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Double chocolate & beetroot muffins August 15, 2010

Filed under: cake,Food,Recipes,vegetables — wearemadhatters @ 7:17 pm
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beautiful beetroot

As I’m sure would be the same for many people, I wasn’t sure how nice these would be (I’m not a massive beetroot fan) but I’ve heard good things about both chocolate and beetroot brownies and cakes so thought I’d give them a go. I can now confirm that they are very tasty and the beetroot helps keep them moist and squishy!

The recipe was adapted slightly from the ‘A wee bit of cooking’ blog, by removing the nuts (as they were made for my nut-allergic brother’s birthday I didn’t think it would be very fair to put them in!) and adding extra chocolate chunks to compensate. This version is pretty rich so make sure you approach with room in your stomach and in the mood for a chocolatey hit.

Unless you really love nuts I’d say it’s not a bad substitution as the sweetness of the extra chocolate (I used milk and dark for the chunks) keeps the muffin firmly in the ‘indulgent pudding’ category rather than edging towards a slightly savoury taste.

In fairness I have a ridiculously sweet tooth so the original recipe may be better for most people.

For the recipe and method keep reading here…

 

Bread and butter pudding – version 2… chocolate :) July 14, 2010

Filed under: bread,Food,Recipes — wearemadhatters @ 2:11 pm
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Chocolatey but not too sweet (and I don't use that as a positive usually)

I freestyled the chocolate bread and butter pudding a bit because using up bits of various slightly old loaves is what this pudding is all about, it seems a waste to cut crusts off, I like a breadier pudding than the original recipe and I didn’t have the cash on me for the rum!

I don’t know if this would have been even better if I’d followed the original recipe, but it is (I’m eating a slice now!) delicious. Like a brownie, but somehow feels better for you… I don’t know if that’s actually the case but I’m not going to look it up for fear of bursting my bubble!

The crusts provide a chewy interlude to the squidy chocolatey goodness and the various breads can’t be told from each other so no need for all white bread really. Really really good, you could serve this to friends over for dinner, supply a bit of cream to pour over it and voila, new favourite.

Extra useful that you can (and should) prepare it 2 days in advance to increase the soakage of chocolate through the bread. Click here for the original recipe and my version…

 

Black bottom cupcakes – Keep Calm and Carry On June 19, 2010

Filed under: Cookery books,Food,Recipes,tips — wearemadhatters @ 8:41 pm
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The most perfect strawberry

We have already sung the Hummingbird Cookery book’s praises plenty so I won’t do it again, but my first attempt at baking something from it took place today and as it wasn’t too much of a disaster it counts as a success! (I did not have high hopes as I know that precision is important with Hummingbird recipes…)

crazy crumbly cake mixture

I created the chocolate base mixture as per the recipe (which you can find at http://bit.ly/ajHsE) and, I’m not going to lie, I had a moment of baffled amusement as it was more like a fine crumby/rocky texture rather than a cake mixture and it was early in the process for things to be going wrong, even for me! However, they turned out fine so if you make these then don’t fret if they don’t look as expected, Keep Calm and Carry On…

Keep reading more about both attempts at making these cupcakes…