Friday, 7 December 2012

Kendal's Column: A Mini Series Of Festivities- Recipes for amazingness

Its 18 days until chistmas!
(Brony for life)
So, today is the second installment of my mini series of festivities! 
Today is about cooking some festive treats! (and if your not that keen on cooking-don't worry, these two recipes are fairly simple)
These are my absolute favorite things to make in winter.
So prepare your tummies people- its going to get seriously yummy!

1) Mug Cake
It's a cake in a mug- no oven required! It takes just 5 minutes to make and all you need is 
  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder or hot chocolate powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (i think this is optional but i haven't tried it without yet)
To Make:
Place all the ingredients (apart from the chocolate chips) into a LARGE mug and mix.
Add the chocolate chips and stir gently, making sure of an even distribution
Microwave mixture (still in the mug) for either 4 minutes at 650-750 watts, 3 minutes at 750-1000 watts or 2 minutes for 1000+ watts
WAIT A MOMENT BEFORE EATING-It will be tres hot (like my french?)
One you think it has cooled enough, (whilst you wait you could make those around you jealous by wafting the smell of cake around your home.)
Once a reasonable temperature for eating-eat.

Note: you can read variations of this recipe (eg- nutella, strawberry and marshmellow etc) here

2) Ginger Bread! 
OK, whats else says Christmas in a biscuit more that ginger bread?!
To make your fabulous food you're gonna need
  • 350g/12 oz of pain flour ( NOT SELF RAISING-found that one out the hard way...)
  • 175g/6oz of brown sugar
  • 100g/4oz of butter (get it out of the fridge an hour before baking to soften)
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 and a half teaspoons of ground ginger
  • A biscuit cutter of desired shape
To Make
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit or gas mark 4
Place the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and mix with fingertips until crumbly.
Add your sugar,syrup and egg to your 'crumble' and mix until it forms a pastry mix.
Roll your pastry out (with a rolling pin) (NOTE: if your pastry is sticking to your work surface, dust it with flour) making sure the thickness is quite even 
Cut out your gingerbread shapes with your cutter and place cut pastry shapes on a non stick or greased baking tray.
Cook for 15 minutes- make sure you check them after 10 minutes though!
Decorate.
Flaunt masterpiece(s) to everyone you see.
Flaunt masterpiece to the internet.
Eat.

Happy Friday!
Kendal



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