Showing posts with label Nigella Lawson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nigella Lawson. Show all posts

Chocolate Chip Muffins - Now Perfected!

Last week I had a fit in my head and wanted to make muffins.
I'd never made them before and every one of my chocolate chips sank to the bottom of each muffin!
Not good. So, the next day I gave them another go, perfect.
The first recipe I tried was one from the BBC website. But now I was armed with Nigella Lawson's recipe, success!
Her addition of vegetable oil I thought was strange but it worked so I would use this recipe again.
Here is Nigella's recipe, which I followed exactly but I could only get 9 muffins and not 12 but I would think that's just me pouring too much in each muffin case.


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For 12 you will need:
250g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Half-teaspoon bicarbonate soda
2 tablespoons best quality cocoa
175g caster sugar
150g chocolate chips - plus more for sprinkling later
250ml milk
90ml vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas6

How to do it:
Fill a 12-bun muffin tray with paper cases.
Weigh out the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Pour all the liquid ingredients into a measuring jug.
Mix both together, you will have a runny batter. Now spoon into the muffin cases.
Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top then cook for 20 minutes or until the muffins are risen and springy.
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Quick Chilli - Nigella Lawson

This chilli is most certainly quick and so very easy to make, no chopping or messing about.  Taken from Nigella Lawson's book 'Nigella Express'. 

 
I'll be making this again as it was really good. My beans were not the spicy kind - just mixed beans in water, so I did add the chilli flakes.


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Marsala Honey Pears with Gorgonzola - Nigella Lawson


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This recipe was taken from Nigella Lawson's book 'Nigella Express' Having made this, I would suggest using only 1 Tablespoon of oil, and not 2 as this recipe says.
You will Need:
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (Not Extra Virgin)
2 Pears, Unpeeled and Uncored (uncored says Nigella - I say core those pears)!
3 Tablespoons Marsala
2 Tablespoons Honey
50g Walnut Halves
500g Gorgonzola

How to Do it:
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Meanwhile, cut the pears into eighths, leaving the skin and core on. (I cored my pears - no stalks on my plate, thank you very much)!
Fry the pears for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until softened.




Meanwhile, whisk the Marsala and honey together in a cup or small bowl.
Add the Marsala mixture to the pears and allow to bubble and become syrupy.

Transfer the pears to a large serving plate, reserving the syrupy mixture in the pan.  Add the walnuts to the same pan and stir fry them for about a minute, or until they are slightly darkened and sticky all over.

To serve, transfer the walnuts to the serving plate along with any remaining pan juices and place the gorgonzola onto the plate.
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A GLUG OF OIL