Saturday, 9 February 2013

Easy Peasy Chocolate Fudge Cake

THE best type of cake there is. I never pass up an opportunity for chocolate fudge cake- if it’s on the menu, nothing else stands a chance. Best served hot with vanilla ice cream. This recipe comes from Delia’s ‘Chocolate’ cookery book and is very easy and fairly invincible.

175g self raising flour
1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
175g butter
175g light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 rounded tablespoon cocoa powder

Preheat the oven to 170°C. Weigh out the flour. Remove 1 rounded tablespoon flour and add 1 rounded tablespoon cocoa powder. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Pour into a greased cake tin and bake on the middle shelf for 30mins. Leave to cool on wire rack before icing or dusting with cocoa powder.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Super Sweet Treats

…for people with super sweet teeth. Perfect for refuelling after a long bike ride…or just a long day.

60g butter
60g brown sugar
3 tablespoons golden syrup
1 egg, lightly beaten
200g porridge oats
Icing sugar
Hot water
Hundreds and Thousands

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Stir the butter, sugar and syrup together over a low heat until the sugar melts. Leave to cool for 15mins. Stir into the beaten egg. Add the oats and stir. Pour into a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 15mins. Mix together a small bowl of sifted icing sugar with 2 tablespoons of hot water to form a smooth paste. Spread over the cooled flapjacks and sprinkle on the Hundreds and Thousands. Let icing set before cutting into small squares. Enjoy!