Okay, so I should be making Bakewell Tart to continue my Bake-Off challenges, but I have to say that since I fell so far behind and the world now knows that lipstick is a showstopper, I’ve lost a bit of interest. But I will get around to it, promise!
This week though, Sam sent me a text asking if we could bake this weekend. We? Okay, there’s an ‘I’ in baking but generally no ‘we’, so I was intrigued as to his motives!
Turns out his Beer Box had arrived (he collects consumes craft beers) and there was one contained that had a recipe for a very moreish treat!
Caramel or ‘Millionaire’s’ Shortbread is delish and is one of those snacks I shouldn’t be left alone with. But I’ve never made every element from scratch. With beer. So no time like the present – time for some Monday Munchies Millionaires!
Hello everyone! Well, here I am back with a Monday Munchies post (albeit late – work was a ‘mare!) and as I said yesterday, I’ve decided to attempt the challenges set this year in the Great British Bake Off. Why? It’s the closest I can get to being in the tent…
If you’re not familiar with the show that is (now) a British institution (even if that other institution, the BBC, has now lost the rights to it), 10-12 amateur bakers are put through their paces each week, with three challenges set around a theme. Under the watchful eyes of professionals Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, contestants show off their baking prowess, whist trying to get to the final to win…erm… a golden whisk? (I actually don’t know what they win!)
Paul is hard to please (I can’t decide if he’s quite dishy…nice eyes, beard a little too perfect for my liking), but once you’ve impressed him, he seems to stay on your side. Mary…well, just infuse your creations with any alcohol and you’re in with a chance!
Oh and don’t forget the minefield of innuendos, thrown about by the presenters, Mel and Sue. I’m sure, back when it first aired, the mention of ‘soggy bottoms’ and ‘teasing it until it stiffens’ were quite innocent remarks but it seems this is now part of the game and if you’ve not uttered at least one during the hour, you should hang your apron up in shame.
Everyone apparently loves a good Brownie. Well, except me it seems. Yes, I’m odd – I wouldn’t care if chocolate didn’t exist and find most Brownies boring, brittle and bland. Plus, they’re not a patch on Blondies!
However, for this week’s Monday Munchies, I’m sharing the one Brownie recipe I love (so far!) – a chewy, gooey version that is kept moist by the addition of raisins and marshmallows. Super quick to make and will keep fresh for well over a week – assuming you can keep your mitts off them!
I’m all for tenuous links to posts and titles though and as I’m trying to stay in the vein of ‘all things Halloween-y’, I thought I’d bring you a little folklore background.
Brownies may be everyone’s go-to traybake, but did you also know it’s the name of a little creature (Kreacher?), traditionally found in tales from Northern England, Scotland and Scandinavia?
Happy Monday Munchies everyone – I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!
It’s been a little foggy in our neck of the woods and turning typically autumnal, so for this week’s treats, I again wanted something warming, cosy and ‘homely’. The result? These delicious little squares, packed full of sticky, fibre-filled dates!
Although, I was slow to embrace dates as a snacking opportunity, I’ve always loved date squares (anything wrapped in pastry!) I’ve come to my senses now and always have a bag (often too close!) to hand – they’re just like giant raisins after all, right? But I wanted to try making these snacks that take me back to my childhood.
It’s often good to know which side your bread is buttered on – nobody wants an inside out sandwich, greasing up their fingers! And although, as an idiom, the phrase suggests using the ‘who’ rather than the ‘what’ you know to get by in life, I like to think of it as being good to those who are good to you. You know, not cutting off your nose to spite your face and other such life mantras!
What you should cut off though, is a large piece of this pudding, straightaway! I’ve always loved the comforting look of bread and butter pudding, all those raisins just begging me to eat them. I adore raisins, having gone an entire day before just drinking tea and snacking on (very large) handfuls of them – they’re fruit, it’s fine right?!
However, this classic (old fashioned?) dessert often gets a bit of a ‘meh’ reaction, probably because it creates too many memories of stodgy, dodgy school dinners! So I decided on a jazzed up version and gave it a grown up, ‘coming of age’ makeover. For this week’s Monday Munchies I present: