I’ve seen mentions of the “Fairy Hobmother” from Appliances Online before, but hadn’t really paid attention until I recieved an email after commenting on Becs blog post about stroopwafels. She was sent a voucher for Amazon and bought a stroopwafel maker. Stroopwafel. Strooooooooopwafel. Its a satisfying word to say, and a very satisfying thing to eat. There is a Welsh company called Tregroes that makes them in the UK, I ate SO many when I was at uni, but now I live the other side of the border, they’re not so easy to find (although Waitrose sells the individual ones. YAY WAITROSE I LOVE YOU)

Ahem. Waffle tangents. With my voucher, I thought it would be a good idea to build up my baking collection – I don’t seem to have much to bake with, only to make fairy cakes. I can’t remember where this recipe came from, but its pretty bloody good.

  • 115g butter (plus a bit more to grease the pan)
  • 115g chocolate (broken up)
  • 300g caster sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 140g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100g chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 7 inch square cake tin.

Place butter and chocolate in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until melted. Think about how wrong it would be to taste this butter/chocolate goo. Manage to resist.

Remove from the heat, then stir until smooth and leave to cool slightly.
Stir in the sugar, salt and vanilla extract. The sugar (unsurprisingly!) really starts to thicken this up.
Add the eggs, one at a time, and stir until blended.

Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and heat until smooth. There is no good way to take a photo of sifting flour.

Stir in the chocolate chips. Mmmmmm. I put some white chocolate, lumps of Dairy Milk and some of those Caramel Nibble things in.

Oooooooooh. Wipe the dribble off your keyboard.

Pour into the tin. Clean up by licking the bowl and spoon.

Bake in the preheated oven for 35 – 40 mins until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out almost clean. Leave to cool slightly (or until you can’t resist any more)


I’d love to hear what your favourite recipes are…perhaps the Fairy Hobmother is listening in…

Mmm, Food


Since Asda is good/evil enough to have Haagen-Dazs on special offer (£2 for a tub, om nom nom nom), we seem to have accumulated enough ice cream for a small army (or four girls)
My favourite of these flavours is the Dulce du Leche, which is a caramelly swirled ice cream, and is possibly better than the ice creams from the Ice Cream Factory. I was bored interested to find out what exactly this deliciousness was, so it was off to Wikipedia, where I found that it is a milk based syrup, and is far too delicious (OK, so Wikipedia didn’t say that last bit. I did.)

Anyway, I thought about making it myself from this recipe, but kept forgetting to buy the condensed milk. Max came home yesterday and brought me a present of a can of condensed milk. What can I say, I’m easily pleased. So I popped the can in a saucepan of water, jabbed some holes in the top and waited. After a few hours, I was bored of waiting, so I had to open it up.

This was the top of the can, which looked a bit disappointing. I scooped it out into a separate bowl, and then I hit this:

Delicious caramelly goodness!
I ended up whisking both bowls together, which made the dulce du lece slightly more runny – ideal, because I want to put this onto ice cream.
I don’t think this can really be called cooking, but its damn yummy anyway!

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