Egg-travagent Shortbread

Happy Easter Weekend everyone!

I got a little creative yesterday in the kitchen after splurging on all things Cadbury and Easter related! I love making tray bakes, and so I thought I would put an Easter twist on the classic Millionaire Shortbread.

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Here is what you’ll need: 

Easter chocolates- I used Cream Eggs and Mini Eggs (my favourite!) 

1/2 bar salted butter 

126g shortbread biscuits (You could also choose to make your own shortbread if you like for the base) 

300g milk chocolate 

100g white chocolate 

1 tin condensed milk 

1 tbsp soft brown sugar 

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Method: 

Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.

Using either a food processor, or a good old rolling pin and plastic bag, break up the shortbread until there are no large chunks.

Melt the butter and mix into the crushed shortbread until well combined, and placed into the baking tray and flatten with a spoon.

To make the caramel, pour the condensed milk and brown sugar into a pot over heat, and stir with a wooden spoon constantly until thickened. Pour the caramel over the shortbread and smooth out.

Allow caramel to cool and set before adding the chocolate.

Melt the milk and white chocolate (I use a microwave,  however you can use a bowl over boiling water), and pour over the caramel layer.

Next up is the fun part! Before the chocolate is set, drop a couple of hand fulls of Mini Eggs over the chocolate, followed by a few cut up Cream Eggs. Decorate this part however you like!

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Enjoy!

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Pink Parcel March 2017

I was thrilled with my first Pink Parcel back in February. If you haven’t read my review on it you can check it out here! So I decided to keep my subscription to the service, as what girl doesn’t deserve a little pick me up each month?

I received my March Pink Parcel around a week ago and was so excited to open it and see what goodies were inside. I was pleasantly surprised again with the selection of beauty bits, accessories and sweets.

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As with every box you receive a top up supply on your choice of either sanitary towels or tampons. I didn’t realise how handy this actually was until the last two months since I subscribed to Pink Parcel. I think everyone can relate to the panic of not having one handy or running out completely!

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The first thing that caught my eye was the cute pin from ‘Lapel Yeah’ . It says “Happy Everything”. I love the colour and think it will jazz up a jacket or bag! I’ve got a few Disney Pins on my gym bag so it will fit in perfectly.

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I love having a big selection of lipsticks so I was thrilled to see a full size of Rimmel’s new ‘The Only 1’ lipstick in this months parcel. I fell in love with the colour and thought it was the right timing with Spring just around the corner. The shade I received was ‘120 You’re All Mine’ which is a gorgeous pop of pink. I tested it out and found it very pigmented and moisturising.

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I feel like Pink Parcel know me too well- with last month sending me my favourite peppermint tea- as this month they included a little sachet of ‘Kneipp Bath Crystals Cold Season in Eucalyptus. This was perfect timing as I was on the brink of a nasty cold so this helped me feel so much better.

I’m not a coffee fan, however I wish I was as I love the concept of this next gift, as it is a coffee bag! Yes just like a tea bag but for coffee. It is by ‘London Coffee Bag’  and they specialise in gourmey coffee on the go.

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I also received some lovely toiletries this month; a little sample-size of Dove’s new ‘Advanced Hair Series’ range, the Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo, and a lovely smelling ‘Boozi Bodycare’ Cheeky Woo Woo Body Wash sample.

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A little packet of the ‘Beauty Papier- Green Tea Blotthing Paper’ was included in the parcel as well. I love the bright leaf print on the packaging! I’ve never actually used blotting paper as I find my skin is dry and I don’t get too much excess oil throughout the day, but I may find these useful during the summer or if I’m on holiday.

Last but not least, I received a treat size ‘Maza Chocolate’ bar- just perfect!

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February’s Pink Parcel

Since I stopped subscribing to Birch Box a few months ago, I was on the hunt for my next subscription box. I read lots of reviews and posts about lots of different types of monthly boxes, but I just couldn’t make up my mind! I finally decided to try the Pink Parcel. I thought it would be a nice pick me up to make that time of the month a little bit better.

If you haven’t heard of Pink Parcel before, they are a period subscription box & monthly beauty box. They conveniently deliver your box a date that is closest to your period each month, and supply you with plenty of your chosen tampons or sanitary towels, as well as a little box of goodies.

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Signing up to Pink Parcel is super easy. I headed over to their website, created my account and filled in a few details. I picked out whether I wanted tampons or towels and chose my favourite brand (they actually have pretty much every brand out there!). I then chose one out of three of their delivery dates that were closest to my period. My first box this month was delivered about 4 days before I was due, but its good that the dates are flexible for if you aren’t always regular.

The nice thing about the boxes (like other monthly subscription boxes) are that you don’t know what you’re going to get each month. It’s a little surprise to look forward to!

So heres what I got inside my first Pink Parcel for February…

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Yuyo Yerba Peppermint Tea – It seems like Pink Parcel know me too well already! I’m a peppermint tea addict. It’s perfect for settling an upset tummy, and so refreshing to sip away on.

Cite Nail Polish 

Divine White Chocolate Bar–  Who doesn’t love a little (or a lot!) of chocolate?

Lavorio Fondant Lovelies

Pom Heart Hoop Necklace– This necklace is so gorgeous and delicate.

Merci Handy Toothpaste in Berry Cool

Soap’n’skin Himalayan Bath Salts– I adore anything bath related. These smell so fresh  and will be perfect to soak in.

Trifle Cosmetics Buttercream Hydrating Body Lotion 

Vitamasques Pomegranate Moisturing Korean Face Mask– I love sheet masks, they provide all the benefits of a relaxing face mask without the mess. I stocked up on Sephora’s masks when I was in Florida, so I can’t wait to try this one out and see how it fares.

As you can see there are lots of little treats to make Aunt Flow’s visit a bit nicer! My favourite from this month’s box has to be the Ciate Nail Polish, I love nude colours and this pale pink is perfect.

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I received a good supply of towels to keep me going. They popped a good mix of liners and towels for night time as well which was nice. I also got a little velvet bag to keep in my handbag for them which is very smart. I think the best bit about signing up to Pink Parcel is not having to worry about making sure you have pads at home and knowing that you won’t run out each month.

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I’m planning on keeping my subscription with Pink Parcel so I’ll provide reviews on each monthly box.

Thanks for reading!

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Classic Brownies

This is my go to recipe for gloriously gooey chocolate brownies. It has been passed down in my family and is a classic recipe that never fails to deliver the perfect treat for chocoholics like me!

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Ingredients

1 Cup Margarine – Melted

1/2 Cup Caster Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup All Purpose Plain Flour

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1/4 Tsp Salt

4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

Optional- Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (as many as you like!)

Method 

Pre heat the oven to 180·c. Melt the margarine and add in the caster sugar, cocoa powder and eggs. Mix in all of the remaining ingredients. Place in a greased pan, and bake for around 20-30 minutes. Once done, allow the brownies to cool in the pan before dividing them.

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Malteser Cake

I love easy to make cakes, especially tray bakes! They’re so quick as you don’t need to bake them (which means less chance of burning it!) yet they’re just as yummy! Malteser cake is my favourite tray bake. Here is the recipe that I always follow:

Ingredients 

  • 400g digestive biscuits
  • 200g butter- melted
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or golden syrup- your choice!
  • 250g milk chocolate
  • 50g White chocolate
  • Sharing bag of Maltesers – leave some left over for decorating!

 

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Method

  • Crush up the digestive biscuits- I usually place the biscuits in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to mash them up. You can also use a food processor if you have one.
  • Melt the butter either in a pot on the stove, or in the microwave.
  • Mix in the melted butter and maple syrup into the crushed digestive biscuits.
  • Mix in about half of the Maltesers into the mixture- You can put them in whole, or you can slice them in halves.
  • Place the mixture into a tin- you can use any shape you like. I usually use a round cake tin. Then leave it to set for a little while.
  • Once it is set. Melt the milk chocolate, and spread it on top of the cake. Then gently place the rest of the Maltesers on top of the chocolate. Allow this to cool and set completely. Then melt the white chocolate and add it on top of the milk chocolate.
  • Allow the chocolate to set again, and then you’re done!

 

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Now enjoy with a cuppa!! X

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Easter Chocolate Macaroon Nests

Happy Easter everyone!

Today I thought I’d share a well loved family recipe with you all. I grew up with my Mum making these year round, however every Easter she would add Mini Eggs to transform them into little nests. So cute!

There is no baking required so they are very easy to make.

Here is what you need… 

Ingredients

6 tbsp Cocoa Powder 

½ Cup Butter 

½ Cup Milk 

1½ Cups Sugar 

1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence 

3 Cups Rolled Oats 

1 Cup Desiccated Coconut 

Method 

Boil the first 4 ingredients in a pot for around 2 minutes until well combined. 

Remove from the heat and add in the vanilla. 

Add in the oatmeal and coconut and mix well. 

Lay out a sheet of wax proof paper, and then drop tsp of the mixture onto the sheet. 

Press two or three Mini Eggs into the nests. 

Leave to cool over night, or transfer them to the fridge if you want them to set more quickly. 

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Hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend! X 

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Ultimate Chocolate Cake

You might think I’m a bit of a chocoholic- and I’m not going to deny it- as so far the only recipes I’ve posted on my blog have been cocoa filled. But who can blame me? Chocolate is the best thing ever, but I do promise I’ll begin to share a wider variety of recipes!

I just had to write about this recipe I stumbled across years ago, I made some minor changes to it as I found it a bit bitter at first, but every time I make it, the cake turns out perfectly! I find that adding coffee to the batter really brings out the cocoa and intensifies the taste of the sponge, so please don’t be put off if you aren’t a coffee lover.

You can make a full cake with this recipe, or evenly divide the mix into muffin cases if you fancy. The choice is yours!

As for decorating- you can go simple with a nice frosting or glaze, I’d recommend a nice lemon icing. Or you can go all out with it.

So, here’s the recipe: 

Pre-heat oven to 180 °c.

Line and grease baking tins or place cases in a baking tray.

In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

In a separate jug or bowl, place the dark chocolate and then pour the hot coffee on top, stir until the chocolate has melted fully, then add in the cocoa powder. Mix until it is a smooth paste, and then slowly add in the milk and vegetable oil. Once this mixture is cooled, gently beat in the eggs and then add in the vanilla extract.

Combine the dry and liquid mixes together until smooth.

Pour the batter into baking tins or cases.

Bake for around 30 mins- keeping a close eye on it!

To check if the cake is ready, insert a metal skewer or ‘cake tester’, and if it comes out clean, it’s ready.

Ingredients: 

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

Half a medium size bar of dark chocolate

2 cups caster sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup hot coffee

1 cup milk

2 eggs (large)

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

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