Tag: baking


BBC Good Food Chocolate Brownies

BBC Good Food Chocolate BrowniesThis week I’ve had a real craving for brownies. I haven’t baked anything in a while so I thought why not have a look on line for something easy & quick to make. Hello Google! Popped in ‘brownie recipe’ & this one from the BBC Good Food website appeared.

I had a quick look and thought the recipe looked easy enough. I had most of the ingredients, just needed to get some chocolate. This is where I had to make a change! The recipe calls for dark, milk & white chocolate. The shop only had milk chocolate. All this means is the brownies are super chocolaty & you only need small ones. Not a problem! It’ll just make them last longer!

I’d definitely use this recipe again, even if it is really detailed. I’d use the recommended chocolate next time if I could & cut the brownies up way smaller! They didn’t take long & it was really easy.

Homemade brownies = very happy Crafty Chai household!

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

Last year, someone in work gave me a recipe for a Christmas cake. I never got around to making it last year but this year I was determined to make one. After realising I needed brandy, I finally got everything measured out. The recipe I had showed you how to change the amount of ingredients dependent on the size of your tin. So after not receiving all the ingredients in my shopping delivery and rejigging the ingredients to compensate, I got to it.

It was surprisingly easy. Preparing the ingredients was easy and it didn’t take long to mix up. As I was pouring in the mixture, it became clear that the tin was quite small. So after some frantic texting to my Mum, she said that it would be fine to use a second tin. She even said that, traditionally,a taster cake would be made so it looks like my OH and I have a lovely fruit cake to eat! At least this way, I’ll know if it tastes okay! Now all I have to do is to add the brandy. How much is too much?!

Christmas Cake

Have you made a Christmas cake? How are you planning on decorating it? Any tips? x

Homemade Wholemeal Digestive Biscuits

Homemade Digestive Biscuits

A few weeks ago, as I sat reading through my Twitter timeline, @thelittleloaf tweeted about homemade wholemeal digestive biscuits. Hmmmmm…I thought, I’ve never made biscuits. I had a look at the recipe and it didn’t look too complicated. I had all the ingredients so it would make a nice change to bake some biccies.

Homemade Digestive BiscuitsThe recipe on The Little Loaf blog is so easy to follow & even though my digestives don’t look much like the little loaf’s do but they sure are tasty! Therein lies the problem. Now I’ve made them, I can’t stop eating them! x

A Week in Wales: Food

Cheese Ploughmans

Following on from yesterday’s post about places from my holiday, today is going to be devoted to food. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll how much I love food. One thing that I was surprised by was the number of places that used local produce as much as possible. My OH & I have an agreement that we visit independent places & we weren’t let down in Pembrokeshire.

BanoffeeIn my places post I mentioned a lovely tearoom in Lawrenny called Quayside. I am forever indebted to my sister for referring me here. It is an amazing little place with a fantastic atmosphere right on the water. We had a delicious lunch before embarking on our walk. I had an awesome jacket potato with cheese, homemade   coleslaw & a delicious salad. I was pleased to discover salad dressing on the table, ready for me to use!

Chocolate TorteMy OH had a crab sandwich & loved it. After our lengthy walk we returned for the cake! I’d seen two that I really wanted to try so we had half each. The banoffee pie was quite possibly the best I’ve ever eaten (& I’ve eaten a lot!). The chocolate torte came with cream, which was needed as it was quite rich. I don’t think I would’ve been able to finish it if I’d had the whole slice but half was just enough!

Cheese PloughmansOne day we visited Melin Tregwynt, a woolen mill that I’ve bought from before. When my OH told me that you could visit the mill & that they had a cafe, he knew that we’d have to go there. After a few wrong turns we finally found it. The mill is really old & it’s great to see the fabric being made. I spent most of the time in the shop & you’ll have to come back tomorrow to find out what I bought!

CawlThe cafe & the menu was quite small and the veggie options were limited. I opted for the cheese ploughmans & wasn’t disappointed. The plate came full of food, which is always a good thing! It was delicious. My OH ordered cawl. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a Welsh dish that is a cross between soup, casserole and broth. He really liked it as it contained some lovely Welsh beef & local veg. Perfect for those windy grey days that we had! x