Wednesday, 24 November 2010


Ingredients for chocolate sauce
  • 100g/3½oz good-quality dark chocolate
  • 25g/1oz milk chocolate
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 150ml/5fl oz double cream
Ingredients for churros
  • 50g/2oz caster sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g/4½oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250ml/9fl oz freshly boiled water
  • approx. 500ml/17fl oz corn (or vegetable) oil, for deep-frying
  • For the chocolate sauce, melt all the chocolate sauce ingredients, gently in a heavy-based saucepan Once chocolate starts to melt, stir everything together, take off the heat and leave in a warm place.
  • For churros, mix the sugar and cinnamon in a wide, shallow dish: this is for shaking the cooked churros about in, to coat them later.
  • To make churros, put the flour into a bowl and stir in the baking powder, then beat in the olive oil and freshly boiled water from a kettle. Keep mixing until you have a warm, sticky dough, and leave to rest for about 10 minutes or for as long as it takes for the corn (or vegetable) oil to heat up.
  • Heat the oil in a small-ish saucepan; it should come about one-third of the way up the sides of the pan. When you think it’s hot enough, toss in a cube of bread and if it sizzles and browns in about 30 seconds, the oil’s hot enough; or if you’re using an electric deep-fat fryer or otherwise have the means to check the temperature, it should be at 170C/325F.
  • When you are ready, load up a piping bag with a large star-shaped nozzle (8mm/½in) and fill with the churros dough. Squeeze short lengths (approx. 4–5cm/1½-2in) of dough into the hot oil, snipping them off with a pair of scissors as you go.
  • Cook about 3 or 4 churros at a time and, once they turn a rich golden-brown, fish them out of the oil with a slotted spoon, spatula or tongs onto a baking sheet lined with some kitchen roll. To keep the cooked churros warm while you fry the remaining dough, blot with kitchen roll, transfer them to a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in a low oven (100C/220F/Gas ¼). Even if you want to eat them immediately, they do need 5–10 minutes to rest before you eat them, to allow them to set inside.
  • Just before serving, toss all the hot churros in the sugar and cinnamon mixture and shake them about to get a good covering.
  • Once you have finished making the churros, pour the chocolate sauce into individual pots.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Fairy Cakes

  • 175g Flour
  • 115g Sugar
  • 115g Butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  1. Pre heat the oven to 180C
  2. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients
  4. Bind the mixture using the slowest setting on the electric whisk, when combined mix on a faster setting and beat until the mixture has turned pale and creamy.
  5. Spoon into cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15 – 20 mins.
Makes 12

Ice with a little icing sugar mixed with water. Make chocolate fairy cakes by adding a little cocoa powder at the same time as the flour.

I use this recipe all the time. I have made these with my son and Brownies and Guides with great success. They always turn out great.