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Best Ever Family Recipes: Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

Best Ever Family Recipes:
Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

 

Rich, chocolatey and moist sponge puddings with vanilla ice cream.

What’s not to like? These easy puds are great fun to make and always go down a storm. Sometimes, we mix it up a bit and serve with mint choc chip ice cream – mmmmmm.

Fantastic Food For Less cookbookThis scrumptious recipe is taken from one of my favourites books;
Fantastic Food for Less, which has 100 absolutely gorgeous dishes.

There are two types of recipes:
Quick & Easy – can be on the table in 30 minutes or less.
Take it Easy – allowing you to do something else while they cook slowly.

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Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 655 per portion
Fat 40g (23.8g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter 150g (5oz), softened, plus a little extra for greasing
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz) plus 2 tsp
  • Self-raising flour 110g (4oz)
  • Baking powder ¼ tsp
  • Cocoa 2 tbsp
  • Egg 1 large
  • Vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • Dark chocolate 110g (4oz), broken into small pieces
  • Milk 3 tbsp
  • Vanilla ice cream to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly grease individual pudding basins or microwave-suitable teacups with butter. Place 110g (4oz) of butter and 110g (4oz) of caster sugar in a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into the bowl, then add the egg, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of water. With an electric hand-held mixer, whisk the ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Divide the chocolate mixture evenly between the pudding basins or teacups, loosely cover with cling film and microwave on high for 4 – 5 minutes, until the sponge is well risen and springy to the touch. Remove from the microwave and allow to stand while making the sauce.
  3. To make the sauce: Put the chocolate in a small bowl with the 2 tsp sugar, the remaining butter and the milk. Place over a saucepan of gently simmering water and stir until smooth.
  4. Run a palette knife around each pudding to loosen, trim the tops level if necessary, then turn the puddings out onto individual plates and coat with the chocolate sauce. Serve with ice cream, if you like.

Cook’s tip

For marmalade puddings, omit the cocoa and vanilla and replace with the zest and juice from 1 orange. Spoon 50g (2oz) marmalade into each cup or basin before adding the sponge mixture. There’s no need to make the sauce, simply serve with custard.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip

 Fruits with Chocolate Dip

This delicious little treat is only 255 calories, so you can enjoy it guilt-free!

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 255 per portion
Fat 11g (6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate 75g (3oz), broken into pieces
  • Milk 2 tbsp
  • Mixed fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries 350g (12oz)

Instructions

  1. Put the chocolate and milk in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until it has melted, making sure it doesn’t overheat.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir to make a smooth, thick glossy sauce.
  3. Carefully remove the bowl from the pan and pour the chocolate into a small pot. Serve immediately with the berries to dip into the chocolate sauce.

 


Just For One Or Two cookbook

This delicious recipe is taken from our sell-out cookbook (now on its second print run) Just for One or Two.

Find out more about this popular book here.

And happy Valentine’s Day for tomorrow!

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3 Easy Recipes for Two

3 easy recipes for two on Valentines Day

Enjoy a romantic dinner at home with these delicious recipes.

The starter and main can be prepared in advance (cook the main while eating your starter) and the pud only takes 10 minutes to create.

Giving you more time to spend gazing into each other’s eyes!!

 Potted Shrimp

Potted Shrimps

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 15 minutes plus chilling mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 281 per portion
Fat 21g (14g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter 50g (2oz)
  • Shrimps 150g (5oz), shelled weight
  • Ground nutmeg a pinch
  • Ground mace a pinch
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Brown bread or hot toast to serve

Instructions

  1. Gently melt the butter in a small saucepan over a very low heat. Simmer gently until a foam rises to the top then remove the foam with a spoon.
  2. Carefully pour the clarified butter from the top into a jug and discard the milky residue underneath.
  3. Melt half of the clarified butter and stir in the shrimps, nutmeg, mace and seasoning to taste. Spoon the mixture into two ramekin dishes and chill until the mixture has set.
  4. Melt the remaining clarified butter and spoon over the top of the shrimps. Chill once again until the mixture has set.
  5. Serve with toast or crusty brown bread, using the butter layer on top of the ramekins to spread on the toast first.

Cook’s tips
If you can’t find shrimps buy small prawns instead.
For special occasions, multiply the quantities by the number of people you are feeding and make the ramekins look pretty with sprigs of dill and a little caviar.

Baked Salmon

Baked Salmon Tricolore

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 726 per portion
Fat 61g (11g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Firm avocado 1 large
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Tomatoes 2 large, thickly sliced
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic mayonnaise 2 tbsp
  • Grated Parmesan cheese 3 tbsp
  • Chopped basil 2 tbsp
  • Salmon fillets 2 x 150g (5oz)
  • Rocket leaves to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Line a baking dish with baking parchment.
  2. Cut the avocado in half and prise out the stone. Peel off the skin and then slice thickly. Arrange in a single layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Put the tomatoes in the dish and drizzle with half the oil. Season well.
  3. Mix the mayonnaise with the Parmesan cheese and chopped basil. Lay the fish on top of the avocado and tomatoes and spread the mayonnaise mixture on top of the fish. Then drizzle with the remaining oil.
  4. Bake the salmon in the oven for about 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until cooked through and tender. Drain and serve immediately with fresh rocket leaves.

Cook’s tips
Choose a slightly under-ripe avocado for this recipe – it will be easier to peel and slice; the flesh will soften slightly on baking.
If you don’t have garlic mayonnaise, mix ordinary mayo with 1 crushed garlic clove.

 Fruits with Chocolate Dip

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 255 per portion
Fat 11g (6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate 75g (3oz), broken into pieces
  • Milk 2 tbsp
  • Mixed fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries 350g (12oz)

Instructions

  1. Put the chocolate and milk in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until it has melted, making sure it doesn’t overheat.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir to make a smooth thick glossy sauce.
  3. Carefully remove the bowl from the pan and pour the chocolate into a small pot. Serve immediately with the berries to dip into the chocolate sauce.

 


 

Just For One Or Two cookbookThese delicious recipes are taken from our sell-out cookbook (now on its second print run) Just for One or Two.

Find out more about this popular book here.

 

And happy Valentine’s Day for tomorrow!

 

#recipesfortwo

#valentinesrecipes

#valentinesday

#chocolatedip

 

 

Recipe of the Week: Baked Apples

 

baked-apples

This only takes 5 minutes to prepare but tastes just gorgeous.

The perfect comforting pud!

Read the recipe on the Dairy Diary website.

 

Baked Apples

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 223 per portion
Fat 8g (5.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Butter 40g (1½oz), softened
  • Light muscovado sugar 40g (1½oz)
  • Chopped glacé ginger 1 tbsp
  • Glacé cherries 25g (1oz), chopped
  • Ready-to-eat prunes 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Dessert apples 4
  • Custard to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until soft and smooth. Stir in the glacé ginger and then add the cherries and prunes.
  2. Cut a thin slice off the top of each apple and reserve. Core the apples and cut a very thin slice off the bottom if needed, to stop them rolling around.
  3. Stand the cored apples in a small 20cm (8in) circular dish, then press the fruit mixture into the cavities, spooning the remainder over the cut top edge. Press the apple lids back in place.
  4. Add 2 tbsp of water to the base of the dish, then bake for 30 minutes until the apples are tender. 5 Serve hot with custard, if you like.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Gingerbread Latte Trifles

gingerbread-latte-trifle

If you’re not keen on Christmas pudding then swap for Gingerbread Latte Trifle from the 2017 Dairy Diary, it’s divine.

Gingerbread Latte Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30 mins plus chilling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 353 per portion
Fat 40g (25g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Espresso ground coffee 2 tbsp
  • Trifle sponges 8 (approx. 200g/7oz), each cut into 3
  • Custard 500g carton
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate with ginger 50g (2oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Spoon coffee into a cafetière and add 250ml (9fl oz) hot, not boiling, water. Stir and leave to brew for 3 minutes. Plunge, then leave to cool.
  2. Place sponges in the base of six trifle bowls. Spoon over coffee then top with custard.
  3. Whisk cream with gingerbread syrup until softly whipped. Spoon on top of custard then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

 


 

 

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10 Christmas traditions old and new

Make Christmas even more magical with 10 traditions old and new

When it comes to tradition, it’s lovely to echo previous generations but it can also be really special to create your own, new, rituals.

Here, I share my favourite traditions for a really magical Christmas.

 

Christmas traditions

1 Take an evening drive to see the festive lights in your locality. Towns and villages often adorn the streets with lights and some people really go to town with their own houses. Pretty or gaudy, it’s always great fun. If you have little children it’s especially exciting to don dressing gowns and venture out after dark.

2 Decorate with what you have. There’s no need to spend a fortune on shop-bought creations, making your own (and re-discovering funny little child-made decs from years gone by) is so special. We love to create simple paper chains and I adorn a very cheap wreath with fir cones and conkers collected in autumn, and with orange slices dried in the oven. A simple ribbon finishes the look and the result looks much more expensive that it actually is!

 

Christmas traditions

3 Help others. A gift that means a lot to someone is your time. Make a voucher for an evening of babysitting for a young family, or a home-cooked meal for an elderly neighbour. Think about what may make a difference to someone you know.

4 Only use cash to pay for Christmas. Don’t get into debt; set up a monthly standing order to go into a savings account and use only this money for food and presents.

 

Christmas traditions

5 Recycle the previous year’s Christmas cards. Make into tags by cutting out with pinking shears, punching with a hole and threading with ribbon.

6 Hang stockings on Christmas Eve and fill with inexpensive treats. Until very recently my parents still gave me stocking! But now my own children use the same threadbare reindeer sock. Opening these tiny gifts, collected throughout the year, is my favourite part of the big day.

 

Christmas traditions

7 Dress up! Put on your favourite dress, wear some glamorous jewellery and do your hair.

8 Eat what you love! Just because it’s ‘traditional’, you don’t HAVE to eat it. After all, Christmas is about enjoying yourself. If you’re not keen on Christmas pudding like us then swap for Gingerbread Latte Trifle from the 2017 Dairy Diary (see below), it’s divine.

 

Christmas traditions

9 Enjoy time together. Play board games or do crafts together, and swap stories, this family time is precious.

10 Write proper thank you notes and send them in the post. It’s so much nicer than a text.

 

 


 

gingerbread-latte-trifle

Gingerbread Latte Trifle

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30 mins plus chilling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 353 per portion
Fat 40g (25g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Espresso ground coffee 2 tbsp
  • Trifle sponges 8 (approx. 200g/7oz), each cut into 3
  • Custard 500g carton
  • Double cream 300ml pot
  • Gingerbread syrup 1 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate with ginger 50g (2oz), finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Spoon coffee into a cafetière and add 250ml (9fl oz) hot, not boiling, water. Stir and leave to brew for 3 minutes. Plunge, then leave to cool.
  2. Place sponges in the base of six trifle bowls. Spoon over coffee then top with custard.
  3. Whisk cream with gingerbread syrup until softly whipped. Spoon on top of custard then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

 


 

Dairy Diary 2017The Dairy Diary is still available to purchase –
and makes the perfect gift!

Click here to find out more.

 

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