Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Toffee ice cream

Home made ice cream with no ice cream maker needed, and soft scoop to boot :-) easy to do honest ;-) 

Whip up a 300 ml tub of double or whipping cream, it needs to be soft but holding its shape. Then empty in a tin of condensed milk caramel. It's the tins right next to the condensed milk in the shops. Just whisk it through the cream until completely combined. Put into a freezable container with a lid and place in freezer for 8 hours or overnight. It is that simple. You can add choc chips or ripple through chocolate sauce or other delights to. 

Peanut butter cookies

Not the most attractive looking cookies I grant you. I don't like peanut butter but I loved these, go figure that one out! A spot of baking with my youngest son was on the agenda tonight and we made these simple but addictive cookies. There is no flour in these so don't go thinking it's been left out by accident. A friend gave me a recipe for these a few years back and I promptly lost it after making but I found one similar and think it's the same so here goes. Preheat an oven to gas mark 4 or 180/350 and prepare 2 baking sheets. In a bowl put 

1 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 cup sugar
I teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 egg

 Used my mixer and mixed until thoroughly combined. I used a small scoop but you could roll into walnut sized  balls and place on tray leaving room to spread. With a fork flatten slightly and make a cross hatch pattern on the top. Bake in oven for 11-14 minutes. They will be just starting to colour and very soft when you take them out. Leave on baking sheets for 5-10 minutes until firmer then transfer to a wire rack to go completely cool before putting in an airtight container or into awaiting mouth. We ended up with 16 of these. 

Very quick and simple make and brilliantly textured. Crisp on outside but not hard and crunchy. And dense with a slight chew in the middle. Well worth a go. I used smooth peanut butter but I don't see why crunchy wouldn't work as long as you didn't mind bits of peanut in your cookies.