Anybody who knows me, knows that baking is a real love and passion of mine. I am forever experimenting in the kitchen in my quest to become a domestic goddess! I was inspired to give baking ago years back whilst watching the first series of The Great British Bake Off. Here is a small collection of incredibly simple yet delicious recipes that were among the first I ever attempted and made successfully.
I’ll start with one of my favorites, an easy peasy recipe from Nigella that not even I could get wrong! This simple Rocky Road recipe can be easily adapted to include many different treats – I love adding a few bags of Malteasers to give it an extra crunch! I pretty much know this off by heart now! Perfect for a weekend treat and lots of fun to make. There’s even a Christmas version with amaretti biscuits, glace cherries and Brazil nuts for an extra seasonal touch – http://www.nigella.com
Next up, the best cookie recipe I’ve found by far. The cookies come out chewy and delicious every time in just 5 easy steps – they never last long in my house as they’re best served warm & gooey straight out the oven!
Ingredients – 125g butter, 100g light brown sugar, 125g caster sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 225g self raising flour, 1/2 tsp salt & 300g chocolate chips.
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Cream both sugars & butter and then combine the vanilla extract and egg.
3. Sift in the flour and salt, then add in the chocolate chips.
4. Roll into balls and place on baking paper with plenty of space between each one as they spread out quite a bit!
5. Bake for around 7-10 minutes until they go golden round the edges.
Once out the oven leave them to harden for a minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
And finally – traditional Scottish milk tablet. I’ll admit this recipe took me a good few tries to get right! Stopping the sugar from sticking to the bottom of the pan, dodging the hot liquid if it spit out at you and continuously stirring till your hand get sore… if you can master these three things I promise you the results are delicious!
Ingredients – 55g butter, 250ml semi skimmed milk, 900g (yes you did read that right!) cane or granulated sugar, 397g can Carnation Condensed Milk and 23cm square cake tin, lined with baking parchment.
1. In a large pan (a very large pan, like a stock pot), melt the butter with the milk. Slowly add the sugar and boil for 4 minutes.
2. Gradually stir in the condensed milk making sure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Bring back to the boil and boil for approximately 20 minutes, stirring continuously, until the mixture is thick and a caramel colour. Take care while the mixture boils and during stirring as this mixture is extremely hot! If the tablet spitting or beginning to overflow reduce heat then continue to stir.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and beat vigorously for around 5-10 minutes until set. Pour into the tin and leave to set fully then remove from the tin and cut into squares.