Monday, 6 July 2015

Cheese and Marmite Muffins

Sharp yet creamy cheese with the salty strength of the infamous Marmite makes these soft muffins perfect for all those Marmite lovers out there at any time of day.
Cheese and Marmite Savoury Muffins - perfect for breakfast or sandwich alternative
Last Friday I moved house. It's my first house chosen just for me and there are a million ways in which it is a big change but the one I want to focus on is that it is the first place I will be living outside of my parents home that isn't student accommodation. It has made me realise just how homey I am. I want to do all sorts to the house though I will admit right now the biggest thing I want to change is the manky sitting room carpet and kitchen flooring. Alas it is a rental property so I'm stuck with it. I have just spent a good two hours looking at pretty rugs to cover as much of it up as possible though.
Cheese and Marmite Savoury Muffins - perfect for breakfast or sandwich alternative
I might try and get a piece of lino for the kitchen. That's right - my own kitchen!!!!! I'm going a bit mad with it to be honest. To celebrate results day I ordered myself the mixer I have been dreaming of for months and months. It is currently sat in it's box waiting for me to get the rest of the kitchen sorted so I can put it in pride of place when the time comes. I'm also having red appliances and I've got matching strawberry place mats, coasters, tray, glass chopping board, mugs...yes, I'm obsessed. It's also an expensive time so it's a good job I've been good with money for years.
Cheese and Marmite Savoury Muffins - perfect for breakfast or sandwich alternative
One thing I'm doing to save money is to not have internet installed until close to when I start my PhD. Unfortunately it does mean that I haven't been able to do any blog stuff and hence why I'm sat in the university library waffling about moving house when really I should be telling  you about these cheese and Marmite muffins. It took me a while to fall in love with savoury muffins but now the bug has bitten hard. The base is wonderfully soft and perfectly moist, and for once stays so even after two or three days - a rare thing for a muffin. The flavour is incredible. The nutty Red Leicester and crumbly Wensleydale work wonders, melding and swirling throughout the base mixture meeting the salty savoury Marmite head on. The tang of the cheese is not dulled at all though that little cap of melted cheese on top is a welcome finish. Like a little treat to the very last bite.
Cheese and Marmite Savoury Muffins - perfect for breakfast or sandwich alternative
I know Marmite is not for everyone but even if you don't like it personally this recipe deserves to be saved and baked for those Marmite lovers in your life. Add an extra flavour surprise for them by swirling a teaspoon into the top of each one before baking. If you really can't stand the taste of the stuff why not add pesto instead like these stuffed cornbread muffins? Both are equally good as an alternative to toast at breakfast or a sandwich at lunch. I've had so many successes with these base recipe, adapting it from my favourite sweet muffin base that I know you will love it too in what ever guise you choose.


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Cheeseand Marmite Muffins
Sharp yet creamy cheese with the salty strength of the infamous Marmite makes these soft muffins perfect for all those Marmite lovers out there at any time of day.
Ingredients
  • 190g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp mustard powder
  • 50g Wensleydale, crumbled
  • 20g + 30g Red Leicester, grated
  • 60ml oil
  • 115ml milk mixed with 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 dsp Marmite, or to taste
  • Paprika
Instructions
1. Set the ovento 220 C/200 C fan and line a 6 hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases.2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and mustard powder. Toss in the Wensleydale and 20g Red Leicester. In a separate bowl mix together the oil, milk/vinegar, egg and Marmite.3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined - a few flour lumps are ok. Sprinkle the 30g Red Leicester over the muffins and add a dash of paprika. 4. Divide between the cases and bake in the preheated oven for 5 mins then lower the temperature to 180 C/160 C fan and bake for a further 13-15 mins until a cake tester inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.5. Carefully remove the muffins from the tray to cool on a wire rack.

I'm sharing these muffins with Dom from, Belleau Kitchen who has chosen a breakfast theme for his Simply Eggcellent this month. I enjoyed these for breakfast for several days when I made them. Also with Jac's Meat Free Mondays at Tinned Tomatoes - use a veggie friendly cheese and you are good to go. Helen at Casa Costello made savoury muffins for her Bake of the Week too.

Friday, 3 July 2015

How Frozen Desserts Stack Up Inforgraphic - Something for the Weekend


Happy Friday! I've been in my new house for one week now and I'm slowly getting sorted. I didn't have a fridge for a while which meant my meals were pretty limited so I'm making up for it now with something fun for you.

Do you have a favourite cold dessert? I never really considered the variations before so this infographic was really interesting. There are so many I want to try now too so it's a good job the weather is heating up. I may or may not stay loyal to my favourite caramel flavoured ice creams though!


Don't forget to check out the other posts in my NEW Something for the Weekend series and enjoy!
Ice Cream Infographic
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Monday, 29 June 2015

My Favourite Peanut Butter Brownies

A double dose of peanut putter awaits in these gooey brownies. The star of the show is mixed right into the batter AND swirled on top. My absolute favourite peanut butter brownies.
My absolute favourite gooey Peanut Butter Brownies. That's neat peanut butter swirled right on top.
 What do you do to be kind to yourself when going through extreme stress? No prizes for guessing what I do - bake and eat lots of chocolate. I'm barely ashamed of just how much chocolate I ate during exam week. There was more than one reason for the chocolate gorging but the end result was worth it!
My absolute favourite gooey Peanut Butter Brownies. That's neat peanut butter swirled right on top.
Before exam week started I prepared for the onslught of stress that I knew was to come in every way possible. I went shopping for all the things I like to eat before I leave for an exam (bacon and egg sandwiches if you're interested) and all manner of sweet treats that I might possibly fancy. Of course I had to bake something for myself too. Plus, it's really rather nice to bake with only yourself in mind! Peanut butter brownies were the only answer.
My absolute favourite gooey Peanut Butter Brownies. That's neat peanut butter swirled right on top.
I'm not talking brownies completely overloaded with every form of peanut butteriness imaginable. Instead I'm talking about my ideal, simple, peanut butter brownies in which the peanut butter is undiluted to give that perfect hit of sumptuous flavour (you know the one) combined with the ultra chocolateyness that all good brownies have. These brownies are pretty much the epitome of that category. Adapted from my original favourite recipe, these brownies are gooey and thick with pockets of melted milk chocolate and the subtle pieces of peanuts that come from using crunchy peanut butter. Swirl some more right into the top and it will bake to such nutty perfection that you might even want to face some extra stress so you have an excuse to bake these.
My absolute favourite gooey Peanut Butter Brownies. That's neat peanut butter swirled right on top.
Or just bake them anyway. You deserve a treat such as these once in a while. They might even rank better than brownies with a mini Galaxy caramel egg nestled into each one. Or brownies laced with whisky and Baileys Chocolat luxe. There's only one way to find out after all...


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My Favourite Peanut Butter Brownies
A double dose of peanut putter awaits in these gooey brownies. The star of the show is mixed right into the batter AND swirled on top. My absolute favourite peanut butter brownies.
Ingredients
  • 50g butter
  • 60g + 120g peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 25g + 75g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
Instructions
1. Set the oven to 170 C/150 C fan and line an 8" sqaure tin with baking paper. Melt the butter, 60g peanut butter, dark chocolate and 25g milk chocolate in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly.2. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until foamy then stir in the vanilla extract followed by the melted mixture. Stir in the flour and cocoa until just combined, then the remaining milk chocolate. 3. Pour the mixture into the tray and drizzle the peanut butter onto the top (warmed slightly if necessary to make it easier) then gently swirl the mixture.4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 mins - a skewer inserted into the middle will come out with a bit of mixture on. Set onto a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into squares.
I'm sharing these brownies with CookBlogShare run by Lucy at Supergolden Bakes and Bake of the Week run by Helen at Casa Costello. 

Friday, 26 June 2015

Why Tea & Coffee Are Good For You Inforgraphic - Something for the Weekend

Happy Friday everyone! It's time for the next installment of my new Something for the Weekend series. 

Do I have any caffeine addicts amongst my readers? If so, this inforgraphic might interest you - many excuses to have another cup of tea or coffee. I'm a tea drinker myself and only like coffee in cakes and biscuits. It's not the caffeine I like though, just tea in general. Don't ask me my favourite - that answer would take a while!

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

My Favourite Ultimate Gooey Brownies

Thick and ultra gooey, these brownies are infintiely adaptable but they all share one common feature - they are AMAZING! My ultimate brownie recipe, the one I base all others on.The BEST brownies ever. Read on for the secret ingredient.
My Favourite Ultimate Gooey Brownies made with Terrys chocolate orange. Worlds best!
It is finally time. Time to share with you my ultimate brownie recipe. I've felt strangely protective of this particular recipe even though I've shared with you many of the variations I've made from it. Remember these Creme Egg brownies? Or their cousin, the Galaxy caramel brownies? These overloaded ones went down a storm at uni and these Baileys whisky brownies were so good they are now joint first with these as my mums favourite. 
My Favourite Ultimate Gooey Brownies made with Terrys chocolate orange. Worlds best!
You may well be asking what has brought about this change of heart. To be honest I'm not quite sure. What I do know is that it is a recipe I am incredibly proud of having created it when I set out to follow a published recipe and deciding at each step that I wanted to do it differently. It seems like a fitting time to share the recipe when I'm also full of happiness over my results. You see, two days ago was results day. For those who don't know already, I've just completed the final year of my MChem degree. It turns out that despite having a meltdown in the middle of my Physical chemistry exam I'm still going to graduate in July with a first. And a very high averaging one at that.
My Favourite Ultimate Gooey Brownies made with Terrys chocolate orange. Worlds best!
These brownies are definitely a fitting tribute. My secret weapon is a Terrys chocolate orange. Sure, normal milk chocolate makes for a very good brownie but the humble Terrys takes them to a whole new level. Or lets you sink to a whole new depth of wonder and dreaminess. Seriously, if there is a good way to go drowning in a thick square of ultra gooey, soft and squidgy brownie must be it. The melted dark chocolate combines with melted Terrys orange to create a fragile, crisp sugary top over pillows of wonder, infused throughout with the most amazing flavour. Chunks of white chocolate and more orange milk chocolate are nuggets of hidden treasure. Rich these brownies may be but they are so good you will want to cut them into big squares. 
My Favourite Ultimate Gooey Brownies made with Terrys chocolate orange. Worlds best!
Mum loves these brownies so much that every time she sees Terrys oranges on offer she buys one, hence why we have a stash on top of the kitchen cupboards. They are addictive, just like the baked goods they go into. As for my degree, I'm glad it's over. As cliche as it is, I'm moving onto bigger and better things, surrounded by brilliant researchers and academics. Maybe I'll even treat them to a batch of these one day. If I don't make another variation before then. 


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My Favourite Ultimate Gooey Brownies
Makes 16 small or 9 large brownies
Thick and ultra gooey, these brownies are infintiely adaptable but they all share one common feature - they are AMAZING! My ultimate brownie recipe, the one I base all others on.The BEST brownies ever. Read on for the secret ingredient.
Ingredients
  • 85g butter
  • 90g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 95g Terrys milk chocolate orange, chopped
  • 75g white chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
Instructions
1. Set the oven to 170 C/150 C fan and line an 8" square cake tin with baking paper. 2. Melt the butter, dark chocolate and 35g of Terrys chocolate together in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly.3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until foamy then stir in the vanilla and melted chocolate mixture. Stir in the flour and cocoa powder until just combined then stir in the remaining chopped chocolate.4. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 mins. A cake tester inserted into the middle will come out with a bit of mixture on it. Leave to cool on a wire rack before lifting brownies out and slicing into squares.

I'm sending these off to the O themed Alphabakes because of the Terrys orange they contain. Caroline from Caroline Makes hosts this month and alternates with Ros, The More Than Occasional Baker