Peanut Butter Rocky Road Fudge!

 

Peanut Butter Rocky Road Fudge

Being a food blogger and a new Mum doesn’t exactly go hand in hand. There are literally not enough hours in the day to achieve everything I want to achieve. On the plus side, I’m discovering loads of great recipes that take next to no time to prepare but still taste great! Allowing me to enjoy being both a Mum and a blogger. This recipe is no exception. It takes about 10 minutes to make & about 2 hours to set. So the fridge actually does most of the hard work for you. That’s the kind of cooking I like to do!

Here is what you will need to make approx 36 pieces.

(Recipe adapted from Shugary Sweets.)

  • 300g Milk Chocolate *
  • 300g Dark Chocolate *
  • 125g Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 125g Mini Marshmallows
  • 180g Peanuts **

Essential Equipment

  • 8 x 8″ Square Tin or Silicone Baking Pan

* Yes this is a lot of chocolate. No it doesn’t have to be expensive! The 30p supermarket own brand 100g bars of chocolate are just as good as the expensive brands for recipes like this.

** If you can’t find unflavoured peanuts, just buy salted & rinse them well in a sieve with cold water. Then toast them in a hot, dry frying pan to get rid of any liquid. Allow to cool before using.

Right, let’s get cracking!

If using a baking tin, lightly grease and line the base & sides with baking paper. If using a silicone pan, there’s no need to do either.

Break the milk & dark chocolate into a large glass bowl. Add in the peanut butter and heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir well in-between.

Peanut Butter Rocky Road FudgeKeep going until all the chocolate has melted & it’s nice and smooth.

Peanut Butter Rocky Road FudgeIn the base of your chosen tin, pour a third of the marshmallows and spread them out evenly.

Peanut Butter Rocky Road FudgeAdd the remaining marshmallows & all the peanuts into the melted chocolate mixture and give it a good stir.

Peanut Butter Rocky Road FudgePour the whole lot into the tin & spread out with the back of a spoon. Press it in well to make sure any gaps are filled.

Peanut Butter Rocky Road FudgePlace into the fridge to set for at least 2 hours before slicing into a 6 x 6 grid, making 36 pieces.

Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Peanut Butter Rocky Road Fudge

This is honestly WAY nicer than I was expecting. Even the Mr (who doesn’t even like fudge) said he really liked it too! I don’t know about you but I consider that a success. It’s crunchy, chewy & seriously chocolatey. Can’t really ask for much more from a rocky road fudge can you?!

I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time.

Miss KitchenMason

 

 

Rocky Road!

Rocky RoadOk, no one wants to put the oven on in the middle of a heat wave – especially me! I don’t do well with heat. Which probably explains how I’ve survived so long – being born and raised in the typically bad weathered UK.

However, this does not take away from the fact that I am always pretty anxious to bake something. So what’s the answer? Rocky Road! Other than melting some chocolate, there is no cooking involved whatsoever but I still get to eat a tasty, indulgent, home made treat at the end of it. Well I say that’s a win. So! Here is what you will need to make approx 8 generously sized pieces.

  • 165g Unsalted Butter
  • 300g Milk Chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 100g Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 4tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 200g Rich Tea Biscuits
  • 100g Mini Marshmallows
  • 10 x Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, cut into 6ths (Optional)

Equipiment

  • 18cm x 28cm Baking Tray

First – lightly grease and line the base and two sides of the baking tray. (The overhang will act like a handle making it easier for you to pull out the tray before cutting.)

In a large glass bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt together the butter, milk chocolate, dark chocolate & golden syrup.

Rocky RoadStir until smooth and completely melted then remove from the heat and set to one side to cool slightly.

Rocky RoadPlace the rich tea biscuits into a large bag. Now for the therapeutic bit – bash the hell out of it with a rolling pin until you get a good mixture of chunky pieces and crumbs.

Back to the chocolate. Pour about 150ml of the mixture into a jug and reserve for later.

Rocky RoadThrow the crushed biscuits & the marshmallows into the bowl with the bulk of the chocolate and mix until everything is completely covered.

Rocky RoadTip the mixture into the prepared baking tray and press down as firmly as you can using the back of a metal spoon.

Then pour over the remaining chocolate and spread around evenly.

Rocky RoadAt this point you can leave it at that and place it in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set completely.

OR you could make it even more epic by scattering Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups over the top, pressing gently then refrigerating in the same way. It’s entirely up to you.

Rocky RoadWhen it’s completely set, remove from the tray using the overhanging baking paper and slice into 8 large pieces.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. (Well, that’s if you haven’t devoured the lot already!)

Rocky Road

Rocky RoadThere is no treat in the world that is easier to make, I promise! It’s also a perfect recipe to make with your kids while they’re off school and a great way to get them involved in the kitchen.

You could even mix up the recipe by switching out the rich tea biscuits for another biscuit, or adding in some chopped hazelnuts, or even using 400g of white chocolate instead of the milk & dark.

The possibilities are endless but it’s a great ‘throw it together’ no fuss, no bake recipe for you and your family!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s recipe my lovelies – until next time.

Miss KitchenMason

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter Brownies

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter BrowniesWhen I visited the Cake & Bake Show in April, I came across the greatest brownie I have ever eaten in my life. It was hand made by the wonderful guys over at Ginger Bakers in Kendal. The most surprising thing? They were gluten free! And yet still vastly superior to any glutenous brownie I’ve eaten. Ever since this life changing moment, I have been on the hunt for a recipe that is equal to it’s food-gasmic sorcery.

There are literally hundreds of brownie recipes out there so I knew my quest was going to be a long & treacherous one. The delightful side effect of this quest? All the amazing new brownies I’m going to try along the way! And I must say, this one is definitely up there on the foodgasm chart.

Here is what you will need to make 16 of these sensational chocolate & peanut butter brownies.

  • 310g Icing Sugar, Sifted
  • 200g Ground Almonds
  • 80g Cocoa Powder, Sifted
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp Coffee Granules, Dissolved in 1 tbsp Cold Water
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Topping

  • 100g Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 35g Milk Chocolate Chips

Essential Equipment

  • 20 x 20cm/8″ x 8″ Square Cake Tin

First thing to note, do NOT be put off by the almonds and coffee. Even I’m not a massive fan, but you will taste neither in the finished product I promise. The almonds are effectively a substitute for flour and the coffee is only there to make the chocolate taste more chocolatey.

Right! Lets crack on.

Lightly grease and line the base & 2 sides of  the square baking tin & preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 170°C.

In a very large bowl, whisk together the icing sugar, ground almonds, cocoa powder & salt until everything is evenly mixed.

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter BrowniesMake a well in the centre then add the coffee, egg whites & vanilla extract. Using a spatula, mix it all together until you have a thick and dark batter.

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter BrowniesPour it into the prepared tin and level out with the back of a metal spoon.

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter BrowniesBeat the peanut butter until smooth & loose then dot blobs all over the top of the brownie batter.

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter Brownies-4Take a cocktail stick or a sharp knife and run it through the batter, swirling the peanut butter around. Lastly, top with a scattering of the milk chocolate chips.

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter BrowniesBake in the preheated oven for 30-35 mins until an inserted skewer comes out almost clean.

Allow to sit in the tin for a few minutes then remove & place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter BrowniesOnce cooled, slice into 16 equal pieces, marvel at the beauty before you, then precede to gobble without coming up for air.

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter BrowniesI’m really struggling to find the words to describe how good these are. I mean, the texture is just SO soft & fudgy and oh my life are they chocolatey! Magnificently rich & decadent and… hang on, sorry, you’ll have to bear with me while I drag myself out a puddle of my own drool.

Ok, so they’re good. And you’re gonna make them. Meanwhile, I’m not satisfied that these top the Ginger Bakers gluten free brownies, despite how amazing they are. So my quest continues!

I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time.

Miss KitchenMason

Em & Em’s Dinner Party 2013!

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!It’s that time again! Me and my good friend Emma decided to throw another dinner party for us and the fella’s. On the menu this time are some fantastic recipes and, of course, I’m going to share them with you lovely lot!

The main course we selected was adapted from This gorgeous ensemble by Raymond Blanc – pork chops with onion fried potatoes & roast carrots. And for the dessert, we made an insatiably indulgent Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cheesecake!

So, without further ado, here is what you will need for the main course – serves 4.

Main Course

‘Pork Chops with Sautéd Potato Cubes and Syrup Glazed Carrots’

  • 4 Pork Chops, (on the bone) 1″ thick
  • Sea Salt
  • Coarse/Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 40g Unsalted Butter

For the Potatoes

  • 6 Maris Piper Potatoes, medium sized
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Coarse/Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 40g Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • Half a Bunch of Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • Half a Bunch of Fresh Sage Leaves, chopped

For the Carrots

  • 5 Large Carrots, peeled & sliced at an angle
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • Handful of Fresh Sage Leaves, roughly chopped
  • Sea Salt

To Serve

  • Honey Mustard (I used Maille)

Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C Fan.

First thing’s first, get your pork chops out the fridge. Season both sides with a good helping of sea salt & coarse black pepper and press firmly into the meat. Leave to one side for about 30-60 minutes before cooking. (This helps the seasoning get into the meat.)

Place the peeled, sliced carrots in a large roasting tray along with the olive oil, golden syrup and sage leaves. Season with a generous amount of sea salt then get your hands in and give it a good mix. Place into the centre of the preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes until slightly charred and cooked through. (Mix once halfway through the cooking time.)

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!Meanwhile, chop the potatoes into 1cm cubes and place in a bowl of cold water. Leave to one side. Then bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.

For the chops, heat a heavy, non stick frying pan over a medium heat and melt the butter until foaming.

Crank the heat up to medium/high and fry the chops for about 4 minutes on each side. (If you need to cook them in batches, as I did, add 10g of butter per chop to the pan each time.)

When cooked, wrap them in foil and leave to rest until serving.

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!Drain the potatoes and add to the saucepan of boiling water. Cook for about 30 seconds then drain and tip onto a baking sheet. Allow to steam for a minute or two.

Heat the olive oil in a clean, non stick frying pan and add the potatoes. (In batches if necessary, you don’t want to overcrowd the pan.) Season with a little sea salt & black pepper then cook over a medium/high heat for about 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Mix the shallots, garlic, parsley & sage together and add to the pan along with the butter. Fry for a further 2-3 minutes until the butter has melted and the potatoes are evenly coated.

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!Now you are ready to plate up. Serve the pork, potatoes & carrots on warmed plates with lashings of honey mustard and eat your heart out!

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!Before this meal, both Emma and I admitted that Pork Chops wouldn’t be at the top of our favourite meats list. But after this? It’s definitely climbed it’s way up the ladder! All the flavours work so incredibly well together. From the sweetness of the carrots to the crispy onion potatoes, and that beautiful buttery, meaty pork chop. Absolutely delicious!!

Dessert

‘Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake’

10 Generous Servings

* Needs to chill for at least 4 Hours *

For the Crust

  • 225g Oreos
  • 50g Honey Roast Peanuts
  • 50g Unsalted Butter

For the Filling

  • 600g Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese
  • 3 x Eggs, room temperature
  • 200g Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 160g Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 80ml Double Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 8 x Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

For the Topping

  • 100ml Sour Cream
  • 100g Golden Caster Sugar

For Decoration (Optional)

  • 75g Milk Chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 75ml Double Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 8 x Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Special Equipment

  • 9″ Springform Tin
  • Large Roasting Tray (Bigger than the springform tin)

Grease and line the base & sides of the 9″ springform tin with baking/parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C Fan.

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!In a blender, blitz the Oreos & peanuts to fine crumbs. Melt the butter, pour it into the biscuits and combine. Press the mixture, with the back of a metal spoon, into the base and slightly up the sides of the prepared tin. Refrigerate until needed.

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!Either using a stand mixer & paddle attachment or an electric hand whisk & large bowl, mix the cream cheese until smooth.

Lightly beat the eggs with a fork and add to the cream cheese in thirds. Beat well after each addition.

Add in the brown sugar, peanut butter, double cream & vanilla extract and continue to mix until smooth.

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!Chop the Peanut Butter Cups into 8ths and gently fold them into the filling. Pour the mixture into the tin and smooth over the top.

Wrap the base & sides of the tin with a double layer of foil and set into the roasting tray. Place onto the middle shelf in the oven and pour boiling water into the roasting tray so it sits 1″ up the sides of the springform tin.

Chop the Peanut Butter Cups into 8ths and gently fold them into the mix.Bake for approx 75-90 minutes until it’s firm to the touch and lightly golden on top.

Chop the Peanut Butter Cups into 8ths and gently fold them into the mix.In a bowl, mix together the sour cream and the golden caster sugar. Pour this over the top of the cheesecake and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!Remove the tin from the oven & roasting tray and place on a wire rack to cool for an hour.

Once cooled, refrigerate for at least 4 hours to set.

When (at long last!) the cheesecake has set, make a chocolate ganache by heating the double cream until hot (but not boiling.) Remove from the heat & add the chopped chocolate. Leave to stand for 2 minutes then stir until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is smooth & shiny. Add in the vanilla extract then pour into a piping bag.

Chop the Peanut Butter Cups into 8ths and pipe ganache in lines (or whatever takes your fancy) over the cheesecake. Pile the chopped Peanut Butter Cups around the edge.

Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve.

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!

Em & Em's Dinner Party 2013!Oh my god, I have made quite a few cheesecakes in my time but this one is right up there with the greats! It’s nowhere near as heavy as it looks and considering how many ‘peanut butter’ ingredients there are in it, it’s not overwhelming at all. Neither me nor Emma were too sure about the sour cream topping, but it works very well indeed. If gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins then I would definitely go to hell for this baby, It’s totally worth it!

Well that’s all for this edition of ‘Em & Em’s Dinner Party.’ Which just leaves me to say a massive thank you to Emma for accompanying me in the KitchenMason kitchen, yet again, to create culinary magic!

I hope you all enjoyed the post lovelies.

Miss KitchenMason

A Day With The Ladies!

A Day With The Ladies! DessertLast weekend the Mr went on a trip to Germany to visit Gamescom. Meanwhile, I enlisted my girls to come keep me company with a day of cooking, drinking and general merriment.

The idea was that we would each pick a course and run with it. Emma chose the starter, Ceri took the main course, I had the dessert and Charlie designated herself as pot washer!

Here was the finished menu we chose.

Starter

Mushroom & Halloumi Stuffed Roast Peppers

Main

Feta, Mozzarella & Sun Dried Tomato stuffed Chicken with a Parmesan Crust – Served with Spicy Potato Dauphinoise

Dessert

6 Layer Peanut Butter S’mores Cookie Bars

First up was Emma’s starter. The recipe she used is based on THIS ONE from the trusty BBC Good Food website.

She roasted the peppers in the oven first for about 15 minutes, until they were soft & slightly charred but still held their shape.

A Day With The Ladies! StarterThen she stuffed them using most of the ingredients on the list but instead of using the antipasti mushrooms, cooked her own and added in some toasted almonds to the mix.

A Day With The Ladies! StarterAfter baking for about 15 minutes more in a 180°C oven, they came out all golden and delicious…

A Day With The Ladies! StarterNow having never eaten stuffed peppers before, but I must say, I bloomin loved them! They seem to have an added sweetness to them when they’ve been roasted which is absolutely delicious. The textures from the filling that Emma chose were great too! Soft and fluffy couscous teamed up with the meaty mushrooms, ‘squeaky’ halloumi & the crunchy almonds, really made for a fantastic, light starter. I also added a cheeky drizzle of truffle oil to mine, made them even more delicious… cracking job Em!

For the main course, Ceri started on the potato dauphinoise which is based on THIS RECIPE from the Love Potatoes site. She peeled and thinly sliced the potatoes & set to one side in a bowl of cold water to stop them from browning. Then moved onto the sauce by putting some cream, milk chopped garlic & some added chilli flakes into a saucepan and brought to the boil. When that was ready, she added in the potatoes, covered with a lid and simmered for about 10 minutes or so until just starting to soften.

Tipping the potatoes into a glass dish, she then topped it all off with mountains of gruyère cheese and placed in a 180°C oven for about half an hour until cooked through, golden & bubbling…

A Day With The Ladies! MainJust look at it… isn’t is beautiful??

Anyway! Now we’ve all stopped drooling at the potatoes, onto the chicken!

Loosely based on THIS RECIPE from the Eating Well website, Ceri butterflied each chicken breast, smeared in some sun dried tomatoes, feta & mozzarella cheese then folded back over. She then blitzed up some breadcrumbs with parmesan, Italian herbs, salt & pepper and spread them all over the tops of the chicken breasts.

A Day With The Ladies! MainThey went in the oven alongside the potatoes for about 30 minutes until golden & crispy on top…

A Day With The Ladies! MainYep… I can assure you, it was as tasty as it looks. That chicken was seriously tasty stuff! Super crispy on the outside with a sweet tomato and cheesy centre, team that up with the creamy potatoes (that packed a punch with that extra chilli kick!) and you have yourself a winner ladies and gentleman. Compliments to Chef Ceri!

Right! Now it was my turn to try and impress.

I came across THIS RECIPE from the excellent Cookies & Cups blog and knew it was the one.

The only thing that I really need to say, which isn’t spelled out from the pictures, is that I used 1 batch of my own Ultimate Choc Chip Cookie recipe for the dough.

Well that, and I may have gotten slightly carried away with the quantities I used but in my opinion, this only made it bigger, better & messier! Just the way I like it…

So! Line a large square tin with baking paper, preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C and press half of the cookie dough into the bottom of the tin.

A Day With The Ladies! DessertNext, lay blocks of milk chocolate on top of the cookie dough… yep, you heard me. WHOLE block chocolate!

A Day With The Ladies! DessertThen smear on lots of smooth peanut butter…

A Day With The Ladies! Dessert

A Day With The Ladies! DessertBlitz up some milk chocolate digestive biscuits (not too fine… I got a little carried away haha) then spread them out onto the peanut butter…

A Day With The Ladies! DessertNow for the fun bit… spread (I use that term loosely) some marshmallow Fluff over the top of the crushed biscuits. Yeah… you’ll have fun with that!

A Day With The Ladies! DessertNow roll out the leftover cookie dough into a square and press onto the top to finish…

A Day With The Ladies! Dessert

A Day With The Ladies! DessertIf you can actually lift it up (it weighs a bloomin ton!) put into the centre of the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes until golden and crisp on top.

A Day With The Ladies! DessertNow for the painful bit… wait. It has to be completely cool before you even attempt to get it out the tin, let alone try and cut it. So preferably, make this the day before, allow to come to room temperature then chill in the fridge overnight. Otherwise (like me!) you will get yourself in a right ruddy mess! Well, they do say patience is a virtue… something I’ll have to master one of these days!

A Day With The Ladies! Dessert

A Day With The Ladies! DessertBut to be fair… let’s face it, it’s totally worth it!

I mean, what’s not to like? The crunchy yet gooey cookie? The milk chocolatey goodness? The creamy peanut butter? The unbearable deliciousness of marshmallow Fluff? Nope, didn’t think so. There is actually nothing not to like about this ridiculously indulgent bar of amazingness!

It’s honestly that good, our Emma was handing it out to strangers in the pub who were randomly congratulating me even though I had never met them before.

When all is said and done though, I think we put together an awesome meal! Massive thanks to my girls for all going out of their way to keep me company whilst the Mr was away at Gamescom.

Until next time my lovelies!

Miss KitchenMason

Peanut Butter & Jam Pinwheel Biscuits

Peanut Butter & Jam Pinwheel BiscuitsNot too long ago the Mr treated me to the new Hummingbird Bakery cookbook. I hadn’t planned on baking anything this weekend but suddenly got an urge to, surprise surprise! So I had a goosey gander through the book and came across these little beauties. Peanut butter & jam pinwheel biscuits. So without further ado, here is what you will need to make about 15 biscuits. (Recipe adapted slightly to what I had in the cupboards! See notes)

  • 60g Smooth Strawberry Jam (See Notes)
  • 1 tsp Cornflour
  • 100g Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 100g Crunchy Peanut Butter (See Notes)
  • 180g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 tbsp Whole Milk
  • 340g Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

NOTES: The original recipe said to use raspberry jam & smooth peanut butter. I only had strawberry jam & crunchy peanut butter in the cupboards so I used them instead. They turned out delicious anyway! Plus I like the extra crunch of the nuts from the crunchy peanut butter.

Firstly, cut two sheets of baking paper to 38 x 25cm. (15 x 10″) and set to one side.

Then, mix the jam & the cornflour in a small bowl and stir until the flour has dissolved. Leave to one side until needed.

In a stand mixer (or a large bowl with an electric whisk if doing by hand) mix together the butter, peanut butter & the sugar until light & fluffy.

Starting The Dough MixThen add in the egg and the milk and mix until fully incorporated.

Ready for the FlourIn a separate bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda & the salt. Then, a spoonful at a time, add the flour to the peanut butter mixture until it forms a dough.

DSCF7390 (2)Now get the 2 baking paper sheets you cut out earlier. Place the dough mix onto one of them and press down into a rough rectangle. Then place the second sheet on the top and roll it out so the dough reaches the edge of the baking paper. If it gets a bit uneven, you can always tear bits off and move them, then re-roll.

Ready for the Jam!Now we’re ready for the jam! Spread the jam/cornflour mix you prepared earlier over the biscuit dough. Try and be as even as you can and leave a 2cm border around the edge.

Ready to Roll!Now for the tricky bit. Carefully roll up the dough using the baking paper as a tool to help you. Roll it as tight as you can, you don’t want any gaps between layers. Take your time with this, you don’t have to rush it. When you’ve reached the end, make sure you seal the seam on the bottom then wrap it up in cling film.

All Wrapped Up!Leave this in the fridge for at least a couple of hours, or better yet, overnight. It makes it far easier to cut into slices & it will bake better too. (When the dough is cold it won’t spread too much so the biscuits will keep their shape.)

Once the dough is completely chilled, Preheat your oven to 170°C/Fan 150°. Cut the log into 2cm thick slices and place onto a baking tray. You may need to cook them in batches so as not to overcrowd the tray OR use multiple trays.

Ready to Bake!Place into the oven and bake on the middle shelf for about 12-13 minutes until they’re a light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before consuming. (Although I’m sure there will be a couple of casualties!)

Peanut Butter & Jam Pinwheel BiscuitsAnd there you have it! Peanut butter & jam pinwheel biscuits. These were a big hit with the Mr, I’m starting to wonder if the book was actually a gift for me or for him haha! I must admit though, I’m quite proud of how pretty they look. It is a little more effort to make a pinwheel but I definitely think it’s worth it.

In other news, I would like to give a big shout out & a massive congratulations to my good friend Emma and her new husband, Patrick who got married this Saturday. Much like myself, Emma is a keen baker and even made her own wedding cake! (Which was absolutely stunning by the way.) So here’s to you guys, may you have many happy years together and plenty of  cake!

Hope you all enjoyed the post my lovelies.

Miss KitchenMason

Butterscotch, Peanut & Marshmallow Bars!

I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while now and just needed an excuse to make it. And the excuse I found? It was Saturday! That’s good enough for me!

This is what you will need to make 12 large pieces. (You could easily make more by cutting smaller pieces, it’s quite rich!)

Original recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery iPhone App.

For The Base:

  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 40g Icing Sugar
  • 120g Unsalted Butter Room Temp!

For The Topping

  • 100g Marshmallows
  • 210g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 150g Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 190g Golden Syrup
  • 70g Unsalted Butter Room Temp!
  • 60ml Double Cream Room Temp!
  • Vanilla Extract
  • 60g Crunch Peanut Butter
  • 30g Mixed Nuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 190°C/Fan 170°C and line a 20cm x 30cm tray (or as close as) with baking paper.

Sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Add the butter and rub with your fingers until a dough is formed. Press the dough into the lined tray – make sure to create a “lip” all the way around the edge to stop the filling from flowing over later.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes – until the biscuit is a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little.

Place the marshmallows evenly over the base. At this point, bear in mind where you want to slice as it is VERY difficult to slice through marshmallow.

In a large wide saucepan, place the golden caster sugar, the soft light brown sugar, the golden syrup & 240ml of water. Bring to the boil.

Allow it to boil until it gets to the “soft ball” stage or 116°C/240°F if you happen to have a thermometer. (The soft ball stage is when you drop some of the syrup into cold water it will form a soft ball when rolled between your fingers)

Use as wide a pan as you have. The wider the pan, the quicker the process. I actually started out with a relatively small pan but ended up transferring it to a larger one as it boils up so much! So save yourself the pot washing.

Patience is required in abundance here. It took me about 45 minutes to boil it up to the right temperature. It’s worth the wait though. (As stated before though, if you use a wider pan it should speed up the process.)

When it’s at the right temperature/soft ball stage, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter. Then bring it back up to the boil and simmer for about 3 minutes.

Then remove from the heat once again and carefully stir in the double cream. Take care here, this stuff is like molten lava and it WILL splatter!

Once the cream is incorporated, add the vanilla essence and peanut butter and stir until it has completely melted through.

Whilst the mixture is still really hot, pour it all over the biscuit base/marshmallows. Make sure to cover all the marshmallows.

Sprinkle over the chopped nuts and get ready for the hardest part. Wait for at least a couple of hours for it to set at room temperature before removing and slicing. It’s painful I know but it’ll be worth it.

When I started out this recipe, I wasn’t entirely sure how exactly it would work. It was quite fun to make though, and I rather enjoyed watching the marshmallows melt into gooey blobs!

All in all, it was a rather therapeutic item to create in my kitchen. However, it did remind me of a pudding that I have not had since I was a little girl. Butterscotch Tart. I have tried to get my hands on a recipe for quite some time now but to no avail.  It was my absolute favourite pud in school!

I think I’ll have another go at trying to find a recipe.

Well, until we meet again chums.

Miss KitchenMason