Wednesday 11 June 2014

Chicken Schnitzel and Homemade Chips

I was watching This Morning last week and I saw this recipe made by Phil Vickery for Chicken Schnitzel and thought it looked so good so I really wanted to try and recreate it myself.  I tried it last night and luckily it went really well! It was quick and easy to make and ended up tasting delicious so I had to do a recipe post for it.
This recipe is for 4 people but you can adapt it as you go on if you need too, we halved the amount as there is only two of us. 

4 chicken thighs, no skin or bone (we used chicken breast fillets though)
4 tbsp plain flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 packet of Paxo Stuffing Mix
2 tbsp oil
4 tbsp butter

1. Put the chicken thighs or fillets in between a large piece of cling film, add a little water and beat out until thin
2. Coat each piece of chicken in flour, then egg then stuffing mix. Make sure they are all covered in the mix
3. Fry in oil and butter until cooked through and nicely browned. You can bake in the oven if you want too instead of frying, about 190 degrees for 25 minutes
4. Serve with whatever you like, I made some Homemade chips and salad

To make the chips, I washed some Sainsburys basic salad potatoes and peeled them. I then cut them into wedges and coated them in salt, pepper and some OXO Garlic and Herb Seasoning. I baked them in the oven for about 30 minutes. 
We both absolutely loved this and I already can't wait to make it again!

Do you have any easy meal ideas?

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Sunday 8 June 2014

Malteser Cake Recipe!

This is a recipe which is from Jo Wheatley, the series 2 winner of the Great British Bake Off. I absolutely love her recipes and have both her books. This cake is a favourite of mine and I have made it so many times. It is from her first book A Passion For Baking. I have made this a lot at George's dads and I think I might have actually only made it once in the flat, if at all! 
Here are the ingredients and the method. I have adapted them to suit me as can you. 

225g unsalted butter, softened
225g sugar
4 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
30g cocoa
2 tbsp full fat milk
100g of dark chocolate, melted. I don't always add this and it turns out exactly the same

200g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate
250ml double cream

Maltesers or any other sort of chocolate/sweets. I've used galaxy counters and minstrels before

Method - Cake. 
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. 
2. You can use a mixer or just your hands! In a bowl cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add beaten eggs and vanilla extract. 
3. Add flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, cocoa and milk. I sometimes need to add a little bit more milk when I am mixing. 
4. Mix until combined then add the melted chocolate. 
5. Divide between two prepared cake tins. They need to be greased or lined with baking paper. 
6. Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes or until a skewer comes away clean.
7. Leave the cakes to cool on a wire rack. 

Method - Ganache.
1. Finely chop the dark and milk chocolate and add to a saucepan with the double cream. Leave over a low heat to melt and stir until smooth. 
2. Pour ganache into a dish, leave to cool then chill in the fridge. 
3. To assemble the cake, spread half the ganache onto one layer of the cake and then add the next layer. 
4. The middle and top of the cake should be filled and covered with ganache, you can now add sweets and chocolate!
I didn't get the best pictures of this I know but it tasted too good to not blog about!

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