Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are the perfect combination of sweet and slightly salty. Chocolate sponge topped with a swirl of creamy peanut butter frosting drizzled with melty chocolate and finished off with half a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, the image of cupcake perfection.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

When it's cold outside and I've spent the whole day making cupcakes at work, battled my way home through the biting wind which is ever present along the banks of the River Tyne before finally collapsing in the comfort of my warm house you'd think the last thing on my mind would be more baking.  You'd be wrong, I'm forever getting back from a day of baking in the shop only to pull out my Kitchenaid and whip up something sweet and sugary. It's an addiction.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes came about when I looked in the cupboard and realised I had a bumper pack of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups sitting unused. Rather than alert Kris and watch them vanish in a matter of moments, I thought I'd do something special with them, and whats more special than adorning the top of a cupcake?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients:
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 large, free range eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 4tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2tbsp whole milk

  • For the frosting:
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100g smooth peanut butter
  • 2tbsp whole milk
  • 50g plain chocolate, melted
  • 6 Reese's peanut butter cups, halved
Cooking Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C fan and line a cupcake tray with 12 liners.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Add the flour mixture in one go ensuring all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Mix the milk through the batter until smooth.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners to 2/3 full and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan for five minutes before removing to finish cooling on a rack.
  6. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.
  7. Mix the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until pale and soft. Add the icing sugar and the peanut butter and milk. Turn the mixer on low and gradually increase the speed. Whip for 5 minutes, if the frosting looks too stiff add a splash more milk until you reach a nice piping consistency.
  8. Once the cupcakes have cooled fill a piping bag, fitted with an open star nozzle, with the peanut butter frosting and pipe a cute swirl on each cake. Drizzle each cake with the melted chocolate and top with half a peanut butter cup.
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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

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There are few things in life that make me feel as smug as overnight cinnamon rolls. A few simple steps the night before rewards you with the most satisfying breakfast ever, and don't get me started on how amazing your house will smell. That cinnamon laced fug is like a warm hug on a cold Winter morning. Talk about taking the whole Hygge movement to another level.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Whipping up a yeasted bake might seem a little daunting to some, yeast is a notorious son of a bitch to work with sometimes, but I've made these rolls tonnes of time now and they've never failed. Once, I prepped them after a girls night in, more than a few glasses of wine deep. Ahem. If I can do them drunk, a monkey could probably make them sober. Plus, morning after Katie was over the moon with tipsy Katie. That rarely happens....

Unbaked Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Frosted Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

I've made these rolls with butter and I've made them with margarine, honestly, there isn't an ounce of difference between the two. The only thing I noticed was if you make the frosting with marg it gets a wee yellow tinge, which isn't overly appetising. These days I prep the rolls with margarine and make the frosting with butter. Bish bash bosh. Anything to keep these damn rising butter prices down.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls


Overnight Cinnamon Rolls


Ingredients:
  • For the dough :
  • 7g (1 sachet) active dried yeast
  • 220g lukewarm, whole milk
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g margarine
  • 2 large, free range eggs
  • 480g plain flour

  • For the filling :
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 4tbsp cinnamon
  • 75g margarine, softened

  • For the frosting :
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 50g cream cheese
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
Cooking Directions
  1. To make the dough first pour the warm milk into a jug and stir in the yeast, set aside for 5 minutes to activate. You'll know it's working if the yeast has begun to froth.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook add the sugar, margarine, eggs, and flour and mix together. While the mixer is still running at the lowest speed, pour the milk into the dry ingredients in a slow, steady stream. Mix until everything is incorporated then turn the mixer up to medium and leave for 3 minutes.
  3. Spray a large mixing bowl with olive oil and pop the dough into the greased bowl, cover with a sheet of oiled cling film and leave until doubled in size. This usually takes around an hour. Don't worry if it takes a little longer, just keep an eye on it.
  4. Stir the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Grease a 9x13" high sided baking tray with butter and set aside while you prepare your rolls.
  6. Roll your dough out on a lightly floured surface until you get a rectangular shape measuring around 19x15". Spread the dough with the margarine then sprinkle liberally with the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Take the longest edge of the dough and carefully roll it up into a long sausage. Cut the sausage in half then cut each half into six equally sized pieces. Place the cut rolls into the greased baking tray.
  7. Wrap the baking tray in clingfilm and place in the fridge overnight. The rolls will continue to rise but at a much slower pace.
  8. When you're about ready to bake your rolls remove them from the fridge and check if they've doubled in size. If not just leave them in a warm place for 30 minutes to puff up. Once they're doubled in size pop them into a preheated oven at 175°C and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. While the rolls are baking, mix the butter, icing sugar, cream cheese and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and spreadable. Once the rolls have finished baking, allow to cool for 5 minutes before spreading with the frosting and serve immediately.
  10. The rolls can be kept, wrapped in cling film, for 5 days. Simply reheat for 30 seconds in a microwave.
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Jaffa Cake Slutty Brownies

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What do you get when you cross a slutty brownie and a Jaffa Cake? These utterly filthy specimens, that's what. I mean, I dunno what on Earth I was thinking when I came up with this one but bloody hell am I proud of my self.  Jaffa Cake Slutty Brownies, stand up and take a bow. Your public awaits.

Chocolate Orange Jaffa Cake Slutty Brownies

For these saucy little buggers I replaced the traditional Oreo cookie with a Jaffa Cake. As if that wasn't bad enough I also spooned globs of shreadless marmalade (orange curd would work too) around the biscuits (not cake, biscuit. I will fight you) then topped it off with a chocolate orange brownie layer. Hot diggedy dawg!

Chocolate Orange Jaffa Cake Slutty Brownies

If you're a chocolate orange fan, these bars are made for you. They certainly pack a zesty punch.

To create the fudgy texture of the brownie and ensure your fingers are nice and neat I'd recommend setting your brownies in the fridge overnight before cutting. If you're not too bothered about presentation and just want to dig in, simply allow to cool for a few hours before cutting.

Chocolate Orange Jaffa Cake Slutty Brownies


Jaffa Cake Slutty Brownies


Ingredients
  • For the cookie dough layer:
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g soft, light brown sugar
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 large, free range eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 350g plain flour
  • 150g plain chocolate chips
  • 15 Jaffa Cakes
  • 4tbsp shredless marmalade

  • For the Brownie layer:
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 175g plain chocolate, chopped
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp orange extract
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 170C and prepare a 9x13" brownie tin, or use a disposable tray.
  2. For the cookie dough layer, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition followed by the vanilla extract. Add the flour and mix until just combined, stir through the chocolate chips. Press the dough into your prepared pan in an even layer. Place the Jaffa Cakes on top of the cookie dough in rows of 3, press down slightly on each biscuit. Spoon little globs of marmalade between the Jaffa Cakes and spread out slightly with the back of your spoon. Set aside while you make the brownie layer.
  3. In a large saucepan over a low heat melt the butter and chocolate together. Add the sugar and stir together. Crack the eggs into a large jug and whisk, slowly pour the eggs into the chocolate mixing as you go. Add the flour and stir until the white streaks just disappear then quickly stir through the orange extract. Pour the brownie mixture over the cookie dough layer making sure everything is covered but your don't over fill the tray. Bake for 35 minutes or until just set with a slight wobble.
  4. Allow to cool in the fridge over night before cutting into fingers and enjoying.
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