Monday, 10 August 2020

Chilworth hotel afternoon tea - dissapointing



 Yesterday I went for an afternoon tea with my hubby that I booked online a few weeks ago using Groupon voucher for tea at the Grand Court Paddington hotel.  I decided to book this as I had already booked another voucher deal at the Skylark roof gardens for cocktails and platter at 5pm and thought we could make an afternoon of it.  Basically it all went a bit wrong.....

About a week before yesterday the Skylark contacted me to inform me  that the  roof garden was unable to open and that they could reserve us a table at Hucksters bar downstairs on the terrace and honor the voucher. We were a bit disappointed as it did not look as nice but as had already planned the afternoon tea so decided to still go ahead. 

We arrived outside the hotel Grand park Paddington Court only to find the doors closed and a sign stating that the hotel was closed until further notice due to outbreak of covid. There was also a note on door,  that if you had a room booked you would be upgraded to the 5 star Chilworth hotel and there was a phone number to contact them. A few phones calls later and waiting to be transferred to various people I finally spoke to the restaurant manager at the Chilworth who said that they could offer us the afternoon tea there. This was such a relief after traveling on 3 different  hot underground trains to get there.  It was only a 8 minute walk away and from the outside looked quite impressive. However when walking into reception it changed. It was very small inside more like the reception of an apartment block and the restaurant was very small.  

The manager greeted us and showed us to our small table by the window. Upon sitting down i noticed the fabric on the chairs was dirty and grubby looking !!!!There was only one other table occupied and they were having an afternoon tea too. I handed over the voucher and explained I had booked the traditional afternoon tea and not the Indian themed one. Not a good move as the Indian one would if been better I think as they had to scrape around in the kitchen to find food that was suitable!! 

The waiter  brought out a bottle of prosecco which was included in the voucher but I had to ask for a ice bucket to put it in otherwise it would of just been left on the table and not cold. 



 About 10 minutes later the tea stand arrived which looked disappointing.  There were 2 shop brought scones on top with individual butter and jam but No clotted cream. Then in middle tray 3 finger sandwiches each.... Salmon, ham and cucumber. Then at bottom 3 little shop brought cakes and pot of Panna cotta. I asked the waiter if there was any cream to go with the scones and he said NO and they had tried the local shop but they did not have any. Scones are not the same without the cream!! He did then bring us each a pot of strawberry, meringue and runny sauce which was like a very sweet custard. The sandwichs were tasty and fresh but the rest was disappointing and not what we had expected to get. 



I guess it was not the Chilworth hotels fault as they did their  best at short notice to accommodate us. However this  afternoon tea was not up to the standards you would expect from a London hotel. 

Never mind it was what it was and the cocktails later made up for it. I have since complained to Groupon and they have issued me with a credit. 



Nearest Station  : Lancaster Gate or Paddington , about 8 minute walk from there.  
Best bits : That they were able to offer  us something at short notice.   
Worst bits :  NO cream for scones which were very dry. Disappointing cakes.   
Value for money : Even with Groupon voucher not really .
would I go back?  :  No defiantly not 

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Fabulous Afternoon Tea at Tewin Bury Farm , Hertfordshire

Wednesday 5th August 

Lovely afternoon tea with my mum
This is my second afternoon tea since lockdown and it did not disappoint !!!!!  I got it as a voucher last year from Buyagift priced at £38 for 2 but i got it when they had a discount code so paid about £24 for 2 of us. I noticed that the price printed on the menu was £25 per person so i got a extremly good deal . 

Tewin Bury farm was originally a dairy farm and now after selling the cows in 1980 and purchasing some farmland the Williams family decide to open it  up a hotel incorparatig many of the original buildings. The grounds and gardens are lovely and they hosts many weddings there. 
There are two places to eat . One is a more causal resturant/cafe which is joined to the farm shop with plently of outside seating and the second resturant is  called Cowshed and used to be the shed were the cattle were kept. You would never of known that as now its a very nicely decorated resturant with an outdoor terrace. This is where we sat for our afternoon tea as it was a lovely sunny day but not too hot as the tables are  under a big canapy. 


The table was nicely set with a plate and matching cup and saucer. My mum noticed that they were by Villeroy & Boch ....very posh for a farm and more like something you would get in a top London hotel. 
The menu sounded nice and we both explained to the waitress that neither of us eat fish and my mum does not like mayonaise or mustard . She was happy to swap them for us and make the ham sandwhich without the mustard. We both ordered a cappucino each and asked for a glass of tap water.    
The coffees arrived shortly followed by the cake stand ......We had a cake stand EACH full of lovely food and 2 large scones each ......Wow we was both very impressed.  
On the top plate i had 2 mini goats cheese and onion mini tarts which tasted deliouous plus a little chcken crotstini . The middle plate had 3 sandwiches on which were nice but the bread had gone a bit dry on the outside. Next came the scones which were the best we had ever tasted. They were not warm. but definatly homemade ...crunchy on the outside yet soft and fluffy on the inside. To go with them we each had a pot of Tiptree strawberry jam and plently of clotted cream.....YUM. 





After eating both scones i was starting to feel full but still had a bit of room left for the cakes that followed. We both ordered an Americano coffee each. The cakes were served on a wooden board and we both had 4 each .  I liked the caramel flavour macaroon and Lemon merainge tart best . All of them were nice and we managed to eat them all. 
When it was time leave i asked if there was anything to pay but the waitress said  no extra charges to pay as all hot drinks were included in the voucher. 





Nearest Station  : Not sure as i drove , plenty of car parking on site   
Best bits : Definatly the goats cheese and onion tart plus the homemade scones    
Worst bits : None really it was all very good   
Value for money : Yes defo for what i paid . I think considering how nice it was £25 per person is still a good price .
would I go back?  :  Yes















Monday, 3 August 2020

Recipe Chocolate mint cupcakes

        
Made these yesterday so wanted to share the simple recipe      



           
Ingredients  Makes 12  

150g self raising flour

50g cocoa powder 
200g caster sugar 
100g butter or margarine 
1 large egg 
100ml milk 
Muffin cake tin and cake cases 
Piping bake and nozzle 

Butter icing 
100g butter or margarine 
few drops green food colouring 
few drops peppermint essence 
2tbsp milk 
Areo mint balls or other chocolate decoration 




Method 
Preheat oven to 180 degrees or 160 for fan oven 
Put all the  cake ingredients to a food processor or large mixing bowl and mix until all combined and light and fluffy 
Divide the mixture evenly into the 12 cases in the muffin tin 
Cook for approx 20 minutes until firm to touch and slightly golden on top. 
Remove from oven and leave in tin to cook completely
To make the  buttercream beat the butter and icing sugar together to firm and creamy . Add milk until it is creamy texture but still firm and holds shape. Add few drops of green colouring until it goes a  minty green in colour and add peppermint essence until it tastes minty .
Spoon the buttercream into piping bag with nozzle attached. 
Once cakes are completely cooled pipe a large swirl on top of each one 
Top with a Areo mint ball or anything else you fancy. You could use half a After Eight mint square or just some chocolate chips sprinkled over the top. 
ENJOY 






Sunday, 2 August 2020

Afternoon tea fantastic offer - Fortnum & Mason during August BOGOF

Hi 
Just want to share this great offer that i have already booked for Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason, London
If you book by going to the website afternoontea.co.uk one person goes free for every afternoon tea booked . This is a great offer as then will only cost £30 per person. It is valid for bookings in August only 

I have always wanted to go here for Afternoon tea so as soon as i saw the offer i booked straight away . 
I am going on 19th August so will then share my review on my blog. Check out the menu below ...

FORTNUM'S CLASSIC AFTERNOON TEA SAMPLE MENU

Finger sandwiches
Norfolk Cured Ham with English Mustard
Cucumber with Mint Cream Cheese
Rare Breed Hen's Egg Mayonnaise with Cress
Fortnum's Smoked Salmon with Tartare Sauce
Coronation Chicken

Fortnum's scones
Plain & Fruit Scones
Presented with Clotted Cream,
Fortnum & Mason Strawberry Preserve & Lemon Curd

Afternoon Tea cakes
Selection of individual Patisserie

Served with a Pot of Fortnum's Tea

£60.00 per person

Monday, 20 July 2020

Peggottys tea shoppe Tenterden Kent

My first afternoon tea since lockdown. My husband and I booked this weekend away before the lockdown and so pleased it was able to go ahead. We booked a nice hotel in Tenterden , Kent and the Chapel Down vineyard tour after having their English sparking wine at a afternoon tea in London. 

Before we checked into the hotel we stopped and had an afternoon tea in a traditional tea room in the village of Tenterden. I had pre booked in advance to ensure we could get a table. 
It is called Peggottys Tea Shoppe and first opened its doors in 1975.  Although there have been different owners and ideas through the years, it has always maintained a place in the Locals hearts and holds happy memories for many of its of customers. Peggotty’s gives a traditional tearoom experience serving homemade food, freshly ground coffee and loose leaf teas.. 
Inside it was just like a cozy cottage with a few tables nice laid out with spotted table clothes. Our table was in the bay window so we could gaze out onto the busy street and people watch. 



We were handed the full menu and then explained that for the afternoon tea we get to choose our own sandwich from the menu then type of scone,  plain, raisin or cheese and lastly which slice of homemade cake we wanted . 
I choose a ham and cheese sandwich on granary bread , fruit scone and slice of the homemade cherry Bakewell sponge. My husband choose the  chocolate and peanut butter cake which was the last slice. We said we could share and get to taste both cakes. There was also a Lemon cake and Coffee and walnut cake …they all looked very nice . We was offered tea or coffee whilst we waited  for the food to come out. 

After about 10 minutes a 3 tier cake stand was brought out to us , i could not wait to get tucked in. I thought it nice that there was some salad and coleslaw on the bottom plate with the sandwiches. My sandwich was very fresh with thick slices of carved ham not from a packet and chedder cheese. The middle plate had the two large homemade scones plus a large pot of homemade jam and then some clotted cream. The scones were homemade and still warm from the oven....they tasted delicious with the homemade jam and cream.
After finishing the sandwich and scone i was feeling rather full but still managed to eat a bit of each cake . I liked my choice best as the cake was very moist and buttery. The chocolate ad peanut butter cake was good too but a bit sickly especially when you are feeling full up. 






The afternoon tea was £25 for 2 of us which i thought was good as we had two hot drinks each and the food was plentiful. If i ever go to Tentderden again i would defiantly stop there again.  

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Traditional home made fudge

Yesterday i made my vanilla fudge as my mum had been hinting how much she liked it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think it tastes better than the quick and easy 3 ingredient fudge i have recently made and cost less for the ingredients. 
It does take while to make as you have to boil the ingredients together until it reaches a temperature of 116c . For this reason you need a digital food thermometer so you know once it has reached correct temperature. Not hot enough and it will not set or too hot and you get caramel or toffee rather than creamy fudge. 


410g can evaporated milk                                                           
Fresh milk to add to above to make up to a pint in total  
100g butter 
2kg granulated sugar 
2 tsp Vanilla essence 


Place all ingredients apart from the vanilla essence into a large heavy based saucepan and place on medium heat 
Stir at regular intervals and be careful as mixture is vert hot . 
Once melted keep stirring and allow to boil gently 
Using the thermometer check temperature at regular intervals between stirring . 
It takes about 15 to 20 mins of boiling and stirring until it reaches 116c 
Once correct temperature reached remove from heat 
Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence and then keep stirring until mixture starts to thicken and go grainy. This takes about 10 minutes 
Pour into a square tin 9x9 inch lined with baking paper , leave to cool. Then mark the top into small squares 
Once cool put into fridge to set overnight 
Remove from fridge and cut into the marked squares. 
I like to leave it in open container for a day or so to let the air get to it so it hardens slightly. 

Everyone who has tasted this fudge loves it and i think it tastes much nicer than the expensive flavoured homemade fudge you buy on market stalls. I have made a chocolate version but this one is nicer and more creamy 









Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Afternoon tea booked - first one since lockdown

Hi 
So excited that i wanted to share with you that i have booked my first afternoon tea since lockdown .....
I have booked Peggotty's Tea Shoppe in Tenterden, Kent.  
My husband and i have a weekend away  that was planned before the lockdown in March . We are going to the Chapel Down vineyard for a tour and tasting session and then staying overnight in a nearby hotel.  
We was not sure it would be going ahead still but got the confirmation last week ....SO EXCITED TO FINALLY BE GOING OUT OUT !!!!!!

I have also booked another afternoon tea  for 15th August at Double Tree Hilton Docklands . I have been to this one before it nice as you can sit outside on the terrace overlooking the water . 
Hopefully going to book many more afternoon teas once all the restaurants are open again . 

Watch this space for a review of the Afternoon tea 


Friday, 26 June 2020

Buyagift discount code £10 off when you spend £30 and over

Hi 
Buyagift have a deal which ends midnight Sunday 28th. Get £10 off when spending £30 plus.  Just quote code SUMMER at checkout.
Grab yourself a voucher for an afternoon tea now that the hotels and restaurants can start to open from 4th July.
I have booked my first afternoon tea in ages for August..... I will be booking many more soon!! 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

White Chocolate and Strawberry Cheescake - Slimming world recipe





This dessert is amazing for a slimming world recipe and i have made many times . It is also very easy to make and works out at just under 6 sins per slice. Its a baked cheesecake which has a very creamy texture and taste .....It looks good too !!!!!



 





Ingredients   serves 6 and just under 6 sins per slice 

 10 ginger snap biscuits  - 25 sims 
 2 tbs low fat spread (i used flora light) - 6 sins 
 500g fat free Quark 2 Eggs 
 1 sachet options white hot chocolate powder  - 2 sins 
 5 tbs sweetener 
 Sachet sugar free strawberry jelly powder  - 2 sins 
200g Strawberries

 Method 

 Heat oven to 180 degrees 
 Line a 6 inch loose bottom tin with baking paper
 Crush the biscuits in a food processor until fine crumbs or use old method of bag and rolling pin. 
Melt butter and stir in the biscuit crumbs 
 Mix together and press firmly into the bottom of the tin with back of spoon 
 Put the Quark , eggs , sweetener and Options white hot chocolate powder into food processor or large bowl and mix until combined and creamy Pour into tin gently over the biscuit base . 
Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes until it starts to firm up . 
 Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. 
 Once cooled make up the jelly as per packet instructions and leave to cook down but not set.
 Slice strawberries and arrange on top of cheesecake then very gently pour over the cooled jelly (may not need to use all this as i did not) 
 Put in fridge until jelly sets 
 Cut into 6 generous slices and ENJOY. I like to serve mine with some squirty cream on the side which will add to the sins.

Saturdays cocktails

 
Saturday nights cocktails were both nice , check them out below defiantly worth making 


Donna's creamy Tini                                   
One serving 

25ml Amaretto 
25ml Rose Tequila 
25 ml Cherry Brandy 
35ml Milk (or use half milk and half cream) 

Pour into cocktail shaker with about 4 ice cubes and shake vigorously until ice stops rattling about and melts. 
Pour into martini glass and add garnish with a cherry 














Strawberry Shortcake Martini 
one serving  

25ml Amaretto
25ml Rose Tequila 
25ml Vanilla vodka 
35ml milk or half milk and half cream 

Pour into cocktail shaker with about 4 ice cubes and shake vigorously until ice stops rattling about and melts. 
Pour into martini glass and add garnish with a strawberry ( i used a cherry as did not have any strawberries ) 





Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Chocolate Baileys Panna Cotta - Slimming world dessert

Hi
Made this over the weekend and it is a dessert that I make often as super simple and very nice considering its only 4 sins if following Slimming World plan . I once served this at a dinner party and it went down well and they could not guess it was a slimming world dessert.


Makes 4 portions

400ml Fat free vanilla yogurt  - 6 sins
2 sheets of leaf gelatine
1 tbs cocoa powder  -2.5 sins
2 tbs sweetener
150ml semi skimmed milk  - 3 sins, or use towards he a
1tbs Baileys (1 used salted caramel flavoured one)  -  4 sins

Method
Soak the gelatine sheets in cold water for about 10mins till they go soft

Put 150ml milk into jug and stir in the Cocoa powder and sweetener. Place in microwave to heat for about 1 minute .

Squeeze the water from the soften gelatine sheets and stir into the milk mixture until all melted together.

Add the Baileys and stir in the yogurt . Stir gently until all mixed together and smooth .

Pour into 4 little pots or moulds/ramakins. Put into fridge until set , preferably overnight .

When ready to serve tip pot upside down over plate or bowl and give it a tap until the Panna Cotta falls out . It helps if you place the filled pot in a dish of warm water for a few seconds .
I like to serve mine with some aerosol cream or you could drizzle over melted chocolate which would then add to the sins.
They will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days




Monday, 15 June 2020

Cocktail called 'Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun '

Made this cocktail Saturday night it was nice but very strong. I think it would be good as an after dinner drink as very minty

Serves one
25ml Vodka
50ml Cold milk
25ml Kahula or coffee liqueur
50ml Green crème de menthe or mint liqueur (1 think using just 35ml might taste better)
ice cubes

Place all above into cocktail shaker and shake until ice cubes melted. Pour into a Martini glass






Sunday, 14 June 2020

£10 off Buyagift when you spend over £20 - ends midnight 14th June

Grab yourself a great deal on a voucher to use once the lockdown is over. Spend over £20 from Buyagift website and get £10 off by quoting code LOVE10 at the checkout

I am going to have a look now at the choices available. Will probably get an afternoon tea one!!

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Saturday nights cocktails

Started with a traditional Tom Collins
35ml gin
25ml lemon juice
20ml sugar syrup
Ice cubes
Mix all above in a tall thin glass then top with soda water. Serve with slice lemon and cherry.
It tasted OK but I preferred the second one a made which was called raspberry Tom Collins. Made same as above but add about 4-5 raspberries to gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and press and stir with wooden spoon to squash up raspberries. Then top with the soda water..... Had much more flavour than traditional Tom Collins.... nice bright colour too...






This cocktail is called a Baileys vanilla silk and my hubby made this for me …..it was Lush
He added 35ml Baileys, 25ml vanilla vodka and 25ml Amaretto plus ice cubes into cocktail shaker and shaked up  until ice disappeared. Then poured into martini glass ...

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

BUYAGIFT DISCOUNT CODE 25% OFF

Hi
Wanted to let you know if you order from Buyagift before midnight Thursday 11th June you can get 25% off your voucher by using code SPECIAL25 at checkout.
I know  you cannot book any afternoon teas or activities at present but get you voucher at a reduced price to book once venues are open . They will also extend the voucher for free....what is there to loose ?
 Go on treat yourself you deserve it 





Friday, 5 June 2020

Biscoff Fudge - super easy to make

Today i made the easy Biscoff fudge and it tastes delicious . Below is the recipe

397g tin condensed milk
400g while chocolate
100g Biscoff spread
approx 8 crushed Biscoff biscuits

1. Melt the white chocolate and condensed milk in a large heavy based saucepan over a low heat. Then add the Biscoff spread. Stir until all the chocolate melted and mixture is smooth and creamy .

2. Remove from heat and stir in the crushed Biscoff biscuits

3. Pour into square tin lined with baking paper . Put in fridge to set then cut into squares and ENJOY









Thursday, 4 June 2020

All dressed up but no where to go ......Lipsy dress

Hi
Just tried this Lipsy brand dress on as i need to decide if i am going to  keep it........ I already have the perfect rose gold shoes and bag which i think go really well with it . Alternatively i have some silver shoes and bag that would look equally good too.
As you know i am a big fan of the pleated skirts and love the uneven hem look too ...this dress ticks both of them !!!!!!  I ordered it from the Next sale which recently opened online, it is half price .




Shoes from New Look and bag is by SkinnyDip







Monday, 1 June 2020

slimming world dessert - baseless fruit cheesecake

Hi
If you are following Slimming world plan or just watching your weight the below dessert is worth making as hits the sweet spot without loads of calories or sins !!!!! With all the fruit is must be healthy too. I like to serve it with squirty light cream   





Ingredients    10 sins for whole thing

500g fat free vanilla yogurt ( i used Yeo valley one)
250g quark
50g Fat free plain greek yogurt
6 sheets leaf gelatine
1tsp vanilla essence
2 tbs sweetener
about 250g of berries or other fruit
1 sachet  11.5g sugar free blackcurrant jelly powder (you can use any
flavour if you want)
1 tin 9x9 inch lined with cling film





Method

Soak the gelatine sheets in cold water for 10 minutes
Put the quark , yogurt , vanilla essence and sweetener.
 in a food processor and mix well . If no food processor could mix or  whisk  in a large bowl.
Squeeze the water out of the gelatine sheets and add to a jug of 100ml hot water . Mix until melted.
Pour this into the yogurt mixture and stir /whisk for few minutes
Pour into your tin lined with cling film and place in fridge for 2-3 hours to set..
Put the jelly powder into a jug of 250ml hot water and stir till dissolved. Leave to cool but not set.
Decorate your chilled cheesecake with your chosen fruit and then gently pour over the cooled jelly.
Return to fridge till jelly is set .
To serve cut into squares , i normally make 6 generous  servings which works out at under 2 sins per serving without the cream
Will keep in fridge covered for about 4 days






Sunday, 31 May 2020

Chocolate bannana bread ......Amazing

Was not sure why everyone has been raving about cooking banana bread but now i have made some i understand why .....its lush.
I came across the below recipe on social media and just in time as had some over ripe bananas in my fruit bowl that were starting to go black and squishy. Not nice to eat like that . I had already used 2 of them to make my slimming world banana and blueberry pancakes and still had some left in the fruit bowl. I hate throwing anything away.



Ingredients
2 large ripe bananas
200g plain flour
100ml vegetable or sunflower oil
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbsp cocoa powder
1 egg
1tsp baking powder
pinch of salt 5
50g brown sugar
100g chocolate chips 

Method 
grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper 
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Mash up the bananas and mix with all the wet ingredients in a large bowl. I used a food processor as easier than having to stir 
Then add all the dry ingredients and mix well . If mixture seems too thick add a splash of milk
Pour into prepared tin and bake in over for approx 45-50 minutes . 
Test with wooden skewer which should come out clean and cake should shrink away from sides of tin. 
Leave to cool in tin 
I had a slice whilst still warm and spread with Nutella it was lush .





Pink Russian cocktail

Saturday nights cocktail was called pink Russian and very nice indeed. So nice I had two. Now I need to decide on next Saturday cocktail to make......?? Any suggestions?

25ml kaula
25ml vodka
25ml tequila rose
35ml cold milk
Ice cubes
Cocktail shaker

Put all above into shaker and shake vigorously until the ice melts and no longer rattles about. Pour into glass and top with whole strawberry on side of glass.....ENJOY



Friday, 29 May 2020

Biscoff cheescake

OMG ......this tastes amazing and super easy to make. My whole family loved it so want to make again once we can have friends over.

I got the recipe online from Janes Patisserie website, click link for recipe









Homemade chocolate truffles - Golden Oreo

There has been lots of new recipes on social media since lock down and this is one of them i  decided to try . Only 3 ingredients like the fudge recipes and super easy to make.

Makes about 12                           
10 Golden Oreo biscuits
60g cream cheese
120g milk chocolate


Put biscuits into a food processor and blitz until fine crumbs then mix in the cream cheese . If you do not have a food processor put in a clean seal-able bag and bash with rolling pin. Keep a few crumbs to sprinkle over once coated in chocolate

Roll into bit size balls and put in freezer for 30 minutes.

Melt the chocolate in small bowl and dip the balls in and remove with spoon or fork and place on baking paper. Sprinkle over the saved crumbs

Put in fridge to set the chocolate.
Best keep in fridge if they last that long

You can change it up by using chocolate Oreo and then white chocolate to coat.


Thursday, 28 May 2020

My two new H&M summer dresses



Just received these over the weekend and will be keeping both of them however i do prefer the blue one . Just in case you are thinking of ordering they come up small. I am high street size 12 and had to get the blue one in size 16 and the pink/red one in size 14 !!!!!!!
 The silver mules are by Priciples from Debenhams . I was lucky as i got them for half price few weeks ago . They are super comfortable and still worth the full price of £15







Saturday, 23 May 2020

Crunchie traybake

Made this today .........very nice

Crunchie traybake

cake
225g baking spread , i used stork
225g light muscovada sugar
4 eggs
225g self raising flour
1 level tsp baking powder

Topping
100g softened butter
175g icing sugar
25g light muscovada sugar
2 tbsp milk
Crunchie bar

lined and greased baking tin 12x9 inch
Heat oven to 180fan/160 degrees Celsius

Put all cake ingredients in a large bowl and mix together until combined and  light and fluffy

Pour mixture in your greased lined tin and put in oven for 25 to 30 minutes . It should be golden brown on top and shrunk away from sides of tin. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely in the tin.

For the icing put all ingredients into large bowl and beat with a spoon until light and creamy. Spread evenly over the cooled  cake.

Bash the Crunchie bar still in wrapper with a rolling pin until broken up then sprinkle over top of icing .  Cut into squares and ENJOY

For the icing i could not get any icing sugar , i tried 4 different shops !!!! Instead i managed to get a ready made vanilla frosting. I added 1 tsp of caramel flavouring to this and mixed well. It gave it a lovely flavour


Saturday, 16 May 2020

Chocolate martini cocktail

Made this tonight for me and hubby. Have made Espresso martini in past but thought i would give this a go being a chocolate lover.  It did not disappoint ......so nice may have to make another one


1 heaped tbs chocolate spread
125ml milk
100ml amaretto
ice cubes


Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Stain into 2 martini glasses.
Can add grated chocolate over top if you want


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

3 ingredient 3 step popcorn fudge


Last night i made this delicious chocolate popcorn fudge with just the below 3 ingredients in 3 easy steps




500g milk chocolate
397g can of condensed milk 
80g approx toffee popcorn 



















Step 1 
Break up the chocolate into large heavy based saucepan and add the condensed milk.












 Step 2

Place on a very low heat and stir  often until melted and smooth and creamy





Step 3

Remove from the heat and stir in the popcorn. Pour into a square 8cmx8cm lined tin and put in fridge to set overnight.
Cut into squares and enjoy



Variations : Try adding crushed Malteasers or Crunchie bar instead of popcorn or use white chocolate like my recipe on blog for Cookies and cream fudge.






Monday, 11 May 2020

Lemon berry roulade - slimming world recipe



Check out the dessert i made for the weekend and its low calorie or low sins if doing Slimming World like me . I used fat free greek yougurt to fill it but if you are not worried about the calories you could use fresh cream insead.   Works out at  3 sins per slice but i drizzled melted white chocolate over it before putting it in the fridge so this made it 5 sins per slice. It was quite easy to make and tastes good.