How to make Cadbury Scotch Creme Eggs

Happy Good Friday everyone!

Ever since my Facebook was bombarded with pictures of these beautiful looking chocolate treats last Easter, I’ve been dreaming about getting my hands on one. I hunted high and low for these in cafes and shops last year but I still couldn’t find one.

This year I’ve finally made them and OMG were they absolute heaven!! A little sickly to eat a whole one at once but they were absolutely delicious as an afternoon treat with a cuppa tea and also heated up topped with ice cream for a yummy dessert.


Here is my recipe so you can try for yourself at home.

Scotch Creme Egg recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 Crème eggs
  • 300g milk chocolate

 

Cake mixture

  • 175g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 175g softened unsalted butter

Buttercream

  • 120g softened unsalted butter
  • 120g icing sugar

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Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease or line a cake or brownie tin.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together before adding the rest of the cake mix ingredients.

* Top tip: Remember to sieve the flour and cocoa powder to reduce clumps.

*Top top: If the batter is too thick, add a splash of milk.

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3. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for around 25 minutes, until the cake is firm and springy.

* Top tip: Use a skewer to test if the sponge fully baked in the middle. The skewer will come out clean if it’s ready.

4. Take the cake out of the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

5. Once the cake is fully cooled, crumble in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs.

6. Add the remainder of your softened butter, icing sugar and cocoa, mixing until a firm dough is formed. It should be similar to shortcrust pastry.

7. This is where it gets messy! Take handfuls of the dough, mould around the Creme Egg and roll into fist-sized balls.

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8. Place each cake-covered egg onto a baking tray layered with baking paper and pop in the fridge to chill.

9. While the dough balls are cooling, crush the flake bars in a bowl. Melt 200g of chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water, or in short pulses in a microwave, until lumps have melted.
10. Once the cake balls are firm, dip into the melted chocolate and roll in the eggs in the crushed flake, covering the entire surface.
11. Place them back on the tray to cool in the fridge for another 10 minutes.
FINALLY you can serve and enjoy with friends and family over the bank holiday weekend… And believe me you really will.
Love Leeanna xo
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Healthy lemon loaf cake recipe – perfect for Mothering Sunday

My mum is such a fanatic about afternoon tea so this year I’ve decided to have a go at making my very own selection of homemade treats for her to try.

This is just one of the tasters I’ve made that will be a sliced up on the cake stand. This recipe is actually a little bit of experimentation I have done myself to turn a lemon drizzle cake into a guilt-free dessert!

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This lighter alternative is sugar-free, dairy free and can be made gluten-free. Oh and it’s totally delicious!!

Healthy Lemon Cake recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour (oat flour or other gluten-free flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder (2 tsp for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup of alpro plant-based yogurt/ low-fat greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil

Simple steps

1. Mix wet ingredients together (yogurt, eggs, agave nectar, vanilla extract, lemon juic and zest). Leave out the coconut oil for now.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients together.

3. Slowly add the two mixtures together, gradually folding in the coconut oil.

4. Pour into greased loaf cake dish and bake in pre-heated oven for 40 minutes.

5. With a skewer check if it comes out clean then leave to cool before eating.

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It will last in an airtight container for a week. Delicious as an afternoon sweet treat with a cuppa or a fab dessert for you and your friends with custard or ice cream.

So you can have your cake and eat it! I hope you try this recipe at home and enjoy it as I hope my mum does this Sunday.

Love Leeanna xo

DIY Mother’s Day baking – Easy recipe for courgette, orange and pistachio loaf

Need some inspiration for Mother’s Day brunch, dessert idea or even as a homemade gift?

This healthy yet delicious cake is perfect for impressing all the lovely mum’s who have already tried and tasted everything.

I really surprised myself with this recipe… who would’ve thought a green vegetable I’ve only ever eaten with chicken for dinner actually tastes super delicious in a cake. I can’t think of a better way to sneak greens into my diet than inside my favourite kind of treat – cake and it’s just the type of dessert my mum would be intrigued to taste but never ever make herself.

FullSizeRender (4)What’s even more good news about this cake is that not only does it have nourishing goodness from the green veg but it is also packed full of protein and fibre from the flour I’ve chosen to use.

I found loads of pistachios leftover from making granola and I saw this recipe in Stylist magazine a while ago and decided to take on the challenge. I definitely recommend anyone to give this recipe a go to really impress you friends with something a bit different and sure to please with its healthy goodness and tastiness.

Courgette, orange and pistachio loaf recipe

Ingredients

  • 200g crushed pistachios
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 225g spelt flour
  • 185g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest of an orange

Orange icing

  • Juice of half an orange
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

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Method

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a loaf tin with butter.

Step 2: Crush the pistachios as best you can- I finely chopped them. Just be careful to watch your fingers and keep some for the topping!

Step 3: Cream together the butter (make sure it’s softened) , sugar and orange zest. Then combine with the cinnamon and flour, gently stiring in one egg at a time.

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Step 4:  Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for one hour. Cover the cake with foil halfway through cooking then allow to cool on a rack.

Step 3: To make the topping, just mix icing sugar and the orange juice for a sweet and citrus sauce.

Step 4: Serve the cake with the sauce poured over and some pretty crushed pistachio on top. Then enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my mum has and it encourages you to be a bit more brave and experimental with your ingredients in the kitchen!

Love Leeanna xo

How to make white chocolate, prosecco and strawberry oreo cheesecake

This cheesecake is FULL of ALL my favourite things so eating this was an absolute dream come true.

My boyfriend made this cheesecake for me as part of his romantic Valentine’s Day meal and boy oh boy did he impress! He combined all of the things I love – prosecco, white chocolate, Oreos, strawberries and cheese – in one heavenly dessert!


He said he took inspiration from different cheesecakes he’s made before to create my perfect one.

I just had to share the recipe with you! 1) so I can remember how to make it myself and 2) so all of you can enjoy this beautiful experience too!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Punnet of strawberries (remove stalk leaves)
  • 425g cream cheese
  • 1/2 bottle of prosecco
  • 400ml whipping cream
  • I bar white choc
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packs original Oreos
  • A tbsp of melted butter
  • Grated white choc on top


Steps

  1. In a mixing bowl add the strawberries to the prosecco and leave to soak overnight
  2. In a food processor blend the Oreos in small batches before stirring in melted butter
  3. Press the biscuit base into your cheesecake dish
  4. Use the food processor or electric whisk to mix the whipping cream before folding in the cream cheese
  5. Add sugar
  6. Fold in melted white chocolate (give it a few second to cool before pouring in)
  7. Get your soaking fruit from the fridge and slice up the largest strawberries to stick around the outside of your filling
  8. You can now layer the Oreo base with this chocolatey cheesy topping
  9. Leave to set for atleast 3 hours
  10. Chop the rest of the soaked strawberries into small chunks and place on top of the cheesecake
  11. Finally decorate with grated white chocolate and serve with a shot of prosecco (if you haven’t finished drinking the bottle already!)

I hope you all enjoy this delicious dessert as much as I did. My boyfriend definitely blew me away with it….and I may have got a little too excited about this compared to receiving my flowers and roses… but he doesn’t need to know that. I can’t help that I have the biggest sweet tooth ever!

Love Leeanna xo

How to make homemade peanut butter cups – the perfect dessert to your Valentine’s Day meal

If you haven’t already noticed, shops are now stocked full of cheesy Valentine’s cards, an unlimited supply of heart-shaped chocolates and pretty roses so if you aren’t already in the mood for the most romantic day of the year these DELICIOUS heart-shaped treat are sure to help.


If you’re anything like me… really really bad in the kitchen then these super easy to make desserts will put a great big smile on your face because believe me anyone can make them and everyone will love them (providing you’re not allergic to peanuts).

These delicious treats are perfect for a homemade gift to your loved one if your saving your pennies, great if you’re having the girls over for a Galentine’s night in and even better if you haven’t even got a Valentine but want to treat yourself to something heavenly while watching Magic Mike. 

What you will need

  • 1 large bar of milk chocolate
  • 1 large bar of dark chocolate
  • 1 large bar of white chocolate 
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • Pink sprinkles of choice
  • Heart-shaped cupcake cases


Steps

  1. Start off by melting the dark chocolate either in the microwave in short bursts of 10 seconds stirring to check or in a glass bowl over boiling water
  2. Spread the chocolate into the base of each cupcake case and leave to set it the fridge until hard (takes roughly 20 minutes)
  3. Meanwhile mix the peanut butter and icing sugar in a bowl – it will become less sticky to make it easier for spreading
  4. Once the dark chocolate has hardened, spread a thin layer of peanut butter mix
  5. Repeat the same process with milk chocolate and then peanut butter mix before topping with the melted white chocolate
  6. Add your desired sprinkles for the top – this could be pink or any colour sprinkles, mini love heart sweets, marshmallows, edible glitter or popping candy or a combination! 

You can have fun with the decorations and be as creative as you wish with your toppings. 


Luckily for me my boyfriend has volunteerd to cook for me on Valentine’s Day so these will be a treat for me and the girls this weekend. Thank goodness… otherwise he would have had them all! 

I hope you enjoy these as much as we have and they make your Valentine’s Day extra special and TASTY!

Love Leeanna xo


    How to make Baileys and Terry’s Chocolate Orange hot choc

    It’s that time of year again… onesies, Christmas movies and your favourite mug of hot cocoa.


    Hot chocolate isn’t just for children though. Now you’re legal you can add as many shots of Baileys as you like to the nostalgic winter treat and what’s is more festive than the flavour of chocolate orange. Without fail, every year I find not one, not two, but THREE Terry’s Chocolate Orange’s in my stocking on Christmas morning.

    So if you’re like me and can’t wait until the 25th of December for the delicious sensation, why not have a go at this easy and tasty Hot Chocolate recipe. Perfect for a cosy winter night-in while you put your feet up in front of the fire.

    Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Bailey Hot Cocoa recipe

    Ingredients

    • Terry’s Chocolate Orange (Why not try the honeycomb or white edition for an even more christmasy feel!)
    • Milk
    • Baileys Irish Cream (Baileys chocolate and Baileys orange truffle would also make great additions to the drink!)
    • Marshmallows – mini, sparkly or giant – whatever your preference
    • Whipped Cream


    Steps

    1. Choose your favourite cocoa mugs – I am loving Maison Jars at the moment so thought I’d be all trendy and have a go with these.
    2. Melt 1/4 of the Terry’s Chocolate Orange
    3. Drizzle the chocolate as you wish around the inside of the mug – be as creative as you like!
    4. Heat up two mugs of milk
    5. Melt 6 segments of the chocolate
    6. Pour the milk and melted chocolate into a blender and add 2 shots of Baileys (or as little or as much as you like!)

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    7. Pour the mixture back into the mugs and re-heat

    8. Now it’s time to decorate!! Add all your favourite hot cocoa toppings to your heart’s content. I added MORE Terry’s chocolate by grating shards and adding pieces with marshmallows but squirty cream would also be a fab addition.

    I hope you enjoy these tasty Hot Chocs as much as we did on our cosy Sunday night. They go perfectly with mince pies too, to really get you in the Christmas spirit.

    Love Leeanna xo

     

    Easy Halloween Recipes: Simple spooky treats sure to impress on Fright Night

    Happy Halloween!

    It’s that time of year again… and I am SO happy about it. Halloween is such a good celebration and it always brings out my inner DIY creative self!

      
    I have already been working on my pumpkin-carving skills, clown make-up designs and now I’m ready to get spooky in the kitchen. 

    If you’re anything like me and don’t actually have a real knack for baking… have no fear! Just follow these simple steps for making some sure-to-impress super easy treats. Trust me if I can do it – you can!

    BOO-nana Gouls

    Omg how cute do these yummy bananas look?! And the best thing of all… you only need three ingredients and they take such little time.

       
    Ingredients 

    • Bananas
    • White chocolate 
    • Milk chocolate chips 

    Method

    1. Cut the banana into halves
    2. Use lollipop sticks to skewer each banana  and pop them in the freezer…. Be patient! It will take a couple of hours…
    3. Melt a bowl of white chocolate over a hob of boiling water 
    4. Once the bananas have completely frozen, dip them in the chocolate and smother them in as much chocolate as you wish 
    5. Place on greaseproof paper and top with two chocolate chips for eyes

    * You can even make this Halloween treat healthy by switching white chocolate for fat free natural yogurt

    Spooky Spiders

    These spooky spider treats are so easy to make and something I’ve incorporated from a house favourite of ours. I’ve turned my go-to treat recipe for chocolate peanut butter cornflake cakes into a scary and delicious fright night snack.

      
    Again all you need is just a few ingredients and you’ve got a winner! I mean can you even go wrong with the perfect combo of peanut butter and chocolate? Hell no!

    Ingredients 

    • 4 cups of cornflakes
    • 1 medium bar of milk chocolate
    • 1 large tbsp of peanut butter
    • Worm sweeties/liquorice laces/strawberry laces
    • Mini smarties

      
    Method

    1. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a bowl over boiling water (or in the microwave in short pulses)
    2. Add cornflakes to the gooey mixture and stir until covered
    3. On greaseproof paper lay out your spider legs as you wish
    4. Top the legs with the cornflake mix in the shape of bodies
    5. Add two mini smarties for eyeballs
    6. Leave to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours

    I hope you have go at either of these recipes yourself for Halloween – they really are great fun for the kids and such a simple way to impress your friends.

      
    Now pop the kettle on and enjoy your favourite horror with these tasty spooky snacks! 

    Love Leeanna xo