Over the past few weeks I have made three different variations of these cookies. They are delicious and fantastic with a cuppa any time of the day. I have to admit they are also pretty calorific, but any weight gain will be shed hopefully in the late summer months when we are all allowed outside again.
I have been making this recipe for many, many years on and off, and if you like a gooey cookie then this will be perfect for you!
I am pleased to say that all three of my sons have also been baking these recently with varying degrees of success. Harry seems to have mastered the recipe and I think he is basically living on cookies. He also knows the recipe off by heart which indicates to me that he’s used it a lot 😉
85g unsalted butter/cooking marg/plant-based spread
(I have been using the plant-based spread and it works brilliantly) 85g caster sugar
85g soft light brown sugar
170g self-raising flour
Dash of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt (not necessary unless you have used unsalted butter) 100g chunks of chocolate
Options – the chocolate can really be anything, I have made these with chopped up Cadbury Dairy Milk, Fudge, Twirl, plus basic range chocolate from the supermarkets. Try to have a mix of big chunks and smaller chunks. You can use more than 100g if you want more chunks in each cookie. If you don’t have both types of sugar this will also work with granulated sugar.
Cream the butter and the sugars with the vanilla until light and creamy
Beat in the egg
Fold in the flour and salt (if using)
Add the chunks of chocolate and stir in well
Prepare several baking trays with parchment paper
Add overloaded teaspoon size blobs of mixture to the trays – space well (see picture) because the mixture will spread
Bake at 170ºC (Fan) for 10 minutes – do to overtake. The cookies will still be soft. Gently pull the sheet of parchment onto a cooling rack without moving or touching the cookies
Allow to cool before moving the cookies. Then make a cup of tea and enjoy!!
I’d love to know if you make these and how/if you have adapted the recipe. Please let me know in the comments.
Well, I haven’t posted on here since 2016 – but I have been paying for ‘bananafitz.life’ all that time. Seems silly right? Just like when you pay a gym subscription but never go to the gym (I did that for almost a year too!).
So hello… if anyone is reading this I would be very surprised, but also very happy. You are most welcome. We are living in very strange times and I suddenly find that I have some time in my life to sit here and spout nonsense!
I have actually been baking a lot lately and people have been asking me for recipes so that is one of the main reasons for my return. Over the next few days I hope to add some of my new (and old) favourites – unfortunately very few of them are good for the waistline, so I recommend a little exercise every day to help counteract the calorie intake. In the UK we are currently allowed out once a day to partake in exercise, however I tend to use my indoor static bike or run around the garden (I discovered 51 laps is 5k). More on this in future posts. For now I just wanted to say hello and i’ll be back soon.
Well it feels like the weekend because it’s in between Christmas and New Year and no-one here is at work this week. I am adding several pictures here for you to enjoy! These were taken on 28th December 2016 on Wotton Hill in Gloucestershire, looking south.
This is a recipe for Tiffin – or chocolate fridge cake, I found the recipe on BBC Food website, and with todays announcement that BBC Food is going be axed, I thought I had better get it written down quickly!
This is an extremely easy recipe and it needs no baking, so could be a good one to make with children. I will keep it in mind for 2 or 3 years time when my grandson is old enough!
The ingredients are all highly fattening though and I’m afraid due to the biscuits, it is not gluten free either, however the recipe is very adaptable and some of the ingredients can be changed to suit taste.
250g/8oz digestive biscuits (or use half & half digestive/rich tea) 150g/5oz milk chocolate 150g/5oz dark chocolate 100g/3½oz unsalted butter 150g/5oz golden syrup 100g/3½oz dried apricots, chopped (optional) 75g/2½oz raisins (I usually use more raisins and no apricots) I have made these with added Smarties – nice for bit of colour
Use cling film to line a 20cm (8in) shallow, square-shaped tin. Leave extra cling film hanging over the sides. Put a sheet of greaseproof over the clingfilm to stop the mixture getting stuck to it. Bash the biscuits into pieces using a rolling pin. (Put them in a plastic bag first so they don’t go everywhere!) Melt chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the broken biscuits, apricots (optional), raisins and pecans (optional). Spoon the mixture into the tin. Level the surface by pressing it down with a potato masher. Leave to cool, then put the chocolate mixture in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set. Turn out the cake and peel off the cling film. Cut the cake into 12 squares and enjoy! (Cut into smaller pieces if this is for one-bite treats)
Recipe Tips Marshmallows, Smarties, honeycomb and meringues all work well as alternative fillings – just chop them into small chunks and mix in with the melted chocolate mixture. In fact any kind of confectionery should work fine!
I tripled (I think) the recipe and made 120 squares for the 100th parkrun at Chipping Sodbury.
I doubled the recipe on the two occasions that I made them for the staffroom cake sale at son #3’s school. He is raising money for his World Challenge Expedition in 2017.
Until last Tuesday I had never heard of advent running. I read an article on my twitter feed about someone taking part in 2014 and as I had already done a run that morning (1st Dec) I was eligible to join in. I have always wanted to try a run streak but have only managed 2 or 3 days at the most before thinking that my body needed a rest or finding another excuse!!
Advent running is the brainchild of James Poole and Claudia Schroegel and it was ‘officially’ launched in 2014 – it initially meant running every day for 25 days during Advent and for at least 30 minutes (this year the ‘rules’ have changed and any 30 mins of exercise will count – though it’s not a competition, just a challenge). To have the support and encouragement of others and social media groups compelled me to make the decision that I was going to do it. That wasn’t an easy decision, and I knew – that unless I got injured or ill then I would follow it through to the end – I don’t like to give up once I’ve started something. Now I’ve said it – so I’m going to have to do it.
So here I am on day 6 having successfully completed six consecutive runs. I usually run three times a week and I always run in the mornings – on my days off or at the weekend. However fitting in 4 more runs means I have to run after work – in the dark. This is something that I haven’t really done before. I have plenty of bright gear to wear and I have found runs that are mostly covered by street lighting. The weather this week hasn’t been too great so I have been running in rain and wind, but hey – its only half an hour and hopefully I will reap the rewards by losing a couple of pounds (I’ve lost one this week) and getting super fit before Christmas. The hubby has joined me on a couple of my runs – having him there as a pacemaker makes me run a bit faster but it also means I have to to run further to make it up to the 30 minutes minimum requirement!!
My only worry is will my body hold out? I have various niggles and twinges at the best of times so running for 25 days consecutively does concern me a little. Today, I do have slightly aching legs and my 4-miler this morning was slower than usual. But I think I’m up for another run tomorrow afternoon. I have to make sure I stretch well and use the foam roller at various intervals throughout the day and hopefully i’ll get to book in for a sports massage next week sometime. That will be amazing. I will check back soon and let you know how its all been going.
Are you doing the #adventrunning challenge, #runforsprouts #25in25? How are you getting on – do you have aching legs yet? If you’ve done it before do you know if my legs will start to feel better soon? Any advice? I would love to hear from you.