Apple Streusel Cake

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In my last post I gave you a snippet of this Apple Streusel Cake… it is honestly the best thing I have baked to date… It’s kinda a mixture between a cake and a crumble… perfect!

What you need:

a spring form cake tin

For The Cake:

140g plain flour plus a little extra for dusting
60g softened unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking powder
a tiny bit of salt
80ml whole milk
3 apples (I used bramley apples)

For The Crumble Topping:

70g plain flour
40g chilled and diced unsalted butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
70g soft light brown sugar

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Preheat your oven to 170 degrees, butter your spring form tin and dust with a little flour.

To make the crumble topping, sift the flour and cinnamon into a bowl and add the butter. With your fingers, rub the mixture together until it starts to look like crumbs. Add the sugar and mix together.

Next, to make the cake, put the butter and sugar into a bowl and cream together until quite fluffy and then add the egg and vanilla and stir until everything is well mixed together.

In another bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt, mix and then slowly start adding it to the butter mixture, along with half of the milk. Mix it all together and then add the rest of the flour mixture and the rest of the milk. Pour this into your tin.

Peel, core and slice your apples and place them on top of your cake batter in circles. Add the crumble topping on top of the apples and put the tin in the oven for 40 mins or until when you insert a knife or skewer into the middle of the cake, it comes out clean.

Let it cool for a little while and then serve with either cream, ice cream or custard! We went for vanilla cream… Delicious!

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Enjoy!

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PS. Let me know if you try it! :)

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Ultimate Hot Chocolate

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This weekend was a bit of a lazy one, with Saturday consisting of a little trip to the supermarket to grab a few goodies for a pig out in front of the TV whilst watching X Factor.

I don’t usually go for a hot chocolate, as tea or caramel lattes are my hot drink of choice, but for a pig out, it seemed like the perfect choice!

This isn’t your typical hot chocolate as I added a little naughty secret ingredient… Baileys! ;-)

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What you need:

Drinking Chocolate
Milk
Extra Thick Squirty Cream
Marshmallows
Baileys

Just heat your milk, add the drinking chocolate as per the instructions and then pour your hot chocolate into your favourite mug. Add a splash of Baileys, top with whipped cream and marshmallows and voila! Enjoy your naughty ultimate hot chocolate! (And to counteract the pig out and hot chocolate, I went for a run this morning after about 5 years… it was not cool ha but hey, at least I tried!) ;-)

Hope you’ve all had a nice weekend!

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Sunday Pancakes

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During the week, breakfast consists pretty much of cereal in a cup when I get to work, so at the weekends I like to have a nice breakfast.

One of my faves is pancakes with nutella (and banana if it’s in the house – that is probably the best combination ever!)

Pancakes are so easy to make and all you need is:

100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg
250ml milk
Butter
And whatever you like on your pancakes – in my case nutella, in my boyfriend’s case lemon and sugar!

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Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and and make a well in the middle of the flour. Beat the egg and pour it into the well and whisk the egg into the flour.

Start whisking the milk into the mixture until you get a smooth batter. They say to leave the batter in the fridge for an hour but we don’t… we just wanna chow down! ;-)

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Heat a pan (non stick is better but if you don’t have one of those, like us, make sure that the pan is on hottt and then the pancakes won’t stick!) and add a bit of butter.

Pour a small ladle of batter into the pan and swirl the pan around to make an even pancake. Cook until it starts to bubble and flip it over. Cook it for about a minute and then place it onto a baking tray and pop it into a warm oven to keep warm while you make the rest of the pancakes! Add a bit of butter into the pan again and repeat!

Once you’ve made all of the pancakes from the batter, serve with whatever filling you like…! (You know you want to try Nutella…!)

Hope you’re all having a nice Sunday!

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