimer; I was compensated for my time creating this recipe for Schwartz.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Le Méridien Hotels Creates éclairs from Inspired Destinations with Chef Iuzzini

As part of a rebranding campaign, Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts have been working with award-winning chef Johnny Iuzzini.  Their plan is to better define the brand and align it with the culture and cuisine surrounding each of its properties.


Johnny is a pastry chef, author, motorcyclist and world traveler.  Through his partnership with Le Meridien he is unlocking destinations around the world.

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Orange Flavoured Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and Caramelised Orange Slices

With Pancake day just around the corner, now's the time to get creative in the kitchen and serve up something other than the normal everyday kind of pancake.  Come on, get cooking!  That said, personally I actually like and prefer pancakes with a just sprinkle of sugar and a good squeeze of lemon - I'm easily pleased!

Pancakes

First job is to get yourself a good decent non-stick frying pan that's up to the job. This rather nice looking frying pan from Judge Cookware Continental range is the very fellow.  This pan heats up quickly making it perfect for pancakes.  Of course this frying pan isn't only for pancakes. Great for everyday use and perfect for that Saturday morning bacon sandwich or a good fry up.

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Summer Berry Oat Crumble using Sweet Heart Collection Stoneware

Premier Housewares have just launched The Sweet Heart Collection of stoneware.  Now these stoneware dishes are beautiful.  Pretty, homey and a bit mumsie if you know what I mean.
The 'oven to table' range consists of all the baking essentials and is just perfect for berry crumble or big cottage pie. 

Summer Berry Oat Crumble in dish

This 1.4 Litre Oval stoneware dish (W31 x D19 x H7cm) approx.  It's dishwasher and microwave safe and is available in green or pink.  It washed up nicely without the need to go in the dishwasher.

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Cr√®me Br√Ľl√©e - Tefal Cook4Me

Yes I'm still raving on about the Tefal Cook4Me!  Over the weekend I thought I'd try one of the desserts.  Since I'd recently been given a cook's blowtorch to review I wanted an excuse to play with it!  My review of that will of course be in a separate post. 

Creme Brulee

Cr√®me br√Ľl√©e in the Cook4Me was a doddle to make and turned it out perfectly.  I must point out the recipe instructions are a little odd as they say to serve 2 people you will need 3 ramekins - then again Paul (the husband) would agree with that meaning there's one more for him!

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Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

The Italian Restaurant Zizzi recently set me a challenge to create a dessert pizza or any savoury dish that could be turned sweet.  I first came up with a possible of a Cinnamon and Caramelised Apple Lasagne but sadly although it tasted okay it wasn't somehow quite right and certainly didn't work photography wise.
I'm not one to give up easily and although I had to let it go this time, I'll work on it!


If you'd like have a go at making my easy to make Banana, Caramel and Chocolate Pizza you can find the recipe here.

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