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
- 6 Crème eggs
- 300g milk chocolate
- 175g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 120g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 60g cocoa powder
- 175g softened unsalted butter
- 120g softened unsalted butter
- 120g icing sugar
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.
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.
8. Place each cake-covered egg onto a baking tray layered with baking paper and pop in the fridge to chill.
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
- 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
- Spread the chocolate into the base of each cupcake case and leave to set it the fridge until hard (takes roughly 20 minutes)
- Meanwhile mix the peanut butter and icing sugar in a bowl – it will become less sticky to make it easier for spreading
- Once the dark chocolate has hardened, spread a thin layer of peanut butter mix
- Repeat the same process with milk chocolate and then peanut butter mix before topping with the melted white chocolate
- 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
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
- Terry’s Chocolate Orange (Why not try the honeycomb or white edition for an even more christmasy feel!)
- 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
- 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.
- Melt 1/4 of the Terry’s Chocolate Orange
- Drizzle the chocolate as you wish around the inside of the mug – be as creative as you like!
- Heat up two mugs of milk
- Melt 6 segments of the chocolate
- Pour the milk and melted chocolate into a blender and add 2 shots of Baileys (or as little or as much as you like!)
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
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!
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.
- White chocolate
- Milk chocolate chips
- Cut the banana into halves
- Use lollipop sticks to skewer each banana and pop them in the freezer…. Be patient! It will take a couple of hours…
- Melt a bowl of white chocolate over a hob of boiling water
- Once the bananas have completely frozen, dip them in the chocolate and smother them in as much chocolate as you wish
- 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
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!
- 4 cups of cornflakes
- 1 medium bar of milk chocolate
- 1 large tbsp of peanut butter
- Worm sweeties/liquorice laces/strawberry laces
- Mini smarties
- Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a bowl over boiling water (or in the microwave in short pulses)
- Add cornflakes to the gooey mixture and stir until covered
- On greaseproof paper lay out your spider legs as you wish
- Top the legs with the cornflake mix in the shape of bodies
- Add two mini smarties for eyeballs
- 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
For lent I have decided to give up all gluten. I didn’t realise quite how hard it would be to resist the urge for things like noodles, crackers, cakes, biscuits… and all the rest! But I’ve felt so much better already since doing it. I’ve stopped suffering from bloating and nausea after eating what felt like every meals!
But now that I have found a way to eat chocolate cake on a budget AND with no baking skills I think I will survive!!
I couldn’t believe how well this recipe turned out. Honestly it tasted like the best chocolate cake I’d ever eaten and it was completely flour free. While giving up eating gluten, I wanted to avoid spending a lot of money of gluten-free alternatives like flour because they can be pretty pricey. But with this recipe you use exactly the same ingredients as you usually would for baking- you just don’t add any flour into the mix!
So you won’t feel guilty on your budget or bloated on your tummy! YAY.
Read more: Gluten free raw snickers cheesecake recipe
How to make the flourless cake?
- 120g dark chocolate
- 120g butter (You can use a dairy free alternative too)
- 150g caster sugar
- 50g cocoa powder (I used the dark cadbury Bournville one)
- 3 beaten eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Read more: Baking with veggies: Courgette, orange and pistachio loaf
- Preheat the oven to 150 C / Gas 2. Grease a cake tin of your choice and dust with cocoa powder. They texture is very much like a brownie consistency so will also work as a tray bake.
- In a heatproof bowl gently simmering over boiling water, melt the chocolate and butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, cocoa powder, eggs and vanilla.
- Pour into the dish and bake in for 30 minutes. Let it cool in the tin for 10 minutes, before turning it out onto a wire rack and leaving it cool completely.
Read more: Guilt-free Summer Berry Cake
- Re-heat leftovers in microwave for 20 seconds
- Top with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and toffee sauce for the tastiest dessert ever!
Mmm. Just writing this blog post makes me want another slice! I hope you have just as a success with this recipe as I have.
Love Leeanna xo
Who doesn’t love a chunky snickers bar or a naughty slice of cheesecake?! Well there is a lot to love about this tasty combo of the two with it being gluten-free and refined sugar-free. It’s all-natural wholesome ingredients with no added sugar will help satisfy those sweet-tooth cravings and keep you satisfied for longer.
To replace the processed sugars of a normal snickers bar, I made this dessert a healthier alternative by using a raw and sugar-free recipe which is just as indulgent and fulfilling as the original. I was so shocked this actually turned out tasty and my whole family enjoyed it too. You can’t go wrong with a dessert of chocolaty healthy goodness- the perfect pud if you’re having friends over!
Raw Snickers Cheesecake
- 1 1/2 cups of cashew nuts
- 1 cup of desiccated coconut
- 8 pitted Medjool dates
- 2 tbsp of Agave Nectar
Peanut Butter Caramel layer:
- 8 pitted Medjool dates
- 1/4 cup of peanut butter (you can use a reduced fat one too)
- 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
- 1/4 bar of melted dark chocolate
For the base:
- In a food processor, crush up the cashews into small pieces.
- Add in coconut dates and agave until a sticky dough forms.
- Press the mixture into a round dish lined with clingfilm and put in the freezer for a good hour.
For the caramel:
- Blend all ingredients, adding the almond milk a little bit at a time.
- Once a smooth caramel consistency has formed spread over the base.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate in any pattern you desire.
- Pop it back into the freezer until it has hardened and viola a deliciously healthy dessert for everyone to have a slice of.
After trying my first ‘raw’ creation I will definitely give some other treats a go. I hope you enjoy this easy-to-make recipe and test it on your friends at home.
Love Leeanna xo
Housemates, workplaces and friends all over the country partake in Secret Santa, which means the gift for your selected buddy needs to be perfect for them without you having to break the budget.
So whether you are aiming to make someone laugh, suit the needs of a gadget lover or find something pretty and cute, here are some ideas for all under a tenner.
1. For the chocoholics– Give them brownies every month with this Brownie Club subscription.
2. For the beauty queens– Give them some sparkle with these glitsy nail varnishes perfect for Christmas parties.
£2.99 Barry M
3. For the ‘adults’/alcoholics– A pop up wine glass, especially perfect for work colleagues who feel the same stress as you. At such a bargain price, you should even be able to stretch your pocket to a fiver bottle of blossom hill from Tesco.
4. For the selfie addicts– Instagram Mini Prints. Inkifi allows you to upload images from your friends’ social media accounts and turns them into classic polaroid snapshots. Write your own captions and notes to your favourite memories.
£8.99 for 20 at inkifi.com
5. For tea and coffee lovers who like to drink HOT drinks- a USB cup warmer. This nifty gadget will keep the recipient’s cuppa warm and save them constantly having to taste cold disgusting coffee ever again. Plus it’s shaped like a cookie!7
6. For the sleepy– Anatomicals Mask Your Horribleness face masks to help get rid of the “wrinkles and bags” your friends and colleagues claim to have developed from being sleep deprived on studying or late night shifts (erm probably just too many nights out!)
7. For the organised– a sparkly diary for the new year, also great for keeping you on your toes to plan your outfit for the next big event you probably forgot yourself to pencil in.
8. For the gin lovers
…. but your budget can’t quite stretch that far- Gin & Tonic bath and shower gel
. Why not get their hopes up by wrapping up the exact shape of their favourite drink and then laughing at the disappointment on their face. Did they really think you were made of money? At least they will smell nice and fresh…
9. Or their own personal mug
to “disguise” the real thing. If I had a pound for ever time I’ve asked someone if they want a drink at work and they’ve answered “A gin and tonic please”…. I think this would be the perfect gift to make a lot of people laugh.
10. For the festive– a personalised Santa bauble. I think I could get this for anyone I know because even if they aren’t normally very festive, I have definitely spread the festive cheer onto them this year! I’m just loving everything Christmasy and this gift is extra special because you can make cute with your own personal message.
I hope this has given you some inspiration for your own Secret Santa. Merry Christmas!!!!
Love Leeanna xo