OUR QUICK AND EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE RECIPE

OUR QUICK AND EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE RECIPE

As the weather begins to brightening up, and as cake lovers we thought what better way to enjoy the new season than baking and eating cake! Packed with gooey chocolate chips throughout, we chose to make our go to chocolate chip cake which is so easy to make and is perfect for any occasion. You could serve with a dash of cream or ice cream, as a sweet dessert, or simply lovely to enjoy with a cup of tea. This chocolate chip cake can also be made into chocolate chip muffins (see one of our previous posts).

Ingredients:

250g self-raising flour

2 tsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 cup of Milk

1 tsp vanila extract

200g Unsalted butter

200g Granulated sugar

3 eggs

100g chocolate chips

100g white chocolate chips

Method:

1: Pre-heat the oven to 200°F, then combine all of your dry ingredients which includes the salt and baking powder to the flour. Whisk through thoroughly so it has a smooth effect with no clumps.

2: Pour the vanilla extract into the milk. In another separate bowl add your butter and sugar, then whisk until your batter is light and fluffy. Next crack in your three eggs one at a time. The egg helps combine the mixture and also adds moisture.

3: Add a third of your dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture. Then add half of your milk and vanilla extract mixture and mix it in. You want to alternate the dry ingredients and the milk and vanilla mixture until it’s all eventually in, and mix with your hand mixer. Your batter should look smooth and creamy.

4: Now it’s time for the chocolate chips. Put a fare amount of both chocolate and white chocolate chips into your bowl. But leave a little bit of your chocolate chips to the side to add at the end. Begin to mix so your chocolate chips are thoroughly distributed into the mix. Next pour your batter into your greased baking tin. Always make sure you have greased your baking paper before adding your batter, as it prevents your cake to stick. After placing your mix evenly into the tin, sprinkle the last of your chocolate chips on to the top.

5. Lastly, place your mix into your pre-heated oven for 30 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the cake comes out clean and not sticky.

Shelley & Michelle xx

GARLIC KING PRAWNS AND PASTA DISH

GARLIC KING PRAWNS AND PASTA DISH

There is nothing quite like a tasty, wholesome dish to tuck into after a busy day. To make it even more satisfying is when the meal takes no longer than thirty minutes to prepare. We had a bottle of white wine chilling in the fridge and decided to make a classic pasta dish with a very simple recipe, which includes Juicy king prawns, spaghetti, butter, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon, lime, onions, mushrooms and olive oil. The meal tasted so delicious we had to share with you all. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

1: Wash and drain the king prawns, add to a bowl. Cut a whole lemon in to two and squeeze over the prawns, then leave to stand.

2: Boil a pot of water and add a pinch of salt to the boiling water.

3: Pre heat a large pan, add 2 tablespoons of butter and a drizzle of olive oil.

4: Peel and finely chop the garlic, onions and mushrooms.

5: Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. You may need to add another pinch of salt (if needed) and bring to the boil over a high heat.

6: The pasta should take around 5-6 minutes boil. (Keep your eye on this as you don’t want the pasta to get too soft).

7: Add your chopped garlic, onions and mushrooms to your hot pan and mix together for 2 minutes until your contents begins to soften.

8: Now, add the king prawns to the pan and sprinkle black pepper, mix and cook for 5-6 minutes until the prawns are cooked through.

9: When done, drain the pasta. Once the king prawns are cooked, add the pasta to a serving plate then add your prawn mix.

10: For the finishing touch, sprinkle a little more black pepper or squeeze half a lemon to brighten the flavours and enjoy.

Shelley&Michelle xx

EASY TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

Supermarkets are fully stocked with flour! That can only mean one thing.. more baking. We’ve been taking the more healthier route for the last few weeks by switching cakes for smoothies (see in our previous post) which we have thoroughly enjoyed, but have missed baking and obviously eating cake. So when we saw the shelves filled with flour, we had to get back to our new found love during lockdown. Our first thought was to have a go at baking chocolate chip muffins which is so quick and easy to make.

1: Pre-heat your oven to 250°F. You want the oven to be as hot as possible to set the edge of the muffins so it rises nicely.

2: Place a sieve into a mixing bowl and add two-three quarter cups of plain flour that is 330 grams. One teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon of baking powder. Then begin to sieve the contents into the bowl then whisk for a few seconds.

3: Add one and a quarter cup of whole milk to another bowl followed by half a cup or 113 grams of unsalted butter that has been melted. You can melt the butter in a microwave or an oven. Then add one cup or 200 grams of granulated sugar and whisk the contents.

4: Now It is time for the eggs, crack two large eggs into your mixture as well as one quarter cup of sour cream or plain yogurt. It helps keep the muffins extra moist. We hate the word moist but it really does lol. Add a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Vanilla extract just gives that extra flavour you need. Begin to mix.

5: Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and then whisk until it’s almost combined. It’s now time for the best part of the whole ingredients.. the chocolate chips. You need one and a half cups of chocolate chips or more, It’s totally up to you. Then add to your mixture. Save a handful of your chocolate chips to the side to sprinkle on top later. Start to mix with a spatula not a whisk.

6: Scoop and fill your mixture into the paper muffin cups. Lastly sprinkle the chocolate chips you saved to the top of your muffin mixture.

7: We made 12 muffins altogether and had mixture left over and decided to make a small cake. We greased a baking tin and applied baking paper, then added the rest of the mixture to the tin. We placed the muffins and cake into the preheated oven at the same time.

8: Your muffins should be in the oven for 5 minutes at 250°F then reduce your oven to 200°F – The muffins should be in there for 25 minutes .

This is yet another quick and easy to make cake/muffin that tastes amazing! We enjoyed the cake for dessert which went down nicely with cream. Our chocolate chip muffins took no longer than twenty minutes to prep and thirty minutes to bake.

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BERRY SMOOTHIE

Smoothies contain so many health benefits and can be enjoyed anytime of the day. A nutritious healthy smoothie at breakfast gives a good start to your day and energy you need to keep going until lunch time. Not only are smoothies tasty, we have so much fun making them as you can be so creative with it. One day you may fancy a green smoothie, a berry smoothie or even a banana, honey and milk smoothie. As Smoothies are packed with goodness and lots of flavour it also keeps you full which stops food cravings and prevent from snacking.

Smoothies after a workout is the best! Have you noticed you get hungry more after exercise? A smoothie is a healthy alternative to have after a workout. We like to add a scoop of protein powder which helps to build the muscle and repair tissue. This also thickens the smoothie and tastes more like a milkshake.

For breakfast today we made a kale, banana and berry smoothie which took no more than five minutes to make.

For the ingredients you only need a handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries and kale. One banana, half a cup of plant-based vanilla soya milk, a few ice cubes and a dash of water. If you have a sweet tooth you can add a teaspoon of honey.

Blend for around twenty seconds and there you have it – our easy to make berry smoothie.

Berry smoothie health benefits:

Raspberries are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The fruit is low in calories but high in fibre.

Blueberries is great for a healthy digestion and feeling full. Blueberries contain iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin K.

Bananas give you energy and are a sources of vitamin C. Potassium in bananas is good for the heart and blood pressure.

Kale is one of the most popular vegetables, loaded with powerful antioxidants and is one of the best sources of vitamin K.

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