Since having baby H I’ve been introduced to the wonderful world of Peppa Pig, which I’m not going to lie, I do kind of like. But our house seems to be slowly turning into something akin to a shrine to all things Peppa, which I’m not quite so down with. But that’s just part and parcel of having a little one I guess, so I’ll take it! Continue reading →
My hobnob recipe has been one of THE most popular recipes from my blog, and I can't say I'm surprised. Who knew that with just a handful of natural ingredients it would be possible to create the most delicious biscuits known to man!? I've made them so many times I've lost count (although that happens a lot these days – baby brain is apparently still a thing long after the baby has arrived), and the other day I had some leftover caramel that I needed to use up (I was very close to just eating it with a spoon but managed to restrain myself) so I decided to jazz up my hobnobs and take their amazingness to a whole new level.
And boy was it a success and a half. I think these might be even better than the original, they're just insane! All the tastiness of my original version but with a surprise gooey sticky caramel filling in the middle. Prepare to be transported to teatime heaven guys, you're (literally) in for one hell of a treat!
1 1/4 cup oats
3/4 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup cashew butter (or any other nut or seed butter)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
For the caramel filling
4 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup almond milk
Pinch of Himalayan salt
For the chocolate on top
1/2 cup cacao butter or coconut oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp cashew butter
To make the biscuits, just combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well so that everything is all nicely combined. Preheat the oven to 180C and bake for 15 minutes – the biscuits might still seem a little soft in the middle but they will continue cooking after you take them out so don't worry!
Leave them on a cooling rack for an hour or so then make the caramel by blitzing all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until they form a sticky gooey mixture. Spoon this on top of the biscuits and spread out the caramel with the back of your spoon to cover them evenly.
Pop them in the freezer for 10 minutes to set then make the chocolate by melting the cacao butter in a bowl over a saucepan half full of water and then stirring in the other ingredients. Dip the biscuits in the chocolate (you might want to do this a couple of times for each biscuit) and then drizzle any extra chocolate on top. Leave them in the fridge for a couple of minutes so that the chocolate sets, put the kettle on and get your favourite tea brewing and dig in!
I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but every time I go to the US my visit includes at least one visit to some sort of CVS, Duane Reade or the like. I don’t know what it is about American pharmacies, but they totally shit all over Boots and Superdrug. My favourite aisles are the nail polish aisle (oh to behold the colours) and the snacks aisle, although the latter is more to buy presents for friends and family these days than to buy myself any such sugar-laden delights. Continue reading →
These are my new tea-time favourite. There’s just something about the combination of spicy ginger cookies and creamy vanilla filling that equates to the ultimate win in my book, and when combined with a cuppa, well we’re talking maximum 3pm bliss right here.
Oh and can we discuss the unparalleed GENIUS (or should that be genii if we’re being clever – first declension plural love for all my fellow Latin geeks out there) that are cookie sandwiches!? Continue reading →
I was making my Christmas granola, and as I sprinkled in the figs at the end I realised that in all my time creating healthy recipes I’ve kind of neglected them as a fruit! So this recipe is effectively my apology to all the figs out there, although for all I know, they probably don’t even give a fig. Right then, obligatory fig pun out of the way let’s forget it ever happened and cut to the chase shall we? Continue reading →
I’m finding more and more that I keep running out of time – I always seem to be rushing around and I honestly don’t know where the days go. People used to tell me that time gets quicker as you get older and I definitely believe it now. I also think that because I’m doing something I love I’m not just sitting at a desk twiddling my thumbs and clock watching, but whatever it is I have to really make a conscious effort to spend a little time each day being mindful, for my own sanity if not everyone else’s! Continue reading →
Sometimes when I’m creating recipes they evolve as they go along; these cookies began life with every intention of coming out looking like Jammy Dodgers (one of my fave childhood biscuits) but as you can see they didn’t quite get there. Well the first batch did – I spent ages painstakingly shaping them and cutting out hearts in the middle with tiny cookie cutters and I’ll be the first to admit that for all the faff they did look fab, but boy did they take forever. And that’s not what we’re about here at D&H; gourmet pastry chefs we certainly are not. We like easy, quick and simple recipes that taste delicious and don’t contain millions of ingredients. Continue reading →
When I was little my brother and I used to have the loveliest Czech babysitter. As all little people do, we loved convincing adults to tell us swear words in different languages so that we could use them in the school playground or wherever without getting told off, so anyone who spoke a foreign language was a valuable resource to us. Our babysitter didn’t mind indulging us in our favourite pastime (anything to keep us occupied while our parents were out) so she taught us a couple of words. One such word was ‘hovno’ which is apparently Czech for ‘shit’, but the way she said it it sounded like ‘hobnob’ which to us was hilarious and of course it stuck. Continue reading →
When Mr H and I went to New York a couple of months ago we had a huge list of things (mainly food related) that we wanted to pack in to our five day visit. My list included things like The Butcher’s Daughter and Hu Kitchen and his included such culinary gems as Carnegie Deli and Levain Bakery. Now I know as well as the next woman that the secrets of a happy marriage are compromise and a well fed husband, plus here at D&H we believe in active avoidance (so whilst I might know that a piece of chocolate cake might make me feel rubbish tomorrow, I’ll have a couple of bites if I fancy it and not give myself a guilt trip for doing so), so I was happy to indulge him, and indeed as it turns out, myself. Continue reading →
I love making my own almond milk – it’s ridiculously cheap, so tasty, super easy and gives me the peace of mind that I know exactly what has gone in to the milk I’m pouring into my morning porridge or afternoon matcha latte. I used to feel a bit wasteful though throwing away all that almond pulp that gets left in the strainer, so I started thinking about what I could use it for. Continue reading →