Sunday, 16 May 2010

Profiteroles With Hot Chocolate Sauce

This has to be one of the bakes I am most pleased with, I would feel very proud to serve them up at a dinner party lol! Profiterole's for me look very impressive and I was kind of expecting this recipe to not go to plan, but hey how easy! You need to get the piping bag out but it is certainly nothing a novice could not handle. This is a must try. Enough of the babble, now for the recipe:

Chocolate Profiteroles

70 g / 2 1/2 oz of butter
200ml/7 fl oz water
100g/3 1/2 oz plain flour
3 lightly beaten eggs

Cream centre
300 mls/10 fl oz of whipping cream
3 tbsp of caster sugar
1 tsp of vanilla essence

Hot chocolate sauce
100g bar of good quality plain chocolate
15 g of butter
2 tbsp honey
60 ml of milk

Pre heat your oven to 200c/400f/gas 6. Grease a flat tray with butter. Sift the flour. Melt butter with water in a pan, bring to boil and then remove from heat and stir in flour. It will kind of form a ball, allow to cool a little bit before stirring in eggs. The mixture should look like a stiff batter with a kind of dropping consistency. Using a piping bag with a a wide round nozzle pipe golf ball size profiteroles on to the tray. I managed to get 10 very good size profiteroles. Bake for 25 minutes till are puffed up and pale golden. Pierce each profiterole with a skewer to release steam. Allow to cool.

While the profiteroles cool you can prepare the cream. Empty cream sugar and vanilla into a bowl and whisk until thick, without an electric whisk this is some effort! When profiteroles are completely cool pierce a small opening with a sharp knife. using the piping bag again pipe cream into the hole, it will ooze slightly when full. Place in fridge till ready to serve.

The rich and yummy hot chocolate sauce goes like this: take a pan of hot water place a heat proof bowl which will sit on the pan but not touch the water, in it place chocolate, butter and honey. Melt and continue to stir. When melted quickly whisk in milk. To serve pour sauce over profiteroles. My profiteroles were a good size and I served three but two would of been enough! These were amazing, light fluffy cream filled profiteroles with rich dark chocolate sauce. Enjoy!

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Jammy Stars Cookies

More Jam! The reason for making these Jammy star cookies is that having made a visit to the bakers for bread etc I had (or thought I had) purchased some jammy star cookies along with other treats. When got home and checked my bag no jammy stars!!! Either she never put them in the bag or never heard me. I was looking forward to one with a cup of tea boohoo! Anyway I thought I would make some using a shortcake recipe and raspberry jam. I am sure my jammy stars are better than the bakers he he.

Here is the recipe:
Jammy Star Cookies

9 oz/250 g plain flour
3 oz/75g caster sugar
6 oz/175g butter fruit jam (jelly or preserve) of your choice
icing sugar to dust
large round cutter and small star cutter

This is such an easy recipe with few ingredients, but look and taste great. Heat oven to 160 c/ 325 f/gas 3. Grease a baking tray. Remember when deciding how much to mix up that each jammy cookie requires two cookies! Mix flour and sugar together and rub in butter or margarine, knead together to form a dough type consistency. Flour the surface and flatten and roll out the dough. Using the large round cutter cut out an equal number of cookies. using the star cutter cut a star from half of you round cookies and place all cookies on the prepared greased tray. Now you can ether cook the stars to make cute mini cookies like me or you could press back together to make another big cookie. Bake in oven for approximately 30 minutes or till firm and golden brown.

Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
When cool spread your jam on the round cookie, be generous but do not spread to edge as remember the cookie with the cutout star will press the jam down. place the cookie with cutout star on top of the jammed cookie and dust with icing sugar. Great easy classic cookie. FQ x