Chocolate and Espresso Coffee Fondants

Great dessert! I will be having a go at trying to make a gluten free version.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 115g good quality dark chocolate
  • 115g salted butter
  • 1 shot of strong espresso or 1 Tbl of instant coffee granules
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 30g plain flour

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease and butter 4 x 125ml ramekins.
  2. In a heavy based pan over low heat, melt the chocolate, butter and coffee until melted. Stir to a glossy batter. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, egg yolks and sugar with an electric mixer for at least 5 minutes or until pale, thick and leaves ribbons trails.
  4. Add chocolate and flour and gently fold until just combined. Be careful not to knock too much air out of the batter.
  5. Divide batter amongst ramekins and place on a baking tray. Fondants can be covered with clingwrap and stored in the fridge or freezer at this stage.
  6. Bake for 12…

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Cider Braised Pulled Pork

I have been searching all over for a really good Pulled Pork Recipe with great visuals! Love the meat rakes.

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BBQ season is kicking in, and the smell and taste of good home cooked BBQ food gets seriously addictive. I love to give it a local twist, and pork shoulder braised in cider is truly a wonderful match, the only thing I could do was to smoke it with some chunks of apple wood pruned from the apple trees in my garden. The pork was a wonderful shoulder from Pitmans Farm.

My recipe is over on the Food Magazine blogs, some great blogs on their site, including this one for Cider Braised Pulled Pork.

Have a great BBQ season.

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Almond “Sugar” Cookies (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Sandi's Allergy Free Recipes

Spring and summer can get pretty busy, but you still need want some nice cookies around 🙂
So if you don’t have time or don’t want to go through the fuss of rolled out sugar cookies, these will work out great for you. All the taste of rolled sugar cookies, but much less work.
Almond Sugar Cookies
Almond “Sugar” Cookies (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)
1/2 c. coconut oil (or dairy free margarine)
2/3 c. palm sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract
1 3/4 c.  gluten free flour mix
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c. almond flour
1/2 c. dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cream the shortening and sugar together. Mix in egg and extract. In another bowl whisk together flour mix, xanthan gum, and baking powder.
Add dry ingredients to creamed ones and mix well. Roll into small balls and roll into…

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Grill on New York Street Chateaubriand

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Wednesday night i went out for a friends birthday at Grill on New York Street in Manchester.http://blackhouse.uk.com/restaurant/manchester-new-york-street/

 

It has been somewhere i have been meaning to go for a while. My friend Dan had a 50% off food card which is a membership card i have one for Gusto which is another Living Ventures Restuarant, they are valid everyday but friday and saturday. http://blackhouse.uk.com/membership/

Grill on New York Street is very similar to Grill on the Alley in terms of Menu and layout. My friend was quite eager to order the Chateaubriand because a) he had never had it before and b) the 50% off.

The meat was beautiful but two much for even the two of us to finish.

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The membership card is definitely worth getting and you can get one for all Living Ventures restaurants such as The living Room and Grill on the Alley. Plus the cocktails are always really good Porn Star Martini’s Vary from Restaurant to Restaurant as they always do. The Cherrylicious is definitely worth a try you could very easy loose track of how many of these you drink.

I have never made Chateaubriand myself but i intend to one day.

Here is a link to a recipe to make it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chateaubriand_with_80496

Enjoy

 

Smokey Cheddar Filled Burgers

Smokey Cheddar Filled Burger Recipe

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I love making my own burgers, in fact I never buy my own. It’s become quite an obsession now of mine to create the perfect burger!
Recently travelling to the USA it’s quite apparent that the UK have a long long way to go to be any where near the standard of burgers in the US. I don’t know if its due to the fact that most takeaways are bought when we are drunk,taste and quality go out the window. America seem to take real pride in Food no matter what time of night they serve it up.
So here’s the version I came up with tonight. I hope to post quite a few different Burger Recipes.

This should make two very large burgers of four reasonable size.
Remember that in the UK our burger buns don’t accommodate the large burger!

Ingredients

For the Burger Mix

500g Minced Aberdeen Angus Steak
1 Red Onion
Half a Red Pepper
2 Gloves of Garlic
2 tablespoons of BBQ Sauce
Salt and Peper Seasoning

Mix all of the above ingredients in a pod processor starting with the onion, garlic and pepper. Then add the meat bit by bit and the BBQ sauce. Then season.

Once the mix is ready divide into how many burger’s you want, then half them again. Sprinkle some flour on a surface pat one out and lay some Cheddar Cheese in the middle then pat the other half over the top. Transfer to a floured plate and continue till all burgers are done.

Refrigerate for at least an hour till the burgers are firm.
Preheat the oven to about 180c.
Cook the burgers each side for five minutes.
Then remove from the oven and cook on a hit griddle or frying pan for a minute each side to brown the outside.

Serve on a bun with salad and sauce.

Enjoy!

Here’s a similar recipe.

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/beef-recipes/a-cracking-burger

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Archimedes Bakes

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I’ve carried this recipe around with me for years.  My mom used to make these for us when we were little.  They are so moist, they don’t need any icing but if you’re in the mood for a really sweet treat, cream cheese icing would be perfect on these!  And, not only are they delicious, but they are super easy to make!

 

INGREDIENTS:

I box of chocolate cake mix (any brand will do, but I used Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix)

( the cake mix I used called for 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and 1 1/4 cups of water)

8 oz. package of cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of chocolate chips

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line your cupcake pan with liners.

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Fillet Steak Rigatoni

http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/630566
This is one of my current favourites.
I began making it after I tried it at one of my favourite restaurants a little BYO Italian called pinochios.
I’ve slightly altered the recipe the link takes you too.
Obviously I use Rigatoni instead of Papperdelle, but both work well.
I also replaced the red onion with charlottes and I add soft cream cheese (Philadelphia) to get the sauce creamy but not overpower the sauce it gives it a tang. I got this idea after trying another version at a restaurant called Puccini‘s. http://www.puccinirestaurant.co.uk/

You could add goats cheese instead I have tried this but don’t put too much in its quite overpowering.

Enjoy

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Peanut Butter Heaven!

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The Jenga tower is optional 🙂

If you were to walk into the living area in my apartment you’d see scraps of paper all over the place (unless I’ve just done a panic clean up if someone IMPORTANT is coming over!) Scraps of paper where I’ve scribbled recipes down, torn out pages of newspapers and magazines with recipes on them or just a pile of printed out pages from Donal Skehan or BBC Good Food websites – I mean I do buy recipe books,(too frickin many!) but I’m always coming across others that I want to try.

As well as me tearing my mags and papers to shreds, every time I arrive to my lovely Mother’s for dinner there’s usually a couple of scraps of paper waiting for me too. This week is was for Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. I haven’t made anything with peanut butter for ages and this…

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