Chocolate Concrete Cake

Hello everyone, I hope your Tuesday has been well!! The weather is quite dull so here is a tasty chocolate treat to cheer you up. It was a school favourite for me and I always remember buying a slice along with my lunch. I love the crunchy bite and subtle chocolate flavour, this is kind of like a mix between a biscuit and a thin cake. It’s also a nice and quick recipe that’s perfect for many occasions.

Recipe: Chocolate Concrete Cake (makes 12 slices)

Ingredients

160g butter

170g granulated sugar

225g self-raising flour

25g cocoa powder

1 egg

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Melt the butter and stir in the sugar.
  • Add the flour and cocoa powder mixing until it becomes a little stiff.
  • Mix the egg into the mixture and then evenly pour into the oven tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar straightaway and leave to cool before cutting.

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Recipe adapted from here

Fork Biscuits

Hello everyone, I hope your day is going well. I was looking for something simple to make and I found this recipe, originally from Mary Berry. I love a basic recipe that’s easy to make, and this one only has 3 ingredients!! All you need is butter, sugar and self-raising flour, once baked they are soft, light and not too sweet.

Fork Biscuits (makes 16)

Ingredients

100g butter

50g caster sugar

150g self-raising flour

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Beat the butter alone until soft then mix in the sugar. Add the flour and mix until it forms a dough (you can use your hands for this part).
  • Form the dough into a long log shape and use a knife to cut 16 equal biscuits.
  • Take each piece of dough, flatten in your hand to make a circle and place on the baking tray.
  • When you are finished, press a fork into each one and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Leave to cool on a baking tray.

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Orange Butter Biscuits 🍊 

I loved the lemon butter biscuits so much that I had to try them flavoured with orange zest! You could also try other fruits too like grapefruit, banana or strawberry by adding 30g – 40g of fruit to the mixture. With this recipe I added some food colouring to add a more orangey tone to the biscuits 😀

Makes 30

Ingredients 
120g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
1 large orange 
200g plain flour
1/3 baking powder

Method

1. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy, then add the egg and continue beating until its light and fluffy.

2. Finely zest the orange into the bowl, then add the plain flour and baking powder. Give it a big mix.

3. It will look a bit like a cake mixture now, use a heaped teaspoon to put the biscuits onto the baking tray and finally bake in the oven for 20 minutes until brown and golden.

Lemon Butter Biscuits 🍋 

Welcome to the new year everyone, wishing you all a fantastic 2017!!

These biscuits are absolutely delicious, so light and fluffy perfect for a homemade gift 😊 or for yourself.

Makes 30

Ingredients 

120g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
2 lemons
200g plain flour
1/3 baking powder
1 tbsp demerara sugar

Method

1. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy, then add the egg and continue beating until its light and fluffy.

2. Finely zest both lemons into the bowl, then add the plain flour and baking powder. Give it a big mix.

3. It will look a bit like a cake mixture now, use a heaped teaspoon to put the biscuits onto the baking tray and finally bake in the oven for 12- 15 minutes until lightly golden.

Enjoy these delicious puffs of lemony goodness.

Jammie Stars

I’ve did a similar recipe previously but the biscuits were peanut butter flavoured, whereas these biscuits are a typical biscuit recipe. Since we don’t need the egg whites you can use it for a nose mask adding a little lemon juice and apply using tissue 😀

Makes 15

Ingredients
225g butter
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
280g plain flour
5 tbsp strawberry jam

Method
1. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and mix well, beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Next sift in the flour and stir until the mixture forms a dough. Then wrap in cling film and leave in the forms fridge for 1 hour.

2. After the hour, set the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough and roll out to 5mm thick. Use cutters to cut out the biscuits and a smaller cutter for the star shape. Make equal amounts of the top and bottom of the Jammie Stars.

3. Bake them in the oven for 10 minutes and leave to cool down. Once cool spread with jam on the bottom biscuit and place the top biscuit on top.


You could use any flavoured jam of your choice or use chocolate spread!! They look so magical :O