OHHH YESSSS….These Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are possibly up there as my very favourites. This is a perfect day for some cosy baking. Let me know how you get on.. see Recipe below from my book Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen , @harpercollinsire @harpercollinsuk #baking #cosy #cosybakingday #doublechocolate #doublechocolatechip #doublechocolatechipcookies Makes 20 large cookies-never enough
225g butter, softened
325g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp salt 175g dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 175’C.
Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper .
Place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat until very soft. Add in the sugar and beat to mix well. Continue to beat and add the eggs in one by one followed by the vanilla extract. Sift in the sifted flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix in until combined.
With wet hands, form the dough into balls the size of a golf ball (or use 2 soup spoons to scoop onto the tray) . Arrange on the tray , about 6 or 7 on each tray, leaving space for the cookies to spread.
If you’re using a fan oven, cook all three trays at once (at 150’ FAN ‘C). Cook for 9-11 minutes until they look slightly cracked on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes, then remove from the tray and place on a wire rack to cool completely. PS- You can just bake a few and keep the cookie dough in the fridge rolled up into a salami shape in parchment paper, then slice to bake when you fancy. 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪
So, so comforting.. homemade rice pudding. Zac wanted to make this last night but we didn’t have any pudding (pearl) rice, so he used Arborio risotto rice, and guess what: it was divine! Of course you can switch up the vanilla for cardamom, rose water, orange zest, saffron, cinnamon etc.. Here’s the recipe 👇🏽 #ricepudding #comfortfood #staysafe #comfortingpudding Baked creamy vanilla rice pudding
75g pearl rice/pudding rice
50g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 170’C
Place the rice and sugar in the pie dish, mixing together and spreading evenly over the base.
In a large saucepan, bring the milk and cream to the boil. Add the vanilla extract and carefully pour over the rice and sugar (I usually do this while the dish is sitting on the rack in the oven). Bake in the oven for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours or until the rice is tender, it’ll be golden on top.
Serve in bowls with a sprinkling of brown sugar, strawberry jam or poached rhubarb , plums etc. 💕
Orange zest and cinnamon with orange slices sautéed In butter and the pan deglazed with a little brandy 💃💃💃
A lovely lavender flavoured cake with a hint of rhubarb from Rachel’s TV series “All Things Sweet” proudly sponsored by Connacht Gold.
For the lavender sponge
- 6 eggs
- 175 g (6 oz) caster or granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 150 g (5 oz) plain flour
- 2 tsp lavender buds, finely chopped (off the stems)
- 125 g (4½ oz) butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
For the rhubarb curd
- 550 g (1 lb 3 oz) rhubarb, cut in to 1cm (½in) slices (weigh when sliced and trimmed)
- 200 g (7 oz) caster or granulated sugar
- 75g (3 oz) butter
- 3 eggs, whisked
- To decorate
- icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas mark 4. Line the base of three 18cm (7in) cake tins and butter the sides.
- To make the sponge, place the eggs, the sugar and the salt in the bowl and, using an electric whisk, beat for 5–8 minutes until tripled in volume, light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and fold into the light mousse-like mixture with the lavender and the melted butter, working quickly so that too much air does not escape.
- Divide the cake mixture into the three tins and place in the oven. Bake for 22–25 minutes until light golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Take out of the oven and let sit in the tin for a few minutes before taking out and cooling on a wire rack.
- Next, make the curd. Place the rhubarb and 50g (2oz) of the sugar in a saucepan on a medium heat, stirring every so often. Cook for about 5–6 minutes until the rhubarb has softened, broken up completely and the mixture has thickened to a pulp.
- Pour into a sieve sitting over a bowl and push the mixture through the sieve into the bowl, making sure to scrape the underside of the sieve to get every last bit.
- Next, place the butter in the cleaned saucepan on a low-medium heat and allow to melt. Take off the heat just while you add in the eggs, rest of the sugar and the rhubarb purée. Put back on a low heat and stir all the time for about 2–3 minutes until thickened. Take off the heat, tip into a bowl and allow to cool.
- When ready to assemble, place one cake (save the cake with the best-looking top for the top) upside down on a plate or cake stand. Place half of the curd on top and spread it out (I like to allow the curd to drip slightly over the edges). Put the next cake, right side up, on top, then cover with the second half of the curd, as before. Finally, top with the third (and best-looking) cake. Dust with icing sugar and decorate with some more lavender if you’d like.
For the soda bread
- olive oil
- 450g/1lb plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 400ml/14fl oz (approx) buttermilk
- pinch Maldon sea salt
For the soup
- 30g/1oz butter
- 110g/4oz onions, finely chipped
- 140g/5oz potatoes, finely
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 425g/15oz celeriac, finely diced
- 1.2 litres/2 pints chicken stock (vegetarians may substitute with vegetable stock or water)
- 170ml/6fl oz milk
- 60ml/2fl oz cream (optional)
- fresh flatleaf parsley, chopped, to garnish
- 25g/1oz toasted hazelnuts, chopped for garnish
Fill a large saucepan with water, add a teaspoon of salt and bring to the boil. Add the spaghetti, linguine or tagliatelle, whichever you are using, and cook for 10-12 minutes, or according to the instructions on the packet, until al dente.
As the pasta is cooking, place another large saucepan on a medium heat. Add the olive oil, followed by the sliced garlic and fry for two minutes, then stir in the chopped anchovies and the chilli flakes, and cook for a further minute.
Drain the spaghetti, reserving some of the liquid, then add the spaghetti to the anchovy mixture with a few tablespoons of the liquid. Tip in the chopped parsley and the squeeze of lemon juice and stir to mix. Taste, adding some more lemon juice if you like. Grind over some black pepper and serve immediately.
- Chicken Caesar salad with avocado
- Spaghetti with anchovies, garlic and chilli
- Anchovy, goat’s cheese and chorizo puff pastry squares