The best chocolaty foods to make during the winter holidays!!!

Who is excited for the winter holidays because I know I am, and there is nothing better to do when it’s cold outside then to bake all day. So to start your creating here are a few simple and easy recipes (that you probably have made before) with ingredients that can be found in your house that just call out, to be made in winter.

Recipe #1: Nutella and strawberries 

Ingredients list:

A base such as toast, pancakes or crepes

Nutella (if you are allergic to nuts you can easily find choc spreads at your local store)

Strawberries

Steps:

1- Prep the strawberries by washing them and cutting them into half, quarters etc.

2- Get your base ready by cooking it the way you’re meant to e.g. putting toast into a toaster etc.

3-  Then spread your Nutella onto your base

4- Place the strawberries onto the top of your Nutella

5- The fun part; EAT IT!!!

Recipe #3 – Choc chip blondie

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of brown sugar

½ cup of butter – melted

2 large eggs – lightly beaten

1 tsp. of vanilla extract

1 ½ cups of flour

½ tsp. of baking powder

½ tsp. of salt

1 cup of baking choc chips

 

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla just until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to brown sugar mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Spread into a greased baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean.
  3. Cool on a wired rack and then cut into bars

Recipe #2: Cake in a mug

Ingredients list:

Mug (Try for a large to avoid it spilling over)

3 tbsp. self-raising flour

3 tbsp. Caster sugar

2 ½ tbsp. cocoa powder

1 small-medium egg

2 ½ tbsp. milk

1-2 tbsp. oil preferably sunflower or vegetable

 

Optional:

3 tbsp. Choc chips throughout it

1-3 drops of vanilla essence or peppermint or orange etc. in it

Whipped cream or ice-cream to go on top at the end with a few pieces of choc chips

 

Steps:

  • Put flour, cocoa powder and sugar in a mug
  • Add the gg to the dry mix
  • Add everything else but the choc chips if you are using them. Stir until well combined and then add in the choc chips
  • Then cook on high for 4-5 mins checking every minute or so or until it has stopped rising and is firm to touch
  • Lastly add your whipped cream or ice-cream if you have chosen to, a few choc chips and Viola! It is ready to eat

Recipe #4 – Oreo cupcake (The hardest one)

Ingredients:

Batter Frosting
200g Plain Flour

40g Cocoa Powder

280g Caster Sugar

3 tsp Baking Powder

Pinch of Salt

80g Unsalted Butter

240ml Whole Milk

2 Egg

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

12 Oreo Biscuits

12 Muffin Cases

100g Unsalted Butter

160g Cream Cheese

350g Icing Sugar

6 Oreo Biscuits

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/160 C Line a muffin tray with paper muffin cases.
  2. Twist 12 Oreos to separate them, and place half a twisted cookie in each muffin case, with the cream of the Oreo facing upwards.
  3. Then put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and butter in a large bowl and mix until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
  4. Whisk the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a separate jug, then slowly add half into the flour mixture, and beat well to get rid of any lumps. Gradually add the rest of the milk mixture whilst mixing until smooth.
  5. Add the mixture to the paper cases, making sure they are equally full to about two-thirds.
  6. Bake the cakes in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

 

Frosting

  1. Whilst the cakes are cooking, smash up 6 Oreos in a bag and set aside. Whisk the butter, cream cheese and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Then, gently fold in the Oreo Crumbs.
  2. When the cakes have cooled, pipe the icing onto the cakes and use any leftover Oreos to decorate the top of the muffins with

These are just a few of my all-time favourite recipes that I love to make especially during a cold winters day. I hope that you have a safe winter holiday and come back feeling refreshed and ready for a new term. Bon Appetite!

By Ella Angell

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