Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Best Cookies Ever

The title doesn't lie. These are literally the best cookies ever. I never tire of making these because they are just so simple, despite there being a lot of ingredients to it. I also never tire or eating these, and I could easily go through an entire batch of these before they've even gone in the oven! I won't, however, take any credit for this recipe, I got the recipe from a friend of mine, and I think it was her grandmother or something who wrote the recipe, and I think that this is one of the few recipes that I haven't changed over time.
Either way, have fun!

The Best Cookies Ever
(makes about 19 cookies)
Bare Necessities
4oz Butter
2oz Brown Sugar
2oz Caster Sugar
1 Egg
1/2tsp Vanilla Essence
3oz Plain Flour
1/2tsp Baking Soda/Bicarbinate Of Soda
1/2tsp Salt
4 1/2oz Chocolate Chips/Finely Chopped Plain Chocolate
3oz Rolled Oats
1 1/2oz Desiccated Coconut
2oz Walnut Pieces

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.
2. Grease and line two baking trays.
3. Cream together the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.
4. Beat in the egg and vanilla essence.
5. Mix in the flour, bicarb of soda and salt until fully combined.
6. Mix in the chocolate, coconut and walnut pieces until they are fully mixed in.
7. Roll the mixture into small, golf ball sized balls and put them on the tray.
8. Pop the cookies in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Very Yummy And Oh So Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

So I recently read somewhere that if you use olive oil instead of butter that, instead of them becoming oily and gross, they actually just become more moist, so I decided to try that with these cupcakes and it actually worked out really well! These cupcakes were so moist and rich and delicious, and the chocolate icing really just tops them off!

Very Yummy And Oh So Moist Chocolate Cupcakes
Bare Necessities
(makes about 12 cupcakes)
For The Cupcakes
1 1/2cups/150g Plain Flour
1cup/225g Sugar
3tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/4tsp Salt
1tsp Baking Soda/Bicarbonate Of Soda
1tsp Vanilla Essence
90ml/6tbsp Oil
1cup/250ml Water
15 Marshmallows

For The Icing
1/2cup/112g Butter
2/3cups/65g Cocoa Powder
3 1/4cups/400g Icing Sugar
100ml Milk
1tsp Vanilla Essence

1. Preheat the oven to 350F/175C and line the cupcake tin with cupcake cases.
2. Whisk together all the cupcake ingredients (apart from the marshmallows) together until the mixture is completely smooth.
3. Put one marshmallow in each cupcake case and then pour the cupcake mixture equally into each of the cupcake cases.
4. Pop the cupcakes in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cupcakes are cooked through.
5. Once the cupcakes are cooked and leave them to cool.
6. Beat together all the icing ingredients until they are light, fluffy and smooth.
7. Put the icing into an icing bag and then put the icing bag in the fridge to cool for half an hour.
8. Once the icing is cooled, pipe it onto the cupcakes and enjoy!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Beef Burgers

Ok, I'm really sorry about not updating last Tuesday, but in all honesty, I forgot. Either way...BURGERS! I'm not actually much of a meat fan, but I do like a good home made burger from time to time, and as burgers go, these ones were pretty good! I'm going to be honest with you, before making these, I'd never made burgers before in my life and I completely made this up, but it seemed to work so I guess that's good?

Beef Burgers
Bare Necessities
(for roughly 9 burgers)
1kg Minced Beef
1 Onion
1slice Cheese
1/8tbsp Mustard Powder
Black Pepper
1clove Garlic
1tbsp Water
1 Egg

1. Blend the beef up.
2. Slice and dice the onion and garlic into small pieces and mix it in with the beef.
3. Slice and dice the slice of cheese into tiny pieces and add it to the mixture along with the water, egg, mustard powder and some ground black pepper (as much or little as you want).

4. Thoroughly mix the mixture until everything is completely mixed in.
5. Take a small handful of the beef and mould it into a burger shape. If you are not going to cook them straight away, wrap them individually in clingfilm and store them in the fridge.
6. Repeat this until all of the beef has been used up.
7. Cook the burgers until they are as cooked as you normally have them.
8. Enjoy!